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  1. Snook, Reds, Spotted Seatrout and Flounder on ZMan Ned Rigs,using TRD's and the 4" TRD's.
  2. China spits out counterfeits of everything from Rolex to power pro to Jeep Cherokee's. The factories, manufacturers contract for line sell off over stock under names like kastking and piscafunk. Reels too, with no stringent Q.C. from the brand nor demands of minimum quality b.b.'s and such. Yeah Penn might know how to tell the difference but the customer in general is a fool and always bites. Penn nor any other brand is going to foot their stupidity.
  3. I'm not sure I understand. You think every mass produced china reel has a serial number? UPC code maybe but I don't know what data is stored in them other than price.
  4. The 6500 C3, C4 were never made in asia. But surely for any Ambassadeur Jerry is the place to go. But go quick, he is phasing out into retirement. His creations are true quality and some are being marked down in $ right now. That said, I have found the Daiwa Lexa 300 to be a stellar replacement whose lightness and low profile has done wonders to help my arthritis and cubital tunnel pain. At least for throwing lures. For chunk bait to black drum and sharks, Jerry's bait clickers reign supreme.
  5. I'm sitting on a gold mine! I have 4 2500c's and a 1500c's. All mint with the full upgrade package. 4# and 2# mono on Loomis Kokonee rods, they are a blast against baby tarpon, big ladyfish and landlocked snook. I can't get over that guys casting style. I've tried to replicate it but you really need the short rod for it.
  6. Consider that I am an odd duck to most people. But I think most reels people get off of amazon are toast before they even receive it. This forum is full of people complaining about the Penn's they got off of amazon. Like somebody already posted, give Penn a chance. They have excellent customer service. But I think I have already seen Penn mention on the sub forum that reels bought off amazon hold no warranty even if new.
  7. My VI 2500's are just as smooth as my Daiwa Ballistic and Back Bays so I'd say, yes you have a problem.
  8. Wow you guys pay a higher retail up there than we seem to. Very interesting setups. Everybody has different concepts of what works, that is for sure. I use the 300 for Tarpon and small sharks. To me a 400 is maybe good for winding the boat back on the trailer. A TWS Coastal 200 size on those long rods! Aren't we lucky to have so many options to play with.
  9. That would not fit the modern U.S. business model. Everything is built with planned obsolescence. If it be shimano changing/upgrading reels and not providing long term parts or st. croix's now limited warranty. We buy them, we fuel them, its our fault........
  10. Its all I use. All applications. I do have braid on 2 spinners but I don't use spinning. Standardized on buying Big Game in bulk but have been experimenting with Maxima and like it a lot. I'm an odd duck to today's world. I use old stuff, old reels and wood plugs mostly. Texas rigging with bigger soft plastics is tougher but I learned to use a stinger hook, Swedish style. I'm happy not needing extra tools to cut braid. I'm happier with better abrasion resistance of mono. I'm happier with line that doesn't get caught in high winds and float away from the intended target. I'm very happy sticking to easier knots that I can do in the dark, in the wind, eyes closed.
  11. I like a pistol grip for throwing topwaters. Nothing better for walkin the dog. You are going to get a lot of advice for long handles and long rods. I hate them. Maybe when you are standing two men at the tip of the bow like the bassers on t.v. while the rest of the boat is empty, it works. Lots of room between your feet and the surface. They always have their rod tips pointing toward the moon. Then they have to high stick and jerk the rod behind them to set the hook. Walking the bank I don't find a long stick much use either with tall weeds at my feet catching the rod tip and line. I use a straight grip for most things anymore since fashion has put the pistol grip in prison. 6.5ft. is perfect for me, 7ft. gets left at home. It all depends on you, your height, the environment you fish in. Nobody's advice is really going to fit what you need in just general terms.
  12. That's the entire purpose of the thread. Just like utuber videos. It's the same in the area of firearms too. Companies have discovered we are more involved on these social medias things and they have developed of ghost army of sponsored drones. Sometimes it only takes a freebie reel and some smuck develops a whole army of misplaced brand loyalists. It's a vague form of industrial espionage.
  13. 1/4oz. on that 5000 you talked about before? Good luck unless you have installed some BB's that are higher end than the OEM. Try 3/8 or better yet 1/2oz. You are playing a game of momentum with a 5000 spool and 1/4oz.
  14. Wow. I've got a decade old KHS fat tire single speed doing nothing in my shed. You inspire me to move my fat old kiester........
  15. Funny you mentioned Go2glue. I just discovered it for making thunder creek flies. Have you by chance used it to coat knots to help them slip through rod guides? I'm thinking of trying it since Piobond has become so scarce.