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Used to fish a Penn 700 and 704

Found that the mushroom shaped manual pickup would get the line wrapped around it while working the rod hard pencil popping

 

Made this SS wire modification, never had the problem again

Two small holes, and bit of bent wire soldered in place

 

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For the summertime when the last thing you want is to wear your waders which have the studs on the boots - but you want to fish the rocks without getting killed

 

Cheap pair of thick soled hiking type shoes from the discount store, these cost me $5, and a few packs of hex head screws

 

The screws fall out occasionally but are so cheap you just keep extras in the truck

 

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Just realized those are at least 14 or 15 years old and still going strong

The blue couch that photo was taken on is long long gone

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A sand spike modification to keep the top lip of the spike from chewing up the finish on the reel stem where the stem rests on the edge

Provides more stability to the rod as well

 

A chain link fence pole cap filed flat on two sides and pop-riveted in place, the rivets peened over on the inside so they don't catch on the rod butt, small holes drilled to drain any water and to allow access to peen over those pop-rivets

 

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On 1/4/2019 at 8:59 PM, charles s said:

Ok so this one is done with a micron loop on the head hook ... once I tie it up I zap a gap the sluggo head to the micron tied on the head hook and it’s solid 

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I hope that's a mistake. Circle hook in front and octopus in the back. Do you roll the dice on setting the hook or no? No wonder your wife out fishes you. :laugh:

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On 1/4/2019 at 6:59 PM, Sudsy said:

How about a thread to put all the little tricks, hacks, tweaks and other ideas to make our sport a little easier

 

Here's one:

Only thing that takes chunked bunker stank off your hands !!

Always in the vehicle !

Dries out just toss a 1/4 cup of water in it (or less depending on how many towels are left) and it's as good as new again

 

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Ketchup works like a champ too.  

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(Can you believe Saltwater Sportsman Mag actually paid me $150 for this idea?)

 

I'm a believer but I'm also guilty of not using scents as often as I should. Half the reason is the fact that it's such a %&#@ mess. Get it on your fingers, then your clothes, then your truck. Pretty soon your truck starts stinking like a bait cooler. And it does wonders for the flavor of a sandwich or good cigar.

I figured there's got to be a better way and came up with this.

  

Just a foam brush from the craft store with the handle cut down and a film canister with a hole drilled in the top that tightly fits around the brush handle. Load the brush up with a little Smelly Jelly back in the truck and you’re good to go and never have to touch the nasty stuff.  An added bonus is that it makes the stuff last 3 times longer than using your fingers as the brush gives you better coverage with less material.
 

The canister fits into an old flip phone case like it was made for it, the old phone case attaches to the strap of your plug bag - the ones with the velcro loop that went around your belt are the best, but are starting to get hard to find.

 

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34 mins ago, Sudsy said:

A sand spike modification to keep the top lip of the spike from chewing up the finish on the reel stem where the stem rests on the edge

Provides more stability to the rod as well

 

A chain link fence pole cap filed flat on two sides and pop-riveted in place, the rivets peened over on the inside so they don't catch on the rod butt, small holes drilled to drain any water and to allow access to peen over those pop-rivets

 

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Beautiful work!! Spike looks like the fence cap is part of the design.

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14 hours ago, BillZ said:

Every leader material Spool gets a loose wrap of velcro with a hole in it....... soft side down, adjust tension  as needed for smooth line removal.

 

Pull off what you want,  the rest stays neatly  spooled.

 

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yup!

I use cable ties but same idea I do that on wrist spools especially.

Made the mistake of not doing that on a spool of 40lb fluro 2 seasons ago......lost about 30 yards of it.  (seaguar sts 100 yard non wrist spool)

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I am not skilled enough to make metal spikes, and too cheap to purchase. I use good old PVC. 

 

A small hole saw, six inch section of hacksaw blade, some sandpaper, and 10 minutes can create a spinning rod "lock" on any PVC rod holder. 

 

Hole points towards surf. To put rod in, simply twist reel stem 30 degrees, twist to the left to remove. Rod comes out easily when you want it , even with hard charging southbound rays.

 

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