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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Rambler » Jul Mon 08, 2019 8:49 am

FloridaRigger wrote:100lb braid does exist, I have it on my musky rod. I dont think anyone uses more than 65lb for bass

St Croix makes 2 piece rods from the $80 Triumph all the way up to their $400 Legend Elite series


Guess I should have known. 65 lb line for bass? How about bazookas for whitetail?
I don't consider St. Croix a boutique rod maker. Thanks anyway.

Woohoodude11 wrote:I use 120 lb. for my Deeper Sonar, and it does go heavier.

Why don't you just use nylon rope?
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Bassin' Ted » Jul Tue 09, 2019 1:03 pm

Rambler wrote:
Guess I should have known. 65 lb line for bass? How about bazookas for whitetail?
I don't consider St. Croix a boutique rod maker. Thanks anyway.



It is not really about the breaking strength for braid but the line diameter. I have never broken braid on any fish even going down to 10 lb on spinning rigs. 65 lb braid is 16 lb mono diameter which is just about right for a baitcaster. I go mostly 50 lb but I do have 65 lb on my frog rig. The thicker stuff is easier to pick out backlashes.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby FishinMatt » Jul Tue 09, 2019 1:59 pm

Some boat GAS.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Aux Pleins » Jul Wed 10, 2019 6:00 am

Thats some serious Battery GAS. About $600 worth..
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Woohoodude11 » Jul Wed 10, 2019 7:16 am

HEDDONFROG wrote:waterproof with Gortex

"You might get soaked but dammit at least the top of your head is bone dry!!!"
Rambler wrote:Why don't you just use nylon rope?

I snap casted it on 30 lb. braid already. Just wanted to end any possibility of that happening again :lol: That thing is 4 ounces so I can only imagine the pulling strength it generates on a cast.
Bassin' Ted wrote:I do have 65 lb on my frog rig.

x2, 65 does well at cutting pad stems when a bass wraps around em. Haven't lost a fish in the weeds yet.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby FishinMatt » Jul Wed 10, 2019 11:20 am

Aux Pleins wrote:Thats some serious Battery GAS. About $600 worth..


Yeah, the blue tops are pricey. Got a $50 off code for each battery online at advanced auto zone. 22 back for my old cores. Total ended up being about 480 which is not so bad.

My last set of AGMs were already a year old when I bought the boat and I got 5 good years out of them so I cant complain.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Phil6 » Jul Wed 10, 2019 1:25 pm

And I thought buying 18650s sucked :shock:
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby FishinMatt » Jul Wed 10, 2019 3:57 pm

Well, blew a bearing on the way home from southern Wisco today. Hopefully that is all it is and the spindle/axle is not screwed. Supposed to be leaving for a 2 week trip Saturday so that really blows.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby big jay » Jul Wed 10, 2019 5:14 pm

FishinMatt wrote:Well, blew a bearing on the way home from southern Wisco today. Hopefully that is all it is and the spindle/axle is not screwed. Supposed to be leaving for a 2 week trip Saturday so that really blows.


It's better to happen now than while you're on your way on your trip.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby FishinMatt » Jul Wed 10, 2019 7:28 pm

big jay wrote:
FishinMatt wrote:Well, blew a bearing on the way home from southern Wisco today. Hopefully that is all it is and the spindle/axle is not screwed. Supposed to be leaving for a 2 week trip Saturday so that really blows.


It's better to happen now than while you're on your way on your trip.


Your absolutely right. First half of trip is to central Wisconsin and second half on MN Candian border. Regardless if my trip gets delayed, it much better then being on the road, fully packed, with 2 kids in the car. What a nightmare that would have been. Anywho, back to the GAS.......
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Rambler » Jul Wed 24, 2019 5:44 pm

Bought a Daiwa Regal 2500. Took it to Busse yesterday. Wow.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby HEDDONFROG » Jul Thu 25, 2019 12:19 am

Rambler wrote:Bought a Daiwa Regal 2500. Took it to Busse yesterday. Wow.


Is that the Regal LT? If so can you elaborate on "Wow?" lol I'm guessing you caught them on that Walmart $29.99 sale?
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Rambler » Jul Fri 26, 2019 6:51 am

HEDDONFROG wrote:Is that the Regal LT? If so can you elaborate on "Wow?" lol I'm guessing you caught them on that Walmart $29.99 sale?

LT-2500-XH to be specific. It's amazingly light - should have expected it since it's a 2500 size. The reel it replaces was a 3000 size & the Pfluegers I generally use are 3500s.

Also, it casts a mile mated with my new Daiwa Fuego rod. First couple of casts the buzzbait landed on shore. Took a bit of getting used to. Very smooth - maybe smoother than my Pfluegers which is saying something. Of course this could be because it's new.

Last, the finish on this reel is unlike any other reel I've owned. Under some light it appears purple. Under other light it's clearly green. Sometimes some parts look purple while others look green. I've seen this on custom cars but never on a reel.

Did not buy it at Walmart. I refuse to shop at Walmart. A detailed explanation of my reasons would probably result in some troll accusing me of politicizing this thread. :lol:
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Woohoodude11 » Jul Fri 26, 2019 6:59 am

Rambler wrote:Last, the finish on this reel is unlike any other reel I've owned. Under some light it appears purple. Under other light it's clearly green. Sometimes some parts look purple while others look green. I've seen this on custom cars but never on a reel.

Sounds a lot like that douchebag Mike Iaconelli's line of reels/rods with Abu Garcia.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby HEDDONFROG » Jul Fri 26, 2019 9:28 am

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HEDDONFROG wrote:Is that the Regal LT? If so can you elaborate on "Wow?" lol I'm guessing you caught them on that Walmart $29.99 sale?

LT-2500-XH to be specific. It's amazingly light - should have expected it since it's a 2500 size. The reel it replaces was a 3000 size & the Pfluegers I generally use are 3500s.

Also, it casts a mile mated with my new Daiwa Fuego rod. First couple of casts the buzzbait landed on shore. Took a bit of getting used to. Very smooth - maybe smoother than my Pfluegers which is saying something. Of course this could be because it's new.

Last, the finish on this reel is unlike any other reel I've owned. Under some light it appears purple. Under other light it's clearly green. Sometimes some parts look purple while others look green. I've seen this on custom cars but never on a reel.

Did not buy it at Walmart. I refuse to shop at Walmart. A detailed explanation of my reasons would probably result in some troll accusing me of politicizing this thread. :lol:


Thanks for the details Scott.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby billebob5 » Jul Fri 26, 2019 1:04 pm

I think I'm the only person left that hasn't said a word on this thread, until now. Here's my gas for the year.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby HEDDONFROG » Jul Fri 26, 2019 9:03 pm

billebob5 wrote:I think I'm the only person left that hasn't said a word on this thread, until now. Here's my gas for the year.


Now that’s some great GAS BB5! I miss my Pro-V all the time :(
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Bassin' Ted » Jul Fri 26, 2019 9:09 pm

billebob5 wrote:I think I'm the only person left that hasn't said a word on this thread, until now. Here's my gas for the year.


That's a beaut! You're gonna love that Xi5. Mine has been great.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby billebob5 » Jul Sun 28, 2019 9:42 am

Funny you say that Ted. My xi5 took a crap on the chain yesterday. I’m thinking it’s just the battery to the remote. Funny thing was both the remote and the foot pedal wouldn’t work. Maybe bad batteries on both? It had everything else. GPS, good power, etc.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Bassin' Ted » Jul Sun 28, 2019 10:01 am

billebob5 wrote:Funny you say that Ted. My xi5 took a crap on the chain yesterday. I’m thinking it’s just the battery to the remote. Funny thing was both the remote and the foot pedal wouldn’t work. Maybe bad batteries on both? It had everything else. GPS, good power, etc.


Are they synced up? I lost the sync one time and neither worked. Quick call to Motorguide and they got me going again. IIRC correctly, you just hold down both the anchor and run buttons when you start up the motor. I had launched on Lake Michigan and motored to my first spot, put the TM down, and nothing. Nothing with the remote either. What a waste of a day.

Batteries in the pedal last a LONG time- easily a season. You might want to pick up a replacement spring kit for the pedal. As a bass guy I am using my pedal constantly and a spring broke in my 3rd year of use. The 2 replacement springs cost less than $3 but the pedal is useless until you get them and you'll have to order them. I ordered an extra pair and keep them in my boat. I love my Xi5 overall.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby billebob5 » Jul Mon 29, 2019 8:51 am

It was just the battery in the remote. Thank the fishing gods!
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Lip_Yanker » Aug Fri 09, 2019 1:17 pm

My big GAS for the season. I'm outta control! :lol:
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby vman01 » Aug Sat 10, 2019 4:50 pm

I look for projects and found this one just down the road. Will need to glass in some seat mounts but it buffed out nicely. Goldenhawk 10 footer weighs 45lbs.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby polishfly » Aug Sat 10, 2019 9:49 pm

Hell yea nice score! I love boat GAS!!!
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Rambler » Aug Sun 11, 2019 11:30 am

Great looking canoe vman.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby HEDDONFROG » Aug Sun 11, 2019 11:18 pm

Love it V! Great polish job, I’m sure even if you had an electric polisher, that took some elbow grease.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby vman01 » Aug Mon 12, 2019 2:28 am

For those with responses to my latest project (canoe) thanks, I ordered a yoke from ACK and I'm stoked to get it in the water and see how it floats once I get the second seat in place.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Phil6 » Aug Mon 12, 2019 8:20 am

vman01 wrote: see how it floats


Hope you tested that before ordering a yoke!
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Aux Pleins » Aug Mon 12, 2019 8:51 am

vman01 wrote:I look for projects and found this one just down the road. Will need to glass in some seat mounts but it buffed out nicely. Goldenhawk 10 footer weighs 45lbs.
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Looks like a fast canoe. Unlike the big giant wide plastic 3 seater I have now. :D
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby vman01 » Aug Mon 12, 2019 9:47 am

Hmm,
If I combine Aux and Phil's thoughts into one I may have a canoe that goes fast to the bottom of the lake LOL.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby minstrel » Aug Wed 14, 2019 2:55 am

Had a little GAS bubble to burn off some birthday gift certs from Bass Pro etc. so today I was trying out the new light setup I picked up. It was a fun little purchase, it's a Bass Pro Micro Lite 6'6" light rod w/a Pflueger President 25.

Light line, small hooks and some worms under a bobber brought about a successful test today with 'gils galore. :mrgreen:
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Lip_Yanker » Aug Wed 14, 2019 10:40 am

vman01 wrote:I look for projects and found this one just down the road. Will need to glass in some seat mounts but it buffed out nicely. Goldenhawk 10 footer weighs 45lbs.
Canoe before.jpg


Very nice, that cleaned up very well! Hope it serves you well.

I looked around several years for a 10' canoe that was reasonably priced and ended up with a 17', which has proven a bit overkill for one person.


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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Grain » Sep Thu 12, 2019 1:04 pm

Here's a little bit of late summer GAS:
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby HEDDONFROG » Sep Sat 14, 2019 11:34 am

Grain wrote:Here's a little bit of late summer GAS:
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Nice haul Grain. Is that an SLX caster?
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Bassin' Ted » Sep Sat 14, 2019 11:52 am

Minor case of gas for me. Used the TW Labor Day sake to stock up on some Gamma Touch in 7 lb and 8 lb. Also picked up some Rythmn Shad in goby which looks great. Replenished some Trokar stupid jigs as well. Basically enough to hit $50.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby minstrel » Sep Sat 14, 2019 1:31 pm

Basically enough to hit $50.

Hah, I got all kinds of small stuff in that sale too in order to make my 50 as well. 8)
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Grain » Sep Sat 14, 2019 4:02 pm

HEDDONFROG wrote:
Grain wrote:Here's a little bit of late summer GAS:
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Nice haul Grain. Is that an SLX caster?


The reel? Yes, the basic SLX in 7.2:1 ratio. I haven't had a chance to try it though. I also looked at the rod - F&F had a 30% off sale so it would be only $75 out of the door. It looked awfully nice, but it starts at 6'10", when I needed a 6'6" and the ones they had were all extra fast.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby HEDDONFROG » Sep Sun 15, 2019 8:44 pm

Grain wrote:
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Grain wrote:Here's a little bit of late summer GAS:
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Nice haul Grain. Is that an SLX caster?


The reel? Yes, the basic SLX in 7.2:1 ratio. I haven't had a chance to try it though. I also looked at the rod - F&F had a 30% off sale so it would be only $75 out of the door. It looked awfully nice, but it starts at 6'10", when I needed a 6'6" and the ones they had were all extra fast.


http://dobynsrods.com/rod/fr-663c/ Dobyns Fury 663, it's a 6-6 mh fast that straddles the line between a Med & Med Hev. My son has this rod and it's a super versatile all-arounder. You can find them on sale around $100 shipped at times or some eBay sellers have their listings as "Best Offer" not a lot of mark up in the $100 category but you can probably get one to your door for $100 and not have to wait for a sale. Not many still using 6-6 casters, I personally like that length for pinpoint target casts
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Grain » Sep Sun 15, 2019 10:05 pm

HEDDONFROG wrote:Fury 663, it's a 6-6 mh fast that straddles the line between a Med & Med Hev. My son has this rod and it's a super versatile all-arounder. You can find them on sale around $100 shipped at times or some eBay sellers have their listings as "Best Offer" not a lot of mark up in the $100 category but you can probably get one to your door for $100 and not have to wait for a sale. Not many still using 6-6 casters, I personally like that length for pinpoint target casts


I own a 734, and 663 would have been my first choice, I just did not feel like dropping another $100+ right now. There is a guy on CL selling one for $95 right now and I guess I could have brought it down a bit, but I did not feel like haggling either. So I bought a nice inexpensive MF Shimano rod. So far I like it very much and hopefully it holds up.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby polishfly » Sep Sun 15, 2019 10:17 pm

Hey Heddonfrog..........Jackhammers under $13 at cabelas right meow! Got a couple to see what all the hubbub is all about. May need to wait a while for the heat of their bass season but musky won’t care!
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Grain » Sep Sun 15, 2019 10:43 pm

Speaking of Jackhammer - here is mine after one outing. I am no expert, but don't think the paint should start peeling this quick.

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And this is chatterbait "custom" - pretty much the original one but with a better baitkeeper. I feel like they could have done a better job on the skirt.

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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby cletedius » Sep Mon 16, 2019 12:49 am

Grain wrote:Speaking of Jackhammer - here is mine after one outing. I am no expert, but don't think the paint should start peeling this quick.


I feel your pain. My 1st JH disappointed in the same way. On the 2nd, right out of the package, I put a very light coat of devcon epoxy on the blade & jighead. The paint/epoxy still chips away, but the epoxy coating DOES make it last quite a bit longer before it starts to happen.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby HEDDONFROG » Sep Tue 17, 2019 2:30 am

polishfly wrote:Hey Heddonfrog..........Jackhammers under $13 at cabelas right meow! Got a couple to see what all the hubbub is all about. May need to wait a while for the heat of their bass season but musky won’t care!


Thanks, I need some replacements for ones I've recently lost
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby HEDDONFROG » Sep Tue 17, 2019 2:41 am

Grain wrote:Speaking of Jackhammer - here is mine after one outing. I am no expert, but don't think the paint should start peeling this quick.

ct_j.jpg


And this is chatterbait "custom" - pretty much the original one but with a better baitkeeper. I feel like they could have done a better job on the skirt.

ct_c.jpg


They do that. I really don't like bright blades, so I just take a sharpie to them when they lose enough paint. I have one 3/8oz Black/Blue from the original batch I bought in Oct. 2017. Skirt replaced 2 or 3 times, snap replaced once and of course I blacken the blade regularly. Still vibrates great and catches fish. This winter I'll repaint and clear coat all my blades.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Woohoodude11 » Sep Wed 18, 2019 6:59 am

I caught my 34" pike on a jack and it decimated the paint on the blade and head. Still catches fish.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Rambler » Sep Wed 18, 2019 7:25 am

The thread that wouldn't die!!!
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Woohoodude11 » Sep Wed 18, 2019 9:22 am

Rambler wrote:The thread that wouldn't die!!!

The post count that wouldn't die lol. 2 away from 4000 Ramblings :lol:
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Grain » Sep Wed 18, 2019 9:41 am

Woohoodude11 wrote:I caught my 34" pike on a jack and it decimated the paint on the blade and head. Still catches fish.

I understand that there are legit reason for the paint to come off, but 25 casts into OS ain't it. I have other chatterbaits so I have general idea how they wear.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Woohoodude11 » Sep Wed 18, 2019 10:27 am

Grain wrote:
Woohoodude11 wrote:I caught my 34" pike on a jack and it decimated the paint on the blade and head. Still catches fish.

I understand that there are legit reason for the paint to come off, but 25 casts into OS ain't it. I have other chatterbaits so I have general idea how they wear.

Oh I get it fully, I'm just saying that when something comes flying by a bass clicking away I don't feel like they give a damn if some paint is missing. A couple of my Project Z's are down to straight lead heads and still produce. I think the "intensity" of the Jackhammer's chat is what causes the premature paint chipping...it always starts at the main points of impact.
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Re: How's your GAS lately?

Postby Phil6 » Sep Wed 18, 2019 3:44 pm

Woohoodude11 wrote: I think the "intensity" of the Jackhammer's chat is what causes the premature paint chipping


and rocks...... rocks are no good... hahha
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