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  1. Would be curious to hear how they compare. Was looking into the AWE LT but I already have the 8’6” Trophy II and I’m very happy with it. Pairs perfect with a Spinfisher VI 4500 on it.
  2. I haven’t kept fish in ages but looking to start again, mostly Northeast saltwater species (fluke, scup, black sea bass, tog, etc). General consensus seems to be nick the gills and let ‘em bleed out in a bucket of cold water immediately then immediately put on ice. Any ill effects with not gutting a fish immediately? Safe to assume all is good if a fish is bled out and has to sit on ice for a few hours? Anyone, whether from boat or shore, gut their fish immediately? I use to trout fish with my grandfather all the time when I was younger and he’d always have us dispatch and clean them on the spot on the river. I feel like doing so, say on a public beach, might rub people some the wrong way. Wasn’t sure if there’s any “etiquette” I should be aware of or not.
  3. Not a plug but I found a Korkers Triple Threat Carbide sole in my size stuck in some muck once. My exact size too. Hopefully never need to use the sole but was able to harvest the 15 carbide studs, which is a huge score in my book.
  4. Lots of great recommendations. Never got to try a Smack It Jr but the small Hogy popper, which is a pretty close copy and works well. Pricey for what it is tho which makes me hesitant to purchase it again. Really like the 4” Yo Zuri Top Knock. Almost like a mini Doc with the knock instead of a rattle, which I prefer.
  5. That’s the one! Glad Rebel still has that pattern in the line up.
  6. Sad to hear. He had an eye for some flashy lure patterns. This Jumpin Minnow was Half Beak believe it or not. Still give them a workout from time to time.
  7. Honestly don’t stumble across plugs that often but found this guy last year washed up with no hooks. Lots of mojo. Almost felt like fate aligned because I love the SS Little Necks and had been wanting to grab one in parrot.
  8. I have the same setup in the back of my SUV. Great way to easily access my plugs. When I’m done after an outing all I have to do it rinse my used plugs and stick them back in here to air dry. Works great.
  9. Window screen spline works too. I’ve seen a lot of plug builders use it for hook protectors.
  10. I’ve been aware but very difficult to pull the trigger considering the price per strip. Never used the originals so I have nothing to compare to but can’t complain about Otter Tails, been working great and they’re durable.
  11. I miss him already. Had lots of great discussions with him last year on inexpensive surf reels and Penn 710z’s. He was a wealth of knowledge and a standup guy. He will surely be missed. Respect.
  12. Lots of great advice here guys. Not necessarily advise, but something I’d recommend trying out, if you’re worried you’re not getting solid hook sets maybe try crushing the barbs on a couple plugs and see how that works. Smashing down barbs can definitely help with deeper hook penetration. As long as you’re keeping pressure on the fish and follow the other advise in this thread you won’t drop fish. Barbless also helps with quick releasing blues. Helps too in case that blue ends up shaking the hook into your hand… Barb crushing, not just for conservation reasons. Even if you like keeping your catch try it out and see if you notice any improvement. Worth doing on any plug you can easily replace hooks, in case you later change your mind. Maybe don’t do it on your favorite well worn Rip Splitter…you get the picture.
  13. I started a topic on this a couple weeks ago, check a few pages back. I haven’t had a single issue with them and have been implementing the practice more and more these days.
  14. x2 Love the Jigsmith. It was the answer I was looking for when I originally pondered OP’s same question a couple years back.
  15. I have a 30lb Boga that a love. No need for the 60lb, I don’t carry it to weigh fish. I especially got it for when I run into bluefish, I like that the head spins, really helps with thrashing blues at night. I have the original orange plastic Fish Grip too but only use it in the boat.