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  1. Nice! how does it perform at lighter drag settings with the 8#?
  2. Good to hear, than you for your input!
  3. Agreed. I can't see using a non-sealed reel for float tubing. Do you like your VR for freshwater applications? I handled one of the new VSX2 bailed 100-sizes the other day at Saltwater Edge and was very impressed at how small and refined it felt. However, I may consider the VR 50 over a VSX, given that the reel will not likely be catching any fish over 30"
  4. As an avid surfcaster, I have immensely enjoyed the benefits of fully sealed Van Staal reels in the surf. My 150 and 250 X-Series are some of my most used reels of all time. However, occasionally throughout the year, I enjoy freshwater fishing at night for bass and trout from a float tube and with waders. This winter with some nighttime holdover trout missions in mind, I am considering picking up a bailless VSX or VSX2 100-size for freshwater use. With a sealed reel, I would be able to focus on fishing and proper fish handling when I am wading and tubing, instead of trying not to dunk a non-sealed freshwater reel. I would pair this reel with a 7' or a 7'6" rod, and I would primarily throw lures from 1/8 - 5/8 oz. Similar to many light inshore applications that the Van Staal would excel in. I would likely be using braid mainline, and as light as 6-8lb fluoro leader. Will the main con of VS reels, the drag, be smooth enough to handle such light line? Does anyone else here use VS reels for freshwater applications? Just trying to make sure I am not overlooking any apparent issues before I make such a large investment.
  5. I own a 151 SLX DC and it is a solid digital control reel for most all-around applications. It was my primary jerkbait/squarebill/topwater reel for a while. However, I currently can concur with previous posters that the Curado 70 size is the optimal option here. I have a Curado 71 MGL that would be a perfect fit for a M or ML casting rod, and should handle 6-8lb mono or fluoro just fine. I use mine for light jerkbait fishing, and it is a very versatile reel
  6. As a fellow apartment dweller, I have found that keeping as much gear as possible in my car during the season is imperative. I have small plastic bins in the back of my hatchback for assorted plugs, replacement hooks/hardware/leaders, and a large plastic bin for waders. Fresh water can be carried with you in a tightly covered 5 gal bucket to rinse off some gear in parking lots before coming up to the apartment. Many times, my rod and reel is the only thing that is taken in and out of my car, and I am currently working on a ceiling storage rod system for my studio apartment. However, I do not live or park in areas where I would be very susceptible to car break-ins. If this is a concern, maybe keeping gear in the car isn't as good an option...
  7. Hey! Any interest in trading for a bailed Visser no. 5?
  8. Although my experiences are observational and not representative of the entire fishery by any stretch, I have caught a fair amount of smaller bass and seen many schoolie blitzes both in the backwaters and the open beach areas I fish on Cape Cod/South Coast areas. I would agree that I haven't caught as many of these fish as I have in past seasons, but this is only because I have switched spots/tactics after catching a few schoolies because I have no desire to potentially damage these valuable smaller fish. One thing that I am very curious about that I haven't seen mentioned a whole lot - With warming water temperature averages, are more smaller fish being spawned/residing in northern waters? I know spawning in known holdover spots is not a well-documented phenomenon, but I would have to imagine that this phenomenon does take place and is not measured/recorded for the most part. How would this impact our current fisheries data?
  9. My Korkers Greenbacks have held up fairly well for the past year. Some of the black rubber is starting to develop superficial cracks, but that is mostly cosmetic. Given how hard I have used them for the past year on the sand, rocks, muck, and even in a float tube with fins on, I can't complain one bit. For $139 with the interchangeable soles it's a tough deal to beat
  10. That's fascinating. Sometimes I wish I could see what the fish are doing with my lure/plug at night underwater. It would be very enlightening to see how they hit the SP
  11. Gotcha. I usually use owners or BKK
  12. @puppet and @EricDice I use bucktails and dannys as much as possible. Sometimes I can't work a bucktail slow enough to solicit strikes when fish will only take an SP slow rolled as slowly as I can turn the handle. However, I have had success some nights finding fish with the SP, and then switching to the bucktail to pull a bigger fish out of a school. I've caught multiple #20lb class fish from the beach this season after switching from an SP that would only produce schoolies. With metal lip surface swimmers, many times the surf is too heavy or the current is too swift and they tend to tumble in areas where an SP swims well. Also, at night the SP still seems to out-produce metal lips when the fish are keyed in on sand eels holding closer to the bottom. My ideal plug would be a wooden version of the SP that is thru-wired like a metal lip, has swivel hook hangers, and has the same slim profile and tight action of an SP/Bomber/Redfin. Maybe such a plug doesn't exist . . . yet
  13. @bobbymoore and @iwantmypie I always carry a small hook file with me, and touch up my 3/0 inline singles regularly. I seem to have no issue on the hookset, its the fish retention that is the struggle.
  14. Interesting, I may have to give that a shot. I had only previously heard of assist hooks in terms of offshore tackle
  15. Will do. The drag on my VSX is as smooth as possible for a Staal.