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Everything posted by ffemtreed

  1. Those 1569's will happily throw 7nbait, esp with a nice big head on the hook. Its sad they don't make that rod anymore. I have two of them and its always my go to rod.
  2. I really like those Gami Big Eyes but boy they are expensive! Just another thing to keep in mind they are stainless steal so they won't rust out fast like other hooks should you break a fish off. I used to really like the mustad circle demon hooks but the gap was a little too narrow for me. I used to bend them to off-set the hook but that really defeats the purpose of the circle hooks.
  3. i have a 2006 F-250 that spend a lot of the time on the beach. I was running cheap Kelly Safari E rated tires. Never had a problem with airing down to 20 psi. If the beach was soft I would use 4-low. Honestly there were times I forgot to put it in 4wd and didn't even notice I was in 2wd. When i stopped at my place I would always back up and go forward a few times to make a little runway so I wasn't stuck when it came time to pull out. Also when pulling into my spot I never touched the brakes, I just let it drift to where i wanted to be. no sharp turns either on the beach. Quick hint, carry some extra valve stems with you and the removal/insertion tool. They saved my butt(and some others) at the pumps a few times. They are cheap, extremely easy to use and take up very little space in the glovebox.
  4. It's a 50 min drive, but Kool Ice in cambridge will sell you 50lb of fresh for a decent price. If you freeze it correctly it can be almost as good as fresh.
  5. Glad to see this site back, made a lot of great friends on this site. Even though I moved away from MD. to North Carolina I still stay in touch with a lot of my MD friends. Since moving I havn't had a chance to hit the beach as much as I used to in MD but I am slowly working to change that. Hopefully soon i'll have some reports from the southern beaches in NC.
  6. Go get them!!!
  7. Good Luck everyone! hopefully next year i'll be able to make the trip up.
  8. I used to have horrible hookup %. I made my leader longer between the hook and the swivel and it seemed to help a lot. I was using like 1.5 to 2" leaders to get some casting distance, but I switch to 6" leaders.
  9. Some people put hitch receiver on the frame of the truck and long rails in order to attach a rear deck. Some clamp it to the bumper of the camper and use cables attached to the jack stands to help support it. There are lots of ways to make a deck, getting a stainless steel frame with diamond plates is about the best for on the sand. There is no Out of the box solution for this, everything I seen and had was custom engineered specifically for their needs and talent/money.
  10. i have an f-250 as well and it does good on the beach, the one thing you need to be careful with is making turns. The F-250 is really heavy and doesn't like sharp turns on the beach. No vehicle likes sharp turns on the beach, but the heavy trucks with big tires like my F-250 really seem to hate it, it almost digs the tires into the sand sideways. If you have E-range tires on your truck (80PSI street pressure), I take them down to 25 and only air down to 15 or20 if I feel myself digging into the sand. Remember you want to float on top of the sand and not plow through it. In mid to late march there might be some black drum around, so sand flea and clam should be on your hook, i also heard lots of people being successful in the past few years with orange fishbites clam and a sandflea together as bait.
  11. Hopefully this summer i'll be able to give more input on this area of NC since its in my backyard now.
  12. Early to mid may would be my choice. You might hit the peak of the striper run in the surf and some good flounder in the bays.
  13. Just posting some pics of my homemade rod wrapper. I tried to keep the design as simple/cheap as possible, yet functional. Used a soft pine wood for the top, poplar for the base and supports. The rollers are old rollerblade wheels. The thread carriage and roller supports slide on two different tracks. Lets see everyone elses design!
  14. i haven't heard anything too terrible except RT1 in DE is destroyed around the IRI bridge. Elsewhere its just a lot of debris. AI hasn't been fully explored yet but I imagine there are some cuts that will take time to heal, esp down south.
  15. Stay safe everyone!
  16. Good Luck to everyone fishing!
  17. I try to keep politics off forum sites unless its just for it, but I will say what matters to me is the debt. President Obama promised he would fix the debt when he got elected, he didn't. As a matter of fact he spent more than almost all the presidents combined. That to me is just inexcusable. The debates sealed the deal for me as well, instead of defending his record and showing how he accomplished his hope and change, he attacked Mitt. You know why? Because President Obama doesn't have a good track record to stand on, so he is left to bullying tactics. If a President can't stand on his own record, its time for a new one. Mitt Romney has my vote in 2012, not because I like Mitt Romney, but because a vote for anyone else is a vote for Obama, and we need a new direction. Who knows, maybe Mitt's business acumen will lead us in the right direction. He can't do any worse than what the current President has over the past few years.
  18. Almost all forums like this one are struggling. Facebook and twitter are hard to compete with it. Stick around and help the cause, it does seem to be on the upswing, i seen a couple new people posting the past few months. Also help to spread the word to all your fishing buds and get them involved on here as well. Stick it out! I met a LOT of great friends on here.
  19. The best tip i ever got about shark fishing is fish at dusk through the night.
  20. good fishing everyone! Glad to see some Atlantic anglers on the leaderboard!
  21. TICA UEHA rods are about the best value you are going to find in a surf rod. The Ocean Master series at bass pro are also very good for larger weights. you can also look at getting a custom rod as well, I learned to build them myself to save some money. If I can do it, pretty much anyone can.
  22. Use the lightest weight that will hold and you can cast with your rod. Using 3 or 4 oz during the summer is common and 6 - 12 is common in the late summer and fall. I have made up some 16 and 20 oz sinkers with a nail sticking out of them to hold on really rough days. You just gotta keep them moving so they don't get buried and you break your line trying to bust it free.
  23. you can catch stripers and blues from the bridge at night, usually flounder during the day. Usually lures such as gotcha plugs and gulp swimming mullet on jigs heads is the way to go. in the surf big Red Drum might be there, so as far south as possible. Good luck!
  24. Good fishing everyone. been awhile since we heard of this many puppy drum hitting the beach.