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by Drakestar
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Rods
Topic: Relaxing/Rounding Out Cork Handles?
Replies: 5
Views: 137

Re: Relaxing/Rounding Out Cork Handles?

Thanks for the replies. Taking a road trip in 100” heat has already helped the handles, they’re noticeably less squashed. Maybe it’s just the passing time, not the warmth, but I’ll try some heat one I’m back home, as well.
by Drakestar
Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:30 am
Forum: Rods
Topic: Relaxing/Rounding Out Cork Handles?
Replies: 5
Views: 137

Relaxing/Rounding Out Cork Handles?

Does anybody have any tricks to round out a squashed cork handle? In my infinite wisdom I slammed my trunk door on the butt section of a rod (not to worry, that rod was only a NRX :cry:). Now the cork is squashed and not round anymore. It just cosmetic damage, but I’m not liking this one bit. I’ve m...
by Drakestar
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Rods
Topic: What is your "all around" spinning stick?
Replies: 13
Views: 452

Re: What is your "all around" spinning stick?

I have 4 spinning rods in this category. Let's disregard the Powell Inferno 702 (although it's a great rod for the price), and I'm left with: * Megabass Orochi Shakyhead 7'1" * Expride 6'10" ML * NRX 6'10" DSR If I was forced to keep only one, it would be the Orochi. It's super versatile, plenty sen...
by Drakestar
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Rods
Topic: Xray Taper
Replies: 8
Views: 259

Re: Xray Taper

chrisg_sdcf wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:26 pm
Drakestar wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:54 pm
“Thanks Cal!” - Me
“Dammit Cal!” - My wife, after checking the bank statement

But hey, 20% off Independence Day coupon, free shipping and no sales tax (yay Texas)
Did they email you 20% off?
I was on their mailing list.
by Drakestar
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Rods
Topic: Xray Taper
Replies: 8
Views: 259

Re: Xray Taper

“Thanks Cal!” - Me
“Dammit Cal!” - My wife, after checking the bank statement

But hey, 20% off Independence Day coupon, free shipping and no sales tax (yay Texas)
by Drakestar
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Rods
Topic: Sealing the cork
Replies: 23
Views: 859

Re: Sealing the cork

doomtrprz71 wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:47 pm
any recommendations on what I should clean the cork with before the u40, all of these rods have a couple years of use on them.
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (the foam pads).
by Drakestar
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Rods
Topic: Xray Taper
Replies: 8
Views: 259

Xray Taper

The Kistler Zbone page for the "3 LMH Lite-Medium-Heavy" lists the blank as "Moderate-Fast", which sounds rather slow/parabolic and crank-baity to me (surprising because I had this rod pegged as a lighter bottom-contact rod). How slow is that taper in practice? I don't mind the Loomis MBR taper, but...
by Drakestar
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Jigs/Spinner/Buzzbaits
Topic: Dark Sleeper as dropshot rig weight
Replies: 2
Views: 118

Re: Dark Sleeper as dropshot rig weight

The idea is sound, I frequently do this for halibut dropshots (2oz grub or buck tail jig as the weight). But that’s on heavy gear in sand. I’d be worried about losing a bunch of Dark Sleepers when used on a typical bass rig.
by Drakestar
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Hardbaits
Topic: Good split ring pliers
Replies: 9
Views: 277

Re: Good split ring pliers

Got myself a pair of Texas Tackle pliers after Cal's recommendation. Best ones I've owned. (But changing split rings is still something I expect to be doing as punishment in the 5th circle of hell :evil: )
by Drakestar
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Reels
Topic: Abu Garcia Zenon
Replies: 8
Views: 309

Re: Abu Garcia Zenon

The Storm Arashi Swim got me very interested. The Zenon reel as well (potentially), I mostly run ABU spinning reels. Need to see more specs, though, to see if it's a worthwhile upgrade over the MGX.
by Drakestar
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Rods
Topic: Sealing the cork
Replies: 23
Views: 859

Re: Sealing the cork

Well, I threw my concerns out the door after reading all new replies in this thread and sealed the cork on all of my rods (after testing it out on one of the cheaper ones first). Seems okay - the cork feel hasn't really changed much. The cork looks a bit darker/more saturated, but not bad.
by Drakestar
Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Reels
Topic: Which of these spinning reel to pair with a 7' M Shimano Expride?
Replies: 2
Views: 319

Re: Which of these spinning reel to pair with a 7' M Shimano Expride?

I only have a 6’10” ML to test with, but... that rod balances perfectly on the screw lock cork with a spooled Stradic Ci4 2500. It still balances on the same cork spot with a cheap 7.5oz reel (the Stradic FL 2500 is 7.9) - I feel like both FL and Ci4 will work. (The 6’10” ML is a bit tip-heavy with ...
by Drakestar
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Reels
Topic: Which shimano low profile for deep cranking
Replies: 6
Views: 434

Re: Which shimano low profile for deep cranking

If you get a Bantam I’d strongly consider upgrading the handle to a longer one. The Bantam comes with an 84mm only by default. The Tranx 200 has a 102mm handle, the Curado K 200 at least a 90.
by Drakestar
Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Rods
Topic: A longer MH rod
Replies: 14
Views: 725

Re: A longer MH rod

Another highend option is the Phenix K2 Torzite Casting Rod 7'6" Heavy. Don't let the power rating throw you off, that rod line fishes light and the Heavy would be like a 4-power in other brands (also see comments on TW). I haven't fished the 7'6" H itself, but I got a 7'1" ML recently and freaking...
by Drakestar
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Reels
Topic: I don't use spinning gear at all. Do you?
Replies: 46
Views: 1604

Re: I don't use spinning gear at all. Do you?

I have tons of bass spinning gear because I have kids, and my wife doesn't fish regularly. Anybody who has kids might be in the same boat (learning a baitcaster takes a while!) I just got my first ML finesse casting combo and added a BFS reel to it and definitely love it. Been dropshotting on it and...