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  1. Thinking about adding a second set of dipsies to my spread. Currently run wire dipsies. I see that many people run wire and braid. Is there a benefit to running wire with braid? Why not just run all wire? Is that because they started with braid before they went to wire rigs? Are you limited to rigs you can run on the one side - ie 10" paddles on both rigs? What about rod length? Is it really necessary to have one rod longer than the other? Any tips or advice on making this happen with the least amount of pain would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Have used a Tohatsu 8hp for the last two years with zero issues. Pushes my 19 foot Deep-V nicely and sips gas. Bought it from online outboards.com. Was shipped in a few days and I went and picked it up at the FedEx terminal. Would do it again without hesitation.
  3. No ****. Never had to work so hard to give someone my money. Don't answer emails either.
  4. Another vote for Convectors. Have 30s, 40s and 55s with no issues. Get the high speeds for your longer copper and core rigs. I also run the older version of Diawa's Accudepth 47LCs for my wire lines as well. If the price was the same, I would give the Coldwaters a hard look. Have heard good things about them. Regardless of the brand/model, a smooth drag is key. For older reels, Tuna Tom sells upgrade parts. You can find some shops selling new reels with the drags slready upgraded.
  5. Props to Bikinibottom. Couldn't be more satisfied with my weights.
  6. +1 Here is their web page (still have to buy through e-bay store. Good quality. Ridiculous selection. Good service. Home (fishingluretape.com)
  7. If you are still making weights, I would like a pair of 12 pound torpedos. Let me know and I will send a check your way. Sent you a PM as well.
  8. I'll take them if Outwest passes Let me know if they are still available.
  9. Had some track and rod holders that were thrown in when I bought my boat. I believe the holders are Big Jon and the track and adapter appear to be Tite-Lok (?), but I am not able to find any info on the mount/riser. Hoping someone can give me some insight into what I have here.
  10. Acetone will strip the paint off spoons quickly. Just treat it with respect. Some argue that it's just nail polish remover, but I always wear a mask/gloves and use it in a well-ventilated area.
  11. +1 Put the tape on your pant leg before you put it on your bait. Will stay in place, but won't pull the paint. I also use a circle template from Hobby Lobby, which allows me to change the size of the kill dot. Just mask off the ones next to the one you are using with painter's tape. All that said, eventually you will be able to shoot a dot freehand. The soft edges really make it pop.
  12. My better half gave me one of these for Christmas. Quality product at a fair price. May end up getting a second one.
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