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  1. 7 hours ago, ReelSailor said:

    I’m going to stick with PayPal for buyer protection. I’ve unfortunately been burned before using other forms of payment. 

    I understand.  I'm going to bow out for now.  If I have a change of heart on PayPal and still have the reel, I'll check back in and see if you're still looking.


    Off to work.

  2. 3 mins ago, ReelSailor said:

    Pendulauncher...  Can we make a deal at 1125? 

    Let me give it some thought.


    Sorry...wasn't ignoring you.  I've been having some problems with Paypal's goofy website (bad links) for the past 3 months. I have a small amount of cash in the account.  When I click the link to request a check by mail, I'm rerouted to the options to link an account. I don't link financial accounts.  They're getting a phone call.

  3. 8 hours ago, staalkingq said:

    S or N was only for jurisdiction. N was newell Connecticut. S was always silver. N is for Newell. Applies to all colors except G. Early reels available in 3 color-ways. Before 7000 was US made. Anything further is china. Per website. 

    Zoom in on the white sticker on the lower right.


  4. 7 hours ago, staalkingq said:

    S or N was only for jurisdiction. N was newell Connecticut. S was always silver. N is for Newell. Applies to all colors except G. Early reels available in 3 color-ways. Before 7000 was US made. Anything further is china. Per website. 

    I don't know about the "jurisdictions", but I've seen North and South in print (perhaps The Surfcaster?).  I think I had that discussion with Van Staal the same day I called them to discuss whether or not they'd ever offer silver as a color option.  S was NOT always silver.  Silver (clear anodizing) wasn't an option until the early 2000s.




  5. You may already know this, but I'll state it just in case.  Early reels were only available in black or gold.  Gold was preferred in the South, while black sold better in the Northeast.  Thus, the model designations included either an S or an N depending on the reel's color.


    Here's my USA VS 150S (S stood for gold on early reels) with original box and bag.  There's a tiny flea bite on the rear right side, visible in the 5th photo.  $1300 shipped and insured.










  6. On 10/14/2020 at 2:57 PM, Capefox said:

    Thanks for the tip on mono vs braid. I decided to throw caution to the wind and buy an even bigger Penn Spinfisher, the 10500. It holds about 300 yards of 50 lb mono, has a 50 lb drag, and I don't have to worry about casting a Senator 4/0 or 6/0 or something equally challenging. People have caught 12 foot sharks and car-sized rays with these monster reels. Now I just need the world's most powerful spinning rod, and I'd better start working my twig arms out on the bowflex.  

    Sorry I took a while to return. When I first replied, I was duck hunting in Michigan with a great friend.  I came home exhausted and had to jump on some issues at work.


    Funny, I've considered buying a Slammer III 10500 for guests and honestly, I'd like to use it myself.  I keep talking myself off that ledge, though.  A 2 speed reel cuts the fight time down substantially, so it's better for the fish.  I still want that Slammer, though. 


    It's not going to be the same as fighting sharks and rays in the open ocean.  The river, particularly some of the narrower stretches with rapids and steep banks (canyon country), presents its own set of challenges.  If you're fishing from shore you'll have to be able to follow a big fish once it leaves the hole and goes downstream (or upstream!...had that happen).  With that Spinfisher, you should be fine with fish up to about 8 feet or so.  A 10+ footer will be a problem if you can't follow it.


    A quick note on leaders and hooks.  Keep your leader short.  REALLY SHORT, like 3 to 5 inches.  That will keep the fish from swallowing the hook AND you can also cast farther.  I use 130 lb. Dacron leader.  My favorite hook is Gamakatsu's Big River Bait Hook in 9/0 and 10/0, mostly 9/0.  Washington, Idaho, and Oregon require a single barbless hook, so I mash the barbs and use a Dremel Tool to grind off what's left.


  7. 4 hours ago, Capefox said:

    My job will take me close to some epic big sturgeon water (8-10 ft fish are not uncommon in Idaho rivers) for a month. Bank fishing is possible in many areas and I plan to take a guided boat outing at least once. Here are some of the outfits I have. Can you critique and make recommendations:


    A) 6ft Jigging boat rod (80-130 lbs rating) with Penn VI 8500LL reel (80 lb/425 yd braid)

    B) 7'6" ft conventional boat rod (40-80 lbs rating) with Penn Fathom II 15 (50 lb/320 yd braid) 

    C) 12 ft Penn Battalion Surf Hvy (50-65 lbs rating, 5-12 oz sinker) with Akios 757 (65 lbs/320 yd braid)

    D) 12 ft Penn Carnage Surf Hvy (50-65 lbs rating, 4-8 oz sinker) with Penn VI 8500LL reel (80 lb/425 yards braid)


    Some people are talking about 500 yards of 130 lb braid and I'm wondering what kind of reel and rod combo would be castable? Senator 9/0? Spinfisher 10500? Sarcastically, sure why not just use a Senator 16/0 reel and yak out a 10 lb catfish out as bait? 


    I fish for sturgeon in the Snake River in Washington.


    You CANNOT use braid.  Don't let anyone talk you into that.  The Snake River has carved its way through a vast lava flat, so the bottom is covered with basalt rock.  Basalt is extremely abrasive and cuts through the heaviest braids within seconds.  Actually, it's worse than merely cutting the braid.  Basalt shreds heavy braid while the fish runs.  When the fish breaks off 10 seconds or so after hook-up the basalt will have ruined yards and yards of braid.  I learned that lesson several years ago, losing a HUGE fish and having to trash over 100 yards of line. Stick to monofilament.  I primarily use Momoi, because it's very abrasion resistant and has low memory (casts well).


    You need a reel that holds 300+ yards of 50 lb mono.  Your best choice in reels is a castable lever-drag 2 speed like an Avet HXW, Penn Torque 60, Penn Fathom Lever Drag 60 2 speed, etc.


    If your Battalion's specs are accurate it will work, since you'll may need to cast 10 oz plus bait.


    If you'd like to discuss specific hooks, baits, types of sinkers, etc., we can do that.  I'll check back in a few days....busy doing some things with friends I haven't seen in 15 years.

  8. On 9/28/2020 at 5:50 AM, jkrock said:

    Look at the size of that freakin' thing. 



    On 9/28/2020 at 8:15 AM, Ellar said:

    Well now there she's kind of a trap.  If I didn't know better I'd go to throw that a cursory pump or two to keep things honest but then that thing of hers would snap up and smack her belly with a hypnotizing wobble and I'd be frozen like a mouse in a cobra tank...

    I laughed off and on for 10 minutes. Hopefully, it'll take less time to unsee that visual.

  9. On 9/15/2020 at 3:20 PM, metaliczombi said:

    Real fun to unhook when they are sewer cap size. They hiss like crazy and want to do nothing but snap a finger off.

    Yep.  The only one I ever caught bit a plastic worm when I was fishing a South Carolina farm pond.  Thank God it wasn't a big one AND the hook hadn't penetrated past the barb.  The hook popped out as I was struggling to lift that thing (probably 20+ pounds) over the thick marsh grass at water's edge.

  10. 16 hours ago, flyntus said:

    I will look into that Pikeminnow program.  Sounds like fun and it's always nice to earn a little extra change.  Yeah, the shoulder is being stubborn and not healing as fast as I'd like.  I have to remind myself I'm not 30 anymore.  I'm 48 and these things take a bit more time to heal.


    Tight lines!


    Pound for pound, they're not the best fighters, but they make a great sturgeon bait. For casting, 4 to 6 inchers are great.

  11. On 5/18/2020 at 8:12 AM, Stonefish said:

    The Columbia and lower Yakima has some excellent smallmouth fishing. Good walleye fishing as well.

    You aren’t that far from Potholes Res which has multiple species.

    Tons of big carp around that will rip some drag.

    There is also a pikeminnow bounty program on the Columbia. Some folks have made over $100K per year fishing that program.


    On the Snake, too.

  12. On 7/10/2020 at 4:42 PM, flyntus said:

    Wow!  Thanks for all the good information and gear tips, Pendulauncher.  I have injured my left shoulder, so I have not gone casting like I planned.  I have the heavy action Penn Carnage II 12 footer.  It says it is rated 4-10 oz.  When I first cast is, I did an off the ground cast with 8 oz at a football field.  I had full mags on with the Akios and I may have made it 80 yards.  This was when I first hurt my shoulder and I couldn't put full power and rotation into the cast.  When I heal up a bit, I will do some more casting and experiment with the mag setting to get to a sweet spot.  Thanks again!




    Good luck with that shoulder. Hopefully it doesn't keep you sidelined for too long.