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  1. Yes I have seen those tapered gold spools in the 70's and was told at the time they were casting competition spools. I believe they were accented with red chenille around the lower spool flange as well. Never used one.
  2. Lami #1365 was a popular blank in that length
  3. Nothing works all the time. I have seen Eels "not work" plenty of times when plugs were hit aggressively
  4. None of them are uncommon models however the trollers are more common. The trollers are the older version with the rear bucktail treble, he later went to bucktail single rear hooks. The jointed and the darter came as shown with plain rear trebles. The jointeds were made for a lot of Cape guys so I have seen less in that color as most of the ones I have had/seen were darker. That looks like Danny's smaller Giant Jointed at about 9"
  5. Sounds like it could be a dry bearing
  6. My opinion is quite different but I usually do not agree with most fisherman on most subjects anyway. I have seen Bass prefer plugs to Eels on many, many occasions. Of course I have seen it the other way around too but to make the assumption that if you are not catching bigger fish on Eels the bigger fish are not around is simply been proven untrue (to me) over and over. I will also disagree with those who stated that a live Eel is more effective than a dead Eel. Many times this may be true but again that "fact" does not stand up to my experiences. I can think of many times a dead Eel has totally outfished a fresh lively Eel. I have seen many guys smash their live Eel against the bumper of their truck just to "unliven" it. When fishing a live Eel many fish will be missed on the strike, some nights none will be lost but some nights most will until the hooksetting aspect is figured out. I have found there is no standard hookset, some nights a delayed hookset works best, some nights a longer delay is best while some nights no delay, or a very short delay is more productive. I have found a much higher hookup ratio with dead Eels versus live Eels as I don't need to "figure out" when or how long to delay a hookset. The fish, no matter how the Eel is being taken, does not have to "fight" the Eel in order to ball the Eel in it's mouth as there is no resistance from a dead Eel. I have had way more "Eel earings" with live Eels and almost none with dead Eels. I have also found that the dead eels were far more productive when fishing shallow water boulder fields than their live counterparts. Live Eels will always try and bury themselves under a rock upon a slow retrieve resulting in snags and dulled hooks and frayed leaders. Dead eels can be retrieved much slower and "worked" at a much slower pace bouncing up, over and thru rock fields. The only advantage I can see with a live versus dead Eel is the telltale increased activity that is telegraphed thru the line before a hit. I would choose dead over live if I had to make a choice. Rigged eels are a whole different story from dead or live in applications, strikes and hooksets in my opinion.
  7. You can't catch a fish if your line's not in the water.
  8. I experimented with phosphorescent blue and green plugs and never even had a hit on either
  9. That is the new(er) Lamiglas # for the #0903 that I previously stated in my earlier post. Most everybody I knew fished that blank and it was usually paired with a Penn #700 (later a #704) with #15 lb. Ande pink mono.
  10. I have replaced guides on a temporary for myself and others while on extended trips. The old stainless steel Mildrum guides used to "pop" at the weld when used on Graphite on occasion.
  11. Professional grade electrical tape such as Scotch 33 is not a good product for this application in my opinion. Just as when used taping a reel onto a rod (in lieu of a reel seat), it will stretch (even though it was previously stretched upon initial installation, even more so in summer), twist (when under pressure with a fish on), and cause a loss in sensitivity that can be felt thru the rod when fishing. Reinforced Nylon Strapping Tape does not stretch and can be covered with a layer of electrical tape after-woods. Wrap tape on the same direction as line will be coming off spool during cast so line will not lift corner of tape during cast (reducing distance)
  12. They last for years stored in brine in freezer. Last at least a year stored in freezer as skin-plug
  13. I use to make my own by wrapping wire around a mandrel and cutting with a metal bladed coping saw. Some guys used to use small lock washers as well.
  14. The Mepps Spinner and Vivif Minnows were imported from France I believe.
  15. Those model Penn's have been fished completely submerged for decades by hundreds of surfcasters without any internal water intrusion related issues