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05-30-2002, 09:00 AM
Question for all,

Do most of you use shooting heads or full lines for the bulk of your fishing? Do you find one or the other a better choice for most conditions?

05-30-2002, 03:28 PM
I do not use a shooting head system if that's what you mean.. I use depth Charge lines or Still have some of the Teeny with the sink tip part of the running line.

05-30-2002, 04:25 PM
I was just curious Striblue. I use both, full lines and shooting heads depending on the day / mood. Just wanted to see if any of you had a preference since I will be packing up some gear this weekend and figured I could lighten the load by leaving some spools behind.

05-30-2002, 06:01 PM
In my meager experience, if your coming to the Cape, a clear intermediate and a line like the 325 grain QD should have you covered if you're looking to shed some of the load.

05-30-2002, 09:19 PM
Mike, is it this weekend that you are coming to the Cape...???? I may be traped at home this weekend.

05-31-2002, 08:16 AM

I will be driving up on Wednesday 6/5 and departing sometime on 6/8 ( maybe 6/9 if were into them good )

05-31-2002, 08:20 AM
A few seasons ago Juro turned me on to the Cortland QD 325 grain sink tip. The head is 20' long and acts as a great shooting head. Many people have moved on to other lines because it has Int. running line that tends to tangle. I've stuck with it though and still like it a lot. Shoots like crazy too. BTW 325 grains fit a 9 wt.


05-31-2002, 08:32 AM

I have more shooting heads and Intermediates than I care to count! I think I'll be bringing the New SciAngler Striper Int. as well as the Old version ( i think I like the old one better,to soon to tell ) and a 250,350,425 that should do it. If worse comes to worse I'll cut the old Intermediate and do surgery on the beach to make a head out of that.

Another silly question: Do any of you carry more than one rod out there?

05-31-2002, 09:37 AM
If I'm heading to the flats for any length of time, I usually have my backpack on. If thats the case, I've found a four piece nine weight fits nicely in the water bottle holder on my non casting side. I just put the reel in the seat, and then stick the but end and the three other pieces in the mesh pouch. By using one of the tightening straps on the side of the backpack around the top of the sections, the rod stays in place and is not cumbersome.

Is it necessary? No.:rolleyes: Would I be really &^%&& off if I was standing 2 miles from the car in a blitz and break my rod with out it? Yes.:hehe:

05-31-2002, 10:23 AM
Smart thinking Nick! A broken stick sure does stink when the fish are busting. I have a new 9wt 5pc RPLXI I will tuck in my pack as well as my 3pc Powell AXS 8wt. That should cover the bases ( if the wind isn't 30knts). If the wind is honking I have an 11wt 2pc RPLXI ( custom built by me ). I figure if I can't hook any I could at least swat a few over the head with it.:hehe:

06-02-2002, 05:59 PM
Hi Mike -

You're coming at a VERY good time :)

As mentioned, all you really need are two lines - a clear intermediate and any of the full sinking head lines. Of course a floating line opens up a whole new world as Kenney Abrames and Todd Murphy showed us recently, and Sinktips provide better line control and versatility with one spool, but IMHO the "meat & potatoes" of striper fishing is a spare spool with the two lines mentioned above.

Don't forget wire! Big bad blues around even in skinny water. I got bitten of Mother's day weekend on the flats this year. Best I've used so far is the stuff GregO found at the craft store (tiger's tail?)... ties easier and is a mere fraction of the fu-fu brands.


06-03-2002, 03:40 PM
Thanks!! My buddy called me 6/1 and said he was by the Light house and lost a dozen flies or so to Blues. He forgot the wire!! Thats one way to release them without having to worry about loosing a finger.