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  1. Cman65

    Cman65 The Dark Admin, 2018 BEST Darksider Poster

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    I would... Normally you net Fluke as their mouths are so thin that more often than not, you'll pull the hook and/or lose the fish if you try to lift into the boat/kayak. Same goes for Tautog (Blackfish).
     
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    I made just about every mistake you could on that fish, starting with a weak hook set. Live and learn.
     
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    Looks like creeks I fish for them
    To be fair, I've made every mistake landing inshore shallow water flounder in that video including losing them while reaching for the net :confused:

    Ran my boat "offshore" yesterday... burn a bunch of ga$ to go 0-3 on kingfish... and missed a shot at a tarpon on the way in :confused::mad::(
     
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    [​IMG] New Igloo 72 qt. cooler!

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    bicketybam Well-Known Member

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    Is that something you take out with you on fishing charters?
     
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    Yep.. Good for boat or beach. Sometimes charter boats are smallish and have their own cooling solutions. I'll let you know how it does on a headboat. Got a trip coming up for Tile again 8/14-17. I might use it OR my coffin box. This is the marine version of the cooler.
     
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    Those things are SOLID (and made in America I believe)... but I think theyre a bit too solid for me to want to drag to the boat ;)

    I recently picked up one of these at my local tackle shop.... A smaller kill bag for inshore & the kayak. For $44, not bad
    https://www.calcuttaoutdoors.com/collections/calcutta-coolers-kill-bags/products/fish-cooler-40-x-16
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    Speaking of coolers, last month the local ACE was having an anniversary sale. They mailed out flyers with a serious typo. They listed this cooler for $60... I knew it had to be wrong, so I made sure I was there when they opened (it's 3 miles from my house)... was supposed to be $60 OFF.

    They honored the ad for the first batch on the shelf (1 per person) SCORE
    https://yukon-outfitters.com/products/hard-cooler-45?variant=14952175370285

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    Didnt really need it but how can you refuse basically a YETI 45 for $60 :cool:
     
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    Nice.. Thought I recognized the design. Its definetly a YETI baseline. BTW, IGLOO is shipping me a second cooler that I didn't order. I emailed them today because the CS agent did me a solid and overnighted my cooler free of charge. I didn't want her to get in trouble if and when they inventory and find a second cooler had been shipped. Maybe they stop the shipment or maybe they let me keep the second one. Either way, I just wanted to make sure my CS agent wasn't on the hook for the screw up. These coolers ain't cheap. Yes, they are made in Katy, TX.
    34lbs but I still think that number is a bit exaggerated. Perhaps fully loaded with ice but I think deadweight is closer to 15lbs.
     
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    SCORE!
     
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    I decided to get a casting rod for inshore fishing. I picked up a Dark Matter John Skinner 6'6 MH with spiral wrapped guides. Rod feels and looks great.

    I'm pairing it with an Accurist baitcasting reel. There a setting on it that allows you to push down on the thumb button to let line out and then release it to stop it as opposed to cranking the handle. That will come in handy for jigging. You can also cast it like a conventional baitcaster in the other setting. I'm going to spool it with 15lb braid when it arrives.

    I'm giving my Penn Battalion II spinning rod to my father-in-law. The rod performed well the one time I used it but I just prefer casting rods/reels. I didn't care for the spinning reel though. It's an Evict 2000. It's really hard to close the bail when you first crank after a cast.

    Oh, also picked up this bib.

    https://setthehookgear.com/products/tide-chasers-lightweight-bibs
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    oooh fancy...
    I really like the spiral wrapped guides for jigging, not sure how well it'll cast though

    oh, and btw, you should manually close the bail on your spinning reels ;)
     
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    That's for the tip. I've always just reeled them shut.

    I was using a leader that was just a hair too long for my liking and I was constantly hitting the swivel when I went to open the bail. I know, don't use a swivel, but I happened to be using one last week. Letting the line out a hair is a pain in the ass with a spinning reel. Baitcaster is so much easier.
     
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    I like that those bibs have a pocket. I wish my Grundens had one.
     
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    I asked Skinner and this was his reply.[​IMG]
     
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    Went out this morning in Narragansett Bay and finally boated a fluke. I ended up catching 4, all shorts. I also caught a Sea Robin and something that I'm not really sure what it is. I'm attaching a photo. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    I picked up this Shimano TranX 301HG from a local tackle shop in North Kingston. The Accurist I ordered didn't deliver in time for my trip today. It's a nice reel but I couldn't cast it for shit. I'm going to get another casting rod for stripers and use it in that. It felt too big for the Dark Matter fluke rod.

    @Cman65 @stinkyB Any idea what that last fish is that posted in my previous post? Is that a whiting or southern kingfish?

    I hooked either a small bonito or a false alby that I lost flipping into the boat. I also caught a tiny black sea bass.

    We fished mostly in the harbor and I ended up with 4 fluke, one decent size sea robin (I have to say they fight really well), the mystery fish, the false alby and the black sea bass. Much more productive than my trip last week. Was out about 4 hours. Everything was caught on a fluke rig (white bucktail with a teaser a foot above it.)[​IMG]
     
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    Nice day, too bad those flatties werent a lil bigger

    That's a whiting (or I believe "kingfish" in some places.... but as far as I'm concerned a "kingfish" is a KIng Mackerel)
    Theyre in the drum family. That's a pretty nice one. good eats.

    I'm not a baitcaster guy, but I know those tranx get great reviews. I know a guy who uses a 500 to catch big fish offshore
     
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    That fish is called a kingfish down in OCMD. Its also known as a whiting although I remember the larger whiting being black and silver but those are pretty much long gone from these waters. Nice tranx! Upside is those reels are levelwind so you don't have to use your thumb. Congrats on that haul man!!
     
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    Thanks!

    The first fluke was probably the closest to being a keeper but I didn't measure it. I actually have a fish ruler for my kayak so maybe next time I'll get some measurements.

    Thanks for the info on the whiting. I had no idea what it was but it fought well. After reading about them I'm surprised it hit a 3/4 oz bucktail. If I catch another I'm going to keep it and eat it (assuming it's the same size or bigger than this one.)

    The most challenging part of the trip was trying to stay vertical with the jig while being blown around in the kayak. It's doesn't take much and we were fishing around moored sailboats. I bounced off a few, lol.

    This saltwater stuff is very addicting. Oh, the charter we had planned for next weekend out if Gloucester got cancelled. The captain is recovering from cancer surgery. We booked a charter in September out of Narragansett. Hopefully the fishing is good. Still haven't caught a striper yet. I'm looking forward to it.
     
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    Pretty soon you'll be saying freshwater is just for rinsing off your gear ;)

    Had intentions to take the yak to the ocean today as it's pretty flat.... but ssw winds caused some upwelling pushing the warm clear water out of reach
    so then changed plans (and rods) and went inshore.... came across an upper slotsized Redfish (slot is 18-27") in under a ft of water, belly practically rubbing in the mud as he was focused on shrimp or crabs or whatever....Made a perfect cast to lead him but Couldnt get him to eat. awesome and terrible at the same time

    also forgot my inshore lures and water at the house :eek: so only had what was rigged up.... flounder bit the tail off my paddle tail, then I pulled the hook on another, then went home
     
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