LuPork

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  1. Hello all, I have an older Abu Garcia 3 star spinning rod that I got from a tag sale a while back that I plan to use as a second/backup rod. The writing had rubbed off so I have no idea what weight lures/sinkers I should throw. The rod is about 6ft with large stainless steel guides that tapir down closer to the tip (so assuming spinning rod). Since the writing rubbed off over time, is there any way to calculate or guestimate the action and power of the rod plus what weight tackle & line I should use? Overall the rod seems extremely stiff compared to others I've used.
  2. Hello all, I have an older Abu Garcia 3 star spinning rod that I got from a tag sale a while back that I plan to use as a second/backup rod. The writing had rubbed off so I have no idea what weight lures/sinkers I should throw. The rod is about 6ft with large stainless steel guides that tapir down closer to the tip (so assuming spinning rod). Since the writing rubbed off over time, is there any way to calculate or guestimate the action and power of the rod plus what weight tackle & line I should use? Overall the rod seems extremely stiff compared to others I've used.
  3. I'm standing on the shore at Playland and just found a dead mantis shrimp. Had no idea they were here!!!
  4. Hi All, I've never really had a big fight where the fish pulls much line/runs and was wondering if you could give some insight on proper drag adjustments and line test weights for when I (hopefully) hook up with a cow. I am using a 4000 sized reel with max drag of 13 lbs according to the specs. Does this mean that if I use 25lb test braid there is no chance of the braid snapping even if I crank the drag down as much as humanly possible? If that's true, I did have my line snap once so assuming that was from frayed line? Even the 8000 size reels I see have max drags of 25lbs. Does that mean that if using 25 or 30lb test, breaks should be near impossible in pretty much all cases? Nobody's ever really explained drag to me and I just set it by 'feel' when pulling a bit of line with my hand since I'm worried it would snap if too tight.
  5. Yesterday had a fun day surf casting the SS. On the third cast I caught a small blue on a homemade lure I made from a vintage butter knife handle and dressed treble. So cool! On a diamond jig with green tail caught another small blue and two Shad which I've never caught before. Looked like a big minnow with big scales. One nice sized flatfish, I think fluke. Two rays on mole crabs as well. No luck on any other type of lure. I was there all day. All fish were catch and release.
  6. Ugh sorry I'm new. I tried to edit
  7. commercial fishing aside, I never landed one of these so if i did I would be pretty damn excited. Were I to be so lucky, should I not keep it? I love keeping and cooking fish I catch (as long as its legal). I've tasted some fish that are better than others but never a fish that didn't taste good/wasn't worth eating.
  8. Caught a pretty nice blue this evening on ss. Gave a good fight. Wind was offshore and waves were calm, tide was about 2.5 hours until high. Had this guy on the second cast with a swimbait. This blue coughed up what looked like a 7" blue colored mackerel or something. It had smooth slippery skin like a bluefish. The head was severed so he must have eaten it in two parts. I put the body on a larger hook and hooked up on the largest fish I've ever hooked from shore. It broke off after about 15 seconds (25lb braid ugh) but man was it big. It felt super heavy but didn't pull line like a blue or striper. Maybe a huge stingray? Then just before sunset I caught a small sea robin and another smaller bluefish. Sea robin on the mackerel head and the second smaller blue on a 7" sinking SP Minnow. 8 inch sand eel lure had a nibble and the same swimbait as the first blue got bit in half to end the day. Was a fun day
  9. Wow cool! I didn't even know about that model. It sounds like I shouldn't worry about getting a new one then. However, something about me is attracted to the "built like a tank/will never die" classics but then I hold a newer reel and it just feels so smooth. What is everyone's thoughts on the fact that the Triton is made in Japan? Not worth fussing about? Thank you for all of your replies and great info. Also @Steg I agree with you and the "you can never have too much fishing gear" mentality, but at the same time I would like one setup to bring with me for sure instead of staring at everything for a few days trying to decide what I'm going to use next, hahaha.
  10. Hello All, I am trying to decide which Shimano Baitrunner would be best for chunking bait for stripers on Long Island. I already have the 6500A and 6500 Triton Sea-Spin. Rod is 10ft Penn Prevail 1-5oz. If I choose a different model I would sell the 6500A and Triton to offset the cost. I have a Penn Battle II 5500 I use for plugging so this question is specific to a bait setup. 6500Triton Sea-Spin (already owned, made in Japan, graphite/plastic spool) 6500A (already owned, made in Malaysia, aluminum spool) 6000OC (rumors the newer stuff isn't as durable) 6500B (less durable than Triton/A?) Don't use a Baitrunner for bait-fishing surf on Long Island (why not?) Also, does made in Japan matter enough to put the Triton ahead of other models? Thanks all!
  11. I've always heard at least a 9' rod and 5000/6000 sized reel for surf fishing (and that's what I've used for the most part). Are the big bass not out there/reachable this time of year? I know they mainly migrate down around September which is when I am usually in Montauk but I figured there would always be a couple of big fish hanging around. I just recently bought the 8' Okuma and put on the 4000 Battle since i've been watching videos of people using lighter setups. I guess I'm still kind of confused why everyone's always saying 9'+ and 6000 size reel, seems like overkill to me. Is that just for chunking bait? I understand that casting distance gets a huge benefit from the longer rods, but aren't stripers usually hanging around close to shore in the surf anyway? Thanks again for everyone's time and advice.
  12. Agreed. Although many consider them trash fish here, I took a few home once. As a first attempt they were slightly difficult to clean and I had to do some convincing for the family to try it, but once they did they were very pleased. Robins taste great in my opinion, although I still never end up keeping them. I probably should.
  13. Thank you so much for all of your helpful responses. (& set the hook @sytheteacher) I will try these out next time I'm on the beach. Especially using the last wave to assist. We might have been horsing them in a little too hard in the backwash and I think it was also the blue's head shake I just wasn't used to. I'll probably try to find some inline hooks just to test them out vs the trebles and will look into metals & swivels for hooks. Those toothy little guys already did a number on the lures in one day! Love fishing with lures though. Glad I gave it another shot.
  14. Hi All, thank you for your time. I surf fish in NY and usually chunk fish finders with clam or sand turtles (sand fleas/crabs). I recently picked up a few Daiwa SP minnows online and had some good luck hooking up (small/medium sized blues) but so many fish were lost just before we got them to the sand in the final wave. Dad was fishing with: 8ft Okuma Longitude w/ Penn Battle I 4000, 25lb braid I was fishing with: 10ft Penn Prevail w/ Penn Battle II 5000, 25lb braid The lures were 7", Sinking, colors: Bone and Blurple I am wondering if they were getting loose because of the treble hooks, since I've never really lost fish using circles. Does anyone know why we were losing fish or suggestions/best practices to keep them on? I loved fishing with lures. It was lots of fun. Thank you!