Sweetwater

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  1. Acid wrapping does nothing for distance. It does allow me to cheat my guide placements by putting the line underneath the rod. I would have needed much tigher spacing to keep the line off the rod had I wrapped conventionally.
  2. I have been wanting to build an ultra light striper rod- a back bay rod. I finally put it together. I found a 9' blank rated 8-20 that weighs 3 oz, and added a reel seat and a 1.75" eva butt and some small eva trim. Then I wrapped it with an acid wrap that started with a #8 double foot to two #6 transition guides and a run of 8 #5 single foot guides. I got a Revo from the bst that holds 180 yds of 12# mono, so I should get around 225 of 10# Fireline, which will be fine. The reel weighs 6.8 oz, and it looks tiny compared to what I generally think about striper gear. I won't be pushing it's engineering, though, so it should hold up fine. All told, I have built an outfit that will do everything from soft plastics to small wood that weighs in just under 13 ounces for rod, reel and line. I'm pretty happy with that.
  3. My experience with Vanish looked similar to those pictures. I think I used it 3 or 4 trips. Went back to Big Game right quick. That was when it first came out. I figured that they did something about that over the years, but I guess they never did. There are plenty of alternatives- I like Fluoroclear from P-Line. Edit: the knot had nothing to do with your problem.
  4. In a Socialist culture, we wouldn't be having this conversation because the State would have clearly defined what the standard was. As a conservative, you lack standing because bass pro is free to do whatever it wants in a deregulated society, which includes bait and switch. Caveat Emptor and all that. Stop trying to have it both ways.
  5. I would start at Walmart. Before the internet, I used bucktails with "soft" hooks that I could straighten out if I snagged. I carried a good number of lures and fixed my hooks when I got home. This saved me a lot of money over time, and I still own some of those bucktails today. Since the internet, I have come to the conclusion better hooks are an improvement for bucktails, mostly to ensure a sharper point than any strength concerns. I now use better quality hooks which means a more expensive jig. For someone starting out, though, you can be a lot more agressive if you know your lure is coming back most of the time. Once you get the lay of the area you are fishing, you can get some better ones. Don't worry, if you lose the fish of a lifetime while learning bucktails, you will catch it again when you start mastering them.
  6. $65 for the winch shipped? If so, I'll send a money order.
  7. I was going to joke about putting the fairy back in the wand, but wasn't sure how it would be taken.
  8. Mine is 5.4 oz, but I am putting it on a light action fiberglass Seeker for cranking for smallies. My buddy has a Revo MGX, which is lighter than my ALT, but also much pricier. I got mine because I don't like mags for smaller reels and it has a centrifugal system with little plastic weights as the brakes, but I still have to remove two of them to get the reel quick enough. The reason I don't like mags is I can never get them turned down far enough to keep from interfering with my casts. It sucks to have a feature that I have to set at zero all the time. My experience does not apply to larger reels with mags where you have time to dial the reel back during a cast. The brake system is ICVB 4, and they have a six pin version as well. Before the internet, I used lo-pros on the beach and they did fine, except the tolerances were too tight for excessive sand. Excessive sand means a single grain in the wrong place. Judging from other's responses, it seems this issue has been set aside.
  9. 4 ounces. Wow. Just wow.
  10. Look into an ABU Black Max. Does everything you will want as long as you keep the bearings oiled. And at $59.99 it can be upgraded in two years without killing your wallet. Lo-profile reels don't have a lot of capacity until you start spending some money, however, even cheap ones cast pretty well nowadays and have adequate drags (really all you need). Check out some of Scooby's videos- he does some good reviews on a variety of lo-profile reels.
  11. I tried Gliss. I don't trust it. It worked great the first couple of trips, but started to fray quickly and became unreliable by trip 8 or so. By the tenth trip, i had cut enough back that it was time to get a new spool, so I got something else. I used the 24 for light freshwater fishing, casting lures to 1/2 oz or so with a 6,8 or 10# leader. My leaders were not breaking. I think I used an Alberto knot and the connection did not fail under use. Line failure was completely in the main section of the Gliss. I think Aquaholic has this line summed up well- it may be good for vertical presntations, but not as an everyday line. If I was going to use it as an everyday line, I would use extra mono backing and only spool a cast-length topshot. That way I could take advantage of the new line and toss it after a couple of trips (still an expensive proposition compared to other braids). It would also limit the amount of line available to eat itself under tension, which seems to be the issue.
  12. Berkeley made some like that, too. The wraps look Berkeley.
  13. Do you actually read these threads? The op is throwing unweighted soft plastics with a 3000 size reel and would prefer a rod between 7 and 8 feet. Please explain how your response meets any of those parameters. To the op: there are bunches of rods available for your purpose. Try looking into inshore rods used by Southeastern redfish and trout fishermen. If they are too moderate for your taste, there are a range of faster action rods made for LMB guys.
  14. I use fairly short leaders- 18-24", so I don't really have issues with swivels in my guides. I prefer the security of Palomar connections for larger fish. I do use an Alberto knot for leader connections for lighter leaders and don't have knot issues, so I would assume that I would have the same experience with larger lines. With my shorter leader, my lure is usually out of the water before my swivel meets my tip, but I can see how a four foot leader could be a different issue. I can also see how limiting a four foot drop on the cast can be. Longer drops aren't necessary with moderate and mod-fast rods. Being able to draw a portion of the leader into the guides can be an advantage for guys who use a faster casting motion.
  15. I'm just too lazy to hustle up bait.