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  1. After a 25-year hiatus from conventional surf casting with a Penn 500 Jigmaster and a calloused spooling thumb, I hit the Calif. beaches in June, targeting leopard sharks and bat rays with a whole squid on a 6/0 circle, or perch and croakers with squid strips on a #4. The Fathom 15 is a fantastic advance in technology from my '70s era Jigmaster, but I'm only getting about 60 to 75-yard casts with a combo of a 4 oz pyramid sinker, 17 lb mono on the Fathom 15, and an 11-foot Okuma Solaris rod. Only one pair of the three brake pairs is engaged and I've never de-greased the bearings (never suffered one bird's nest so far though). I'm using my best rendition of a Hatteras cast and the rod seems to be loading nicely. Even though I caught a 25 lb bay ray and many meaty croakers with the bait 60-75 yards out, I could see other gamefish being pursued by dolphins/seals at the 100 to 125 yard range, and I'd like to throw big 3 - 5 oz spoons or baits out that far next time. Any good videos on cleaning out the Fathom and putting super whiz-bang oil in it? I'm also open to getting another larger reel like the Akios 757 CT or Blue Yonder 7000 if it means potentially doubling my distance. The heaviest fish I'm likely to encounter are medium rays or shovel-noses, big leopards, yellowtail (occasional boat charters), and drums. I'd appreciate any advice from the forum.
  2. Hello all, My first posting after having lurked on this wonderful site for ages!...and of course it is a request for insight. I have more modern distance casting reels which perform flawlessly and I am not new to the concepts involved, but I decided to recently resurrect a maroon plated squidder with the objective of distance casting. I performed all the usual maintenence, ultrasonically cleaned the bearings which seemed in good shape and lubed them with corrosion-x. The reel tolerances to frame are even. It is an aluminium spool. It turns smoothly and on a vintage 6115 Butterworth rod brought in a beautiful 80 yard cast first off. I had the reel spooled halfway with new 17lb mono, laid level and evenly across the arbor. No leader, 4 ounces of lead to a long double. The left side bearing was screwed down to give a tiny bit of resistance " on a drop", but not so much as to stop overrun altogether once the lead hit the ground. Certainly no sideways play. The cast only required any real thumbing on splashdown. OK. .so far.... In fact, great so far......I loosened the side bearing a little and put some power into the next cast . The result was a smooth cast until about the apex of the flight at which time the reel and lower end of of the rod developed an increasingly and severe standing wave oscillation ...very reminiscent of the Tacoma narrows bridge disaster and quite seriously, when holding onto the rod, just as remarkable. Even though it was a hundred plus yard cast it was a bit of a worry. Two successive equally distant casts resulted in the same thing even though I tweaked the bearing a little. I checked axle tolerances against the bearings and bearing mounts. All seem OK. We don't have much exposure to squidders down here and I was hoping someone has seen this problem and offer assistance. The reel, even though it acheives very nice distance is unusable as it is..It feels like it will will rattle itself to pieces....Any ideas?
  3. Was just wondering if anyone has used this reel for distance casting from the shore/bank. What your experiences were. I only want to know about this reel please leave out any other distance casting reels. Thanks and merry christmas.
  4. Hey guys, I’m picking up a Siegler SG this evening for surf fishing. Most of the time I’ll be casting between the 2nd and 3rd bar on the texas coast with 4-8 ounces of lead and bait. What are some good rods for slinging bait out that far with this reel? Hoping to have 100 yard throws in good conditions with sone practice Most likely will run 250 yards of 50lb braid and fill the rest with 30 - 50lb mono. Targeted species will be bull reds, black drum, and various sharks. (40-200 lb fish) Any advice and suggestions are welcome!
  5. Sportcast USA, Casting Tournament Northeast Regional, Dates: Sept 8 & 9, 2018 Location: Kenilworth Athletic Field (DC) 4001 Deane Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019 The entrance to Kenilworth Athletic Fields (active recreation area) is located at the westernmost end of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, N.E. It is approximately 0.5 mile south of the Aquatic Gardens entrance. There are no facilities at the site. Coming by auto: Take Route 295 southbound if you are coming from north of Route 50 or Route 50, to the Eastern Avenue Exit. Go straight up the ramp to the second street on the right, Douglas Street. Make a right onto Douglas Street. At the end of Douglas Street, make another right onto Anacostia Avenue to get toKenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Go left to get to Kenilworth Recreation Park. If you are coming from south of Route 50, take Route 295 north to the Burroughs Street Exit. At the bottom of the ramp go left. Go straight to Kenilworth Recreation Park. GPS Field Location 38°54'31.64"N 76°57'0.83"W Additional Info (non commercial): https://www.sportcast-usa.org Visitors are welcome. Due to insurance requirements, membership in Sportcast USA is required to participate in the event. Start time is 9:00 AM on Saturday. Start time Sunday to be determined by casters on Saturday
  6. I'm looking for opinions on guestimated difference in casting distance these two rigs w/ 2oz metals (everything else being equal--we'll just assume powerpro 20# on a penn battle II, average skill): a)UGSA80M2C (tica dolphin 8' 2 piece rated for 6-17lb line, lure weight .5-2oz, fast action, med power) b)UGSA90M2S (tica dolphin 9' 2 piece rated for 10-25lb line, lure weight .5-3oz, fast action, med power) thanks
  7. Sportcast USA, Casting Tournament Northeast Regional, Dates: May 19 & 20, 2018, 2018 Location: Kenilworth Athletic Field (DC) 4001 Deane Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019 The entrance to Kenilworth Athletic Fields (active recreation area) is located at the westernmost end of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, N.E. It is approximately 0.5 mile south of the Aquatic Gardens entrance. There are no facilities at the site. Coming by auto: Take Route 295 southbound if you are coming from north of Route 50 or Route 50, to the Eastern Avenue Exit. Go straight up the ramp to the second street on the right, Douglas Street. Make a right onto Douglas Street. At the end of Douglas Street, make another right onto Anacostia Avenue to get toKenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Go left to get to Kenilworth Recreation Park. If you are coming from south of Route 50, take Route 295 north to the Burroughs Street Exit. At the bottom of the ramp go left. Go straight to Kenilworth Recreation Park. 38°54'31.64"N 76°57'0.83"W Additional Info (non commercial): https://www.sportcast-usa.org Visitors are welcome. Due to insurance requirements, membership in Sportcast USA is required to participate in the event.
  8. Sportcast USA Long Distance Casting Tournament Event US Southeast Regional Event - April 28 & 29 Riverview Farm Park Riverview Pkwy, Newport News, VA 23602 Intersection of Menchville Road and Youngs Road Due to the vague location description, we are providing the GPS location 37° 5'27.85"N 76°31'41.30"W There are several moderately priced hotels in the nearby Newport News area. Due to insurance requirements, membership in Sportcast USA is required in order to cast in the event. Visitors are welcome to visit and chat with the casters.
  9. Sportcast USA 2018 Tournament Schedule ------------------------------------------------------ April 28 & 29 US Southeast Regional Riverview Farm Park Riverview Pkwy, Newport News, VA 23602 Intersection of Menchville Road and Youngs Road Due to the vague location description, we are providing the GPS location 37° 5'27.85"N 76°31'41.30"W There are several moderately priced hotels in the nearby Newport News area. ------------------------------------------------------ May 19 & 20 US Northeast Regional Kenilworth Athletic Field 4001 Deane Ave NE Washington DC 20019 Due to the vague location description, we are providing the GPS location 38°54'31.64"N 76°57'0.83"W ------------------------------------------------------- Nov 10 & 11 US Nationals Kenilworth Athletic Field ------------------------------------------------------- Dec 1 & 2 US Open Riverview Farm Park -------------------------------------------------------
  10. I've started getting line burn on my thumb when I'm practice casting. Since I'm casting in an open field, the line is really dry, which is also probably adding to the problem. But how can I cut down on line burn? It doesn't hurt too much, but it's destroying/melting the mono on my reel. Do any of you distance casting veterans have any suggestions?
  11. A normal fishing trip for me in my old paddle kayak was about 3 miles give or take. Can you cover a lot more ground with a pedal kayak? How far does everyone else go?
  12. I bought these at the end of last season from Tackle Direct. Ultegra- $290 shipped: I bought a Votex knob to replace the joke OEM knob on the Ultegra and used it once last winter, and three times this year. It is indeed, the farthest- casting spinning reel I have ever used. It was never dunked, but it did get splashed a lot 4 weeks ago. I opened up the sideplate and did not see water intrusion. The main spool has 20# white Sufix 832, one has new, unfished / uncast green Sufix 30 or 40# Spectra, and the third spool remains unmolested. There is one faint scratch on the reel stem from transport in my Rod Vault (5th pic). Other than that, this super-lightweight carbon fiber hybrid reel could pass as new. Saragosa- $240 shipped: Spooled up with new unfished / uncast yellow 30# Spiderwire Stealth, I mounted it on a few rods and never got a chance to use it. All reels come as shown with boxes, spool shims, and papers. Why am I selling these? Despite how smooth, light, and sexy these are, I decided they don't really fit my current fishing style. However, because of how smooth, light, and sexy these are, I'll just as easily keep them rather than get low-balled like crazy . Thanks for lookin'! Buy 'em both for $515 shipped.