alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial UnderGunned with a Squidder??
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« Reply #45 on: May 15, 2017, 06:57:27 AM »

One of the things that got me hooked on fishing for pelagics and multi day trips out of San diego was on my first albacore trip out of Half Moon Bay over 20 years ago.  The 12 hour trip was a troll/jig trip since there were few live bait trips (nearest bait receiver was at Fishermans wharf in San Francisco). My arsenal consisted of Jigmasters and Squidders on steelhead and salmon rods, with troll rigs provided by the boat. 

I was casting swimbaits with my Squider with 20# Big Game mono on a steelhead rod.  I got a hit and could not control the fish.  The fish took drag due west at high speed.  I could not turn it or control it.  3/4 of my spool was gone in I'd guess, five seconds or less.  I made an instant decision to break it off or last ditch turn it.  I wrapped the mono around my arm and pointed my rod at the fish.  The fish broke off and I got most of my line back.
In retrospect, the fish may have been a big albacore (unlikely), a big BFT, a thresher or a mako.  And now, I'd fight the fish to the last coil on the Squidder.  It wasn't the Squidder that limited my fight, but the steelhead rod without enough back bone.     
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« Reply #46 on: May 15, 2017, 07:22:10 AM »

Jim, thanks.  Like hearing your story on a Monday morning!  Shocked /Joe
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« Reply #47 on: May 16, 2017, 04:34:58 AM »

Let's get this thread back on track... Wink...I can't wait to try a Penn Mag 970 on school tuna someday Grin...

In case you haven't seen this:
https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/tribute-7-19-7-21-1-5-day-took-home-1-fish.505359/

The rod and the line were the Achilles heel in that fight. Had it been a 30-50 rod with 40lb test, the fight would have been less painful. There's a photo of me and the deckhand right after the BFT had been gaffed...let me see if I can find it...
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« Reply #48 on: May 16, 2017, 04:50:35 AM »

Let's get this thread back on track... Wink...I can't wait to try a Penn Mag 970 on school tuna someday Grin...

In case you haven't seen this:
https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/tribute-7-19-7-21-1-5-day-took-home-1-fish.505359/

The rod and the line were the Achilles heel in that fight. Had it been a 30-50 rod with 40lb test, the fight would have been less painful.

Nice story, Amadeus Grin;enjoyed your writing!  I've got to get out to fish the Cali coast someday, and will look you up when I do.  Classic Penns only on that trip.  /Joe 
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« Reply #49 on: May 16, 2017, 04:59:09 AM »

...and here it is:

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« Reply #50 on: May 16, 2017, 05:02:56 AM »

NICE!
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« Reply #51 on: May 16, 2017, 05:30:57 AM »

Wow! and on a 970! Good job man! I bet that was a blast!
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« Reply #52 on: May 16, 2017, 06:22:24 AM »

...and here it is:



Nice!
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« Reply #53 on: May 16, 2017, 04:19:14 PM »

Nice shot Wai!

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« Reply #54 on: June 08, 2017, 03:07:33 PM »

I absolutely LOVE Squidders . . . ! ! !

Here are a couple of mine : Note that I "bobbed" the Reverse Lever to prevent it from accidentally being activated and because it rubbed my hand uncomfortably.

Tight Lines !



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« Reply #55 on: June 08, 2017, 05:04:43 PM »

Nice Dave. I for one have no use for the direct drive and don't see how you would in surf fishing. allz that happens is something touches it in transport and have a nice nest to take out of the truck.

You should investigate one of Tom's Cortez Classic 146 kits if you love Squidderdom. It's a Shelby Cobra next to a stock 'Stang.
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« Reply #56 on: August 11, 2017, 04:14:03 PM »

I'm waiting for the day when someone on this forum announces the availability of a higher ratio gear set Wink.  That would make Squidder the new Jigmaster  Grin

    Just think...that gear would also fit Long Beaches, Surfmasters, Silverbeach 99s, and a host of others. It would have to be a good seller! It's always the same old song and dance though when someone asks why can't there be a faster Squidder gear. They say increasing tooth count makes the teeth too thin...and not strong enough. Well...my argument is...not strong enough for what? I don't want to fish for sharks with my Squidder. I see no reason someone can't make a 10-12 pound max. gear in a 4:1 ratio. Penn did it years ago in the Mag 10. Although theirs was bronze/brass, I've had no hiccups at 10-12lbs. A stainless steel version would just be stronger. Most folks would spool a Squidder with 20lb. mono, so if you pushed the drag to 10lbs. that would be at 50% of break strength. That's higher than most folks set drag, so a gear that could handle 12lbs. of drag would be a very usable gear. Cool

Maybe CORTEZ CONVERSIONS could re-create the MAGNUM SQUIDDER . . .

Tight Lines !
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