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  1. I don’t have a video so I will explain more clearly. I use 20 # Power Pro as main line and I tie a 4’ length of 20# flouro to that with an FG Knot. Then I cut a 5’ length of 40# flouro and tie it to the 20# flouro with a triple surgeons knot and I leave a long 18” to 24” tag on the 40# flouro. So you have 3’ of 40# going down where I tie on a jig and 24’ going up, parallel to the 20# flouro. The tag on the 20# flouro I cut very close to the knot. Then I tie an overhand knot in the 40# tag, around the 20# flouro and it makes the tag stick out perpendicular to the 20# flouro. At the end of the tag, I tie a fly with a Kreh loop. Snook have very rough mouths so I end up re-tying after every catch. The reason for the 20# flouro is that I tend to snag a lot of jigs and when I have the break them off, it will almost always break at the surgeons knot which is easy and fast to re-tie and it doesn’t break off at the fg knot which is a PIA to re-tie, especially at night. It works like a fuse, failing where I want it to. Often I will start with a longer length of 20# flouro, maybe 8’ or 9’ and I can get through a lot break-offs before I have to re-tie the whole thing. You may have to experiment with lengths on your rod to settle on what works best for you. I carry in my pocket a few precut 40# flouro leaders in a ziplock. It makes it easy to re-tie quickly.
  2. Because of its large capacity and huge, cumbersome size, I have mine mounted on a small stand and I use it for pulling the line off of reels I use to add to the backing and similar tasks.
  3. ....but did they revise the line roller bearing design to make it reliable?
  4. I keep rebuilding and repairing my reels and rods long past the point that I should toss them in the trash.
  5. +1 for the Houdini color. I believe it works so well because it is a great imitation of a mud minnow which is resident all year.
  6. Seagur STS Salmon Leader is very similar and much, much cheaper. I have used it for years with no problem (thanks local tackle shop for the tip)
  7. Where I fish we have pelicans. The pelicans can easily see the yellow braid and will actively avoid it (especially if you shake your line a bit). The green braid they can’t see nearly as well (neither can I) and hit it all too often. So I use exclusively yellow braid (PP) or the bright chartreuse (Suffix) for the sake of the birds. I do typically use a 6’ flouro leader.
  8. I use Chaco sandals and they grip ok, just not on slime. The foot bed allows pebbles to get out. Very comfortable with good arch support. I did slip and cut my middle toe on barnacles and it got infected and I had to take antibiotics to cure it along with a new tetanus shot for good measure. Now I alternate between old running shoes and Chacos depending on where I am going. I much prefer the sandals. They are cooler, more comfy when wet and less of a mess to deal with after fishing. I rinse them with fresh water and dry them in the sun so they don’t start to mildew and stink.
  9. I usually retrieve Kastmasters with a long sweep of the rod and then take in the slack. Alternatively, I will reel moderately fast and stop for a 3 count and let the lure fall, then start the retrieve again. Then I vary the retrieve speed and duration of the fall until I start catching. Sometimes it is very herky jerky and sometimes slow and smooth that works. Only occasionally do I use a strait retrieve, but that me be because it is boring. What works well on one outing outing may not work well on the next, so I usually go through this process each time I tie on a Kastmaster.
  10. Thank you for the knowledgeable reply. I will contact Mr. Foran as I prefer to give my business to small businesses and we are in the same state.
  11. I have an old 70’s vintage Ambassadeur 6000C and the post on the Brake Plate that the handle revolves on is a little loose. It works, but the post will rotate making disassembly difficult. So far, I have been just putting up with it. Is there a way to fix this? It appears that the post is swaged into the plate and that joint is a little loose. Or do I need to find a new brake plate assembly?
  12. There is some chance that the brass pinion gear is starting to seize to the stainless shaft (it slides back and forth on the shaft when you engage/disengage with the thumb bar) and wants a little oil. I have had this happen on other low profile baitcasters. It generally gets worse, then corrodes solidly to the shaft while in storage if not addressed.
  13. Are you referring to the Black Hole Suzuki or ODM Frontier X?
  14. I recently bought a Curado K for inshore fishing. When it works, it works well. It seized up (pinion gear seized to shaft) in about 2 months. I sent it to Shimano and $25 later it works again. I take very a good care of my gear and rinse it with freshwater after each use. After that I was careful to keep it well lubricated with Corrosion X, and as a result the anti-reverse bearing often slips. In in my opinion this is not a saltwater ready reel, I now only use it for freshwater bass fishing.
  15. I used this $9 gear motor from Amazon to cobble together a rotisserie rod turner. It takes 110 volts AC, so you just need to add a switched cord. I mounted it on a block of wood, screwed a small, approximately rod diameter pvc cap to the end and fasten my blanks with a length of of duct tape. It has gotten me through 4 rods so far. Search for this: TYD-50 Small Synchronous Gear Motor 110V AC 7.5-9RPM CW/CCW for Rod Dryer