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Thursday, July 1, 2010
The Internal Revenue Service wants to fish better
It appears as though the IRS wants to learn to fish better. This a recent inquiry to this site. My Pompano rigs ....a good choice even for the tax man. I hope the Pompano are filing their 1040's properly. My rig is sure to catch some deadbeat tax evading Pomps. This has always been a free site, now I have a legitimate excuse to write off the cost on my taxes. Go catchem....Sam.
Your tax dollars at work!!!
I will send a free Pompano Rig to anyone that signs on from a United States Government Website. Send me your name, address, and department and I will mail a free Pompano rig to you. This is a limited time offer subject to a limited supply on hand. This offer expires July 4th, 2010. All unused stock is available for free after 7/04/2010 on a first come,first serve basis.
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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Saturday, May 30, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Even though I love the ABU 6500, the Sport Mag was probably the poorest designed reel in the 6500 Mag series. I use them for parts only now. It is hard enough to adjust to the drag system on an ABU but the mag control on the Sport Mag makes it almost impossible to fall in love with this reel. The mag control consists of a ring rather than a slide lever. This ring will corrode and lock up very easily making the mags virtually useless. It also has a palming style left side plate with no tension control knob. I like my version better with the slidy and CT cage. I did come up with a way to convert the ring with a slidy mag control and it only involves a few additional parts from ABU . Stay tuned for the diagram.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Teva on left . Keen on Right
TEVA sole seperating from EVA Mid Sole
The Keen H2 glues and machine sews the rubber sole of the sandal to the EVA mid sole while Teva uses glue only. The rubber soles on the Keen are also thicker to provide less sole wear. The sole of Teva Omnium after one year has separated from the mid sole from the arch to the heel, the Keen shows no signs of over wear and all outer stitching seems to be holding up well. While I liked the Teva Omnium and found them easier to put on, as well as being comfortable, I think the Keen H2 offers a much better value since both retail for around $90/pair.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Some of the equipment I use:
1) OceanMaster 12/ Shimano Calcutta 700s
2) Breakaway 12'3/ Penn Accurate Conversion 113H (reel not shown)
3) Breakaway 11'6/ Quantum Cabo 30PTS
4) Conoflex Gambit XL/ Penn 525 Mag (reel not shown)
5) Rainshadow 11'6/ Abu 6500 CT Mk II Sport Rocket
6) Lamiglas 11'/ Abu 6500 CT Pro Rocket
7) Rainshadow 11'6/ Abu 6500 CT Mag
8) Rainshadow 11'6/ Abu 6500 CT Pro Rocket
9) Conoflex Gambit/ Abu 6500 CT Chrome
10) Lamiglas 11'/ Abu 6500 CT Mag Elite
11) Oceanmaster 11'/ Abu 6500 CT Mag Elite
12) Breakaway 11'/ Abu 6500 CS Sport Mag
Friday, April 24, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
One of the biggest thrills and greatest challenges fishing the Surf is the Tarpon. Strong,acrobatic and fast, the Tarpon is the ultimate test of a surf anglers ability and endurance. Unlike fishing from a boat where you can back up on them during the fight,the beach offers no option to do so and the distance between you and the fish only gets further. In Northeast Florida the Tarpon roam the first slough on a high tide in the Spring and Fall as the school of bait fish migrate. I have found Fall between September and late October to be the best since the water temperature is still usually warm enough and the slough is typically deeper. I have also found through experience that if I start catching Ladyfish in the surf, the Tarpon are nearby. The ladyfish is actually related to the Tarpon but much smaller in size and they are a favorite choice of food for the Tarpon. Fishing the surf for Tarpon requires more than one of my Pompano rods/reel. They would spool that rig in a flash. You will need A LOT of spool capacity of 40# test line, A good quality surf rod with some backbone, a long terminal leader of 80#+ test a VERY sharp and strong hook and of course some bait ,preferably live ladyfish,bluefish or black mullet. I have found that most large Tarpon (100+ lbs.) will tear 250+ yds of line from a reel before they even jump because they are heading to the deeper water outside the sandbars where the real fight begins. Bringing the Tarpon to the sand is a low probability event when he reaches that deeper water without the proper rig. Also, you do not want to fatigue the fish to point of death since they are a catch and release species. You need to tire him but not to the point where he is vulnerable to prey or without the ability to recover. They are a magnificent species of fish and should be treated as such.
Having balanced equipment is a must on the BIG ones. The rod and reel need to work together. After trial and error I ended up with two set ups that I found to be perfect. I use the same terminal rigging on two different rod set ups. The rig I use above is an 8/0 Owner Gorilla hook snelled to a 6' 80# mono leader and 250# swivel. The reel is a Penn 113H which I converted with Accurate plates ,frame and spool. The reel holds 550+ yds of 40# giving plenty of capacity and that nice Penn Drag system. The 6'leader is also long enough to prevent the fish from gill cutting my lighter line on airborne jumps. The rods I use are Breakaways SU1508 (MH 3-80z) which provides enough flex to toss a live bait but plenty of backbone too. There are other rods or reels obviously that will work as well but make sure that the rod is MH at (3-8oz) and the reel can hold some capacity of heavier line and that they feel balanced together otherwise the fish will always win. Also take extra care when releasing the fish to make sure he has a great chance to do battle again.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Gambit 24: Length 12' , Rated 2-4 oz, Parallel Butt ( .79"), Two piece equal sections (50/50)
Gambit 24 XL: Length 12'9", Rated 2-4 oz, Parallel Butt(.81") Two Piece (50/50)
Both rods are 100% graphite making them lighter than composites. You can see by the specs that both rods appear similar with the main difference in length and butt diameter. They are,however, two different rods. Both rods have butt diameters on the smaller side ( less than 1" )which I personally prefer for grip and both butts are parallel design (not tapered) giving the rod more wrap at the ferrule. The extra 9 " of length in the XL however gives the rod a bit more action since both tips are equal (7.5 guide size). This obviously will cause the rod to load a bit sooner over the standard Gambit. Both rods are manufactured with what Conoflex calls zoned action, whereby the rod loads down the blank starting at the tip. I found that even though both rods are rated 2-4 0z. , when using an off the ground cast the Gambit XL loads better at between 4-5 0z while the Gambit 24 seems to perform best at 4 oz.. ,probably due to the extra 4.5" the XL has at the butt section. Both rods have a comparable feel while moving through the cast even though the load points are different. Typically I feel more confident with a shorter rod, but I actually prefer the feel of the XL and I think it is because I can easily feel the rod loading better through the cast. Distance wise, I can reach 160+ yds with either rod, but when pressed the XL will get another 15 + yds. when needed. Although I like to classify them as Pompano rods due to the rod rating , both rods are capable of handling much larger fish like Bull Reds and Sharks . I find the the XL preferable over the Gambit 24 for Pompano and whiting due to the lighter action tip section, however, I think the Gambit 24,although a bit stiffer, is a better overall rod for general fishing. Both rods fit and work very well with medium size casting reels like the ABU 6500 series or Penn 525. The rod blanks retail for around $ 300 US. Fully built with high grade components add another $150.
Long treks looking for that runout in the surf can wear you out carrying your gear. I opted for this foldable cart with Wheeleez tires.It folds nicely into the back of my truck without taking up too much space and could easily fit into a car trunk. The bigger surf carts are just too bulky and much heavier.I wanted convenience not a hot dog cart. I go to the surf to fish, I do not need a cart that is a RV on wheels. This cart will do the trick. The cooler I use is 48Qt which is plenty big to hold your catch. I attached PVC rod holders to the cooler front with rubber washers.Notice that I even have a place for my sand flea rake in the back. Wheeleez makes the only low pressure tire suitable for beach terrain. This cart glides over the terrain making those long walks much easier. I have had mine for three years now and it has held up very well. I have witnessed many trying to navigate those big carts up and down steps on the beach area with way too much effort, believe me this cart is almost too easy to use. If you really want a BIG cart to carry every piece of tackle you own ,look at the Toyota Tundra 4x4 . This is a great product for under $200. As of June 19 2010, I will no longer be selling this cart through this site.
Weight: 8.2 kg (18 lbs)
Payload capacity: 75 Kg (165 lbs)
Material: Tubular steel
Platform dimensions: 35.6 cm wide x 36.8 cm deep (14" wide x 14.5" deep)
Width inc wheels: 74.9 cm (29.5")
Folded - frame & wheels: 73.7 cm L x 38.1 cm W x 30.5 cm H (29"L x 15"W x 12"H)
Handle height: 73.7 cm to 124.5 cm (29" to 49")
Finish: Epoxy powder coated
Fat Balloon Wheels: 30 cm dia x 18 cm wide (11.8" dia x 7" wide)
Monday, April 13, 2009
I am not a distance tournament caster and you do not need to be one either to get good distance from the beach. All you need is good timing and form. I call this a Modified Off-The-Ground Cast (MOTG) because I keep my sinker on the rig point down barely touching the sand about 270 degrees from the target. You can see the lead behind me as I pivot into the cast. I drop the shock leader about 6 feet from the tip of the rod and gradually accelerate into the cast until my hands are parallel to my chest and weight transferred from back foot to front as I step into the release. This is when the rod is fully loaded and should be released with your head looking up roughly 60 degrees from the horizon. This will get you 150-180 yds.. Watch the bend and release of the rod and how I "push' the rod forward with my left hand and slightly "pull " the butt of the rod back towards me with my right hand upon release (also notice that I am lefthanded). I am using an Abu 6500 CT with a rod I built using an 11.5' Rainshadow blank rated 2-5 oz. . Also notice that my rod tip at the finish is still pointing upward. I always tell people to release towards the sky. I am using a 4 oz pyramid sinker clipped to a double dropper Pompano rig with 14# test line and a 50# shock leader. The use of a shock leader is essential when performing ANY type of power cast.
TIP: You can slide the player button on the video screen with your mouse to see the steps of the cast.