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Harnell 540

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Guys,

 

I found out the other day from W.B. Gelbke (Zim at Steven's B&T) that I have an old Harnell 540. The rod was passed down from my grandfather, who I think originally wrapped it and added some diamond-shaped wooden handles on the butt end. Zim complimented the time and care someone (probably gramps) took in desinging the rod.

 

Zim really thought it was a nice rod, and I respect his opinion. Does anyone else here know the background or history of the Harnell 540? Any personal stories or experiences? I'm told it is a classic, and since it has such sentimental value to me, I'd like to know as much as I can about the rod. My grandfather, God rest his soul, is still my hero, and I think any input from you guys would just add some flavor to that rod. Plus the rod definitely has good mojo.

 

Thanks for anything you can add.

 

SedgeMan

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A lot of old time Sharpie's in Sheepshead Bay use HArnells (not sure of the exact model) for Pinhooking Bluefish. I've seen 15# Bluefish swung over teh rail "green" with these rods. TEhy are very popular down there.

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Billy,

 

Funny you should mention Sheepshead. My grandfather was a charter boat captain outta there at some point. Not sure the name of the boat, but I remember him telling me a doctor owned it. He also used to fish alot with Freddy Moore, who I think owned the "Miss Moore" way back when.

 

Thanks for the response.

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