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    bigduke got a reaction from phil030 in 3Rd Annual Everglades Fishing/camping Trip   
    Im really hoping to attend, I lost my doggy sitter, so if I find a doggy sitter I trust, its on like Donky Kong.  Anywhere you guys want to go. 
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    bigduke got a reaction from phil030 in 3Rd Annual Everglades Fishing/camping Trip   
    The food and camaraderie were great, fishing was tough due to winds.  I kinda like the idea of Florida City in case I lose my Huggie and need to buy another one.  Unless I find it......its around this place somewhere.....
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    bigduke got a reaction from phil030 in 3Rd Annual Everglades Fishing/camping Trip   
    The food and camaraderie were great, fishing was tough due to winds.  I kinda like the idea of Florida City in case I lose my Huggie and need to buy another one.  Unless I find it......its around this place somewhere.....
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    bigduke got a reaction from phil030 in 3Rd Annual Everglades Fishing/camping Trip   
    The food and camaraderie were great, fishing was tough due to winds.  I kinda like the idea of Florida City in case I lose my Huggie and need to buy another one.  Unless I find it......its around this place somewhere.....
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    bigduke got a reaction from phil030 in Penn Battle 2 2500 And Quantum Accurist 20   
    SOLD
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    bigduke got a reaction from phil030 in Bubba Blade...amazing fillet knife   
    Im faster than my friends with electric knives. I think they are a great tool though.  I have some older friends whom elecrtic knives do great, just not for me.  Never saw one in a fish house, and that probably says it all.  Good for grunts and sheapshead.
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    bigduke reacted to ladyluck in Kings?   
    hey big Duke... I want a photo of that.
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    bigduke got a reaction from phil030 in Kings?   
    I'm planning on entering the inner tube division wearing shower shoes, a thong and a light coat of oil. 
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    bigduke reacted to captainbaty in Fluorocarbon.   
    Fluorocarbon line and fluorocarbon leader are not the same. Leader material is more abrasive resistant. That said if fishing open water the fluorocarbon line can be used as leader.
    Personally I can make 30% longer casts with braid.
    For reds that's a must
    CATCHUM UP!!!!!!!!!!!
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    bigduke got a reaction from phil030 in Bubba Blade...amazing fillet knife   
    For an independent review of filet knives search up Filet Knife Guide.com It gives you the top ten for 2015.  I couldn't link the site.
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    bigduke got a reaction from phil030 in Bubba Blade...amazing fillet knife   
    At ICAST I spent an inordinate amount of time with the Dexter Knife rep and VP.  They suggested for saltwater uses that the soft grip is the best of the series.  I currently use the Basic in the serrated and 6" and the traditional in the 8".  The wood handle on my traditional has finally started to separate.  They said the quality of the steel on the  soft grip is as good as they have and better than the traditional which is very good.  I clean sometimes hundreds of pounds of fish at t a time.  Not soft fish either like pompano, kings ect.....   Im not going to say which knife is the best because I have not used them all.  I like Dexter, and sell the Bubbas.  I get a lot of feed back on the bubbas.  Once I push guys to the Dexters they don't come back. 
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    bigduke reacted to mxbeebop in Fluorocarbon.   
    I switch to mono on my spin reels for winter reds. I use the 8lb spider wire, double surgeon, to 15lb flouro. Mainly because I'm cheap and they need to be reloaded by the end of summer. That being said I think I get more strikes, this could all be a fabrication of my mind, but I think it's clear, floats, and is less apt to spook fish if you line one.
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    bigduke reacted to poyssick in Fluorocarbon.   
    I have it on three casting rods. Flat, not pistol grips. I use them for dock fishing in the winter. The top 100' of the line is 20lb fluorocarbon and I do not use leaders most of the time. If I do it is thirty lb same make, same color.
     
    It handles the rough structure way better. And it does not have the memory of regular mono either. But to tell you the truth I still use regular mono for a lot of stuff. Trolling for sure.
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    bigduke got a reaction from phil030 in Knots And Super Glue.   
    All great and true points.  The dowel is a great idea.  I use my pliers.  They have new tying tools to hold hooks and tie knots.  I even noticed Fishermans Glue being sold at Bass Pro. 
     
    Phil is correct your leader can be too long and when it goes through the guides it is a huge problem.  However when you use a topshot you have to deal with it so the smaller and smoother the knot the better.
     
    You know LOL fishing gets more difficult and technical all the time. I remember fondly the days of worms a cane pole and bobber with my Grandfather.
     
    One last comment I keep the Crazy Glue in my tackle box its the only one with a brush tat does not have the cap get glues shut or dry out in the car.
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    bigduke got a reaction from phil030 in Knots And Super Glue.   
    Actually Crazy glue with the brush applicator is very easy to use on the water. I use it for knots and I brush it on jigs and hooks with plastics. It then holds the plastics on like nobodys business. I would like to see a study on all the knots and using glues. My experience is it helps. Especially on heavy leader to hooks and terminal tackle. I have a feeling that on line to line applications certain knots would be helped by the glue and some may knot be able to perform as designed. It would be great to see a comprehensive study.
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    bigduke got a reaction from phil030 in Knots And Super Glue.   
    Actually Crazy glue with the brush applicator is very easy to use on the water. I use it for knots and I brush it on jigs and hooks with plastics. It then holds the plastics on like nobodys business. I would like to see a study on all the knots and using glues. My experience is it helps. Especially on heavy leader to hooks and terminal tackle. I have a feeling that on line to line applications certain knots would be helped by the glue and some may knot be able to perform as designed. It would be great to see a comprehensive study.
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    bigduke got a reaction from ladyluck in Knots And Super Glue.   
    Question of the day. I have been pondering this for a while. Particularly when tying Line to line knots.
     
    So how much holding power does super gluing the knot ad?
     
    I ask this because I can tie lots of knots like many of you. Some are easier than others, some are a downright pain in the a$$. But an even more important issue is the size of the knot. Some knots are long, some are thick and some hang up when casting or are hard on guides.
     
    So there is an additional holding power to a knot by adding super glue. So if you have a 98% knot does that make it 100%? You cant really get any usable strength in a knot over 100%. So if you take forever tying a bimini twist, Albright, FG knot or any of the many others, can adding super glue allow you to use a easier to tie knot that goes through leaders easier yet make it a reasonable strong connection? For example would tying a Red Phillups knot and super gluing it become a reasonable choice due to its small size and the ease in which it goes through guides?
     
    Well lets see what you guys think.
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    bigduke got a reaction from at last in Grouper And Reef Fishing Gear   
    You know the more I think I know, the more I learn how little I know.
     
    Great start to a comment about what gear right?
     
    So Ok here are some things about grouper fishing that you need to know. Most of the time Grouper are not hook or line shy, so going heavy is fine, however its those times that they are is when you separate the men from the boys.
     
    Second braid is super sensitive, but does not give. Fast reels may give you an advantage in the first few seconds of battle to keep a grouper from finding his rocky home but can literally rip the hook out of a groupers rather soft mouth. When a grouper is trying to escape from you he will make several lunges that will tear bigger and bigger holes in the area that you hooked him. Often times if you allow a grouper any slack the hook can literally drop out of that hole.
     
    Braid having little stretch is sensitive and strong, but without give you can tear a hook through a groupers mouth. So if you fish with braid to be effective you need to use some mono as a top shot as a shock absorber. I feel a minimum of 30 feet is necessary. Also a softer rod is needed to allow for the lunges of a big grouper.
     
    If you use Mono you can use a stiffer rod. But you have to be quick on the uptake and a locked down drag is a good idea. The problem with mono is that it is thicker and requires more weight to hold it on the bottom. A fluorocarbon leader is always a good idea. But remember Fluorocarbon is a bit like braid in that it has little stretch. So it is not an effective Shock Absorber. Diamond Mono has a lot of shock absorbing abilities as does World Wide Sportsman Camo Mono. Diamond is some awesome stuff for black and Gag Grouper.
     
    Speed is not always your friend. I had a motto of speed kills when fishing grouper until I found that when fishing big baits for big grouper you can often slowly lift them off the bottom as they take your bait. They then hook themselves when they lunge realizing something is off. But by then they are ten to twelve foot of the bottom. With a hard strike give them hell, with a soft strike gently begin to raise your rod feeling the bend and begin taking in line until the lunge.
     
    Inshore wrecks and reefs are not going to hold grouper over twenty pounds very often and usually much smaller. Heavy line over 60#s 0r leader over 60# is usually overkill and will give you fewer bites. In fact there are times when you are better off with a knocker rig or jig on 30# leader. I call this finesse grouper fishing. In this case a spinning rig rules!!! But learning how to short pump and steer a big gag from making it to its home is a learning curve
     
    In deeper water against big grouper a fine conventional reel that is two speed with a lever drag is king. You can take your first few turns at 6.1 on a locked down drag then push the drag to the strike position allowing some forgiveness in the drag keeping the hook from pulling out of the fish. And then drop the speed down to 3.1 to allow for a smooth retrieve of the fish to the surface not allowing for fish losing slack.
     
    So without writing a book, you can fish light spinning tackle in some circumstances when the grouper are picky, you can fish a stouter boat rod with mono on a faster reel as the mono has give. If you fish braid use a top shot and a softer tipped rod with a stronger fore end like an Ugly Stick Tiger lite.
     
    Some good reels I suggest are the Shimano Thunnus or Saragosa for finesse fishing Grouper with a good jigging rod like a Trevala or an Offshore Extreme. My favorite finesse rig is a 6000 Thunnus with 50# World Wide Sportsman Blue Braid on a Offshore Extreme, Extreme Jigging rod 7ft with a 30 foot Flouro leader to a T & A Jighead tipped with a sardine, Live shrimp or pinfish. The rod has enough give to allow for the groupers lunges yet enough backbone to short pump a grouper away from his lair. It may change how you fish.
     
    Conventional reels like a Saltist two speed or Saltiga two speed are great for the big Gags and Blacks. If you are on a budget look at the Penn Senators and Squalls. Use some Diamond mono and lock down that Drag!!! A short rod with rollers will give you an advantage on a big fish. Remember if you get rocked up set the rod down and take all the tension of the line and start fishing with another rod. More often than not that big grouper will come back out.
     
    With all that said I learn something new every time I am out. I have changed how I fish many times. The secret to a great fisherman is flexibility and the ability to learn and adapt.
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    bigduke got a reaction from phil030 in Sufix Warrior 8Ft Fishing Rod, More Of A Question Really.   
    an inexpensive rod made that suffix lent its name to for what is often called a special purchase.
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    bigduke got a reaction from phil030 in Icelocker Cooler Vs Yeti Cooler   
    Yes I had it in Flamingo and had almost all the Ice I had put in it when I went down thanks to Nu-Ice.  Yes Nu-Ice is worth every penny.
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    bigduke got a reaction from phil030 in Icelocker Cooler Vs Yeti Cooler   
    On the other hand I do have to come clean.  I do have the Yeti upgrade.


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    bigduke got a reaction from ladyluck in Icelocker Cooler Vs Yeti Cooler   
    I've been using Nu-Ice.  I use cheaper Igloo style coolers and I honestly can keep Ice in my cooler for an easy 5 days.  Just by putting a marine nu-ice on the bottom and some Ice on top. 
     
    I don't need much Ice at all for day trips anymore.  I regular size nu-ice bag and the ice from my refrigerator/freezer tray last all day.  The Nu-Ice has paid for itself several times over.
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    bigduke got a reaction from poyssick in Fishing Journals.   
    I will put something together Poyssick, I have plenty of pictures.  I know Hubbard's uses a bunch of them so they must be OK
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    bigduke got a reaction from poyssick in Fishing Journals.   
    I will put something together Poyssick, I have plenty of pictures.  I know Hubbard's uses a bunch of them so they must be OK
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    bigduke got a reaction from phil030 in Icelocker Cooler Vs Yeti Cooler   
    On the other hand I do have to come clean.  I do have the Yeti upgrade.


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