Stuff part 2

I’ve used pliers from Hansom tackle since last fall and will  continue to do so. I have been using VS ones for years and both of these pliers will not cut a hook. Hansom will cut the braid much cleaner than VS but VS are stronger when you have to put leverage on the hook to pop it. But then again, you can get 5 pairs of Hansom for one pair of VS and you are not gaining much with VS for the difference in price


I’ve carried a scale with me since I joined the club in 1995. Big part of being a member is the annual competing. Yes, it’s based on the honor system but I am cool with that. I went through my insanely competitive stage where I thought I had to show everyone just how good of a fisherman I thought I was. Only to find out there is always a better fisherman out there. With more ink in his pen. I will never live down the guilt of what I put my wife trough when my son was just born. So I am debating, after years on my belt, should I lose my Boga grip? Yes, it does help with releasing fish a great deal and that alone I find it to be invaluable tool. But there are plastic gripers out there that do even better job of that, for less money. They don’t fill with sand and they don’t need to be rinsed. Besides, who cares if fish is 22 lb, or 29lb? It doesn’t make any difference to me anymore. I use the Boga as a tool for landing fish, I never actually look the scale any more


I had a Hunter belt so few years now. I really like it although I am not sure you will find one for sale. It is very simple yet effective. Some of my friends got  MAK belts and I was impressed with a  design. What’s on my belt? Boga, pliers, Olympus camera and hook dislodger. Lure bag? Last year I used Ebb Point bag with removable pouch. It was a great bag that I could recommend every day of the week and three times on Sunday. This year I fished all year with Commando three tube bag with a pouch. I could recommend that bag every day of the week and three times on Sunday too. It’s a matter of what you like, design and any custom features you’d like to have. I won’t tell you about the bags I haven’t fished with because…well, I haven’t fished with. From what I can gather there is very little complains coming from those that bought either MAK bags or top of the line Aquazkins

When it comes to reels, I love them all. VS is built like  tank, ZeeBaas might be the finest reel I ever owned and Penn Torque is giving them both a run for their money. You just can’t go wrong by buying any of them.


I wore fishing gloves or I should say ,glove, for years. I only wore right one for casting. After few years I ended up with a dozen brand new left gloves. I never, ever fished without a glove. Ever. The glove is a part of my bag, it goes were my bag goes…so much so that I became a joke on the beach as my friends would call me the Michael Jackson of surfcasting. You know what, I am tired of the glove too. So all of them went into the garbage this spring. Instead I bought three rolls of hokey tape. I am kind of tired of seeing gloves fall apart in the middle of the night…they are great when landing fish, that I must admit but hey , I did fine the first 35 years without them…


Plugs? I am not touching that one with a ten foot pole. I am not giving every Tom, Dick and Harry and excuse to rip me to shreds because I never mentioned their stuff. There are plugs I recommended in my book that are good fish catchers that I don’t use anymore  for personal reasons. Does that mean you shouldn’t too? Hell no, you should use whatever you think will catch fish.


There are very few things out there that won’t catch fish, when the fish are active. But every year you find some new products that you end up liking so here are few. Gulp rubber is insane. For fluke, porgy, groupers in costa rica,anything that swims. Sick. Got Styper rubber is something new I tried this year. Liked it a lot. Guides Choice Old School Swimmer got PB for chef Andrew at Cutty. Nice plug. I also came to like some plastic stuff that I haven’t used before. Daiwa SP minnow, Rapal x-rap. On the end of the day, most of the plugs in my bag have Super Strike written on them. Their new heavy needlefish line has been one of my best plugs this year. There are lot more plugs that I use like Yo-Zuri mag darter and surface cruisers, Lordship a40, ri popper pike, Choopy small darters and many more. But on the end of the day, if you put a gun to my head and tell me you can only pick one plug for daytime and one for night I had to pick SS Little Neck popper and SS Darter…after a bucktail of course




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8 comments on “Stuff part 2

  1. Greg Tucceri

    When it all comes down to it as fisherman we all have confidence lures and tend to keep using them even if they are not catching at the time we are fishing, and are all sipping the same cool aid, when it comes to stuff. No matter where you go it always seem to be a fashion show weather its plugs,reels rods, and bags.I an completely guilty of this, the thing that saved me this year was the Lure Tubes made me leave all that dead weight in the car and carry my go to plugs on any given nite. Because all you really need is SS darters,needles SS minnows and a jig or two,and when the sun comes up a pencil popper.

  2. woodwker99

    Z I think you said it best when you said everything catches fish when they are active.
    I like you have used a glove for years. lots of use for the left ones though. you cut the fingers off and glue them over the ones on the right hand finger and thumb when the line has sliced them to ribbons.( hint a small circle of plastic water bottle between the layers at the tip helps too. works under the tape as well). gripper is a must be it boga or plastic or cheep knock off.
    And I have seen guys on the beach and rocks casting line wrapped on a beer can catch just as many fish as the guy decked to the hilt with gear. so go figure. I say what works for you , works for you. who cares what the guy next to you has.(except if it’s a 40+).

  3. CTMatt

    I would keep the boga simply because it pivots and a thrashing fish will never twist my arm off in the rocks. Plus the Boga is a cinch to clinch with one hand. Keep it!

  4. CHIEF500

    Hey Z, get Tom at Commando to show his camera pouch.

    I had one added to my bag strap. It’s on the strap and sits around my chest area, I use a Dragontail Lanyard to secure it to the D-ring provided with the pouch and has worked wonderfully for fishing shots. Take a look.


    Z, Try the new style Sargent pliers. I took the orange rubber grips off and use one on the yak, and hang one off my belt. 2 pairs of cutters- one for line, and the other for hooks. I’ve cut a few 4x with mine and now I don’t have to carry 2 pliers.

    I also bought the Hansom plier sheath during the MTK Classic before they were out for sale to the gen. public (thanks Sue!)


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