fishnbear

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  1. Thinking about picking up a spare drive for my 2017 Outback. Some of the places I go and distances I cover I can't imagine having to paddle out of. Not to mention down time if there's a mechanical issue, parts etc. Do you bring your spare with you, leave in car and which version do you have. Newer 180 drive or older GT ? Thanks T
  2. How many rods do you bring to cover most largemouth situations ? Right now, I'm at 4. A spin setup for finesse stuff, ned rig, shaky, etc. A dedicated crankbait rod, and 2 other baitcast combos to cover jigs,t-rig, frogs, chatterbaits etc. Most of these combos will get used for different things, but I could see myself adding at least one(or more) more baitcast combo for topwater or maybe larger swimbaits. At some point it definitely becomes "need vs want" and I'll admit I'm a gear junkie. Curious what other people bring to feel like you've got your bases covered for LMB? Thanks T
  3. Looking to add a baitcast combo for the kayak and this is the "short list" for reels. On paper, it will be used for Texas Rigs, Jigs, Frogs but will likely be a multi tasker. My feeling is that any one of these reels would be a good choice but ultimately I have to pick one. Very curious about the Curado DC. This is a new animal to me and I guess I wonder about the lifespan of the DC unit/ chip ? I saw Scooby's vid on the Curado K's fine adjustment dial being stuck, a little worrying. I fondled one at my local bait and tackle and while it took some effort to move, it did move and would hopefully loosen up with regular use? Looking for any feedback about any of these reels. Thanks T
  4. Thanks for the pics ATV and all the responses. I've got some PVC laying around and will be giving that a try on the C-Tug soon. Maybe even wrap the PVC with some rubbery material to make it stickier. That Trailtrekker system looks pretty sweet too. Their Maximus sized cart goes to 40" and looks super easy to use. Watched a vid on YouTube with that cart on an Outback. Nice for loading onto a pickup which is what I drive.
  5. I'm currently using the Hobie Trax 2 cart to transport my 2017 Outback. No problems thus far so I guess I'm inclined to say " if it ain't broke". However, recent discussions about scupper carts in general have given me reason to rethink this method. I don't invert the cart through the holes while on the water, rather it sits on the gunwales and is bungeed down. Works good. I also own a C-Tug Sandtrakz cart. I only used it once, it didn't go well. Cart would slide off because of the lack of surface contact between the cart and hull. I replaced the cam straps with (2) ratcheting tie downs but that made little difference with the wet hull. Possibly some DIY cradle mod with the C -Tug? In spite of the heavy price tag of the Hobie cart, I'd put it "on the shelf" and use The C-Tug to prolong the life of the hull. What cart do you use for your Outback and how do you like it? If C-Tug or other how do you deal with the "hull shape challenge". Pro's ,Con's, Pics. Thanks T
  6. Good buddy of mine had a chunk of his nose removed because of skin cancer...its no joke. Most (salt) days I'm off the water before 9:00, but I plan on doing a lot more daytime freshwater this year. I don't own a mask yet but plan on getting one. I wear glasses/ sunglasses so looking for one with air holes. Maybe the Gillz or Aftco. Anyone wear these?
  7. I bought a 2017 Outback this past May which I've really enjoyed but have yet to take out in fresh water. I have a lot of bassy (LMB) water around where I live that I want to hit hard this spring. Until the Hobie , I did all my salt fishing from my Heritage Redfish 14 and fresh from my Old Town Kingfisher 14 .I can pitch and flip well enough from the canoe which is approx. 38" wide, super stable and easy to stand in. Not sure if standing in the Outback is in the cards. I have good balance, but I'm also 6'4" 220lbs. That experiment will wait till spring. I know doing a modified sidearm pitch or short roll cast is possible while seated. Just never done it. Do you pitch and flip from your yak? Standing, seated? Also, rod recommendations for a yak flippin/ froggin rod in the $250 range. Thanks T
  8. Godfather 1&2 Goodfellas The Natural Hoosiers
  9. The Zodias is on my "short list". Might look pretty slick with a Stradic CI4 slapped on it. What kind of line do you use on it, leader etc? Its described as having "semi micro" Fuji K guides large enough for knots to pass through. Also I've noticed rod action ratings seem to be pretty subjective with some manufacturers fast being closer to xfast or mod fast. Thx
  10. I have seen the Mojo Yak rods and haven't ruled them out. Honestly, the more I look I may end up getting something other than a St Croix in spite of my original post. I have a bunch of SC's for salt and have had enjoyed them all. I'm not brand loyal on most things. Mostly try to get the best tool for the job, SC being an exception. I'm trying to slowly rebuild my LMB arsenal ( for yak) and make choices that won't need to be "upgraded". My budget for this finesse spin combo is around $500 which seems like it will give me a lot of good options. Spending pretty much all available fishing time in the salt recently, brands like Dobyns, Duckett, Megabass are unfamiliar to me and frankly I'm overwhelmed. I absolutely tend to overthink these simple choices eg. I spent more time deciding between a Hobie Outback and Revo 13 than I did my last car. Anyway, still looking for a medium power, fast action rod, like to stay under 7' if possible. Another thing, I was wondering about. Seems like lots of people prefer to fish light braid with a fluoro leader for finesse situations, straight fluoro being the other option. Many manufacturers are offering micro guides or semi micro, now on both their casting and spinning rods ( ST Croix Avid X) I've read a lot of reviews where people have complained about the leader knot ( even an FG knot ) hitting the guides affecting distance, accuracy and even causing damage to the guide inserts. Do you fish braid w/ fluoro leader and how does it work for you? Micro guides, good ,bad or N/A ? Thanks for any feedback T
  11. Thanks spoonplugger,Dlegg 96. So would a fast action SC rod vs xf be better suited for yak fishing? Also I've thought about going shorter on length to say, 6'6". Wouldn't this also reduce risk of high sticking? Like I said I'm pretty open to what I get
  12. Putting together a spin combo for the kayak ( Outback) for LMB. It will be used for soft plastics, shaky heads, senkos, lighter T- Rig). I have a couple baitcasters that will handle a lot of situations but want a spin rig that's "versatile". I know theres no "does it all" rod and reel but trying to cover as many bases as possible. Leaning towards a Stradic CI4, on a 6'8" Avid X Med/X Fast. The other choice would be an Axid X Med Heavy/ Fast. Not sure if the Med Heavy would be "too heavy" for finesse fishing. The only thing I'm 100% on is that the rod will be a St Croix. After that I'm kind of winging it. If you're familiar with the Avid X line (spin) I'd be interested to hear how you fish it, rod action etc. Thanks T
  13. Looking forward to the release of the Spinfisher VI. I plan on picking up a 4500 soon.I have a couple Spinfisher V’s and was hoping the spools were interchangeable so I’d have a couple spares. Will the old spools work on the new VI? Thanks
  14. Pic of shore caught albie on Larry's FB page MV. Heading there for 2 weeks next Fri. Hope Florence doesn't f&#k things up
  15. Wondering how well the cam lock straps work on this rack? They seem pretty sturdy but I prefer ratchet straps. The cam lock straps are " permanent " but could easily be cut/ replaced with different straps. Thanks T