My bass pro master saltwater catalog came today. Now to mark it up with a highlighter and to leave it around the house strategically opened up to certain pages where mamatrout can find it. maybe, just maybe something will show up here in just under a couple months.
I am anxious to see if the Humboldt Squid will show this year. They usually come the year after the warm waters of the El Nino event. Those are fun to stretch your string on.
No just the 2 oz right now.
Sounds good bro. Did you also try a few bigger weights? There are times we launch 4,6,8, 10 and even 16oz cannonballs. It all depend on the amount of current in the water and how well you need to stick the bottom or a shelf while fishing. That would give you some extra practice on adjusting the cast control or calibrating your thumb for propper spooling.
Loaded the baitcaster up with 30 lb mono, cheap stuff and hit the park. I used a 2 oz weight and man can I cast it a good distance.. Now to load it with the 30lb trilene big game I picked up.
Sounds good bro.
I picked up a spool of the cheap stuff at Wally World to practice with. I will put some trilene big game on in the spring. I can get a 1/4 spoil at Wally World.
Awesome bro. Now you can load up with some braid and then topshot with your favorite mono. then you don't have to respool so often.
Woohoohoohoohooo The reel fits nicely. It will hold 240 yards of 30 lb line.
I hope the reel fits the rod. I will check it out when I get home. I may be able to use the church gymnasium to do a little practice casting.
Good luck when it gets there. You can always use the practice weights in the snow. They are plastic and can be sprayed with wax to slide nicely on the snow. I used to do that trick when I lived in Idaho and Utah for several years.
I get to say woohoo again. The GDC20 reel will be at my place tomorrow. Hopefully it will fit the rod. Down side is the park across the street has a foot of snow. No practice casting for a few months.
It's all in how you set the drag and play the fish. break offs happen with the drag set too tight. Maybe one day I will be able to have the larger reel.
You will do ok with the smaller reel. Heavy artillary is not the key to success in the salty world or otherwise. Learning how to use what have is the key. Some boats that I have been on get discouraged with my Big Game abilities when we are targeting 40 to 50lb fish and I have a 15lb set up. Yellowtail is the species and people are getting busted off with 50lb test. I end up with 5 fish on the deck with my 15lb set up before the rest have the 1st fish. I use the same setup for Wahoo and Rooster fish in Mexico. You can do so much more with the medium setup. You can always do your undershot with some good braided line and just topshot with your final size. The reel you chose still only has a 15lb drag. You don't need more than that anyways. That is just enough drag to train a fish as to "Who's your Daddy?" type of technique. I enjoy getting bigger fish on lighter tackle. There are a few select species that require getting them in quick to avoid the lactic acid build up. That is when you need to go hard core and bring out the big guns.
I have a three of rod. Bass pro offers the same reel in a smaller package. I have already sent the big one back for exchange for the GDC 20. This is the one issue I have with online shopping. Can't sit and play with the product until it arrives. Here are the specs between the two. The 30 was rated for 30 lb 465 yards. Model:GDC-20 Gear Ratio:4.2:1 Line Capacity:25/250 Braid Capacity:40/490 Ball Bearings:4 Max Drag:15.4 Lbs. Recovery:25.4" Per Turn Reel Weight (oz):18.7 Model:GDC-30 Gear Ratio:4.4:1 Line Capacity:25/490 Braid Capacity:50/900 Ball Bearings:4 Max Drag:17.6 Lbs. Recovery:34" Per Turn Reel Weight (oz):24.8
Get a bigger 2 piece rod. That should solve the problem.
Argh! I had to send the reel back for the smaller model. It didn't fit the reel.
Dang! Sounds like a fight.... Nothing is set in stone at this point. Will know when it gets closer.
Are you bringing her with you on your next trip? I can arrange for a Shark fishing trip when you get here. 2 El Nino events ago, I caught an 8 foot Lemon Shark near the end of February. I was using my Okuma Pursuit rod which is only 4'6" but rated for 80lbs with the Okuma Catalina reel rigged with 30lb Trilene Big Game blue line and a 200lb steel leader with 16/0 hook chunked with 1/2 of a pacific makerel. The Shark was close to 300lbs and only fought like a fish of 150lbs. It only took 2 hrs to land. I started on the Pier in Port Hueneme and ended up having to land it on the beach. The shark was release just in time for me to leave so that I could catch my sportie boat at 4am.
She just wants to have her picture taken with it after she catches it.
She sounds like a normal person to me. Monster?? Only if she wants one for each hand.
I think I created a monster. Ever since my daughter saw the reel last night she has been telling ménage wants to catch a shark.
That sounds like a good idea. Some parks in my area have open areas and some dont. That would give you an opportunity to become as one with your new reel. Try different weights and different settings. I have some of the old Jigmaster 500 reels that I can cast close to 120 yds. On most the boats little casting is required unless you are targeting big game and need to sink one into a baitball or need to throw one "Uphill" on a good drift.
I'm used to smaller bait cast reels. I have a park right across the street I was planning on trying it out on. I will spool it up with some cheap line on to learn with then put some 30 lb Berkeley large game stuff on when it's time to use it.
You can practice casting that at Bear Lake. Take your boat to the middle of the lake. Tie a 3 or 4oz weight on the end of your line and throw as far as you can without birdnesting. Be sure to set your cast control in case you need it. In the big salty we have an expression we use to let people know why they get the birdsnest. We say "Don't be dumb, use the thumb" lol You may become good friends with that reel once you have a good casting technique worked out.
After spooling it up, you need to get the line wet before it expires on you.
It's here! And it's huge...not used to using one of these. Time to spool it up and play with it in the park.
Way to go. wooooo hooooo
Well it's on it's way It's a bass pro gold cup GDC 30
I have built a nice collection over the years. I have a handful that I have carried since childhood in fresh and saltwater gear, some that I have purchased as "Experienced" equipment and tons of new stuff from past and present sponsors. I never bought anything online since I like to see and feel what I am getting. The experienced equipment I have purchased came from a couple of local tackle shops. One of them you are familiar with since they seem to know you. When I go in with my BFT hat or sweatshirt on, they always ask me..."How is Bobby?". Back to subject of gear. lol I get some quality stuff which I like to use for specific species. I may use a similar set up for Wahoo as I do Barracuda but they are different from a setup that I use for Rooster fish, different from Dodos and way different from my gear for Ling Cod. I currently have a 422 rod collection. Light, Med and Heavy Salt and fresh water. Ice fishing, Fly fishing, bait casting, Jigging, Surf Fishing, Bass flipping and spinning as well as Spey Casting rods. 300 of them were from sponsors. I have close to 350 reels for many of the aforementioned rods. 28 of them were directly purchased from the "Experienced" section in the tackle shops. I am not afraid nor against buying "Used" or "Experienced" equipment as long as it works. After all, there is a difference between fishing and "Spooning".
My brother uses eBay all the time and I personally think he is over paying for the gear. I haven't used eBay in years. I love bro using through the catalogs I get. May be old school but helps me to know what I want before I go on line and get my self into trouble.
Not a bad Idea!! I use the excuse that Im buying used gear and got a deal, you would be suprised how much used gear in great shape avaible at 1/2 of retail. I use a app called offer up. alaways gear being posted! Craigs list is ok but lots of shady buiss going on there. Hate to say it cause be such a great recource if you could trust people moe. Smaller sites rather than ebay as prices tend to be high there! I like the catalog Idea as people these days want to put there money to good use as we are well most on a budget. Good luck in your search for gear and hope Santa delivers. Last I heard was if you belive you receive!!!!!
I wasn't born yesterday and to last 30yrs in my marriage, so far, has required some careful engineering and several colors of highlighters.
Now that's an idea.
I found a way to get around that. If I was to leave something highlighted in the BPS catalog or Cabelas, right next to it I will leave a Victorias Secret catalog with a new highlighter color. Both of us get our wish list accomplished.
It's about the same with Cabelas. It gets very expensive for me when I walk in. Last time I went in I came out with three fishing rods. Now we will see how the subtle hints go. My wife usually ignores me when it comes to the catalogs. Lol
That's a good idea. Very sneaky to leave it open to a highlighted page. I finally found a BPS they opened up about 60 miles from me. It is too dangerous for me to go in there. I end up spending $1k just stepping in the door.
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