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  1. I've cracked two windshields using a hammer and brass drift before this tool came out.
  2. It's a Ford rear view mirror installer
  3. Here's one from my shop. A good 18" with a 45° bend. I use it once in awhile.
  4. I just got a Prevail straight from Penn's first "real" rod. The 2nd and 4th (from the tip) guides have what appear to be drips of glue on them. They are smooth, but prominent...not quite "inside of" the guide but close. Should i gripe, or fish on? I was hoping to try it out this weekend. If it matters, it's starting out loaded with 14# mono. OH.. and that 4th guide, it's the only one that is not perpendicular to the rod. I realize some rods have slanted guides, but just a single one?
  5. Hmm...there is a "dot" on the spool, awfully close to the outer edge of the line...about 1/16" away, so i reeled on a bit more. About right?
  6. The 710z is getting loaded with 14# mono (for the boy to toss sand crabs into the wash) and i've no idea how much i'm winding on. Assuming it should stop before the spool "flares"? And, does this amount and line lay look good 'nuff?
  7. I did end up getting the Spinfisher v4500 and Prevail 9' (3/4-3oz lures)...for tossing lures. And got the old 710z for my old 7' rod (1-6oz lures) for casting weighted bait. I'm figuring that between these two, i should be good enough.
  8. Thank you all for the advice. Just got my fishing licence for the year, and decided to have my boy (whom is the one that's rough on gear) use the 710z i recently bought. And now I'm about to make a purchase for myself...and I assume the following combo is good for tossing bucktails and SP Minnows, etc? Direct from Penn, a Spinfisher V for $70 and a 9' Prevail 3/4oz-3oz lure size for $80 and free shipping, totalling $150 to my doorstep (I can live with that price.)
  9. So, for now, I've gotten a 710z from ebay for $40+shipping. It appeared blemish-free compared to lots of others. Thank you for input on others for the future. Now to research rods....I'd like to cast an SP Minnow more than 50 feet.
  10. hmm...maybe i'll get the older Penn 710 for my hand-me-down Shakespeare Alpha Custom SP 7' pole, and get the V4500 for the new 9' pole... shorter one for my boy, longer one for me! or...shorter one for Perch, longer for Stripers.
  11. Then, let's assume that i will strive to take halfway decent care of my new reel (my old one was a hand-me-down freebie) and it won't be thrown into the surf, and have a dedicated towel to be wrapped in to prevent sand entry whilst playing frisbee, and would not be fishing all day anyway, or even half a day...would the Battle II take the occasional abuse or die at the first hit... or just go for the 710?
  12. I'm curious what the "slow" part means.
  13. After a brief, unsuccessful try at surf fishing, then giving up for two years, I've decided to give it another try. So I need a rod/reel setup, and looking through the "Newbies Look Here" thread, I randomly selected a budget setup of a Penn Prevail 9' medium and Penn Battle II 2000. But I got to thinking...I'm hard on gear, as I go to the beach with my small child and things get pushed around. Reels end up in the sand. Gear often gets left in the van for days afterwards without a proper now I'm wondering if there is a budget-minded reel just for goofs like me whom can't seem to take proper care of their stuff?
  14. I rigged a hook to my 401k and let 'er rip...PM for my return address please.
  15. For what it's worth, I've been able to get out exactly 3 time since last post...that shows just how much "practice" I get. Last weekend's trip had me trying the SP Minnow sinker instead of floater, and man! What a difference in feel! I still can't tell when it hits bottom, (because all i own sucks...and i suck, too) but the tactile difference between the two Minnows is significant. After 4 hours, and a dozen folks walking past me to leave, only two had caught anything. Sigh...I wish that ALL I cared about was fishing...but too many competing areas of life has time pretty well consumed already...otherwise I'd try at least ONE other spot on countless miles of our coastline. Maybe I'll post a video this weekend from the top of the dune to show the surf. (Can't really spot burn a state beach with a big ol' sign trying to encourage people to fish there, right?) Remember....I don't go there SOLELY to fish, but to fly my gliders too.