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  1. Simms for the comfort for sure, whether it be the freestone's, flyweights, g3's or g4's. Korkers are awesome for their easily replaceable soles which often is the first place of failure. Do wish simms would make a true surf boot
  2. These wiss scissors all day, easily can get them at home depot. Might not be rustproof, but some versions can be taken down and they're very durable. Easily one of the best crab cutting scissors on the market, and can be had for under $20
  3. Buckskins/terror ridge are going to be the most durable for the long run, greenbacks are okay for the price point and are made from lighter material but you'll probably find they get chewed up more in the rocks. Not a serious price change from the greenback to buckskins either, think the step up is pretty worth it
  4. I'd go with something lighter than, maybe a st. croix 7' or 7'6" medium (whether it be triumph inshore, mojo inshore, avid inshore, legend tournament inshore rods), a TFO tac inshore 705/765, or loomis e6x 844s. All those rods are roughly 3/8-1oz rating, covering the majority of what you're throwing
  5. I like my D.N.A backbay 7'6", but it just depends what you're looking to do with it. The shorter surf style rods are awesome fighting fish from shore with the longer butt section, just more comfortable. I've used mine for albies this year and you're easily able to throw 1/2oz tins like Hogy heavies, throw soft plastics, all the way to small pencils.
  6. Like other posters I would think used Hobie outback/revo would be the best option. Anything under 12 feet, in my opinion, is more of a backwater/freshwater deal, you're going to want the length to push through chop whether it be boat wake, wind, waves so you're not getting soaked. Whether it be used or, display model, or past years model, there's always something out there if you give it a little time to pick the right one.
  7. You'll want laces all day. The mechanism in the surf can get sand and other debris in it or the wiring can corode and fail. Laces are easy to replace in a pinch compared to the mechanism. The BOA system is great on the trout streams and makes for easy take off & on, just not fun in my opinion in the surf. As for lace options, you basically have greenbacks, buckskins, than terror ridge, greenbacks being the cheapest and terror ridge being the most expensive.
  8. Could utilize something like this, pain to get them off to replace baits but a scissor would do the trick:
  9. I've always used gama baitholders, if gulp grubs, swimming mullets, nemesis's dry at all they crack and tear into bits more often than not at the top of the bait, usually just cut 1/4" - 1/2" off and rig up again.
  10. @DZ From what I've heard it doesn't contain any plastisol/PVC like most soft plastic style baits. As they claim its biodegradable, but mostly plant-based materials and water based resins. "Standard soft plastic baits (worms, lizards, craws, etc.) are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the same material used to make pipes and other items. To make a soft plastic bait out of PVC, the material must be heated up and combined with an oil-based resin. The more oil-based resin added to the PVC, the softer the bait will be. This is how Berkley PowerBait is made. Gulp! is made using water-based resins, thus the major difference in the two baits. This allows for much more scent distribution than with oil-based resins. Because oil and water do not mix, when scent is added to a bait created from PVC and an oil-based resin, the oil literally traps the scent inside the bait. While some of the scent does get out, the oil is actually functioning as a barrier. However, anglers know that when fish bite PowerBait, they hang on much longer than they do with others. By biting the bait, the fish is releasing that scent which makes them think it is actually food. This results in more positive hook sets."
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  12. I picked up a 5k XD this past season and imo it's a phenomenal reel. I've put everything between sub 40" bass, tog, seabass, and albies. I originally got it for albies and it handled them with ease. There were a few weeks in RI where there were chunkier low 30" fish around, one of which I spent a good 10 minutes on and it ended up really selling me on the reel so I now recently picked up a 3k. As for what you're intending to use an XD for you might not like it for anything above 1.5oz. The reel is more intended for light inshore/freshwater use. The TwinPower SW would probably be more to your liking with going to the heavier lure weights. As for comments I've seen about chipping, paint bubbling and such, I have yet to see it, granted I wipe my reels down regularly. Mine mainly got used in the kayak this year, however, it did find it's way lying up against rocks and such when I decided to go out from shore a couple dozen times this fall. The only reel I've actually ever seen in person that had any sort of paint bubbling and chipping was a friends spheros which was left in the humid boat cabin and never wiped or washed down for an entire summer.