CutGrassCatchBass

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  1. 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.
  2. Nice! how does it perform at lighter drag settings with the 8#?
  3. Good to hear, than you for your input!
  4. 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"
  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. The past two seasons, I have enjoyed the ubiquitous SP Minnow as a go-to lure for nighttime Striped Bass of all sizes. Especially on open sandy beaches and in inlets, the SP/Bomber style plug is indispensable for covering water and finding fish. At the same time, I have not enjoyed the amount of missed hits and lost fish on my SP Minnows. It seems like for every sizable fish I land, I loose 2-3 on SPs. I have tried switching to the sharpest inline singles, and I have also tried using only a front treble with a bucktail plug flag on the back. Does any wood plug maker/plastic plug manufacturer make an SP alternative with non-fixed thru-wire hook hangers? I feel like this would greatly reduce the potential for lost fish on SP minnows. Apologies if this topic has already been brought up, I did a brief search and could not find any previous posts.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Gotcha. I usually use owners or BKK
  13. @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
  14. @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.
  15. Interesting, I may have to give that a shot. I had only previously heard of assist hooks in terms of offshore tackle
  16. Will do. The drag on my VSX is as smooth as possible for a Staal.
  17. Unfortunately, the soft plastic Storm/Tsunami style shads don't work for the same shore-based applications in shallow water that the SP Minnows do. The SP style baits float, can be drifted in current, and can be retrieved at the slowest crawl imaginable which is usually key to trigger bites. The soft plastic shads are typically weighted, and sink too quickly for the above applications.
  18. I usually use a mod-fast 9' Lami Carbon Surf. I definitely see your point, that's why I've switched over to using a more moderate rod.
  19. I may give this a shot tonight. I always tie braid direct to a long 25-30lb fluoro leader
  20. I may try this. I always shied away from canal rigging my SPs because it just seems like a lot of extra hardware to have on a relatively small, light, and aerodynamic plug
  21. Interesting @Saltfruit I'll have to look into this. The fixed hook hangers are all I would change.
  22. I recently have been starting to fish larger soft baits in the surf after reading of their effectiveness from surfcasting authorities such as Jerry Audet. I have primarily been using the Fish Snax Super Snax. I have tried rigging the bait on a jighead, and it seems like this is not the optimal way to fish it, as it gets out of the strike zone quickly and does not swim well in the water column. I have also tried and been somewhat successful with the bait rigged on a very large screwlock hook (Owner Beast 10/0). This seems like a great way to make the bait swim well in a variety of surf/estuary/inlet situations. However, the issue I have here is that the amount of hookset power needed to send the huge 10/0 hook home is well beyond the power of the lighter surf setup I use to throw these baits (9' 1/2 - 3 Lami Carbon Surf & VSX150). How does everyone who throws these larger plastics rig them? Any other tips for using these baits would be appreciated very much. I am hoping that they can fill the void between the effectiveness of live eels and the fish-searching ability of slender swimmers such as the SP Minnow. Thank you!
  23. I've had great luck with the BKK trebles as replacement hooks. They seem to stay sharper and rust-free for a lot longer than any other brand. I'll have to order up a pack of those titanriders before the season ends. Thanks!
  24. When working walk the dog style baits with a longer surf stick, I 100% agree that a more moderate (almost inshore-style) action rod is very beneficial, similar to a pencil popping application. It allows for longer casts, less plug tumble, and makes it easier to walk the dog with the rod tip straight up in the air and the butt end between your legs
  25. I have had success switching to heavier leaders when dealing with constant line wrap around the front hook issues. The stiffer, less-supple nature of 30-40lb fluorocarbon doesn't seem to be as prone to fouling the front hook.