Journal Blog Entry
I picked up my first pack of Zman soft plastics a little under a year ago, and now it’s almost all I buy.
Anglers are always on the search for the best baits in the industry, and hard-earned money is used to buy these baits with the underlying promise that it will catch you more fish. This company has one specific reason that these baits stand out against competitors, ElaZtech plastic.
ElaZtech has solved a few problems that I have encountered with other plastics . First off, the durability of these baits are amazing. Generally I only go through about 1-2 baits after a full day of fishing, they hardly ever get destroyed by pufferfish and I don’t recall ever losing one while fighting a fish.
Another feature worthy of notice is that some of the products, such as the PogyZ and PaddlerZ, are scented with Pro-cure. Pro-cure is a scented fishing gel that is applied to the outside of baits to attract fish by smell instead of just sight. Many believe this is a key ingredient in getting picky fish to bite, and I can definitely say it hasn’t scared any fish away!
Matching the hatch? Not a problem! although these are not cinematic representations of specific fish like Live Target and Savage gear make, I think they do an excellent job representing a few different baitfish.
If I’m in an area where a lot of pinfish are present, I like to use a Scented PogyZ (which I also use for skipping because they have larger, flatter sides). For most general purposes however, my favorite is a Scented PaddlerZ. Although, if I see fish keying in on finger mullet a DieZel MinnowZ is hard to beat. Another advantage of the DieselZ minnow is a large wedge tail that will cause a bit more disturbance if you’re fishing in darker water.
Some cons about these baits: Although they are very durable, only 5 come in a pack and it comes out to about a dollar a bait. For most that shouldn’t be too much of a problem, unless you are use to throwing out your bait every time you switch colors. Another problem that has occurred to me is throughout the day when exposed directly to Florida’s sun, I’ve had a few baits melt in the package. Since then I’ve changed the way I store them (now in a large tupperware container with other plastics), and I don’t seem to have the problem anymore.
Most importantly- these baits catch fish. I know what my hand is already reaching for when I see a passing redfish. Simply put, these baits are another essential tool in my tackle box, and they have a very distinct advantage to other plastics in the market right now. Don’t believe me? Pick up a pack yourself, I’ve got the feeling you’ll be as hooked as the fish you’re catching!
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Great tip on how to remove the flex in the GearTrac on the L2Fish paddle board when using a “boom type” camera mount or to give a rod holder more support.
Click on this link to get the part you need: Mighty Mount
Photo Sent to me by Steve Hall.
“The Bates Brothers are working on this skiff in their shop. The measurements are 18 feet by 83 inches at the cap and 58 inches at the chine beam. They estimate that it will be sub 1000 lbs when rigged and outfitted. I am digging the lines. the splash rail on this skiff is cool. “
ICAST 2015 was a lot of fun and I enjoyed seeing many friends from all over the globe that attended. New products were introduced by some innovative companies and one in particular, had me scratching my head. I came across two different companies offering products that do basically the same thing. However, they couldn’t be further apart when it comes to price.
The first was Tauten, Inc. They have two models of line cutters, The Tauten Precision Line Cutter – Pro Elite and the Limited Edition. The Pro Elite retails for $119 and the Limited Edition for $229.
The second was, Line Cutterz. They make a double bladed ring that fits on your finger or attaches to any cylindrical object about the same diameter. It retails at select stores for $9.99.
This is where logic steps in and begs the question: Do I really need to spend $120 on something to cut fishing line?
For years people have used, knives, fingernail clippers, scissors and my favorite; biting through the line. Although, with braided lines this is a thing of the past. Cutting line is not an art form, but rather a necessity. We are not threading needles, but rather tying on leader or tying on your favorite lure. To say that this company has, “jumped the shark” is putting it mildly.
They have their work cut out for them trying to sell the Pro Elite that is nearly 12x’s the cost of a product that does the same thing, meanwhile the Limited Edition is 23x’s the cost of the Line Cutterz Ring.
So what is it that would prompt you to buy the Tauten cutter over the Line Cutterz? Comment below, I’d like to hear from you.
I had a the chance to try some Mustad’s New Ultra point jig heads. I did not know this but Mustad who has provided hooks for many jig head companies out there has never themselves produced a Mustad Brand jig head.
This year they are out for ICAST 2015. They are targeting the fresh as well as saltwater.
They have made all the jig heads with their durable and sharp Ultra Point technology. If you fish saltwater strength and durability is a key factor when it comes to fishing for larger fish.
Mustad is doing a full launch next week at ICAST 2015. They will a variety of colors, weight, hook sizes and style.
Here are some photos of the sample they gave me to try out.
Got in the new Daiwa Saltiga 8000HDF the Black US version. This reel is magsealed with 66lbs of max drag. For a spinning reel that is quite amazing.
Weight: 30.0 oz
Gear Ratio: 5.7:1 … the DF is 4.3:1
Line per Crank: 56.7″
Capacity: 80lb/600 yards, 100lb test /480 yards
Max Drag: 66.0 lbs
Retail Price: $1099.00
Wingmater boats is a boat company out of Lakeland Florida. You guys probably have not heard of them but they have been building skiffs/boats for other companies for over 10 years.
This year they decided to start building their own line of boats. Their first boat is a micros skiff named the Sandpiper 150. It is named after the shore birds and the dimensions is 14 feet 8 inches with the widest point of the boat to be 52″.
With 25 years in experience in composite including the 10 just in boats they wanted to make something special. They wanted to build a quality boat and decided to start off by building everything with Carbon Kevlar.
Quite impressive considering most other boat companies charge extra for Kevlar.
Thought it is not a tunnel hull and does not run any shallower than other boats of this size, it does floats really skinny. Depending on load its draft is 4 to 6 inches. With a 15hp package I got up to 24mph with me at 200lbs and my friend Josh who weighs in at 250lbs plus gear.
That boat has a poling platform and like the boat is also made out of carbon. The chine on the on the front was a little concern to me. I was thinking that it might made for some some hull slap. However with an angler up front, the chine goes under the water line and the boat is very quiet. I would think the same goes if you had a trolling motor up front and you are the only angler.
The package they are selling it with included the Carbon Kevlar boat, the 15 hp 4 stroke Tohatsu motor and custom built aluminum trailer for a $7995.00. Compare to everything else it sounds like a pretty good price point. If you don’t want the motor or already have one, they do sell the hull and trailer for $6195. They do not sell the boat with out the custom trailer at this time.
Besides running it to get some pics, I have not fished out of it yet. I am waiting for a trolling motor to be installed. After this I will be taking it on a fishing road trip to get even more media. Can’t wait to get some fish slime on it.
This is me running the Sandpiper 150 using the gopro hero 4 in slow motion mode at 120fps at 1080p
Aerial of the Sandpiper 150
South Carolina, commonly known to us sportsman as the “lowcountry”; is a part of the world rich in history, good food, great fishing, and that good ole’ southern hospitality of the true south. I had an opportunity to make my first visit to the lowcountry this early Fall. This was a great opportunity to live all the great things I had always read and heard about via old writings, bayside discussions, and social media. I spent a couple days in Beaufort and then in Charleston, taking part in some flood tide and lowtide fishing, cast and blasting, and without a doubt the best southern food this foodie has ever tasted.
The floodtide was a completely new experience itself. I witnessed the giant tides flush into the spartina marsh and fill in the once dry fields of spartina grass teaming with fiddler crabs and snails.
As the water rose, redfish began to snake their way into the grass, subtlety pushing over blades of grass like ninjas, sneaking into clearings and tailing on fiddler crabs.
And as the tide rose up and covered up the tails of redfish, it marked time to stow away the fly rods and replace it with a shotgun in hand. Shooting birds out of a flats skiff was a definite first and definitely won’t be the last. Rather then be stealthy, the name to this game is to make your presence known, flushing marsh hens (clapper rails for those curious about what they actually are) out of the grass, allowing us to take the shot. This is a practice rich in history to itself.
The cast and blast experience in the lowcountry was greatly complimented with some of the most beautiful coastal scenes I had ever witnessed.
Special thanks to my hosts for making my first visit really special:
Capt. Owen Plair (http://www.redfishbeaufort.com/)
Will Abbot (http://www.floodtideco.com/)
Andy and Connie Villacres
Len and Jeannie Villacres
The bottom of the camera mount is a thumb screw so you won’t have to scrounging around for a screw driver or key everything you want to mounting your camera. As long as the camera is not too heavy you can move the swivel based to whatever angle you like for the best angles.
In theory you can mount these things anywhere but for our purpose we will be talking about using them in fishing boats and kayaks.
One of the problems with kayak fishing or fishing alone (amongst other things) is when you get a good catch you want a good photo to share with friends and social media. If you’re like most people 90% of the photo is your crotch or ridiculously hunched over.
With the advent of Rail system they have a camera mount kit with a universal tripod screw of 1/4-20. This means pretty much any camera will work with it as log as it has a tripod mount. These kits are versatile as they get with rails, bar and flat surface mount kits.
The based is an 8 point star mount so it will not spin randomly on you. The lock mechanism allows for quick lock the unit as it will not fall out .
Bellow are some examples of the photos that I used the camera mount on a boat and kayak to get some selfies while fishing alone.
Above is a I have it mounted on my grab rail with the camera at eye level.
Bellow I have it mounting on the deck with the camera pointing down a little.
Besides the camera mounting kit they have a variety of options. Options like rod holders, gps, phone, lights, etc.
They come with stainless steel hardware to minimize rust so you wont have to run all over town looking at Home Depot, Lowes, Ace looking for them.
I will be using the other accessories as I get it mounted but for now very happy with the camera selfie system.
If you have any interest you can check it out at Yak Gear.com .