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 on: October 24, 2021, 03:03:45 AM 
Started by alantani - Last post by Brewcrafter
Good luck Boss!  The video tour on this mornings Zoom was really cool.  Hope that weather lays down out there for the trip! - john

 on: October 24, 2021, 03:01:32 AM 
Started by wailua boy - Last post by nelz
you'll prob. enjoy the simple, robust Silver Series as well I believe 700c is same size & 500c is even smaller

Thanks but this is as tiny as I care to go!  Grin

 on: October 24, 2021, 02:26:51 AM 
Started by wailua boy - Last post by philaroman
you'll prob. enjoy the simple, robust Silver Series as well
I believe 700c is same size & 500c is even smaller

 on: October 24, 2021, 01:41:49 AM 
Started by JasonGotaPenn - Last post by Wompus Cat
I am AMAZED at the TS1 oils .

 on: October 24, 2021, 01:39:58 AM 
Started by Shellbelly - Last post by happyhooker
Greetings, Shellbelly, from Minnesota.


 on: October 24, 2021, 01:13:59 AM 
Started by wailua boy - Last post by nelz
I'm actually shopping for a UL spinner. Wanted to get a Shimano FX 1000 FC after watching the video from The Fishing Hobby guy, but it's out of stock everywhere.

Well, y'all got me hooked on trying out a tiny spinner. I finally found a Shimano FX1000FC, but ended up returning it, just didn't feel "right". So this week I finally found a good deal on a Mini-Mite that I'd been admiring for a while strictly on reputation, but had never actually held a real one.

It was in serious need of a make-over and tune-up, but now it shines like a new penny. Wow, what a solid little beauty. This Mini-Mite feels very right, it's a keeper!

 on: October 24, 2021, 12:55:11 AM 
Started by Gfish - Last post by Wompus Cat
Aww, you had him !!!! He was just playing hard to Get.

 on: October 24, 2021, 12:40:29 AM 
Started by Gfish - Last post by Gfish
“You lookin at me? You lookin at me? You must be lookin at at me, cause I’m the only one out here!”

Out in my yak this Am, I think I had a Shark buddy that started hanging around me bout 5AM while it was still dark. First there was a big splash near me, but I couldn’t see what it was in the darkness. I thought maybe a Humpback Whale just under the surface that I scared, as I’ve heard there are already sightings around the Islands( this is about 2-months early for that). Heard another big splash an hour later, just as the sun peeked over the horizon, turned back and saw just a big swirl. Hmmmm, hard to tell with the rough sea & swell conditions.

Half hour latter, I set out an 8” Ta’ape(Blue Stripped Snapper), lip hooked, wire leader, 65 Mono top. Within about 10 min., he had it. YES! After he felt the hook, he went almost straight down—110ft., but not fast. Fought like a big Shark. Oh, oh, the drag was torqued pretty good, the yak was tilting over  about 25 degrees and I could see it was useless to try and get the rig(T-4 tank, Tib. frame, Cortez Classic plates, Pro Challenger drag sys. and guts; Ugly Stick 30-50 rod) up out of the pole holder. Very rough sea and swell waves now and he was pulling the yak sideways. Released a bunch of drag pressure and got it outta there. He never speed-up or slowed down, just a couple of head shakes as he headed South. The wind just wasn’t gonna let me keep the bow pointed toward him and a few waves had already splashed over the side at that bad angle.

For a-while, I had Hemmingway’s old man and the sea; “fish I will stay with you forever” attitude. It was scary adrenalized fun! My arms started to burn a bit after a few minutes, and I realized I was bout 100yds. down on reel line and headed further away from shore where conditions were even worse out that way. Line still going out at that same relatively slow speed, on a very close to locked down drag—darn! Time to admit defeat😢, save the rest of that expensive line, and not take a chance on getting tipped over. So I cut my losses and my line with shaky hands😭.

I just wanted to get a good look at him. Ah well, “live to fight another day” and pray for the same thing to happen with much calmer conditions. Now I gotta re-line. Maybe just some more 80lb. mono backing and use the remaining P.Pro. Or, maybe get the 6/0 HLW 80lb./roller guide trolling rod combo ready…Failure’s always an option, but this is the 3rd time. One scrape the braid on the reef loss and one bite through the line loss. Some day soon, I WILL SUCCEED!

I feel bad about the line stuck in his mouth, ~ 100yds., not good. How can it not get stuck on something? The hook will probably corrode and fall out.

 on: October 24, 2021, 12:16:07 AM 
Started by Shellbelly - Last post by Maxed Out
 Nice reels Shellb. Sailfisher was unique unto itself. Very few parts were interchangeable with other Penn models. Short lived production of approx 15 years. My guess is the 113h and 114h becoming popular in the late 60's was the demise of the sailfisher

 on: October 24, 2021, 12:04:05 AM 
Started by Shellbelly - Last post by Shellbelly
Here are some photos of my earliest projects.  Kind of re-created to show how many piles of parts it took to get these Sailfishers to the shelf.  This is the model that started my Penn bug.  I searched all over the place for any parts I could find.  It was an adventure since I had never built a reel from scratch. I had the good fortune to get advice from Mike C and encouragement from others to stay on task.

I had no idea that I had chosen one of the most difficult Penn reels to get NOS parts for.  The red knob reel is a first year model.  The gear side plate alone on that reel took months to find.  The 3-piece spool is as difficult to unearth in NOS condition.  They weren't expensive parts, just so scarce that I almost threw in the towel.  I made connections though and now I get calls when guys come across these reels or good parts.

I'm sure many of you have these and some still use them.  I think they're hot rods straight out of the box.  It's a short list of upgrades to make these (almost) the perfect reel in its my opinion.

The project is still open because I have yet to get a decent BOX.

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