Recent content by Leprechaun

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    Would you or wouldn't you?

    Small (4-5’) hammerheads were swimming around the boat on Tues. Very cute - from a safe distance!
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    Need Ocean Fluke rod recommendation

    If he doesn't today, he probably will tomorrow. When he will be fishing on MY boat! :p
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    New Handles for Ballistic/Vanford/Stradic, etc . . . Time to look at AliExpress!

    There's been a good bit of interest in members upgrading, or "up-dressing" their smaller spinning reels to something along the lines of my hopped-up Daiwa Ballistic LT2500D. Just today I received three inquires for a how to article. Apparently I struck a cord with pix such as this: I have to...
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    New IT&T Board Feature - Hands-on Tackle Reviews 2019-21

    2 - 6oz - for straight up and down jigging, this is how we do it on my boat. https://nyangler.com/threads/building-bucktail-jigs-lep-style.273/ For casting/retrieving with the spinning rig - I use just a single jig (no high hook), with my custom HTLureco ball heads. 2 to 4oz...
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    Need Ocean Fluke rod recommendation

    Both Mike and I own the spiral-wrapped model. It is really nice to use.
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    Need Ocean Fluke rod recommendation

    Late this morning I called Shimano/USA in California and asked the rep where they produce the Grappler series of rods. After a bit of a delay, he came back and told me that the original run was made in Malaysia (mine is one of that lot), but the current ones are indeed now made in China. So in...
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    Need Ocean Fluke rod recommendation

    For fluke jigging, that Catalina has few equals and no betters, in a compact low-profile bait caster. Also - its by far the smoothest reel I've ever used for this type of fishing. It will match perfectly with the BH CS. In fact that's the exact setup Capt. Mike uses. Keep the line pound test to...
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    Need Ocean Fluke rod recommendation

    Anthony - yes, definitely. Good to 6oz bucktails and 8oz sinkers. My good friend Capt. Mike Bady bought a Charter Special 6'8" specifically for fishing conditions at Montauk - after taking a hard look at mine. He really does like it.
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    Need Ocean Fluke rod recommendation

    Huh, I love poached eggs too. See, we DO have something in common! ;) Besides loving to jig fluke, I mean.
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    Need Ocean Fluke rod recommendation

    No YOU were right, as I wrote. Now have a cookie. :)
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    Need Ocean Fluke rod recommendation

    Can you please re-read my first paragraph? Maybe you missed the point. Don't care if they make the cheap stuff there - totally irrelevant to what is discussed on THIS board. Anthony - go look at those Shimano Grapplers and please come back here with your thoughts. You can see most of them at...
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    Need Ocean Fluke rod recommendation

    I can google too. The rods those guys are referring to are low-end FW pieces, typically in the sub-$60 range. Not applicable to the rods recommended on THIS board. One of the very few SW-specific boards worth reading, IMO. For what its worth, the Charter Special rods (and blanks) are made in...
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    Post your 2019-2021 Fluke Pix & Trip Reports Here!

    No pix this trip, but yesterday hit my regular haunts outside hard for 7 keeps to 4.5lbs, a bunch of biscuits plus the usual assorted other bottom critters for the three of us. A TON of shorts today - more than we normally see on three trips. I thought we were fishing in the Bay, the way we...
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    Need Ocean Fluke rod recommendation

    How many times do I have to correct this inaccurate information? SHIMANO rods and nearly all their reels are NOT made in China. Shimano has plants in Malaysia, Singapore and in some distinct cases, I believe Vietnam. The best Shimano stuff (called their "TOP Shelf" products) is still made in...
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    Hot Fluke Setups 2021

    Hi Anthony, is it an LT3000? Does it look exactly like my reel above? If so, then yes. . .