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  1. No love for member ReelinRod (aka Sgt. Slough)? Sad. There's nobody better when it comes to distance spinners (and much more). What was nice about ReelinRod's contributions was his emphasis on purpose-built SYSTEMS for maximum distance.
  2. Yes. I was scrolling down specifically looking to see if anyone had recommended the Fathom 25 Narrow. It casts very well and is extremely controllable. I bought one almost a year ago and hadn't had a chance to cast it, so I took it along when I went sturgeon fishing a couple of weeks ago, figuring I'd have plenty of idle time to play. All I'd done to it prior to that trip was oil the spool bearings. Penn coats the gears with plenty of blue grease. I spooled it up with some 15 lb. Ande pink from another reel I'd sold, tied on an 80 lb. mono casting leader, and mounted it on a 13' Century G5 heaver. The brakes were left at the factory setting; 3 on, 3 off. Spool adjustment is set so there's just a hair of side-to-side play. The weather was sunny with a slight breeze and the temperature was in the low 60s. With a 5 1/2 oz bank sinker, I was hitting mid-river (and slightly beyond) with standard overhead casts. That stretch of river is 300 yards wide, on average. I lost my footing on the basalt rock and tweaked my knee, so I never got to really crank it up. I'll be interested to see what I can wring out of it on firm, level ground with off-the-ground casts. As for the sturgeon, they didn't show. The only thing that wanted to bite was a scrappy little rattlesnake I escorted into a blackberry thicket.
  3. Daiwa Millionaire 6HM. $60 shipped USPS Priority Mail. 240 yds. 12 lb. mono / 50 lb. braid.
  4. New in box Fathom 40 star drag. Never spooled with line. Never cast. Any light spot is lint, an oil smudge, or glare from the flash. $170 shipped USPS. Check or USPS Money Order It's about the size of an Abu 7000 / 7500, but spool is larger. Specs: Full metal frame and sideplates Marine-grade bronze alloy main gear Precision-machined stainless steel pinion gear Live Spindle design HT-100 drag system 5 shielded stainless steel ball bearings Instant Anti-Reverse bearing with silent back up ratchet Mono Capacity yd/lb Braid Capacity yd/lb Bearings Max Drag Gear Ratio Retrieve Rate 350/30 300/40 220/50 725/50 600/65 525/80 5 + 1 25 lb. 6.0:1 40" Braking System Drag Material Anti-reverse Centrifugal HT - 100 Instant
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  6. I'm raising a little cash so I can buy a 2 speed lever drag for a friend. All the smoke from the fires stole the time I'd set aside for pike and tiger musky, so I won't have a chance to use this reel. I'll can pick up another in the Spring. $235 shipped USPS. Check, USPS Money Order, or Paypal. Will not ship by UPS. 4.9:1 gear ratio 25 lb. max drag Magnetic cast control 250 yds. / 14 lb. mono 200 yds. / 50 lb. braid 2 extra power cranking handles, one with and one without a counter balance
  7. I have two of these beauties, so I'll sell this one. The other I'll never sell. It was a gift from a very kind man. Small and manageable, nearly impossible to backlash, plus the drag of a 113 Senator. Excellent condition. The brown on the free spool lever is grease. $135 shipped USPS. Check, USPS Money Order, or Paypal. Will not ship by UPS. 4/0 drag Rare Earth Magnet for cast control 275 yds. / 20 lb. mono 4.25:1 gear ratio
  8. My pleasure. Enjoy.
  9. Sorry....wrong price. $155 is for an Abu I may post later. For the Fathom 40.....$120 shipped USPS Priority Mail, insured, plus Signature Confirmation. Someone take this thing off my hands. I'm losing money, but it just doesn't fit into my lineup.
  10. Unfortunately, I don't have the bag or wrench. Sold to Caster1990. PM on the way. Thanks TimS and the SOL Staff!
  11. Actually, these are cast from the shore all the time. Guys used them in the big rivers for sturgeon, here in the Northwest. The Sealine 50 is more established, but the Fathom 40 is catching on. Once the snow melted and I started hitting the water, I forgot about this. Price drop..... $155 shipped USPS. Check, USPS Money Order, or Paypal. Will not ship by UPS.
  12. Actually, I was being only joking with respect to shin guards. I try not to over-complicate things. It gets so hot out there in late Spring / early Summer that the last thing I'm looking for is extra layers. Rattlesnakes are always a potential problem, but none of us wear protection.
  13. You have the eye of an expert. 7'6" to the tip of the tail, so that's right around 6' to the fork. Good point about the scutes (pun intended). I've noticed that fish under, say 100 lb. or so, have much sharper scutes. That said, it's always a concern. Maybe gloves and even shin guards are in order.
  14. Sorry....stepped away for a bit. My girlfriend lost her grandad / life-long fishing partner last week. Love the visual with the kids and grandkids! It'll happen.
  15. Ok, as a general rule I don't post pics, but this is kind of funny. The fish is nothing to write home about, but when my friend was trying to roll it over to unhook, measure, and release, we found out it was still good for a few more rounds. It bolted for deep water and knocked him on his ass. He's 6'3, 260+ lb. 15min or so later, his son got in an helped seal the deal. Unfortunately, this is my largest of the year. Hopefully, I can get back out a few times before Winter. .
  16. Ya gotta love it. The shore-bound salmon fishermen at one of my sturgeon spots regularly hook sturgeon on spin-n-glow rigs. Ok, nothing new there, since each rig carries some form of natural bait. I met a guy this past Spring who told me that he can predict which rigs the sturgeon will hit, based on the color (and size, i think) of the spin-n-glow. He was dead serious. That certainly doesn't mean he's right, but sometimes I wonder. When I lived in Michigan, a fly fishing guide hooked and landed a pretty nice lake sturgeon in the lower Manistee River. If memory serves me, the fish was over 5 feet. He was steelheadin', drifting a Hex nymph (Hexagenia limbata....BIG mayfly) through a seam. The fish was said to have been hooked inside the mouth-----waaay inside the mouth. It could very easily have simply vacuumed it up by accident. BUT-----the "what ifs" will make you smile aaaall day.
  17. Same here. I read about white sturgeon as a kid, but they were nowhere close to my neck of the woods----an entire continent away. Might as well have been on the moon. Now, I'm blessed to have them "in my backyard". My home state has Atlantic Sturgeon, but since it was illegal to fish for them, I had no expectation that I'd ever encounter one. Occasionally, I'd hear that someone landed one in a river in the coastal plain. Every blue moon one would show up upstream of the dams built during and shortly after WWII. Back in the mid-'90s, my brother read a newspaper article about one such specimen that a gentleman caught in Georgia. Unfortunately, he accidentally threw away that newspaper before I got a chance to see it. I think he said it was a tributary of the Savannah River, which would imply that the fish was an Atlantic, rather than Gulf Sturgeon. I'll never forget his excitement as he told me, "It was nearly as long as the guy was tall."
  18. Yes, very much edible. I primarily fish for fun. During my first couple of years of sturgeon fishing, I tossed back several nice slot fish. When I finally kept one I could have kicked myself. They are fantastic on the table. The flesh is firm, dense, and has a very subtle hint of sweetness. Sort of like a combination of halibut and lobster. I couldn't come up with a wrong way to cook them. Charcoal grilled, smoked, battered and deep fried, pan grilled with olive oil (stove top), rolled in corn meal then pan fried, they'll all knock your socks off. I wonder how it'd taste blackened. I love tuna steaks, but if given a choice I'll take sturgeon, since it's so much harder to come by. I heard similar stories of waste regarding lake and shovelnose sturgeon when I lived in the Midwest. Supposedly, in the 1800s and into the 1900s they were used as fertilizer. It was just another bottom feeder. Then some brave soul decided to taste one.
  19. The short nose sturgeon is actually a different fish. If memory serves me they're fairly small.
  20. I love catching white sturgeon here in the Northwest. Green sturgeon have to be released immediately. Unfortunately, I haven't caught a green sturgeon yet. In Idaho, sturgeon fishing is catch and release ONLY. The Kootenai (KOOT-nee) River (Idaho / Montana / British Columbia) is home to a completely landlocked population of white sturgeon and is closed to fishing (at least in Idaho). Washington's slot limit on waters where it's legal to keep white sturgeon is normally 43" to 54", measured from the tip of the nose to the fork of the tail. Either last year or early this year, Washington opened seasons on 2 or 3 sections of the Columbia that had either been closed to consumption or closed to any fishing all together. That slot is 38" to 72". This year, they opened Lake Roosevelt for the first time in years, and provided a slot limit of 38" to 63". It had been closed to consumption since the 1980s and had been closed to any fishing since the around the late '90s / early '00s. Where legal, Washington allows the angler to keep 1 fish per day and a total of 2 per year, statewide. I don't think you can currently keep any sturgeon caught in the Snake River. That change took place last year. Don't take that as evidence that there are problems at the Snake. I suspect they closed it in order to encourage anglers to fish the sections of the Columbia with the broader slot limit, since the objective was to greatly reduce the headcount of those fish. Unfortunately, I haven't fished Oregon yet, but one it's on my bucket list. I know a stretch of a particular river down there that produces some double digit fish, but I'm not clear on shore access.
  21. Good stuff. Thank you.