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A $59.00 Saltwater Rod with full cork handle? Hellbent inshore rods Review

No 8 Tackle is a sister company of 13 Fishing. They are based out of Tampa Florida and has increased in market share steadily in the last couple years.

I was visting the office they wanted me to try out a new rod they came out with call the Hell Bent inshore
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They asked me to guess how much it was. I looked it, noticed the nice grip, the full cork handle and the fairly light weight. I blurted out $100 to $149 retail. They told me it was retailing for $59.00.

I don’t know about you but most ot he rods I have seen at $59.00 is either an ugly stick or fresh water rods that don’t last very long in the salt. I don’t believe I have even seen a $59.00 rod with full cork and stainless steel guides made for saltwater.

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They let me use a medium light model to try out. I used it during a tournament and fished it for 8 hours on the water. I casted plugs, jigs and jerk baits. I must say it feels pretty good. Much nicer than any $59.00 rod I have ever used. The rod feels like a $100 rod easy.

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The grip was contour, the cork when it gets wet you don’t loose grip. The weight was good, not as light as the high end $260 Envy rods which was understandable.

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The rod has a nice soft tip. It cast lures well and should have no problem with shrimp and white bait.

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If you are looking to get a decent rod under $60.00 it is definitely worth checking out. I would think guides would love this rod as well for their clients. I would recommend this rod to anyone wanting an economical good rod with cork and casting action. I’ve only tried one of the model but they have over 12 variations of the Hellbent rods all under $60.00

http://store.no8tackle.com/c/saltwater_rods_hellbent-inshore

 

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Chokoloskee, Everglades fishing April 6th 2015

Kent (of BLAF fame) and I took the opportunity to get out and fish this past Monday down in the west side of the Everglades aka Chokoloskee.

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We are both owners of a Ranger Flats boat but we wanted to get in the back country so the Wingmaster Sandpiper 150 was the obvious choice.

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Waking up the next morning to make the run we had breakfast at the local eatery. Most of the captains there said the fishing has been excellent which was a good great sign.

Most however has been fishing bait on the outside.

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After about an hour run it did not take long for us to start getting hits on topwater. Unfortunately most top water blow ups was a swing and a miss.

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After a few experimenting with new lures I switch to a white weedless jerk bait. The best combination we found was a white Logic Lure jerk bait and with a weighted Mustad Powerlock Hook.

 

The other lure that worked great was the Savage Gear 3D Manic shrimp. It was weedless and slow sinker which allow for it to hover right over the grass.

I was quite surprised how durable the shrimp was. I used one shrimp the entire trip but had to change out several of the jerk baits out. I was using the clear one bellow but I’m thinking about bringing the white version next time.

 

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The bite was quite steady. We ended up catching about 30 snooks and 4 redfish through out the day.  We ran about 50 to 60 miles and burn about 4 gallons of gas. You have to love small boats. :)

Everglades run video using a Rail Blaza camera mount on the Poling platform.

A day in a life … fishing

I fished the Sticken’ Pigz tournament as the defending champ this year. We won it last year with a weight of over 15.5lbs for one trout and one red fish.

Weight was over 15.5 lbs

Weight was over 15.5 lbs

This year however it was not to be. All we could manage was average trout and no decent redfish for the weigh in.

However, I did bring my camera with me to document the day’s journey .. here is a 2 minute video I put together of the day’s events.

A day in a life … fishing

Sony A7s Low light photos and video, shooting at 20,000 iso

One of the things about getting photos at first light or in the evening is the lack of light. This is especially frustrating when the fish are tailing or tarpon are rolling you just can not get the shutter speed high enough to freeze the motion at low iso and at high iso there is too much noise.

Any solution before this has always been unaffordable for most people.

In 2014 Sony came out with a line of camera , the A7 series. One of the Camera is the A7s is currently the low light king. At only 12mp it is 1/3 the megapixel of the 36 of the A7r.

However since the the sensor are the same size it is very light sensitive making it an awesome in low light.

I shot with this camera last night from 8000 iso to 20,000 iso with out a use of any flash.

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Mustad How to: The San Diego Jam knot with Ricky Teschendorf from 13fishing

Another Mustad How to:

I shot this yesterday at the 13 fishing office. Not too bad for shooting outside with construction noise all around me.

Originated as a fast and reliable way to tie heavy jigs by west coast tuna fisherman on long-range boats. It is quick and easy to tie.
Here Ricky Teschendorf from 13fishing shows us the San Diego jam knot.

Sea, Sky, and Travel- Moments Etched in Image by Jan Maizler

 

 

 

Sea, Sky, and Travel – Moments Etched in Image

 

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Jan Maizler

 

 

Though photos got their start for me as support for content in articles and books, they’ve evolved into recording and journaling my passion for travel. Some of the destinations appearing here are St. Maarten, Miami, Alaska, Barbados, Belize, The Yucatan, Sanibel, Flamingo, Sarasota, Curacao, the Florida Keys, Israel, Greece, Louisiana, Italy, and Argentina. When photos are for my amusement instead of commercial requirements, I have no shame breaking all the rules. Focus and camera shake might be tossed to the wind, as will noise and graininess. Sometimes I saturate and boost to diabetic levels. My depth of field approaches are not consistent. I do think photos should be special units of emotions (both good and bad) and cherished memories as well as the traditional representational approach. Sometimes, it’s best not to just think out of the box- it’s best to leave that encumbrance entirely. More can be found at www.flatsfishingonline.com.

 

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New for 2015 Daiwa Saltiga 8000HDF Dogfight U.S. Version pics

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″
Bearings: 13(3MBB+2CRBB)+1
Capacity: 80lb/600 yards, 100lb test /480 yards
Max Drag: 66.0 lbs

Retail Price: $1099.00

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2015 Daiwa Saltiga 8000H US version

2015 Daiwa Saltiga 8000H US version

2015 Daiwa Saltiga 8000H US version

2015 Daiwa Saltiga 8000H US version

2015 Daiwa Saltiga 8000H US version

2015 Daiwa Saltiga 8000H US version

2015 Daiwa Saltiga 8000H US version

2015 Daiwa Saltiga 8000H US version

2015 Daiwa Saltiga 8000H US version

2015 Daiwa Saltiga 8000H US version

2015 Daiwa Saltiga 8000H US version

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2015 Daiwa Saltiga 8000H US version

2015 Daiwa Saltiga 8000H US version

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2015 Daiwa Saltiga 8000H US version

2015 Daiwa Saltiga 8000H US version

2015 Daiwa Saltiga 8000H US version

2015 Daiwa Saltiga 8000H US version

2015 Daiwa Saltiga 8000H US version

Florida Osceola Turkey photos and video March 16, 2015 using the Panasonic GH4

Had an opportunity to shoot some videos and photos today of wild Osceola turkey during the mating season.

These photos and video was shot with the Panasonic GH4 camera with a Nikon lens adapter.

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Florida Osceola Turkey

Flats Retro in Black and White by Jan Maizler

 

 

 

 

Flats Retro in Black and White

By

Jan Maizler

Here’s some images of shallow water marine fishing in the “simplicity” of black and white. The anglers, captains, lodges, and destinations are diverse: Captains Ricky Sawyer (Abaco, Bahamas), Jason Sullivan (Flamingo, Florida), Benny Blanco (Flamingo), Ralph Allen (Punta Gorda, Florida), Bob Branham (Biscayne Bay, Florida),  Carl Ball (Biscayne Bay), Kyle Messier(Crystal River, Florida), Greg Dini (Hopedale, La.), Emir Marin (Ambergris Caye, Belize), Matt Hoover (Goodland, Florida), and Rob Munoz (Biscayne Bay). My friend Alan Williams is in the shot with Jason and the snook. The lodges and outfitters involved in some of these images are Cajun Fishing Adventures (Buras, La.), El Pescador Lodge (Ambergris Caye, Belize) and KingFisher Fleet (Punta Gorda).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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