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  1. Nailed it!
  2. Thanks for that RnR.
  3. I picked up a 9' 6" Tsunami Airwave Elite recently and have decided the lower grip is too small in diameter. Having no rod building experience, what could I use or how would you suggest I go about increasing the size of the grip? I want something that is not only comfortable but also durable and non-slip when wet. TIA.
  4. I will take a bag as well please.
  5. Wow! I just found this thread and I'm glad I did. We were selling our malibu and ocean and had decided on 2 new hobies in the coming spring. Now after reading this ... I don't think so.
  6. How light of a lure do you feel comfortable throwing with this rod? What would you say the sweet spot is? I did an internet search and the only place I can find this rod for sale is China. I'm guessing shimano may have D/Ced it?
  7. I have to agree on the steelhead rods based on what I've owned. They're more of a finesse rod and don't have the backbone or the power for larger fish in the surf, at least that's what my limited experience with them has been. The tidemaster is a little shorter than what I want but I'll definitely take a look at the carnage rods.
  8. I'm searching for a light weight, conventional surf rod in the 200 dollar + range, 10'-11' rated for 3/4oz to 3oz for casting 2 to 2 1/2 oz bucktails, spoons and jerk/swimbaits. I plan to pair the rod with a Lexus 300HD/20 and spool it with 20lb braid. There seems to be very few new conventional rods built on these parameters. There are a couple of St. Croix steelhead/salmon models that fit these numbers but they're priced a fair amount more than what I can spend and I'm not a big fan of their slower, parabolic actions. I believe an AFAW 11' Estuary rod would fit the bill nicely but have drawn a blank in a BST search for a used one. Any suggestions as to what other rod I might consider would be appreciated. Thanks.
  9. 90 minutes + near the mouth of the Smith River, California 1969. 80lb+ stingray hooked and landed on Shakespeare push button reel/Wonderod/8lb line. I was 14 yrs old.
  10. Our inshore fisheries are absolutely renewable resources. There are many valid reasons for a fisheries decline ... mismanagement, over-fishing, climate change, etc but the number one contributor to their decline is natural habitat degradation. Historical spawning grounds, bays, rivers, their tributaries, marshes, estuaries have been dammed up, silted in, dumped on, built over, polluted with industrial chemicals, fecal waste, fertilizer, pesticide run-off, food chain disruption or collapse, etc. etc. etc. The list is endless. Imagine what the striper population might look like if their habitat of today was unspoiled as it was a hundred years ago. I watched and lived a similar scenario on the west coast with the King and Coho salmon. Compared to the 60s and 70s, those fish are just about completely gone, mostly because of natural habitat degradation. If you believe my opinion to be misguided ... think of it in these terms ... An outside force moves in to our city, knocks down half of our homes, tears up the streets and highways, poisons our drinking water and kills off much of our food sources. How long do you think humans would continue to thrive and reproduce?