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 Post subject: Stripers from my PA
PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 4:37 pm 
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I got my PA last spring, but this is the first season I've really been able to do some serious bassing with my PA fully rigged. It's awesome! Whether plugging, trolling, or chunking, the PA makes it easy. Already I've had my best season ever.
Just remember to be careful with your fins, everyone. I mistakenly left mine down and a fish got wrapped. Not a disaster, but they did get cut up a bit.

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 Post subject: Re: Stripers from my PA
PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:04 am 
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nice pics. I really need to do that sometime. Unfortunately I'm a long way from striper water.


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 Post subject: Re: Stripers from my PA
PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:35 am 
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:mrgreen: <<<<<< Jealous


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 Post subject: Re: Stripers from my PA
PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:51 am 
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Awesome job damfisher! I too have a Pro Angler and need to get my butt out on the water!

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 Post subject: Re: Stripers from my PA
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:38 am 
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You're right about the fins - I had a 30lb catfish take a crankbait I was trolling for largemouth and before it was over he had sliced one of my fins halfway through.

Although I was going to buy another to replace it, I patched it with "Goop," smoothed it out and it seems to work just fine. Been going for a year with it now.


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 Post subject: Re: Stripers from my PA
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:37 pm 
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Tom Kirkman wrote:
You're right about the fins - I had a 30lb catfish take a crankbait I was trolling for largemouth and before it was over he had sliced one of my fins halfway through.

Although I was going to buy another to replace it, I patched it with "Goop," smoothed it out and it seems to work just fine. Been going for a year with it now.


Tom - I'm not clear on this. Are you saying that the line (with the tension from the fish) cut through your mirage fin? And so the solution to this is...you should really flatten your fins whenever you hook up to a fish?

Thanks for clarifying...

NICE Pics damfisher!


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 Post subject: Re: Stripers from my PA
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:27 pm 
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Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying. Taut fishing line, particularly in the smaller sizes, or braid, will cut like a knife. The back side of the Mirage Drive fins is no match when a fish pulls a taut line against it.

Feathering the fins doesn't necessarily stop if from happening, but having the fins up and out of the water more tends to cut down on it happening. With the fins straight down, and the fish near the surface, any quick burst right under the boat can cause this to happen. Not to mention that having the fins down simply makes it easier for the fish to foul the line on the drive unit.

But hey, I enjoy catching fish so I didn't get too bent out of shape.


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 Post subject: Re: Stripers from my PA
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:02 am 
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I can't spell. I was expecting to see a naked woman. Hahaha :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Stripers from my PA
PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 1:43 pm 
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Those some nice stripers.........Congrats!


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 Post subject: Re: Stripers from my PA
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:29 pm 
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Tom Kirkman wrote:
Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying. Taut fishing line, particularly in the smaller sizes, or braid, will cut like a knife. The back side of the Mirage Drive fins is no match when a fish pulls a taut line against it.


There a few very good fly fishers on the West Coast to the Islands who have tried to use the braided lines for backing on their fly reels.

They are lucky if only the tips of their fly rods got broken. A few now have 8, 9 or 9.5 fingers where they got a finger or two caught in the braid with a big fish.

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