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  1. I am on all of the fishing forums, you could probably consider the amount of time I spent reading this junk a hobby in and of itself.
  2. Lol, figure you have to run into people you know in real life, when you share the same hobbies, on these forums occasionally. I have a pretty good idea who this is without looking, but I’ll have to dig through the post history to confirm. Life is good, getting back to fishing a few times a month (finally).
  3. Tony - Any chance you can source a 716z circle emblem for the side of this reel?
  4. I have some friends like that, their 'hobbies' are watching sports and drinking. I can't sit still that long.
  5. Thanks! I think that particular blue cat was maybe like 40/45? Flathead was around 30. So long ago, I don't remember exactly. I am sure I have the numbers somewhere.
  6. I seem to always be trying new stuff, and when I do, I jump in head first, have always been that way. My parents and brothers always jokingly pick-fun at it, but I see no problems with it! That said, the hobbies that have seemingly 'stuck' are fishing, outdoor cooking, and woodworking. I grew up trout fishing in western PA, some of my fondest memories with my Dad we're spent creekside, I can remember being like 7/8 and going to the creek over the hill and catching creek chubs with friends and neighbors. Wen't to college, got into catfishing along the river banks at night. After college, moved to Annapolis, MD and fished the bay mainly for stripers "rockfish" for a few years. Now living in NC, do mostly inshore stuff (drum/trout/flounder) but get offshore a few times a year. I take my kids as much as possible, and we've got a small pond across the street my son and his buddies are constantly tormenting the bass and bluegill in. Outdoor cooking I guess comes from necessity of needing to feed my family, and my enjoyment of being outdoors. I enjoy cooking over charcoal, mostly. Have a few Webers and a Kamado Joe, at the moment, and lots of accessories. Woodworking is strange, as I have literally built stuff and tinkered my entire life. One of my favorite pictures my mom has of me, I was about 4 years old, and I am sitting in the grass with a screwdriver, taking apart one of those push toys that used to spark internally when the wheels rolled. I used to build tree houses, skateboard ramps, etc, before tools, Legos we're my thing. I have a degree in industrial arts, I wanted to teach shop. Found out fairly quickly I didn't really like teaching, however. Now I have a wood shop at the house, where I spend majority of my at-home free time, building furniture and other junk. I try to get my kids in the shop, if they don't eventually take a liking to it, I wan't them to at least have an idea of how stuff is done, and basic skills to fix stuff. Mostly, enjoying life, spending time with my family, dog, and friends. Anytime someone asks "Hows it going" my response is "living the dream." My daughter asked me yesterday why I always say that, while we we're out shopping for Halloween costumes. All I know, I don't have anything to complain about. Trip down memory lane, so I decided to include a bunch of pictures. (Pictures: Most recent flounder, skateboard deck I built a few weeks ago, current boat, ornaments the kids make yearly (last years batch), shop, rain pond bass, Arts and Crafts style mantle clock made of Live Oak, Potomac blue cat, grilling setup, daughter with redfish, Allegheny flathead.
  7. Tony - I do not, but that is a good tip, it may just be the max drag. I am used to more modern reels, which if the drag is cranked down, its essentially stopped completely, even small (1000 size) reels. I think I have an old digital scale around I used to weigh bluecats with, wonder if I can dig that out of the tackle closet.
  8. So, I looked into this a bit, do you think it would help with drag pressure? My issue seems to be there isn't enough drag, not necessarily "smoothness" of the drag. Of course, this is all on the bench, and not in real life application (fishing) either. I may take you up on this, would happily pay for it. I have a 712z that I am going to clean up for beach use, as well. If I go for the upgrade, i'd like to do both.
  9. Yes, I have all three of those, should all/any of those, being a teflon drag washer, be greased as you would a cloth? Wondering if grease getting on the drag washer may be causing an issue? Lastly, on the 'drag spring' washer, the fingers point down as shown in your picture, correct? Also, I wen't ahead and ordered a kit from ebay last night, $8 for a new set of all 3 pictured. Worth a shot, I figure.
  10. Hi All - Recently dug out a Penn 716z from the tackle closet, its small, planning to use it as a beach reel for throwing jigheads in the wash, for speckled trout. My question is in regards to the drag. I pulled the reel apart, cleaned, greased, reassembled. When I crank the drag knob down as tight as I can get by hand, the spool still spins fairly easily. Is that right? Do I need a new drag washer, drag spring? Could I bend the "arms" of the drag spring down a bit, in theory, producing a bit more force on the washer? or is this just a byproduct of a small, old, reel? TIA!
  11. Is any of this stuff still for sale? If so, what exactly? There are a few reels I may be interested in! Thanks, ste
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