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Old 11-28-2010, 11:20 PM   #16
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Re: Saipan and tropical water diving/hunting info sought

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Well Im about a month out from my trip, I cant wait. Conditions here in Ca where I live are 58 degree water and 10' vis at a good spot. Im hoping to go to Tinnian as well as Rota islands while visiting Saipan. Im so excited to be heading for that clear warm water...
I just got back from 4 days of spearing in Rota. It will be worth the trip if you have time and $220 for a 90 mile round trip flight.
If you decide to go there I can get you in contact with a couple of guys with a boat that can put you on to lots of really good reef fish and maybe a pelagic or two.

I've never used a reel here in Saipan, so I can't say whether or not it would be better than a float line for shore diving. However, I've only used a float line and I've never had a problem with it. If the entry or exit is a little rough I usually just wrap the line up to keep it out of the coral. On the other hand, fishing trips are always good excuses to get new gear.

I'm sure we'll be able to get out and fish enough for you to be comfortable shooting no matter what you decide to do or not do with your guns.

What's your arrival date?
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:33 AM   #17
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Re: Saipan and tropical water diving/hunting info sought

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I just got back from 4 days of spearing in Rota. It will be worth the trip if you have time and $220 for a 90 mile round trip flight.
If you decide to go there I can get you in contact with a couple of guys with a boat that can put you on to lots of really good reef fish and maybe a pelagic or two.

I've never used a reel here in Saipan, so I can't say whether or not it would be better than a float line for shore diving. However, I've only used a float line and I've never had a problem with it. If the entry or exit is a little rough I usually just wrap the line up to keep it out of the coral. On the other hand, fishing trips are always good excuses to get new gear.

I'm sure we'll be able to get out and fish enough for you to be comfortable shooting no matter what you decide to do or not do with your guns.

What's your arrival date?
Im looking forward to meeting you, thanks for the input. We leave the morning of the 25th, and should arrive in Saipan 37 hours later. Im so stoked!

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Old 11-29-2010, 12:40 AM   #18
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If you need a gun bag, I have one I will gladly let you take. I travel with a C4 (65" shaft gun) and a 90cm gun, and usually add a C1 gun into the mix. I almost NEVER use the short gun. The best use for the shorty is hole hunting for Kumu and Mempachi- (red goatfish, and red squirrel fish.) Both are under 2lb. both are super tasty and worth hunting. They should be there in Saipan as well. When I travel with guns, I call them fishing equipment. Sometimes, they make me sign the release, sometimes they do not.
In my gun bag, I carry the guns, 2 shafts each, and my dive fins. It ALWAYS comes in under 50lb. If they try to hit you for oversize...... point out that it is smaller than a surfboard bag. (They do not charge for short board bags, up to 6ft. in length, just to let you know.) I usually don't need to push the issue much, they always have accepted my gear as is with no extra charge for oversize.
As for a trail line; float lines and coral are a bummer. One hard pass thru the reef, and you will rip up the floatline. On the other hand, polypro will hang up on the reef a bit more. Especially in current. If you can keep from beating the float line up too bad, they are a bit better. A reel would be better on all fronts for you. If you need one, let me know.
I would not modify the gun with the longer shaft; you are already used to how it shoots; to change it right before the trip of a lifetime is not a good idea unless you will have time to really learn how it shoots when modified. Not to mention, the longer shaft will not help accuracy, from my personal experience. Call me if you have some questions, or need anything at all. I'd love to see your trip go off without a hitch!!
geeze Paul you just have to go and screw up all my theoretical and simple plans by bringing experience, rationality, and reality into it. I looked at the fine print today and couldnt figure the F out what the hell they were trying to
say and what it would cost me. Tomorrow I'll call and hopefully get an agent based here in the US who can give me some answers.

Thanks for your offers of help and gear. What kind of bag do you own or recommend?

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