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by hipshot
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Kayak Rigging
Topic: Traveling with kayak
Replies: 11
Views: 5142

Re: Traveling with kayak

Look at the US Racks Fifth Wheel Rack. It's not cheap, but it works well. I have a used one for sale for $200. PM me a number and I'll text you some photos of it hauling the yaks and my fiver. Since I use a Soloskiff now (hauled on a trailer) I don't need the rack any more.
by hipshot
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Trolling Motor Registration - Night Lights and Other Questions
Replies: 13
Views: 5145

Re: Trolling Motor Registration - Night Lights and Other Questions

I looked this up again, since my recollection was that this was not too clear. This from the TPWD site - Canoes and Kayaks See All Vessels section above for general safety requirements. Paddling at night: Remember that you must carry one bright white light that can be exhibited in time to prevent a...
by hipshot
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: New to Fishing
Topic: Braided vs Mono: which one is right for me?
Replies: 16
Views: 14788

Re: Braided vs Mono: which one is right for me?

Both will work. For me, monofilament handles better on a levelwind reel, and braid handles better on a spinning reel. Others prefer braid on levelwinds, and some like monofilament on spinning reels. There's no right or wrong answer. Find someone with both on the type of reel you will be using and se...
by hipshot
Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Saltwater Spinning Reels
Replies: 41
Views: 9176

Re: Saltwater Spinning Reels

Shimano and Okuma
by hipshot
Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: New to Kayaking
Topic: WS Radar vs Bote Rover vs Solo Skiff
Replies: 1
Views: 6427

Re: WS Radar vs Bote Rover vs Solo Skiff

I have a SoloSkiff and I love it. I don't know enough about the other boats to offer an opinion on them. Another option you might want to consider if you're concerned about shallow obstacles is the Stikboat. I've heard conflicting reviews on it, but one of my fishing buddies is getting one next mont...
by hipshot
Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Kayak Rigging
Topic: Question about rack systems
Replies: 2
Views: 2112

Re: Question about rack systems

Can you move the toolbox back a bit?
by hipshot
Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: New to Kayaking
Topic: Best Standing Kayak
Replies: 14
Views: 6273

Re: Best Standing Kayak

And, for what it's worth, a lot depends on YOU. As you get some time in with the kayak you will find that the feeling of instability quickly diminishes (at least it does for most folks). Some people can stand comfortably in a 28" wide SOT. Others are unable to do it in a 35" wide barge. Tr...
by hipshot
Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Solo Skiff Feedback?
Replies: 20
Views: 8092

Re: Solo Skiff Feedback?

After speaking to John (Go Doe) many times -- and he was extremely gracious & helpful -- as well as Tom Mitzlaff, I too was hesitant to go with the Tohatsu 5 because of the external tank. However, after looking at it I found that the 3 gallon tank fits just fine between the seat and the outboard...
by hipshot
Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Camping
Topic: Goose Island SP
Replies: 6
Views: 8175

Re: Goose Island SP

They MAY have some sites open in the woods by then, but the beachfront sites will not be open for some time yet. The pier will also be closed for a long time to come. The ramp is open, and you can still use the Big Tree launch.
by hipshot
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Texas DPS Gunboats
Replies: 12
Views: 3439

Re: Texas DPS Gunboats

Oh, so true. Don't know why people want to rely on the mainstream media and a bunch of other morons to tell them what to think.
by hipshot
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Texas DPS Gunboats
Replies: 12
Views: 3439

Re: Texas DPS Gunboats

"I'd like to hear some of these stories. Maybe the more they get told, the greater the appreciation folks will have for the usefulness of these assets." If the stories go out to the general public people will be demanding that the officers and agents be prosecuted for shooting smugglers. I...
by hipshot
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Solo Skiff Feedback?
Replies: 20
Views: 8092

Re: Solo Skiff Feedback?

If you opt for a swivel seat, look for a stainless swivel and quick release base; I got mine at Outback Kayaks if you can't find them near you. If you're looking to save money on a push pole, I'm told the TFO pole is pretty nice and more affordable that the Stiffy. I went with the 8' two-piece Park ...
by hipshot
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Texas DPS Gunboats
Replies: 12
Views: 3439

Re: Texas DPS Gunboats

Had lunch with some of the fine folks that man these beastly boats - was down in Corpus - and can tell you that the stories they tell are hair raising - would never want to trade jobs with them! A lot of insane stuff goes on down there; those smugglers have no respect for life or property. DPS rota...
by hipshot
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Texas DPS Gunboats
Replies: 12
Views: 3439

Re: Texas DPS Gunboats

Hmmmm.......................... just wondering how many times the smugglers have shot at Texas Jim as he attempted to interdict a load of dope........
by hipshot
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Solo Skiff Feedback?
Replies: 20
Views: 8092

Re: Solo Skiff Feedback?

I haven't paddled mine, but it poles well enough. I went with a swivel seat for a variety of reasons, but mostly because the extra five inches of elevation it gave me made it easier to rest my left foot on the gunwale while running. The seat is a much more stable sitting position, especially in roug...
by hipshot
Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Freshwater
Topic: White Bass
Replies: 33
Views: 10576

Re: White Bass

It's starting up in Harmon Creek now.
by hipshot
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Looking for a new bump board
Replies: 24
Views: 8815

Re: Looking for a new bump board

When I needed one I marked the lengths along the bottom of the gunwale from the front of my cockpit. Easy to use, not in the way, and one less piece of gear to carry.
by hipshot
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Freshwater
Topic: Crappie / white bass rod
Replies: 4
Views: 9813

Re: Crappie / white bass rod

The best setups I've found with spinning gear have been 6 1/2 to 7 foot light action rods with a light reel (but make sure it has a large diameter spool -- those tiny spools on some UL reels just create extra line twist). Make sure the reel has a smooth drag. Load it with 6# or 8# braid or Fireline ...
by hipshot
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Freshwater
Topic: Need help with a whitebass trip
Replies: 7
Views: 2444

Re: Need help with a whitebass trip

Haven't been there myself, but I have seen a lot of good feedback on fishing the white bass run at Colorado Bend State Park.
by hipshot
Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Freshwater
Topic: White Bass
Replies: 33
Views: 10576

Re: White Bass

I've seen waves as early as December, but the main run generally peaks around early to mid March. I have had some stellar days in February on Spring Creek in years past. It's contingent on the length of the days, water temperature, current, water clarity, and probably a dozen other minor factors. A ...
by hipshot
Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Camping
Topic: Matagorda Bay Nature & RV Park
Replies: 3
Views: 4553

Re: Matagorda Bay Nature & RV Park

The RV park has full hookups, which is a plus. The fishing piers are lighted, another plus. It provides close access to a lot of good fishing. In light winds the mosquitoes can be vicious, and the sandspurs are quite prevalent, even though they are very good about keeping the facility mowed. All thi...
by hipshot
Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Reel Cleaning - Tackle Hut
Replies: 24
Views: 5838

Re: Reel Cleaning - Tackle Hut

Marburger's does ring a bell............. bet that was it!
by hipshot
Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Fly Fishing
Topic: Llano River Mason Tex
Replies: 4
Views: 2873

Re: Llano River Mason Tex

Hey Larry, long time, eh? FYI, the ultralight guys and the fiberglass flyrodders are joining forces in Mason in May to launch an assault on the Llano. You oughta join us. Go check it out on the Ultralightflyfishing forum.
by hipshot
Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Reel Cleaning - Tackle Hut
Replies: 24
Views: 5838

Re: Reel Cleaning - Tackle Hut

"whatever happen to the tackle shop in Pasadena of Strawberry i think ...they cleaned reels also"

Not sure, but you may be referring to Cut Rate, the forerunner of FTU.
by hipshot
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Kayak Rigging
Topic: Lights On A Kayak?
Replies: 22
Views: 10769

Re: Lights On A Kayak?

Wow! You've been shown the law yet you still don't get it. I can see why you stated that TPWD is incompetent; your reading comprehension is pretty much nonexistent. Put whatever you like on your boat, I couldn't care less. Just quit telling people who ask a legitimate question about the law that it'...