Reel Scream

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  1. June is a great time for Mako's off of OC, Spent many hours drifting the Fingers, the Hot dog Lump and Massey's canyon. Should be some good Bluefin around too. Good luck!
  2. I have twin 2006 Yamaha F150's on my boat. I have over 1300 hours on each engine( bought the boat with approx 130 hours each in spring of 2008). I have used Mobile one high mileage full synthetic 10W30 since day one. The high mileage formula has a few extra additives that are supposed to be good for the outboard application. Just remember that Yamaha is not in the oil making business, they contract it out to their specs. From my understanding the Mobile One I use exceeds those specs. A five quart jug from Wallyworld will run you around $24 or so. I am also going to give you a filter list for whats easiest to pick up locally for you: They are as follows: Alternatives Yamaha F150 Filters: Purolator PureOne: PL-10241 Purolator Premium Plus: L-10241 Hastings: LF-494 Baldwin: B-1405 WIX 51348 K&N: HP1002 Mobil-1: M1-102 Sierra Marine: 18-7906 Fram PH 3512 I did a bunch of research and have been using the Purolator Pure One filters. I think they do a great job and are readily available at Advanced, Autozone ect. I have been using this Lucas Marine Full synthetic gear lube. Here is a link on Amazon to what I have been using, But shop around, you can usually find a better deal if you look a little: And if you ever need to do your water pump I have found you can get away with up to 3 years in fresh water. I usually go every 2 just to be on the safe side. Here is a listing for the basic service kit for your engine: SIM marine is a great place to deal with and their service is excellent. Andy Jr runs the place and even lent me a special tool to remove the caps on one of my trim motors when I had to replace a seal. The above is the stuff I use and have over 2600 hours of real world use to attest to. Hope this helps you out. Take care. Frank
  3. That's why they call them reef donkey's, because they will kick your a*#. Nice trip,congrats
  4. Thanks Penny & best of luck! See you in the spring Frank & Amy
  5. Hi, Depending on where you are staying , I will try to give some info. If you are staying North(Duck,Corolla,Kitty Hawk,Nags Head) Then fishing out of Oregon inlet would be your best bet. There are two inlets, the 1st one you cross is Oregon inlet. There is a marina right before you get to the bridge. They have numerous charters that run from there. Offshore trips run about $1900 or so for the day plus tips. The inshore will guides will take you inshore(sound side) or near shore(ocean side). The inshore trips that time of year will target flounder, blues,gray trout, small red drum, cobia & spanish mackerel. They will charge around $450 for a 1/2 day and $600 for 3/4. The offshore bite is going to be mostly Dolphin that time of year with a few yellowfin & wahoo mixed in & there is always a chance for a Marlin. Now, if you are staying further south on the island, say from Avon & south(Buxton,Frisco or Hatteras Village) you can then slide down to Hatteras inlet to fish. There are a number of great guides that fish out of Teach's Lair Marina. Inshore trips out of Hatteras run around $325/350 for 1/2 day and $500/600 full day. The offshore trips are much cheaper as well. You can go offshore for a full day from around $1000/$1300 a day depending on the boat. Same fish inshore/offshore as mentioned above. The Cobia bite will typically be winding down by then, but there are always a few around. The inshore/nearshore guys will also run you to some of the numerous artificial reefs/wrecks in the area to bottom fish for Amberjacks, Almacojacks, Triggerfish & Black Sea bass. Beach fishing that time of the year offers numerous species, Flounder,Gray trout,Sea Mullet,Blues,Red Drum,Black Drum,Croakers.You can buy an over sands permit from the National Park service.We cruise the beach looking for "holes" which are breaks in the outer sand bars that give the fish easier access to the troughs running parallel to the beach. Equipment wise, I would take a medium 7' spinning rod and a 10' to 11' surf set up with me. That way,you can cast plastics,jigs& bait to catch flounder,trout, sea mullet ect. Also,have some metal lures ready if some Spanish mackerel or Blues come crashing through. Tons of fun on lite tackle. You can then soak the big rod with fresh bunker or mullet for Drum & sharks. They always catch a few Cobia of the beach every year as well. We always stay at the south end of the island(Buxton,Frisco & mostly Hatteras). If you buy an over sands permit, make sure you take a jack,small shovel,a tow strap and a board to support the jack.We go down around 5 or 6 times a year.We just got back from a week duck hunting & a little bit of surf fishing,had a ball as usual. Here's a pic of the boss fighting a decent shark from the other day. Hope this helps, good luck and have fun!
  6. About the same, as of 7:38 pm SaturdayNorthwest winds 15 to 20 knots becoming west. Sunny. Waves 1 to 3 feet building to 3 to 5 feet.
  7. Here ya go, report as of 7:46 pm SaturdayNorthwest winds 15 to 20 knots diminishing to 10 to 15 knots. Mainly clear. Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 3 to 5 feet...then subsiding to 1 to 3 feet.
  8. Just a follow up on boat length. Shot an email to Bill Hilts asking for his input. He said, as he reads the rules its an 18' minimum for all boats Pro or Am. You should check into it to make sure your not going to have a problem. Best of luck to all!
  9. You might want to check with tournament control & make sure you you won't have a problem if your boat is only 17", rule # 6 6 - BOAT RESTRICTION AND IDENTIFICATION: Boat size will be limited to no less than 18 Good luck
  10. Updated at 7:30p today forWestern Lake O FridaySouthwest winds 10 to 15 knots becoming west 15 to 20 knots. Showers and scattered thunderstorms in the morning... then a chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 1 to 3 feet. Friday NightWest winds 15 to 20 knots becoming southwest and diminishing to less than 10 knots overnight. Showers likely overnight. Waves 1 to 3 feet subsiding to 1 foot or less. SaturdaySoutheast winds 5 to 15 knots becoming west 15 to 20 knots. Showers. Waves 2 feet or less building to 2 to 4 feet. Saturday NightWest winds 15 to 25 knots. Rain showers likely in the evening...then a chance of rain showers overnight. Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 4 to 7 feet. SundayWest winds 15 to 25 knots diminishing to 10 to 15 knots. A chance of rain showers. Waves 4 to 7 feet subsiding to 2 to 4 feet.
  11. Try adding some baking soda to your brine mixture. It will help keep the it bright and shiny.
  12. The surf fishing will be pretty slow on the Northern beaches(Duck,Corolla,Nags Head) this time of year ,except for skates & dogfish. It would be a little bit of a drive, but Buxton & south will give you the best chance to connect on some fish. A SW wind will really helps this time of year. They have been catching some puppy drum(slot red drum), blow toads(puffers=tasty) blues ,some flounder and a few black drum. Some big red drum( 40 + inchers) have also been caught the last few days at the point and down on Ocracoke. You can soak some bunker on the bottom for some big drum on a 10 to 11 ft surf rod, and then take a 7 ft spinning rod and cast bucktails or curly tails(4" Gulp swimming mullet is my favorite) on 1/2 to 3/4 oz jigs for the smaller drum, blues and flounder. If you are thinking of doing a charter, we go with Jay Daniels on Runaway out of Teach's Lair. We do 3 to 4 charters a year with him and have never been disappointed. BlackfinTuna fishing has been good when they can go and they have pulled a few big bluefin as well. You can always bottom fish for triggerfish, beeliners (vermillion snapper) and Amberjack if the tuna don't want to play. We go to Hatteras 3 to 4 times a year, it's one of our favorite places to visit. We are leaving on Tuesday for a quick 5 day trip and will be staying in Buxton for this trip. Surf rods are all packed and ready to go.You can buy a 7 day OVR permit to drive on the beach for $50 at the Park office. Make sure you take a jack,shovel,board and tow strap if you want to try the beach. We might do a charter if the conditions a cooperate. Hope this helps, have fun.
  13. If you go with the Optima 31 blue tops, you could buy them online from Advanced auto and use coupon code TRT30 at checkout. It will take off $50 per battery. You can pick them up at the store Just do two separate transactions.I'll order one in my name and then one in the wife's. Save you a $100 if that helps. I have used the codes for years, just do a google search for Advanced Auto coupon codes to find other codes.
  14. You can also post your question on the website The Hull Truth. I have gotten tons of great info off of that site over the years. Good luck