Recent content by mmayo

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    I’m not sure I know what is best but I use a boat length of mono. Stuff happens on the troll. When lots of folks toss out in the slide and you are hooked up you can get seriously tangled. If you just have spectra it can not only take a long time to get out of it and can be expensive when they...
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    Dealing with small cuts on your fingers/hands

    I’ve read and had a few years of practical experiences. It works. I’ve also seen infections that became far worse in just a 6 or 8 day. The Star has a large bottle of hydrogen peroxide right near to the deck head, crew only but sometimes they share. It saves a trip to the forward staterooms.
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    Dealing with small cuts on your fingers/hands

    I keep a tiny bottle of hydrogen peroxide in the top of my tackle box. When time permits I wash my hands well - 20 seconds and them put a drop or two in the cut. It bubbles and that’s good. After that a band aid, neosporin and perhaps flex wrap. Wahoo time my bottle If H2O2 was quite the hit.
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    "Cedar Plugs" handmade from exotic hardwoods

    From a recent customer “Hi Mark, Yesterday I had the pleasure of opening my mail and WOW I was amazed how wonderful your Cedars Plugs appear in do not do justice to the wworkmanship and quality that goes into your product....a BIG THANK YOU ....a true fan of yours, Ron”
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    Back to back trips

    I was in the wheelhouse of the Vagabond and Mike asked a guy if he wanted to go on the next trip. He called his wife on the Sat phone I think or some phone and got the ok. Mike said his clothes would be washed and returned. I dream of stuff like this, someday... Enjoy buddy you must live right
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    Anybody know if anybody who's gone on a LR trip got infected by Covid while on a trip?

    I went on a recent 8 day on the Star, we were fine before, during and after the trip. If someone got sick, I’d know - they DID NOT. Be careful, don’t go if you even think you’ve be exposed, use your brain while on the trip, relax and catch fish.
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    MXJ raptor question

    My MXJ Raptor is my new go to 40# reel with a Phoenix 870 HAX rod. It casts, in my hands, better than my JX 6/3 or my JX Raptor. I would not hesitate to tie 50# to this reel too, it has plenty of strength, but not infinite line capacity. My feeble casting distance is now more respectable and I...
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    SX Freespool Slowing Down

    Try this video to assist with your service. If you perform a service like this after each trip your freespool will never be too slow. It take 8–10 minutes. I too agree to see Alan Tani’s site, he is the master.
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    Avet MXJ handle knob stuck

    Puts you to sleep is NOT a compliment to me. If someone says something good and then says something bad it does not work out so well with me. If you don’t like something I do, move on baby to the next Bloodydecks post or YouTube video, there are billions.
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    Avet MXJ handle knob stuck

    Great to know you will not need ambien any more. All of these videos are single take start to finish. I start and work to the end, warts and all. If there is a cut it is from my nephew who edits and shoots my instructions. Do you have links to YOUR efforts, I’d like to see and hear pizzazz?
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    Eating Fish on LR Trips?

    When folks don’t want the fish, they get steak. I think everyone wins when fish is donated to the galley. I do this every trip and have yet to hear a complaint from the chef or fishermen or crew. Even the non fish folks are happy with their steaks. You have to tell the chef and not surprise...
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    Jx studs,

    They are open as I just bought six JX studs last week. I dropped by the factory in person, but they answered my call to see if they were open.
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    Avet MXJ handle knob stuck

    Try this service video, I hope it helps. Be careful with the screws in the outside as they screw into plastic. Don’t horse them too tight as they just hold the cover in place. If you used the reel even once at sea salt could have entered the two bearings. Clean and oil them and expect the...
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    Avet HX 5/2 versas JX6/3-MC Rator for 60#

    This is a large YFT caught on a regular, non Raptor, JX 6/3. Fish like this are not unusual to catch without ruining the pinion bearing. I DO service my reels after every trip so if one waits until the reel acts funny to service it their mileage may vary.