craigen

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  1. 80# braid will not easily pass through these small holes on FTH30LD. I gave up and wrapped electrical tape over them and did two wraps and uni knot.
  2. Hey BigFischer, I know your post was in December but if your black TRQ25 is still available I'm interested if you're willing to ship it. Cheers...
  3. I sure wish Penn would re-issue these reels in black. I have two of them and want to buy more but they are now a rare item.
  4. Thanks for the info.
  5. What's the best small camera for on the water photography? I want to document my catch on the high seas but want a small camera that won't break the bank.
  6. Does anyone have experience using these reels here? The older US made ones seem much better than the recently introduced versions produced overseas.
  7. Anybody know a good source for these blanks?
  8. I made and instant fish stew with some cod, shrimp and scallops. Toss in some scallions,mushrooms, tomatoes, olive oil and your favorite pasta sauce with a cup of white wine. Simmer then serve with some hot crusty bread and a glass of wine and you have a quick gourmet meal.
  9. These fish are so fast I wonder if anyone has even tried to land one on a fly.
  10. I've heard some skippers will not allow use of braided line on their boats. Is this a common thing on East Coast boats?
  11. I heard from Liz at Seigler that the SGN star drag reel release was delayed due to factory relocation and they're doing some new fly reel production along with the existing product line. Only the prototype is out now. Was told to watch social media for future release date.
  12. Is this material still used in antique fishing tournaments?
  13. I've been learning about Seigler reels. There's supposed to be a narrow star drag reel. Is this available yet?
  14. Yeah, those are nice reels. Lifetime warranty. But the thing I like about those old ProGear reels is that they're so simple to service.
  15. Perfect! Thanks Slacker, that's just what I need. I will try to find one at a reasonable price. I have a Canon EOS 350 that's too big to carry. Cheers...
  16. I'm still hoping for a "Baby Baja" like a smaller, upgraded US113N.
  17. These days I go on eight day variety trips traveling about 3/4 of the way down the Baja coast. We have to clear Mexican customs at Ensenada but don't fish there. We target yellowtail, tuna, wahoo, grouper and dorado. The boats offer all the comforts of home with nice stateroom berthing, great meals and hot showers. I've been on dozens of trips over the years and must have dumped a bushel basket of cash over the side on the cost of these trips. Earlier on I spent time and money on longer trips of 14 to 16 days realizing my goal of catching a "cow" tuna (over 200 pounds). I've caught a few of those stand-up style and my personal best was 266. These are babies compared to the East coast giant bluefins, right?
  18. It's refreshing to gain a new perspective on our favorite sport by learning East Coaster ways here on this forum. While I fish mostly long range Baja trips I look forward to applying knowledge gained here on the Baja. Cheers...
  19. Hey Tony, Sorry I missed you at the Fred Hall show. I customized my VSX with Cal Sheets lower gears and it's great for large tuna. I understand he can even make the spool lighter but why go custom now when we have the VISX ready to go out of the box! (PS, where are the silver TRQ star drag reels?)
  20. These models seem quite similar but are there major differences between the old and the new other than cosmetics?
  21. Is it a 280 or 282 model called the Albacore Special? I really like those models.
  22. I'd buy a silver Torque. Will we be seeing those for sale soon?
  23. I used the red, tomato/basil sauce.
  24. I vote no. But I live within walking distance of about 20 brew pubs! Cheers...
  25. Good to know, thanks. I've heard good things about St. Croix as a US blank manufacturer.