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Tackle Talk / Re: Shameless Plug for Terra Firma Tackle
« on: July 31, 2018, 03:21:19 PM »
I'd be interested in the tip lights.

Talked to Spencer and he's out of tip lights, but he's ordering more. I'll let you know as soon as they're available ;D

I'm interested also.

Cool, I'll let you know as soon as there available 8)


Check your text messages.

Fishing Talk / Re: Terafirm tackle
« on: July 26, 2018, 03:02:12 PM »
Thanks for your opinions, here's what you can do with them.

Fishing Talk / Re: Terafirm tackle
« on: July 26, 2018, 02:23:11 PM »
And for those of you who may have missed it, or not had it air in your area, the video was shown on the evening news. The coverage was pretty positive and mentioned the safe release of the shark. If you watch the second video, you'll see how happy the woman was when she saw it swim away like a champ 8)

We can't take an adversarial stance and attack people who are not as educated or experienced as we are. That will only lead to them becoming defensive and attacking us even more. We need to educate the public so that they know the truth and help fishermen new to the sport to conduct themselves properly, like true fishermen, so that we can continue to enjoy our favorite activity and protect our wonderful fishery.

Or, you know, you can go fish for catfish ;D


Fishing Talk / Re: Terafirm tackle
« on: July 26, 2018, 02:11:39 PM »
Landing fish that we have been told not to land can be used as fodder for the anti-fishing folk.

Ben, you're out of line bro. The rules and regs say we must immediately release the fish once we identify it as a protected fish. You weren't there, I was, and you couldn't identify what it was until it was 10' away in the shore break.

Yes, at that point to comply with the letter of the law you should cut the line.

But, I have spoken with a number of DFW wardens in the field that all say privately that at that point they want you to remove the hardware if you can do it safely for the fish and the fisherman. To a man they have all said they want us to apply common sense and that they are not going to site anybody for landing and assisting the fish. They all also mentioned having a serious problem with pier fishermen that don't have licenses that hook into a large black sea bass or great white that are afraid to take the fish to the beach to release it because they are afraid if they step foot on the sand they will be cited for fishing without a license. Again, to a man all of the DFW wardens have said they would never do that and they wished fishermen would use some common sense.

If you do decide to land the fish to remove the hardware, do not stop to do anything but remove the hook and return it to the sea. No pictures. No measurements. Just land it safely as quickly as possible and return it immediately.

The agents in the field are the ones who are going to make the decision as to whether or not you are going to get a citation. And if they all tell me they would prefer me to handle a given situation a certain way, then I'm going to do everything within my abilities to meet their request.

This is a situation every land based big game fisherman should think about and decide for themselves what they are going to do before it happens so they know how to react should they face it.


Fishing Talk / Re: Terafirm tackle
« on: July 26, 2018, 01:52:11 PM »
Everybody cool yer jets.

I have contacted the reporter and invited her to come meet us and learn what's really going on so we can get the truth out there.

I also explained to her that by doing these posts the way she does, she is actually causing more people to fish for them because guys see the pics, get excited, naturally want to catch one too, and she has provided them with location and time of day. We all know that means more guys that don't know what they're doing that are going to pose a threat to the fish, themselves, and swimmers.

She will be busy with the US Open of surfing for the next couple of weeks, but we'll touch base again after that and try to arrange a time for her to actually come out and discover what's really happening.

We need to educate everybody involved, not attack the uninformed.


Contest & Events / Re: Summertime Catfish Contest - 2018
« on: July 25, 2018, 09:25:01 AM »
I can't post any pics yet as I am taking pics on my phone, but a good amount of cats have been caught.  The weirdest was thinking I was casting to a carp and having a 3# cat take it on the sink!

Casting to a carp?

Oh, how the mighty have fallen ;D

Tackle Talk / Re: Lies, Damnable Lies, and Fishing Gear Specs
« on: July 25, 2018, 09:23:42 AM »
That's what happens when the manufacturer listens to the engineer and not the machinist..


Salt Water Shore Fishing Reports / Re: Saturday Sharking
« on: July 24, 2018, 08:29:34 AM »
Better chance of catching a trout now then a shark with these conditions.

Not if you know how to catch sharks this time of year ;D

We just need a fool to paddle out some baits.

Ben likes to kayak ;D

Salt Water Shore Fishing Reports / Re: Saturday Sharking
« on: July 23, 2018, 11:30:18 AM »
Better chance of catching a trout now then a shark with these conditions.

Not if you know how to catch sharks this time of year ;D

Salt Water Shore Fishing Reports / Re: Saturday Sharking
« on: July 23, 2018, 09:59:10 AM »
Who's actually reeling them in?

Probably wasn't Chip.  ;D

Binh is this summer's savage! Better duck Chip, shots have been fired!!

Binh uses trout gear ;D

Fishing Talk / Tuna Heads and Carcases
« on: July 22, 2018, 08:53:53 AM »
If anybody has any tuna heads or carcasses left over, please let me know, I'll put them to good use ;D

Salt Water Shore Fishing Reports / Re: Saturday Sharking
« on: July 22, 2018, 08:51:35 AM »
I have a tuna head from a 39# ahi....

You should bring that bad boy up here ;D

Salt Water Shore Fishing Reports / Saturday Sharking
« on: July 21, 2018, 05:39:43 PM »
Because we just refuse to fish for catfish...

The big surf hasn't opened the salad bar at our favorite spot just yet, so we hit it Saturday AM hoping to squeeze in one more session.

We yaked out 5 baits, a tuna head, some ray chunks and a whole mac. I also tossed whole squid from shore.

The squish got some pretty steady action, but nothing to write home about.

The tuna head got picked up by something, but it dropped it. So we yaked it back out again.

Apparently tuna head was the magic bait. Something picked it up and started to run. We let it run for a good time before setting the hook, and it was on.

Landed a very husky 8' grinner ;D

Pulled the hook, got it back in the water and it swam away like a champ.

We yaked out another bait and waited for another hour or so with no action, so with the beach starting to fill up with turistas we called it at 11.

They're still out there kids. It's not easy, but they're there.

Beats the hell out of fishing for flatheads ;D

Anybody got any tuna heads ;D

Salt Water Shore Fishing Reports / Thursday Night Soak
« on: July 20, 2018, 02:24:34 PM »
Hit our favorite spot last night hoping to beat the big surf and accompanying salad bar. We fished the outgoing tide starting at 6:00pm. Salad was not a problem. We yaked out baits and shore cast. We saw two large sharks breach completely out of the water, so we know they're there.

But other than critters picking our baits to death, nothing :(

Oh well, nice to know they're still around. We're going to try to give it one last shot Saturday AM before the surf totally shuts us down for the next week.


Tackle Talk / Re: Lies, Damnable Lies, and Fishing Gear Specs
« on: July 19, 2018, 12:29:44 PM »
Capacity is likely just a math equation and never verified with actual line.

Unfortunately their math doesn't add up >:(

I've lost a couple of really big fish because I had to use a reel with 50 to 75 yards less line then the stated specs. I mean seriously, would it bankrupt them to actually spool up their reels with a couple of dozen different kinds of line and publish the results so we actually know what we're buying? In many cases for me it would have meant that I jumped up to the next sized reel.

I'd also like to know the real drag specs and how they computed them. Say at full spool, half spool and oh sh!t!

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