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  1. alantani

    Daiwa daiwa sealine-x 30 shv rebuild

    i have literally 100 reels in line right now, probably 3 months out. check with scott rodriguez, 714-244-0509. he's the reel tech at accurate and he does work on the side.
  2. alantani

    Bubba is selling some more of his reels!

    prices lowered on all reels. $600 buys the entire lot!!!!!
  3. alantani

    Bubba is selling some more of his reels!

    alantani submitted a new listing: Bubba is selling some more of his reels! - Bubba is selling some more of his reels! Learn more about this listing...
  4. alantani

    Southern California Bubba is selling some more of his reels!

    many of you know dan spani as bubba. he's the former cook on the spirit of adventure. he sold a batch of reels a while back and he's now selling some more. 3 Jigmaster 500 penn like new 35 dollars ea. Penn 4/0 yellowtail special newell kit 100 dollars. Penn 4/0 wide 75 dollars...
  5. alantani

    osuna brothers ntnc, march 18-22, 2021

    the videos are mine, but the still photos were taken by a professional photographer that the osuna family had on board. his name was geraldo and i've been waiting for a link to his website but it looks like he might not have one. the closest i could find is this...
  6. alantani

    osuna brothers ntnc, march 18-22, 2021

    finally got the video done. most of the shots are alex and mati. thinking about it, i'll bet it's because they took the longest!!!! ;D https://youtu.be/2jU1MXHFhIo https://youtu.be/8ko5CrcAr0k https://youtu.be/IcEWboF36zQ https://youtu.be/BR7BB2l1KQ0...
  7. alantani

    osuna brothers ntnc, march 18-22, 2021

    we had a professional photographer on board for this trip. there were ALOT of photos. i cut it down by half and here they are. most of you have read the PV reports before so you know the drill. the pictures tell their own story. enjoy!!!!
  8. alantani

    the 20 visx

    never teste them! i actually went on the advice of jerry brown himself for the splices. he told me once that a 12 inch splice, 6 inches on either side, was a 100% connection. i normally use a 5-6 foot splice with 2.5 to 3 feet on either side so i feel pretty good about that one. the whole...
  9. alantani

    the 20 visx

    i use a modified tony pena knot. it's a four-turn uni knot on the mono or fluoro side, then 8-up and 10-down on the braid side. the reason for the 8/10 combination is that i've found that in cinches down better. for me, it's all about consistency. i would rather tie an 80% knot 100% of the...
  10. alantani

    the 20 visx

    i'm guessing from your log in name that you'll be fishing the gulf of mexico. not sure where you are. sometimes you don't really get to pick the size of fish that's going to bite. i'd grab the heaviest stick i think will get me bit and fish with that. i do have a 20 visx that is set up with...
  11. alantani

    To Grease or Not to Grease?

    you mean as far as rinsing? well, there are two concerns. the first is corrosion over and under the drag washer. the second is corrosion in the spool bearings. if you leave the drag washers ungreased, then both salt water and and fresh water will work their way in. it doesn't matter if your...
  12. alantani

    Rigging a 12 VISX

    https://www.onecooltuna.com/
  13. alantani

    To Grease or Not to Grease?

    with properly greased drag washers, the grease will protect the entire drag washer from water intrusion, so it will not matter what you do. please do engage the drag when rinsing to protect the spool bearings, then disengage the drag to store so that humidity will not damage those bearings...
  14. alantani

    my website has been shut down......

    ok, it's a long story, but the short version is that we have been stripped of all photos and attachments by godaddy. apparently having photos and attachments are a violation of our contract. we should be migrated over from out $5 a month to the $70 a month business server in a few more days...
  15. alantani

    my website has been shut down......

    alantani.com yeah, looking at all options right now!
  16. alantani

    my website has been shut down......

    it will be ok. right now i'm just telling guys to enjoy the week off!!!!!:lux:
  17. alantani

    my website has been shut down......

    We're all good. It will just take a while to sort out.
  18. alantani

    my website has been shut down......

    i made a commitment to never have ads, banners or sponsors. not meant as a slight to those that do. i am fortunate in that i do not need to. so, yeah, no ads ever. i traded my 5 remaining years of shared hosting with godaddy for 6 months of business hosting. in that period of time, we will...
  19. alantani

    my website has been shut down......

    as most all of you know, we have a website for fishing reel repair. it's grown so large that it has started to adversely affect other sites on godaddy's shared server. or at least that is what they claim. i was supposed to have 10 years of unlimited band width and 150 gigs of storage. i am...
  20. alantani

    the 20 visx

    no, i would not use electrical tape. i've had to peel off electrical tape and found corrosion underneath. never seen that with flex wrap. it's my guess that electrical tape will hold water underneath and flex wrap will not. it is not a question of one allowing the braid to slip and one...
  21. alantani

    Osuna/NTNC - no moon phase dates open for january and february

    gotta give up the whole thing, all six spots. yeah, it's killin' me. if you're ok traveling, definitely take a crack at it. it's the best moon phase. there is never a guarantee, but i'm certain it will top your last trip!!!!!!!
  22. alantani

    Osuna/NTNC - no moon phase dates open for january and february

    ok, i know it's just fishing, but this covid stuff is no fun. i have to give up my january 14-18, 2021 dates and also my february 18-22, 2021 dates on the NTNC with the osuna brothers in puerto vallarta. this boat sleeps six. you are chasing yellowfin in a 100 to 300 pound class. i chose...
  23. alantani

    posting reels for a friend!

    i think randy pauly already has dibs on the two newells, but it depends on who called danny first. he will let you know.
  24. alantani

    posting reels for a friend!

    Daniel Spani is the original chef on the spirit of adventure. we all called him bubba! great guy. anyway, he needs to sell some of his reels. Shimano 30/50 2 speed beast master $300 each. This is a receipt for service done on beastmasters there is a 533 5.5 newel for $200 and...
  25. alantani

    Penn rescuing a penn jigmaster-sized bridge plate and damaged gear sleeve.

    i've been working on a set of horribly corroded senators from a local charter operation. every reel is seized up. i can't just replace all of the bad parts. if i did that. the cost would be more than the reels are worth. so this is a rescue mission, not recovery. the goal is to replace only...
  26. alantani

    Rigging a 12 VISX

    had a choice between 600 yards of 60 pound jb hollow or 400 yards of 80 pound jb hollow. i went with the 80 pound. plus a 25 yard topshot of 60 pound mono for now. we'll likely change it out to fluorocarbon later. the drag profile was nice. the advantage of the new penn visx line is that...
  27. alantani

    rigging a mak 16!

    it might. not sure. i just go with what the label says.
  28. alantani

    rigging a mak 16!

    80 doesn't give you the drag range of 100 or 130. if they'll bite 80, they will likely bite 100 or 130 so you may as well use that! for the tony pena knot that i use, i'll try to get video.
  29. alantani

    rigging a mak 16!

    the end-to-end splice is for hollow-to-hollow core only. the entire splice is 5-6 feet, so that would be 2.5 to 3 feet on either side. for a solid to solid connection, i tie a pair of bimini twists and then do a true 3-turn loop-to-loop connection. the braid on this reel is all hollowcore, so i...
  30. alantani

    rigging a mak 16!

    i find that 8-up and 10-down cinches down better!
  31. alantani

    rigging a mak 16!

    oh, and this is stock, straight out of the box, no monkeying around with the cam, bellevilles or anything else. yup, straight out of the box. also, the braid was loaded under 16 pounds of tension, or 2/3rd of the strike drag. that's standard here.
  32. alantani

    rigging a mak 16!

    ok, ok, i know. friends don't let friends fish with 80. well, if you're gonna fish 80, here you go! 100 yards of red 80 pound jb hollow. 100 yards of yellow 80 pound jb hollow. 100 yards of green 80 pound jb hollow. 100 yards of white 80 pound jb hollow. 100 yards of 80 pound jb...
  33. alantani

    Spirit of Adventure JH/GW Charter - October 20-30, 2020

    yup! i've landed four over the last 2 trips. brett landed three himself with a loaner flatfall rigged the same way. at least a dozen were landed with these on the last trip
  34. alantani

    Spirit of Adventure JH/GW Charter - October 20-30, 2020

    oh, yeah! he's quite a character!!!!!
  35. alantani

    Spirit of Adventure JH/GW Charter - October 20-30, 2020

    the first year i stepped on board the spirit of adventure was august 31st, 1997. i remember that day because it was the same day that princess diana died. since then, i've only missed two years. the old group was the grady white charter, now run by jim hart, and it is still going. this year...
  36. alantani

    alantani.com charter on the spirit of adventure, october 2-10, 2020

    to say that 2020 has been an off year would definitely be an understatement. with 24 guys in august, the calls started going out for the final checks. of the original 24, we ended up losing 11, somehow found 7 more, and finally left the dock with 20 guys. needless to say, the cost was higher...
  37. alantani

    Alan Tani scores 96.8 pound bluefin on TRQ15LD2

    the reel is a penn torque 2 speed lever drag. the cam was ground down by hand to give me a more linear drag profile. as is, i get 9 pounds of drag at strike, 15 pounds of drag at full, and 18 pounds of drag at sunset. that corresponds to 30% at strike, 50% at full and 60% at sunset for a 30...
  38. alantani

    Alan Tani scores 96.8 pound bluefin on TRQ15LD2

    thanks, steve! but the best part? jeff stokes timed me. it went from hookup to gaff in 11 minutes!
  39. alantani

    jailbreak

    at the beginning off last week, i decided to make a jailbreak. like everyone else, this covid thing has had me locked up now for almost 14 weeks. i checked in with mike cabanas and reserved a spot on the hulicat for wednesday. the salmon bite had died, so it was rockfish and crab. they can...
  40. alantani

    the marla IV, puerto vallarta - january 23-27, 2020

    It's definitely a 50 footer! I always mail a check to Cristina. I'm older, so checks still work for me. And, yes, if I make it home with my wallet, cell phone, glasses and passport, and if my wife hasn't torched the house, then I've had a good trip.
  41. alantani

    the marla IV, puerto vallarta - january 23-27, 2020

    the marla IV, puerto vallarta - january 23-27, 2020 this was my third trip with the osuna brothers this winter season. the first two were november and december, and then this third trip on the marla VI in january. there was a possible trip in february that fell through and one in march that i...
  42. alantani

    crabs and dabs, hulicat sportfishing, half moon bay - 1/19/2020

    crabs and dabs, hulicat sportfishing, half moon bay - 1/19/2020 mostly it's just for the dungeness crab! mom and dad really love these things. i hopped on the hulicat this morning and was met with this! didn't know it, but brad and dean would be on board. it was a little too blustery to...
  43. alantani

    a shout out for the pch rod.......

    it certainly would not have been my first choice!!!!!
  44. alantani

    a shout out for the pch rod.......

    i think it was 65 pound solid braid. the topshot was 80 pound fluoro. the reason he didn't chew through is that half of jig was sticking out of his mouth! friends don't let friends fish with 80........
  45. alantani

    a shout out for the pch rod.......

    i know alot of guys like spiral (acid) wraps, but i have both and i find that it really does not make that much difference. i'm sure it's gotta be easier to keep the guides straight if the rods are going to be mass produced. hey, at $200 bucks, how can you go wrong?
  46. alantani

    starfire, morro bay landing - 7/5/2019

    you're going to be disappointed with the fishing locally. we have salmon, but it's an absolute zoo when the bite is good. then there is the regular rock fish and ling cod, but many of the local boats will only hit the closest reefs, so the fish are small. and then there is crab. it's only...
  47. alantani

    Puerto Vallarta! November 16-20, 2019

    guys, put this on your short list. it's' a great trip!
  48. alantani

    a shout out for the pch rod.......

    I had actually spoken to the Okuma rod designers when they visited from Taiwan a year and a half ago. I had also tested the heaviest of their rail rods and they were way too light. This rod stuff has been interesting. I know that I look for certain features and parameters in a rod. Other guys...
  49. alantani

    Puerto Vallarta! November 16-20, 2019

    We were fishing with caballitos north of the islands, either on the flyline or the balloon. We were always an the north side.
  50. alantani

    a shout out for the pch rod.......

    jeez, bruce, no kidding! in terms of muscle, it wasn't that bad. i had the rod butt in my gut. the drag was limited, nowhere near the 30 to 40 pounds of drag generated by the makaira 50 reels. the hard part was the finesse needed to get that fish in, literally inch by inch! i was lucky it...
  51. alantani

    a shout out for the pch rod.......

    yeah, sorry about that, guys. i think the price of these rods will be going up after this video gets out some more.
  52. alantani

    a shout out for the pch rod.......

    that i don't know. i was thinking about pulling with a scale to check, and should have. i can only tell you that i buttoned down the star just enough so that he would stop running. i think i had the star buttoned down as far as it would go!
  53. alantani

    a shout out for the pch rod.......

    did you see the bend on that rod??????
  54. alantani

    a shout out for the pch rod.......

    that looks right, but the rod is in PV and i'm home in the states! i do know for sure it was 7.5 feet long and i am absolutely certain that the rating was 12-25 pounds. we were joking about that later in the evening. i think there is only one rod that matches.
  55. alantani

    a shout out for the pch rod.......

    yup, stuck in my gut. i would not have been able to do that with a 130 pound line class rod, but with a jig stick i could. it really isn't bad!
  56. alantani

    a shout out for the pch rod.......

    thanks! i can't imagine a more severe test. the pch rods definitely get a thumbs up from me. i wish there was better lighting so that you could see the way the rod was bent over. it actually had an amazing amount of lift. the whole idea is to keep maximum pressure on the rod at all times...
  57. alantani

    a shout out for the pch rod.......

    not sure which one. i just remember 7.5 feet and a 12-25 pound rating. it was bent over like hell!!!
  58. alantani

    a shout out for the pch rod.......

    and the tessoro 12S! a 105 pound yellowfin landed in 18 minutes.
  59. alantani

    a shout out for the pch rod.......

  60. alantani

    Puerto Vallarta! November 16-20, 2019

    Puerto Vallarta! November 16-20, 2019 november 16, 2019 so, i'm flying down to PV with a short layover at LAX. we board the plane and who do i see but none other than the world famous wahoodad, david choate! he will be on the constitution with jeff shapiro, francisco del mundo and david...
  61. alantani

    Spirit of Adventure - October 15-23, 2019

    the very first day i ever set foot on the spirit of adventure was august 31st, 1997. i remember because that was the day that princess diana died. since then i've been on the boat every year except for two. 21 trips over 23 years. it's not the biggest boat, but i think it's one of the best...
  62. alantani

    Pro Gear Pro Gear 545/541 Tutorial

    let me know if you need parts!
  63. alantani

    Pro Gear Pro Gear 545/541 Tutorial

    https://alantani.com/index.php?topic=29756.0
  64. alantani

    Cedros Sportfishing with Rosie Flowers - 9/2-6/2019

    his leg really had us worried. i don't know what the health care situation is on the island, but he has to have that leg looked at. he was in pain all week!
  65. alantani

    Cedros Sportfishing with Rosie Flowers - 9/2-6/2019

    so this was our second year with cedros sportfishing. i can't say enough great things about the operation, but believe me i'm gonna try! it's a dozen guys all total. mike comes in from georgia, lee from oregon, and todd from british columbia. the rest are san francisco bay area and southern...
  66. alantani

    7/9/2019 - W buoy salmon

    one of my favorite "kid" quotes is from my oldest daughter, allison. after a day getting skunked on a salmon fishing trip maybe 15 years ago, she said "dad, salmon fishing is just like regular fishing, only you don't catch any fish!" well, i took her and my brother out for salmon on the 9th. it...
  67. alantani

    starfire, morro bay landing - 7/5/2019

    finally getting around to posting the photos! tim, bryan and i fished the starfire last friday. there were earthquakes that morning and the day before. i've seen earthquakes shut down the salmon bite out of san francisco years ago. i think these quakes had a similar effect on the rockfishing...
  68. alantani

    the accurate tern!

    ok, so i spooled this reel up with 400 yards of 65 pound jerry brown solid braid and a 25 yard topshot of 60 mono as requested by the owner. i was able to set the drag to 18 pounds (30%) and that was as far as the star would go. that was it for the drag - 18 pounds. i was expecting more...
  69. alantani

    the accurate tern!

    i really don't think you're going to be disappointed. as is typical with the reels they make, everything is machined down to the bare mimimum, made as light as possible. my big concern is relying on the single anti-reverse roller bearings. it basically works until it doesn't. who can say if...
  70. alantani

    the accurate tern!

    finally got a reel to pull apart. i thought it was one drag washer on bottom and two drag washers on top. it actually has two drag washers underneath and two on top of the main gear. one drag washer is "slotted" so that it behaves as if it was a plain carbon fiber washer, a "slotted" metal...
  71. alantani

    6/14/2019 - brutal friday.....

    ed and i ran for salmon out of half moon bay. we ended up all the way north, past san francisco, past duxbury to double point. put 100 miles on the boat easily, but it was worth it. ed gets fresh salmon sashimi for dinner tonight, and so do mom and dad!
  72. alantani

    half moon bay - 6/10/19

    took khanh, bob and kevin out for rockfish and lings yesterday. we fished out of half moon bay, ran down to san gregorio, fished in 60 to 100 feet of waster. lots of big rockfish, cabs and ling cod, the blue ling that i caught was a hitchhiker. he grabbed a rockfish that i was bringing up and...
  73. alantani

    rockfish opener on the hulicat, half moon bay, california, 4/1/2019

    rockfish opener on the hulicat, half moon bay, california, 4/1/2019 fished in the hulicat today for the rockfish opener. got a nice limit of rockfish, had to throw back 2 undersized lings, and got 10 dungeoness crabs. everything is going down to fresno with me tomorrow afternoon. going to treat...
  74. alantani

    the 113hn baja special

    i'm just gonna leave this here........
  75. alantani

    the 20 visx

    Ping me if you have any problems!
  76. alantani

    the 20 visx

    if you want to replace the arm as well as the grip, then you can use the wrench that comes with the reel. you remove the collar first, then there are two small phillips screws, and finally the handle nut. it's one of the easiest.
  77. alantani

    the 20 visx

    yup. the line winding is done when i am overloaded with reels and need a distraction. i'll send you a pm.
  78. alantani

    30 VISX Max Drag at Strike

    yeah, that's weird......
  79. alantani

    the 20 visx

    you have a pm...
  80. alantani

    30 VISX Max Drag at Strike

    yeah, or that......
  81. alantani

    30 VISX Max Drag at Strike

    dude, maybe they packed it really loose.......
  82. alantani

    30 VISX Max Drag at Strike

    only 450? maybe that's because that's all they had. the 20 will hold 600 yards of jb hollow, and hollow is thicker than solid. if you wanted a 100 yard topshot, i could see it, but a fluoro topshot is typically 25 yards. sorry, that just doesn't sound right.
  83. alantani

    the 20 visx

    oh, also, the visx series is pretty much good straight out of the box.......
  84. alantani

    the 20 visx

    i'll need you to hold off. i literally have 200 reels in line right now. let's talk later and figure something out.
  85. alantani

    the 20 visx

    basically.......
  86. alantani

    the 20 visx

    that works, too!
  87. alantani

    the 20 visx

    oh, i'm lazy. i set it on a straight pull when the reel is still on the winder. figure the rod will add 10% on a full bend when the line is moving through the guides. it really doesn't matter that much, because you are feathering the lever back forward depending on how much drag you need. as...
  88. alantani

    the 20 visx

    yup, all spliced! and your reel should have the exact same drag curve out of the box. when i serviced this reel, i just cleaned out some excess grease, packed the non-spool bearings fully with grease, removed the shields from the spool bearings and lubed them with TSI 301, and regreased the...
  89. alantani

    the 20 visx

    just finished going through a penn 20 visx. very nice reel. i cracked it open and cleaned out some of the excess grease, opened up and relubed the spool bearings, greased the drags with cal's grease and rigged it up. it held a total of 600 yards of 100 pound jb hollow. the spool was first...
  90. alantani

    30 VISX Max Drag at Strike

    the 20 will hold 600 yards of 100 pound jb hollow and a 25 yards topshot of 100 pound seaguar. set the drag to 50 pounds at full and everything else will follow.
  91. alantani

    the 2019 ISE in sacramento!

    made it out the the ISE yesterday. got to say hi to some friends. pretty much saw everything there was to see in 2 hours. frank murata, my buddy from daiwa! i'm thinking about getting a set of electric reels for deep drop rockfish this season. i'm too old to be cranking up a 1 pound weight...
  92. alantani

    Shimano Ocea Jigger?

    yeah, silent would be really nice, but the anti-reverse roller bearing can fail at high drag pressures. there is only one AR bearing and it is not even the extra tall one, it is a standard height.
  93. alantani

    Shimano Ocea Jigger?

    if you ever come across one of these reels, grab it! they're really nice. it's shimano's ocea jigger 5000p. it's basically a much tougher version of the old gold trinidad 40. one of the most important upgrades is the install the dog and spring from the trinidad DC. to do this, we're...
  94. alantani

    Shimano Trinidad A dog conversion?

    if you ever come across one of these reels, grab it! they're really nice. it's shimano's ocea jigger 5000p. it's basically a much tougher version of the old gold trinidad 40. one of the most important upgrades is the install the dog and spring from the trinidad DC. to do this, we're...
  95. alantani

    random stuff from my workbench

  96. alantani

    Shimano Trinidad A dog conversion?

    it actually is not possible. it's a different system altogether.
  97. alantani

    2018 Spirit of Adventure/alantani.com 8-day charter

    he reminded us of fred flintstone! that would mean that dean would be betty!!!!
  98. alantani

    2018 Spirit of Adventure/alantani.com 8-day charter

    looking forward to it. nothing like fresh dungeness crab!
  99. alantani

    2018 Spirit of Adventure/alantani.com 8-day charter

    our 2018 spirit of adventure charter is now history, but it was one for the record books! the biggest thing we had to deal with was hurricane sergio slamming into the center of baja on day four of our trip. before the trip, everyone was asking what we were going to do and i had no idea. at...
  100. alantani

    cedros sportfishing, september 3-7, 2018

    one of the nicest things is that it's an island, truly isolated. everyone knows everyone it's also a total package. everything is taken care of for you. just be mellow, have a great time and remember to tip well at the end!
  101. alantani

    cedros sportfishing, september 3-7, 2018

    not sure what the other guys got, but there were a couple of dodo, a wsb, i got a small halibut that i send to the kitchen, there were a bunch of calicos, and there were two grouper. for cost, check out http://www.cedrossportfishing.com/
  102. alantani

    cedros sportfishing, september 3-7, 2018

    so, um, this was a pretty awesome trip..... a little history - for the last 20 years, i've fished mostly on the spirit of adventure out of san diego and we had frequently at fished cedros island for yellowtail. the fishing at cedros in the past had always ranged from decent to epic. my...
  103. alantani

    Saltwater albacore - ilwaco, washington - august 15-19, 2018

    i was contacted by one of the guys at ifish.net a while back, inviting me up to washington to fish for albacore. now, for the last 5 years, the san francisco bay area has been a ghost town as far as albacore have been concerned. northern california, oregon and washington, on the other hand...
  104. alantani

    ilwaco, washington - august 15-19, 2018

    i was contacted by one of the guys at ifish.net a while back, inviting me up to washington to fish for albacore. now, for the last 5 years, the san francisco bay area has been a ghost town as far as albacore have been concerned. northern california, oregon and washington, on the other hand...
  105. alantani

    hotrodding a single speed tld 20 or 25

    In canada right now. I'll ping you when I return tomorrow night.
  106. alantani

    fathom 25n star drag reels

    as i recall, they are not domestic, but i would not necessarily hold that against them. they certainly get the job done.
  107. alantani

    fathom 25n star drag reels

    probably just the spool bearings.
  108. alantani

    fathom 25n star drag reels

    we don't talk about these very much, but they are very nice reels!
  109. alantani

    hotrodding a single speed tld 20 or 25

    yeah, that is always a concern. so, i think part of the problem as always been those canvas drag washers. if you go with greased carbon fiber, the drags won't ever stick, the pressure won't surge and you should be able to reduce the risk of damage to the reel. if a drag is sticky, the...
  110. alantani

    hotrodding a single speed tld 20 or 25

    bruce, thanks! so when are you coming up for that beer? we also have an epic salmon bite going on!
  111. alantani

    hotrodding a single speed tld 20 or 25

    the drag washer is from smoothdrag.com, the handle is something i sell, but there are lots of nice handles out there, and the metal washer kit has to be hobbled together. the belleville is a shimano part, TT 0040. the other metal washers i got from mcmaster.com. i have lots of everything...
  112. alantani

    hotrodding a single speed tld 20 or 25

    finally got three reels to work on at once, to make it easier to see the "before," "after," and "in between" shots!
  113. alantani

    anchor point lodge, shelter island, alaska - june 2018

    anchor point lodge, shelter island, alaska - june 2018 some friends from fresno put together a trip to juneau to fish for black cod. it's popular among hawaiians, in part because the families that own the two more popular lodges on shelter island are from hawaii. well, one of the guys...
  114. alantani

    how to remove a seriously stuck screw!

    everything around it get's hot, so make sure that nothing is close enough to melt!
  115. alantani

    sole-man sportfishing, san francisco 6/1/2018

    been a while since i've take a boat out of san francisco, but don franklin had called with a reel question. the man is looking for narrow squidders, so if you have any that you want to sell, please let him know. anyway, i have been servicing his reels for the last 5 years or so but had never...
  116. alantani

    new huck finn, emeryville - may 17th, 2018 ****(almost) JACKPOT FISH ****

    here's what the bay looked like yesterday morning! originally, the fowler fishing club was going to come up and fish, but i think these guys all chickened out because they were afraid that they were going to get seasick! it would have been tough to do! ken taniguchi on the left. to the...
  117. alantani

    sur randy, monterey, ca - 4/11/2018

    sur randy, monterey, ca - 4/11/2018 fished with troy and his firefighter crew aboard the sur randy yesterday, tough fishing conditions just outside the point, got a pair of ling cod, a nice quality copper, a vermillion and a canary for the day. cleaned the fish at home, bagged the ling filets...
  118. alantani

    Moro Bay in April

    ben, it was great meeting you. yes, a bunch of us fished on the endeavor yesterday. had a great time. the depth limit is now 300 feet, but i believe we were fishing reefs at 260 feet. 7 foot medium rods and mid sized reels with a 4:1 retrieve and 65 pound braid work well. i'd keep it...
  119. alantani

    Endeavor sportfishing, morro bay opener

    david and i drove down on friday and met rich who drove all the way from pheonix! glenn had only a quick drive from los osos, so the four of us had dinner on friday night! saturday we headed into virg's and larry's marine. randy pauly has alot of his gear for sale at larry's. i spent most...
  120. alantani

    353 MARLAS SUPER COW

    triple video!
  121. alantani

    the fred hall show, long beach, 2018 wednesday, march 7th, 2018

    dennis, kil, me and mel at the black hole booth! and andre jara! mostly hung out with the osuna's. took them out for sushi on saturday night. lots of fun!!!! great show. if you've never been, you've got to add it to your bucket list!
  122. alantani

    the fred hall show, long beach, 2018 wednesday, march 7th, 2018

    more videos! we'll start with taro takeuchi with liberty sportfishing! charlie from cousins tackle. the great steve carson from penn! keegan and ez-puller from johnson/hicks! robert meyer from avet!
  123. alantani

    tony dubeck and the 50 visx at the 2018 fred hall show in long beach

    and the great steve carson!!!!!!
  124. alantani

    fred hall show long beach, 2018

    danny and scotty osuna with marla's sportfishing.
  125. alantani

    fred hall show in long beach, 2018

    rosie flowers at cedros sportfishing. jose at cedros outdoor adventures. hotel buena vista beach resort.
  126. alantani

    tony dubeck and the 50 visx at the 2018 fred hall show in long beach

    tony dubeck with penn and the 50 visx
  127. alantani

    fred hall long beach, 2018

    justin at the accurate booth.
  128. alantani

    the fred hall show, long beach, 2018 wednesday, march 7th, 2018

    justin at the accurate booth. jose at cedros outdoor adventures. hotel buena vista beach resort. danny and scotty osuna with marla's sportfishing. rosie flowers at cedros sportfishing. frank murata with daiwa. https://youtu.be/2jhukZaocqE tony garza from soft steel...
  129. alantani

    the fred hall show, long beach, 2018 wednesday, march 7th, 2018

    the fred hall show, long beach, 2018 wednesday, march 7th, 2018 this is it! this is the big one. everybody is here. it's friday morning now, i've been cruising around for the last two days just saying hi to everyone and figuring out where people were. of course, my absolute first stop had...
  130. alantani

    the penn international 50 VISX!

    the new penn international 50 VISX! it's been a really long time since i've written a full tutorial. *when i first started writing these years ago, i was one of the only ones. *since them, lots of guys have stepped up and done some excellent work. *these new penns, though, have just been...
  131. alantani

    the new penn international 50 VISX!

    the new penn international 50 VISX! it's been a really long time since i've written a full tutorial. when i first started writing these years ago, i was one of the only ones. since them, lots of guys have stepped up and done some excellent work. these new penns, though, have just been...
  132. alantani

    drag range for the new penn 50 visx

    i just finished doing a full tear down and rebuild of a penn 50 visx. beautiful reel. i loaded the reel with 700 yards of 130 pound jerry brown hollow an a 25 yard topshot of fluoro. max drag on this reel is listed as 60 pounds, the owner of this reel is in his mid 70's, so i dialed it back...
  133. alantani

    remember the tiburon 8?

    greased drags, a light coat of grease through out the entire reel, non-spool bearings packed with grease, spool bearing cleaned out and lubed with TSI 321. took about an hour.
  134. alantani

    Penn fathom 30ld2 for 60#?

    don't.
  135. alantani

    the penn 16vs

    finally started working on a gorgeous custom penn 16 that was sent in months ago. funny, it looks like the frame is on backwards! when i opened it up, there was grease everywhere! it looks like someone went in with a three inch paint brush and started painting the inside with grease. it's...
  136. alantani

    rigging a penn 16vs

    finally started working on a gorgeous custom penn 16 that was sent in months ago. funny, it looks like the frame is on backwards! when i opened it up, there was grease everywhere! it looks like someone went in with a three inch paint brush and started painting the inside with grease. it's...
  137. alantani

    wintertime reel service for everyone

    no way, guys! homie don't work on spinners!!!!!
  138. alantani

    the international sportsmen's expo, sacramento, ca - 2018

    the international sportsmen's expo, sacramento, ca - 2018 the winter sports show season has just started on the west coast and the first one is the ISE in sacramento, california. think of it as a primer for the fred hall show in long beach. most of it is actually hunting, but one building is...
  139. alantani

    wintertime reel service for everyone

    oops! so you know i never work on spinning reels, right? well, this business about one screw not making the reel go "boing!" that does not apply to the screw on the bail return assembly. so let's limit this to conventional reels, not spinners!!!!!!
  140. alantani

    wintertime reel service for everyone

    wintertime reel service for everyone. yes, this applies to you. all of you. no exceptions, no excuses! ;D even if you can't field strip a big lever drag, you can work a screwdriver. there is still something that you have to do. i can't think of a single reel where the removal of one screw...
  141. alantani

    Welcome to the 300+ club!!

    phat is a good friend and i worked on those reels. i could never fish with a left handed reel. that's incredible! i'll be back in march. can't wait!
  142. alantani

    the tsutaoka charter on the marla IV, january 2018

    it's cramped for sure, but comfortable enough, and certainly no worse that the san diego charter boats. besides, i'm usually out as soon as my head hits that pillow!
  143. alantani

    the tsutaoka charter on the marla IV, january 2018

    four of us are in the forward cabin. they changed that cabin around so that it now has 4 bunks. one of the crew is in the port cabin, one sleeps on the bench in the galley, one sleeps up in the fly bridge and one is always awake at the helm.
  144. alantani

    the tsutaoka charter on the marla IV, january 2018

    here's what i've learned in the short time i've been doing this. bait - you can't beat the big squid. live is best, but even dead they are the best bait. to make bait, the small 3 inch glow squid jigs work great. they should be weighted with 10-12 ounces. we went with a 10 second drop and...
  145. alantani

    the tsutaoka charter on the marla IV, january 2018

    ok, now this is getting weird....... :D
  146. alantani

    the tsutaoka charter on the marla IV, january 2018

    at this point, i'm not going to worry about the reel. as far as hooks go, a ringed hook would have avoided the loss of the very first fish. the osuna's are very interested in putting ringed gamakatsu hooks on their boats. i spoke to the gamakatsu guy this morning. we're going to try to make...
  147. alantani

    the tsutaoka charter on the marla IV, january 2018

    the tsutaoka charter on the marla IV, january 2018 this is trip number two out of three that were scheduled for this short stretch. got a little carried away here, but somehow i managed to schedule three trips with the osuna's in a 4 month period of time. a rough summer with zero fishing was...
  148. alantani

    puerto vallarta with the osuna brothers

    Everything is included. You need to bring vacuum seal bags because they can't get those in Mexico.
  149. alantani

    puerto vallarta with the osuna brothers

    Just got back this morning. We landed 7 fish in the 60 to 120 pound range, plus I landed a fish that taped out at 273 pounds.
  150. alantani

    christmas crab on the new huck fin, emeryville - 12/22/2017

    Just the 3 pound blue box Sea Wave with the 3 inch bodies. They work great!
  151. alantani

    new year's crab on the hulicat - 12/26/2017

    almost forgot the best part. got 8 dungeness crab for dinner tonight!
  152. alantani

    new year's crab on the hulicat - 12/26/2017

    new year's crab on the hulicat - 12/26/2017 ok, my last trip for the year. been spending too much time goofing off this month. gotta knuckle down this final week and get some actual work (and reels) done before heading to back to puerto vallarta on 2nd. headed out early this morning with my...
  153. alantani

    christmas crab on the new huck fin, emeryville - 12/22/2017

    fished with another bunch of sacramento guys yesterday on the new huck fin out of emeryville, ca. fishing was quick and easy. had a limit of lingcod and big rockfish in 2 hours. we fished out by the farallon islands. i was using a whole squid on a 3 foot 50 pound single leader, a j-hook on...
  154. alantani

    back on the hulicat - 12/19/2017

    you're welcomed!!!!!!
  155. alantani

    back on the hulicat - 12/19/2017

    a friend of mine had planned a trip and invited me. hmmmm, crab sounds good! why not! meet vu and cindy! there were ALOT of ling cod out there. i caught four, farmed another five. vu was three for three. cha got a slug! oh, and did i mention crab? half dungeoness, half rock...
  156. alantani

    2.5 super cow!!!

    and did i mention modest?
  157. alantani

    Need a last minute fill in Puerto Vallarta Dec 15-17 with the Osunas

    Well, I'm a short skinny Japanese guy with glasses. Yeah, good luck with that one!:D
  158. alantani

    2.5 super cow!!!

    Epic, indeed. We return in 2 more weeks to take another shot. I hope I am as lucky, but such a fish is truly a rare achievement that many of will never see. My heartfelt congratulations. It is well deserved and couldn't have happened to a nicer guy! There certainly is something to be said for...
  159. alantani

    Need a last minute fill in Puerto Vallarta Dec 15-17 with the Osunas

    we will be flying in on the 2nd, back on the marla IV from january 2nd to the 6th, then will actually staying over one night this time, spending the night in pv at the westin, then flying home on the 7th.
  160. alantani

    Need a last minute fill in Puerto Vallarta Dec 15-17 with the Osunas

    so mike pate (wally 15) went back to puerto vallarta....... .... *two weeks after fishing with us. *you remember the story about scotty jr. scrubbing the electric skillet in the bait tank and killing all the bait? *well, that second day of fishing, i got a 215 pounder, mark got a 270, and mike...
  161. alantani

    puerto vallarta with the osuna brothers

    mike pate went back to puerto valllarta!!!!!! .... two weeks after fishing with us. you remember the story about scotty jr. scrubbing the electric skillet in the bait tank and killing all the bait? well, that second day, i got a 215 pounder, mark got a 270, and mike and david were up next...
  162. alantani

    puerto vallarta with the osuna brothers

    doc, portland looks like a 2 hour drive for you. i was thinking about going all 5 days, for one to see everything, but also to help out danny and scotty. let me know if you want to split a hotel room!!!!!
  163. alantani

    puerto vallarta with the osuna brothers

    eddy, not sure if you are going to the portland show in february, but the osunas will be there. i may fly up as well just to see the show and hang out with them.
  164. alantani

    Hulicat 12/7/2017

    had a nice local trip with tom mattusch and mike cabanas aboard the hulicat out of half moon bay this last thursday. it was a rockfish and crab combo. the weather was predicted to be rough, even had a guy bail because of the weather reports. turned out to be a beautiful day. fishing was slow...
  165. alantani

    puerto vallarta with the osuna brothers

    thanks guys! steve, tell danny i said hi!
  166. alantani

    puerto vallarta with the osuna brothers

    this will be my fourth trip to puerto vallarta to fish with the osuna brothers and marlas sportfishing. i wasn't sure i'd be able to make it this year, but everything worked out. i've got this routine down pretty well - pack light, bring the soft sided insulated coolers for fish, vacuum seal...
  167. alantani

    NO TUNA -NO CHINGA!!!

    eric, this was my fourth trip with the osunas and i will be going back in a month for more (got a little catching up to do), if you have any questions that i can help with from a "stateside" perspective, send an email to me at [email protected] alan
  168. alantani

    NO TUNA -NO CHINGA!!!

    thank you for another great trip! here's a video of that 215 pounder that i landed. it took about 15 minutes. your rods and reels are top notch. we will see you again next month!!!!!
  169. alantani

    a salvaged P-440-F

    ha! decided to go rummaging through the box. i found the gears and other parts wrapped up in a big wad of paper!!!! the gears are in really bad shape. i'll change out the yoke, but i'll talk to him about keeping the jigmaster gears. it's basically now a 3/0 senator.
  170. alantani

    a salvaged P-440-F

    haven't heard back from the owner yet, but i would hate to thing someone would do that. it's just that those gear sets sell for $50 easy! a 4:1 jigmaster set is only $20.
  171. alantani

    a salvaged P-440-F

    got a newell from the east coast. the guy said he sent it to a shop and the repair guy told him that it was not fixable. the handle had seized, meaning the gear sleeve was rusted to the post of the bridge plate. the owner of the reel said that the previous repair guy had tried heat and a good...
  172. alantani

    need a pinion gear set for an old brown duel 12/0

    unfortunately, no. that is the gear set for the gold 12/0. the reel i have is an old brown one. the gear is different. the guys at jdl treasures were really nice. i actually mailed my gears to them and they tried to match it up. unfortunately, they came up empty.
  173. alantani

    need a pinion gear set for an old brown duel 12/0

    ok, here's the reel. it's a massive duel 12/0 and the high speed pinion gear is shot. i'm looking for the entire assembly - spool shaft, high speed pinion and low speed pinion all together. no one in the US has one, nor does duel in italy. here is the shredded high speed pinion gear...
  174. alantani

    shimano torium 30 hg - a quick look inside

    and people wonder why i give such high marks to graphite reels like the shimano tld star 15/30 and 20/40.
  175. alantani

    shimano torium 30 hg - a quick look inside

    who knows. i'm sure they had their reasons.
  176. alantani

    shimano torium 30 hg - a quick look inside

    on the plus side, here's something in the old torium that you will likely not see in the new torium. the plastic base plate of the new torium should eliminate much of this corrosion. admittedly, this old torium would still function if i left this corrosion in place, but it really looks awful.
  177. alantani

    shimano torium 30 hg - a quick look inside

    shimano torium 30 hg - a quick look inside this one came in from the east coast. lots of salt water intrusion. i cleaned it all up, then decided to take a few photos. the design is very similar to the older toriums. i won't this time, i'll bet i could even rig with reel with a...
  178. alantani

    puerto vallarta with the osuna brothers, 3/20-3/22/2017

    The insulated tote bag will keep the fish frozen for 12 hours. These bags are amazing.
  179. alantani

    puerto vallarta with the osuna brothers, 3/20-3/22/2017

    puerto vallarta has been nothing short of incredible. this was my third trip with the osuna brothers in last 15 months. as you can imagine, i have been very happy with the operation. the advantage of this kind of trip compared to san diego long range is that it gives you a crack at yellowfin...
  180. alantani

    puerto vallarta with the osuna brothers, 3/20-3/22/2017

    actually, this time i tried alan chui's fluorocarbon, pro challenger!
  181. alantani

    Uh oh! New 16SEAa failed today

    i just cracked open an SEA 20 that was difficult to crank when in gear. i figured for sure it would be the right main side plate (pinion support) bearing, but it wasn't. what happened was that the spool was rubbing against the drive shaft. the reel had worked well for a year, then started...
  182. alantani

    the makaira 16!

    yeah, guilty as charged! hey, i'm 61, so i figure you guys will cut me a little slack if i drop down into low gear! as far as the reel goes, it's the plain, old gold mak 16, not the new mak SEA. the new mak SEA has a lower gear ratio and a heavier spool shaft. i saw the post with about...
  183. alantani

    puerto vallarta with the osuna brothers, 3/20-3/22/2017

    damn near slipped and landed on my ass twice. flip flops are no bueno.......
  184. alantani

    the makaira 16!

    puerto vallarta with osuna brothers, 3/20 to 3/22/2017 just got back from puerto vallarta last night. fished for three days on the marla IV with the osuna brothers. a yellowfin tuna lit up my rod on the second day. it taped out at 165 pounds. the rod is a centaur from united composites that...
  185. alantani

    puerto vallarta with the osuna brothers, 3/20-3/22/2017

    puerto vallarta - the full report!!!!!!!! just got back from puerto vallarta last night. fished for three days on the marla IV with the osuna brothers. a yellowfin tuna lit up my rod on the second day. it taped out at 165 pounds. the rod is a centaur from united composites that was custom...
  186. alantani

    Daiwa daiwa sealine-x 30 shv rebuild

    yes, i'm in saratoga, a bit south of you. if you ever make it down that far, swing by for a beer!
  187. alantani

    Daiwa daiwa sealine-x 30 shv rebuild

    i like simple, and these reels are just that. the lexa's are nice, but i'm not a big fan because they are more complexed and expensive. mostly expensive. check out a 20shv. it might fit the bill nicely!
  188. alantani

    saltwater sportsmen's show 2017 - salem, oregon

    got back last night, finally got the photos done. it was a great show, very well attended. vendors seemed happy because sales were good. i know i was busy for sure! had a great time, service probably 30 reels on saturday and 20 more on sunday. one of the high points was having kheim deliver...
  189. alantani

    Puerto Vallarta 2016

    yeah, that makes sense. you'll need detailed instructions in spanish and english. there are plenty of guys there willing to give you a taxi ride. not sure how trustworthy they are, though. have the apollo help you out.
  190. alantani

    Puerto Vallarta 2016

    the apollo should be able to arrange transportation. the osuna brothers do that, and i know for sure that keith on the constitution does. when i arrived at the airport, a guy said he was waiting for a group so that he could drive them to the constitution. have the apollo set up a van for you...
  191. alantani

    Puerto Vallarta 2016

    i screwed up on the price. we gave them $2350 each, or $9400 total for the four of us. so that's $8200 for a 3.5 day trip, plus $1200 for a tip.
  192. alantani

    Puerto Vallarta 2016

    yes, they wanted squid. the marauder bite was just a blessing from the fish gods for our offering of the bunch of bananas that i threw overboard. i guess the fish gods had figured that the screwed around with us enough for one trip. as far as the fight goes, i think two things make the...
  193. alantani

    Puerto Vallarta 2016

    we thought about putting the fish in zip locks, then bringing them home frozen, then vacuuming packing them at home. it's just worked out better to handle the fish once and be done with it!!!!!!
  194. alantani

    Puerto Vallarta 2016

    here's the cost breakdown - air fare round trip from SFO was $400 each using the alaska airlines visa companion voucher, oversized luggage down was $75 (but i slipped through without) and back was $100 which i did have to pay, the boat ride with tip was $2150, meals/drinks/incidentals on land...
  195. alantani

    Puerto Vallarta 2016

    short version.... four guys - me, ben, james jr and jim sr. five fish - 160, 180, 200, 240 and 260 pounds, give or take 10 pounds the boat - marla IV out of puerta vallarta with the osuna brothers, scotty and roberto rods - united composites raptor for 80 pound, viper for 100 pound, and...
  196. alantani

    my kid's fishing program

    brand new, maybe $100 at most. not sure, though.
  197. alantani

    my kid's fishing program

    wow, that was so long ago i'm not sure.
  198. alantani

    a reminder about tape on the arbor of a spool

    boeshield is good stuff. i use yamaha grease mostly because i have lots of it here and it works well enough for everything else. it's not so critical what you use, just as long as you use something!
  199. alantani

    a reminder about tape on the arbor of a spool

    when spooling up spectra, some people use electrical tape around the arbor to keep the spectra from slipping. it's fine for fresh water, but not so good by itself for a salt water reel. yup, plain black electrical tape. who knows how many seasons this has been on. and this is what you...
  200. alantani

    spirit of adventure - october 6-14, 2006

    yes, mike kang just told me that he uses a Nicopress 17-2 & 17-BA and fowarded these photos.
  201. alantani

    spirit of adventure - october 6-14, 2006

    you saw the report that i just did for my last 8-day trip on the SOA. perhaps what you might not have seen was the frustration of learning how to fish for wahoo all over again. it was very humbling. for a dozen or more strikes on day one, i only had three fish to show for it, and two came in...
  202. alantani

    spirit of adventure - october 6-14, 2006

    ah, so he just tangles all of you up? we call him hacksaw because that's what he does to us.
  203. alantani

    San Diego Bait Situation

    yeah, they were small. bring #1's and #2's, both in live bait and circle hooks. good luck!!!
  204. alantani

    spirit of adventure - october 6-14, 2006

    ah, you mean our charter master, jim "hacksaw" hart! yes, he fishes just fine. i really want to thank mike kang. i was using 40 pound sevenstrand because i was being cheap. i landed that first fish with a small circle hook, no problem, got chewed through on everything else that bit the...
  205. alantani

    spirit of adventure - october 6-14, 2006

    short version.... the trip - an 8 day trip on the spirit of adventure out of san diego, fished alijos, the ridge and san pablo bay. the fish - 212 wahoo, about 50 yellowtail, and 150 really small yellowfin tuna. my gear - penn torques and phenix black diamond hybrids for light stuff, okuma...
  206. alantani

    avet ex 4/02 rebuild

    not sure why that would be. i will send an email.
  207. alantani

    getting ready for puerto vallarta

    100 yards of 130 pound white jb hollow on top, followed by 600 yards of 100 pound jb hollow alternating 100 yard sections of green, white, green, white, green, yellow and red. drags are set to 35 pounds at strike. the wind on will be 100 pound. my makaira 50 will be rigged for a 130 pound...
  208. alantani

    torque 40N side plate without the "MADE IN THE USA" logo

    so we have some idiot in the california legislature with too much time on his hands. figures. steve, thanks for the explanation. i wasn't sure why the difference, but it's good to see that my tax dollars are being well spent. alan
  209. alantani

    the new ling cod king - hmb 5/10/2016

    personally, only 60 feet or less. some guys fish at depths of up to 240 feet where legal.
  210. alantani

    torque 40N side plate without the "MADE IN THE USA" logo

    hi, steve! there's a guy in spain that sent an email to me. at my recommendation, he just bought a torque 40N two speed. i have one and it's a really nice reel. on the left side plate, under the "PENN" logo, mine says "MADE IN THE USA" and his doesn't. my serial # is C150049 and his is...
  211. alantani

    Daiwa daiwa saltist 40 - the easiest drag upgrade ever

    Send it to me and let take a look. I'llsend you a pm with my address.
  212. alantani

    Half Moon Bay - 6/29/2016

    one ling, two cabs, 3 limits of rock fish for four guys.
  213. alantani

    Spirit of Adventure 2016

    short version - five days on the spirit of adventure, 26 guys from the website, between 10 and 11 yellowtail each, one white sea bass caught by the kid, an assortment of reds and a few lings, some fish at cedros, most fish at san benitos, about 50 yellowtail, assorted reds and several lings at...
  214. alantani

    getting beat up by my own kid - 5/30/2016

    most of this is going to be a replay of the last three reports. launched out of half moon bay, fished san gregorio to pescadero. stuck this nice 13 pound ling. the dramamine knocked out christina, so she crashed out in the cabin. finally crawed out long enough to stick a 16 pound ling on...
  215. alantani

    "stoplight" rigging

    This type of rigging is for an average guy, like me!
  216. alantani

    "stoplight" rigging

    "stoplight" rigging penn makes a beautiful reel calls a fathom 60 two speed lever drag. joey went through it, did a full service and then i installed a 5/0 grip and spooled it up. the customer wanted 450 yards of 100 pound JB hollow and an 80 pound mono topshot that was spliced in. not a...
  217. alantani

    two new guys, half moon bay - 5/24/2016

    same run out of half moon bay as the last two trips. had two new guys, eric and brian. hit the same areas off of san gregorio and pescadero. had the same results. i'm not sure how you can not get bit. lots of schoolie rockfish. two nice lings for the captain! one each for the...
  218. alantani

    the new ling cod king - hmb 5/10/2016

    some guys are just unstoppable...... ;D this boat is now 10 years old. it didn't get much use when my father-in-law was sick, but i retire in a month and i certainly intend to get some use out of it this summer. other than a few temperamental rocker switches, it runs perfectly. even the 10...
  219. alantani

    the 2016 fred hall show!

    not that many photos this time. the SD card for my trusty little nikon camera took a dump, so it's just a few random cell phone photos. here are the guys at bait wraps. i'd really have a hard time fishing with these. they are more works of art than jigs! frank murata from daiwa...
  220. alantani

    Meeting of the minds!

    jeff ingram, steve carson, tony dubeck and tom blecker from penn!
  221. alantani

    Pro Gear progear albacore special - finally something nice to say

    i'm going to get one to look at pretty soon!
  222. alantani

    a quick tour of the 2016 international sportsmen's exposition, sacramento, ca

    the plan right now is for wednesday and thursday, probably leaving for home on friday morning. it's my wife's birthday on saturday, so the weekend is out. we will likely drive down. my friend has a prius and hotel connections, so we will likely use both!
  223. alantani

    a quick tour of the 2016 international sportsmen's exposition, sacramento, ca

    i took a look from the outside and it's a familiar design. wasn't able to crack it open. interestingly,he says he uses cal's grease but that the drag washers are dry. he insists that dry drags are the way to go. i was also was not able to verify is claim of 66 pounds of drag. when i come to...
  224. alantani

    a quick tour of the 2016 international sportsmen's exposition, sacramento, ca

    here a quick walking around tour! there were a bunch of booths that i could not get photos of because they were too crowded. enjoy the tour!
  225. alantani

    a quick review of the penn international 30 vsx

    one of the nice things about the heavier spool is that it serves as a heat sink, and a pretty massive one at that. and as far as the drag being aggressive, i suppose it might just be a matter of knowing where you are and how much you need. with this reel, it's pretty easy.
  226. alantani

    a quick review of the penn international 30 vsx

    been awhile since i've done any serious photo shoots, but life is finally turning around to the point where i actually have some free time. i thought that i would start with a quick review of a reel that ben tsutaoka just purchased. you saw ben on our puerto vallarta trip last month. he...
  227. alantani

    a quick review of the penn international 30 vsx

    been awhile since i've done any serious photo shoots, but life is finally turning around to the point where i actually have some free time. i thought that i would start with a quick review of a reel that ben tsutaoka just purchased. you saw ben on our puerto vallarta trip last month. he...
  228. alantani

    our new winding station!

    one brand of monofilament, one brand of spectra, one brand of beer, one brand of vodka, one brand of canadian, one brand of bourbon and 15 different scotches. priorities, priorities.........
  229. alantani

    our new winding station!

    joey's been spending more time here in the garage because the dummies at the fisherman's warehouse laid him off. that's better for him anyway. he gets fed here, he's allowed to drink on the job (a little) and i pay him twice as much as the warehouse. one of his first projects was to put...
  230. alantani

    fishing with danny osuna, puerto vallarta - 12/9-13/2015

    thanks! pick me up either here or on my website. january should be slow. got the salt water expo in salem oregon at the end of february, the fred hall show the beginning of march, a hunting trip in april, local salmon in april, local rockfish in may and my spirit of adventure charter in june...
  231. alantani

    fishing with danny osuna, puerto vallarta - 12/9-13/2015

    half gallon bags from amazon.com worked great! danny was asking me about reels, like, constantly.... he had some accurates and he was not happy, so they are now on the pangas. they pulled out their 12 year old avet 30's and 50's, but they were experiencing some drag fade. i'm going to try to...
  232. alantani

    fishing with danny osuna, puerto vallarta - 12/9-13/2015

    fishing with danny osuna, puerto vallarta - 12/9-13/2015 a big thanks to ben. most of the photos are his. i screwed up with my camera. most of you have seen my co-worker, ben, in some of my reports - perhaps local fishing with him and his kids, or on our spirit of adventure trip this last...
  233. alantani

    overnight trip with Capt Danny Osuna in PV on Dec 9 - 13 available

    thanks. really looking forward to this.
  234. alantani

    high speed/high temp effects on drag pressure

    chris, the star should not back off on it's own. if that happens, then likely the metal washers are out of order. that would also account for the low drag pressure. you should be able to get an easy 30 pound of drag at the top of the spool.
  235. alantani

    overnight trip with Capt Danny Osuna in PV on Dec 9 - 13 available

    it's us!!!!! not sure how, but we pulled it together. three of us are from the SF bay area and mike is coming in from arizona. i sent in the deposit (basically paid for my quarter of the trip). we all have our flights, and we are waiting on dave to get is passport. i think it's supposed to...
  236. alantani

    overnight trip with Capt Danny Osuna in PV on Dec 9 - 13 available

    ok, ben cleared our night shifts. now to get the flights and send him a deposit.
  237. alantani

    overnight trip with Capt Danny Osuna in PV on Dec 9 - 13 available

    kil, danny has gotten back to me, the slot is still available, mike from arizona is on board, there are three of us here in norcal. we just need to get that last night shift at the hospital covered and we are a go. a question for anyone. do they have a vacuum packer, vacuum bags and a...
  238. alantani

    overnight trip with Capt Danny Osuna in PV on Dec 9 - 13 available

    ok, we have four, including michael from arizona, ben from san mateo, dave from santa clara and me from saratoga. dave needs to get a passport and should able to do that, ben is going to get our night shifts covered, and i am going to talk to danny about this trip. mike, i will send you a pm...
  239. alantani

    overnight trip with Capt Danny Osuna in PV on Dec 9 - 13 available

    thanks, michael! well, that makes us three. we just need one more!
  240. alantani

    overnight trip with Capt Danny Osuna in PV on Dec 9 - 13 available

    ok, so ben and i would have to get our night shifts covered, but it's only two shifts total so we should be able to trade them out, then we would have to get flights which is no problem. right now, it's just me and ben. are there two other guys out there somewhere that want to go? this is...
  241. alantani

    high speed/high temp effects on drag pressure

    send an new password....
  242. alantani

    high speed/high temp effects on drag pressure

    i did see that one. the reason for picking this reel is because of the three drag system. i figured it would overheat faster than the 4/0 senator. i doubt that you would ever see anything like this on the water. it was just fun to actually see what heppened.
  243. alantani

    overnight trip with Capt Danny Osuna in PV on Dec 9 - 13 available

    crud. if it's four guys, we will likely not be able to pull it off. i think we are back to march.
  244. alantani

    overnight trip with Capt Danny Osuna in PV on Dec 9 - 13 available

    kil, this actually might work. to get the time off, all i would have to do is dump off one night shift at the hospital and i would be free. well, that and get a hall pass from my wife. how many more guys did you need? email works best, [email protected] thanks! alan
  245. alantani

    high speed/high temp effects on drag pressure

    send me a pim with the login name and your email address and i will set up an account manually. it's the stoopid spam filter!
  246. alantani

    high speed/high temp effects on drag pressure

    high speed/high temp effects on drag pressure check out what happens to a penn 112h with greased carbon fiber drag washers as it heats up. this is an extreme situation that you would never see on the water. the drag pressure dropped from 8 pounds down to 5 pounds as the reel heated up. after...
  247. alantani

    ben and ted's excellent adventure - 9/2015

    ben and ted's excellent adventure - 9/2015 at the risk of sounding like a broken record, i launched out of half moon bay with my co-worker, ben, and his friend ted, ran down to pescadero, fished mostly 60 feet or less, stuck a limit of blacks, a half dozen blues, 5 really nice vermillion, 3...
  248. alantani

    steve from australia - 8/25/2015

    steve from australia - 8/25/2015 a guy from the website send a pm a couple of months ago. he said he would be in san francisco for a couple of days and was asking for a recommendation for a good charter boat. "well, come fishing with me!" so yesterday morning, my neighbor, jeff, and i drove...
  249. alantani

    What Happened to the TLD 10?

    a safe working load is 7 to 10 pounds at strike.
  250. alantani

    Newell newell rebuild

    i use a narrowed 533 for surface iron. i think a 200 series newell would work, but it's a little small.
  251. alantani

    Daiwa daiwa sealine-x 30 shv rebuild

    12 pounds of drag would be used for 40# test at 30%. anything more might really exceeding the capacity for the reel. if you are good at 10 to 11#'s of drag, you might have to fish it there. an alternative (if it really is frame flexing) would be one of the aftermarket aluminum frames, but...
  252. alantani

    Daiwa daiwa sealine-x 30 shv rebuild

    possibly the frame is flexing, allowing the spool to rub against the frame. that would be my guess.
  253. alantani

    daiwa lever drag frame failure

    there is no way this should happen. no way at all. you should be able to run over this reel with a truck and have to deal with nothing more than a bent handle. so, yeah, how DID this happen???????
  254. alantani

    daiwa lever drag frame failure

    yup, nor cal rockfish!
  255. alantani

    daiwa lever drag frame failure

    daiwa lever drag frame failure normally i would not grouse just to grouse, but these have really been a problem. with corrosion issues and bearing failures, these reels have always been at the bottom of my "favorites" list. now, a new problem. yup, the frame is cracked! and not...
  256. alantani

    discover angling on the hulicat - 7/30/2015

    discover angling on the hulicat - 7/30/2015 you're about to meet one of the nicest guys on the water! i'm part of a non-profit called discover angling. gary edwards does all the legal work, i take care of all the gear, and richard kent is the guy that makes sure that EVERYTHING else gets...
  257. alantani

    getting back to the way it used to be - 7/22-23/2015

    getting back to the way it used to be - 7/22-23/2015 two days in a row! there was a time when i used to go fishing - alot! most of that was put on hold for a while, but things have finally started turning around. the kids are doing well, the wife is officially retired, and joey is helping...
  258. alantani

    argo sportfishing report 7/15/2015

    argo sportfishing report 7/15/2015 we fished this morning out of san francisco on the argo, berthed behind alioto's restaurant at san francisco. the trip was originally scheduled for yesterday, but the weather report was calling for 15-20 knot winds so we moved the trip to today. rick was...
  259. alantani

    hmb fishing with allie, christina and aileen - 7/10/2015

    hmb fishing with allie, christina and aileen - 7/10/2015 a late report, but i think you will still enjoy it. fishing was great, weather was great, and none of the kids got seasick! we launched out of half moon bay with my two kids, allison and christina, plus christina's friend aileen...
  260. alantani

    fisherman's warehouse hmb farwell to curtis - 7/1/2015

    fisherman's warehouse hmb farwell to curtis - 7/1/2015 curtis, the current manager at fisherman's warehouse in san jose is taking another job. in thanks, i decided to take him out for a rockcod trip today. we had a great crew today - me, bryan young, jon vadney, joey fortina and curtis! it...
  261. alantani

    2015 alantani.com/spirit of adventure charter

    everything worked - bait, swimbaits, lazer minnows, yoyo iron, surface iron, all colors. ken had a blue and white salas 6x, took 8 casts, landed 8 fish, all in a row. the captain of the spirit of adventure, mike keating, found these fish for us. this is the reason i fish with this guy!
  262. alantani

    2015 alantani.com/spirit of adventure charter

    so, how does the processing work? it's a little tricky. i asked the skipper to call sarah at 5 star with a fish count the day before we return so she can have the proper number of people at the processing facility to get these fish done. the boat has to be back at the dock at 5am. we have an...
  263. alantani

    another marching band trip - 6/23/2015

    yeah, gotta get started on the corn!!!!
  264. alantani

    another marching band trip - 6/23/2015

    another marching band trip - 6/23/2015 meet dan and ethan. you already know christina and aileen. joey is now designated deckhand. we had a small craft advisory today, but the "point and click" weather report said otherwise. time to go fishing! first drop, first fish ever. note...
  265. alantani

    2015 alantani.com/spirit of adventure charter

    the "no-tag" format makes a much more relaxing trip. the only catch is that you have to have one processor willing to do this for you. that's where sarah comes in. couldn't do this without her!
  266. alantani

    2015 alantani.com/spirit of adventure charter

    2015 alantani.com/spirit of adventure charter short version - great boat, great crew, great charter group, lots of tackle, very few failures, almost everything worked, nearly full limits of yellowtail, great fish processing, and computer screen still moving at 3 feet every 10 seconds this...
  267. alantani

    fishing with the marching band! 6/9/2015

    fishing with the marching band! 6/9/2015 getting ready for my 5 day trip next week, tons of things to do still, but christina is done with school. last year, i don't think i got the kids out once. can't do that again this year. meed adam, aileen, christina, and alex! we launched out of...
  268. alantani

    shimano trinidad 16 gold drag question, won't tighten up???

    any chance you have spectra slipping on the spool?
  269. alantani

    virg's landing - 5/22/2015

    Friday, 5:30 pm - driving home right now, actually Joey is driving and I'm vegging. Privilges of rank. Quick report, lots of big reds and medium sized lings, fished 230 feet just south of Cambria. We fished on the Fiesta out of Virg's Landing on Morro Bay. Joey and Adam drove down with me...
  270. alantani

    PENN "2015" Northern California halibut/striper trip aboard the California Dawn May 14, 2015

    steve carson from penn reels! the charter group, penn university. san francisco at dawn. rick and warren! the galley. the penn torque 25n that i got from steve carson a couple of years ago. rick and larry. dominick and warren. the golden gate bridge. mid morning in...
  271. alantani

    PENN "2015" Northern California halibut/striper trip aboard the California Dawn May 14, 2015

    just signed up. looking forward to fishing with you!!!!
  272. alantani

    half moon bay 5/1/2015 - rockcod, first trip, rough day on the water

    half moon bay 5/1/2015 - rockcod, first trip, rough day on the water had a guy come over on thursday to drop off a reel, started talking and he said he and a buddy of his were going fishing the next day. i was telling him that i really need to get my boat out, but had to do a full systems...
  273. alantani

    Avet Avet LX 6/3 Rebuild.

    right main side plate, right? some have been pretty horrific. on one reel, no amount of digging would work. i finally had to drill a small hold in the right side plate, then use a small punch to pound the bearing out. it wasn't coming out any other way.
  274. alantani

    Shimano New 2015 Shimano Torium A model

    it's great to see that shimano is finally using carbon fiber drag washers and teflon grease instead of the old hard carbon washers or white canvas. owners of these reels should enjoy a perfectly smooth drag and a zero failure rate for years. better late than never.
  275. alantani

    fishing with brother ed - 11/25/14

    fishing with brother ed - 11/25/14 headed out to half moon bay for a relaxing day of rockcod fishing. we stuck an easy limit of blacks and blues off san gregorio and pescadero, then scored three lingcod off pescadero. really nice day on the water. the best part was that i finally got my...
  276. alantani

    half moon bay - 11/7/14

    half moon bay - 11/7/14 not much fishing this season. this is only the second time i've had my boat out. way too many things going on, just getting tugged in too many directions. seems like everyone else is in the same situation, too. well, we're taking a day off, knowing that it will put us...
  277. alantani

    first trip of the year - 9/24/2014

    first trip of the year - 9/24/2014 seriously, this is the first time i've had my boat out all year! started out with the mini-disaster three months ago when the trailer tire fell off on highway 280, then all the hassles we found with trailer that pacific put together for me, then me being down...
  278. alantani

    Help with my Accurate BX 500 Problem

    yeah, chances are the spool bearings have seized up.
  279. alantani

    Need Suidder antireverse dog spring

    no problem! i will dig one out when i get home from work. i already have an envelope addressed and stamped.
  280. alantani

    Need Suidder antireverse dog spring

    got a bunch. send me an e-mail to [email protected] with your mailing address (and remind me that it is regarding the spring) and i will send one out to you.
  281. alantani

    the sorceror's apprentice

    a couple of guys have asked, so here goes. the amount of $40 stuck in my head. i thought the AR bearings were $40 each, but they are actually $40 for the pair from bocabearings.com. the part number is S-HF 1416. accurate also has a new "cap" that goes under the handle and will somewhat...
  282. alantani

    the sorceror's apprentice

    when we're sitting in the garage, we talk alot about these reel and what they do. i hope he's not getting tired of the constant quizzing, but one of my favorite pastimes is terrorizing medicine and pharmacy students. joey is just as fun to pick on. i always make sure he learns in the process...
  283. alantani

    the sorceror's apprentice

    accurate boss extreme 30 narrow - regreased the drag washers, cleaned the spool bearings out with carb cleaner and relubed them with TSI 301, packed all the non-spool bearings with yamaha grease, pressed out the old rusted plain steel anti-reverse roller bearing and pressed in TWO stainless...
  284. alantani

    the sorceror's apprentice

    he's a great kid. started him out on jigmasters, up through shimanos and daiwas, on to a big pile of avets, then finally these accurates. as we go, we have been talking about advantages and disadvantages of each reel, strengths and weaknesses. he's got a much better idea of how hard they can...
  285. alantani

    the sorceror's apprentice

    http://youtu.be/5iv28G6p5OY
  286. alantani

    NaCl Revo Doesn't Engage?

    i've generally given up on these. send it back to abu garcia, let them sort it out, then sell it with a clear conscience and let become someone else's problem.
  287. alantani

    cayucos and morro bay - 2014

    cayucos and morro bay - 2014 since the kids were little, we've taken them to cayucos every 4th july. it is a quick vacation filled with boggie boarding, fireworks, the local flea market, maybe a little perch fishing on the beach, and a traditional 4th of july parade. cayucos is one of the few...
  288. alantani

    trip report - spirit of adventure 6/16-21/2014

    i've been on trips before where you have "that guy," the one guy that ruins the trip for everyone. some guys are just there for the meat and don't care about anything or anybody else. and nothing brings out the worst in "that guy" faster than a jackpot. that's why we shared and there was no...
  289. alantani

    trip report - spirit of adventure 6/16-21/2014

    trip report - spirit of adventure 6/16-21/2014 the short version! first annual alantani.com charter spirit of adventure - june 16-21, 2014 five star fish processing 16 loaner rods from phenix 12 loaner reels from okuma (forgotten at home!) demo reels from jigging world, omoto and okuma 50 lazer...
  290. alantani

    A rod for the reel master

    very nice!!!!!!!!!
  291. alantani

    Penn "2014" 8-Day aboard the Shogun, June 16-24, 2014

    hi, steve! if you have time, meet us at miguels cocina sunday evening, june 15th. it's the one near the landing, near the corner of scott and shelter island drive. i am charter master of a 5 day on the spirit of adventure. not sure about the time, probably 7pm. a bunch of us are meeting...
  292. alantani

    4-16-14 Norcal Sportfishing

    4-16-14 Norcal Sportfishing short version, fished at 59 and 02 out of santa cruz with co-worker ben and his two boys, on board khanh tran's boat, the connie t, just west of soquel hole, stuck 5 salmon, four on a blue dancer hoochie and one on a purple haze hoochie, four were 7-10 pounds, one...
  293. alantani

    4/10/14 - salmon fishing aboard the f/v irish

    4/10/14 - salmon fishing aboard the f/v irish my co-worker, ben, on the left, is really getting into fishing. it's been alot of fun. rather than wait for me to go through my boat and take him out, he decided to book the f/v irish from monterey sportfishing. i'd never heard about this boat...
  294. alantani

    how to save a newell bearing cup

    remember, i have 20 minutes to service a reel. i have to get this stuff done quickly. no time to let things soak overnight.
  295. alantani

    how to save a newell bearing cup

    aaron makes a great product, but it likely would have failed against this.
  296. alantani

    how to save a newell bearing cup

    how to save a newell bearing cup normally these get tossed, but they are getting fewer and fewer. you can't throw these away anymore, so we have to get these rusted bearings out and put new ones in. you can pull all you want. it will never come out unless you loosen it first. first, vise...
  297. alantani

    fred hall show 2014 - thursday

    fred hall show 2014 - thursday whirlwind trip! flew down to los angeles international airport after a 2 hour delay, missed my ride with glenn fukumoto from LAX to the fred hall show, warren hamachi fortunately rescued me, we had 5 hours to go through the show, missed john bretza at the okuma...
  298. alantani

    trinidad 40/50 anti-reverse spring installation - 10/24/2013

    trinidad 40/50 anti-reverse spring installation - 10/24/2013 been meaning to post these photos for a long time. you need a dremel with a cut off wheel to make the cuts in the baseplate so that the springs sit flat on the baseplate. the pawl sits on the stainless steel post. the...
  299. alantani

    10/5 to 10/13/2013 - spirit of adventure

    the camera is a contour. the audio is terrible!!!!!! i guess it's not a problem if you set the video to music, but i haven't figured out how to do that just yet. i am thinking about getting a new sony, but i need to check out the audio, first. as far as the hookset goes, i'm serious. i...
  300. alantani

    10/5 to 10/13/2013 - spirit of adventure

    i got the whole thing, but it's 45 minutes long and takes 6 hours to load into youtube! it's loading now.
  301. alantani

    10/5 to 10/13/2013 - spirit of adventure

    10/5 to 10/13/2013 - spirit of adventure (45 minute video of dorado bite added) i really stink when it comes to long range fishing. i can rig all the tackle, pick a good running bait, cast and can play a fish with no problems, but when it comes to that single critical moment when the fish is...
  302. alantani

    9/13/2013 - friday fishwrap!

    i'll go for albacore now that the kids are back stuck in school. i wanted to concentrate on getting them out. this week's trip is with the local fire department. next week's will be albacore. then i'm back on the spirit of adventure for an 8 day.
  303. alantani

    9/13/2013 - friday fishwrap!

    9/13/2013 - friday fishwrap! ah, another day at half moon bay! lots of traffic this time. they are finally dredging the launch ramp. crew for today, from left to right, are my neice yumiko and my daughter's friends, cecily and tyler. skipper for today is...
  304. alantani

    august 2013 - the second annual garcia-ouano charter

    richie is helping his grandfather with the harvest. dad's got 40 acres of almonds and they are harvesting now. bad timing on this one. plus he has school coming up. he is a college senior, for the 5th year. yup it will take him 8 years to get his bachelors.
  305. alantani

    august 2013 - the second annual garcia-ouano charter

    august 2013 - the second annual garcia-ouano charter photo credits - allen, me, ben, pedro, brandon, nik, roger and tim! checklist - laundry, bills, haircut, answer all e-mails, pm's and posts, change the oil in the cars, wash all the cars, and THEN start prepping for the trip. my wife is...
  306. alantani

    new toy - the torque trq25nld2

    new toy - the torque trq25nld2 got this from steve carson at the fred hall show. i AM going to change out the handle grip. otherwise i am going to fish this reel stock for this upcoming trip. the stock handle grip comes off easily. the post has to get drilled out...
  307. alantani

    half moon bay kids' trip - 7/30/2013

    half moon bay kids' trip - 7/30/2013 it's a kids' trip this time. we get to sleep in a little. lots of moans and groans this early in the morning. dudes, c'mon, 45 minutes to get ready? at least alex was awake! meet the crew. from left to right, michelle...
  308. alantani

    7/18/13 - hmb mothership trip

    7/18/13 - hmb mothership trip 4:20 am - overslept. i was supposed to be on the road 20 minutes ago. finally in the water at 5:30 am. this trip is going to be a little different than the others. we are launching out of half moon bay and again headed to san gregorio. these...
  309. alantani

    Daiwa Saltist Total Rebuild & Repaint

    beautiful work!!!!!
  310. alantani

    yes, you need to grease your drag washers!

    Yes, cal's is great stuff!!!!!
  311. alantani

    yes, you need to grease your drag washers!

    i strip and clean my ar's after every trip the the range. same with the sigs and the rugers. the difference is that guns are designed to be field stripped and cleaned by the average shooter. the average fisherman does not field strip, clean and relube his reel after every trip. hell, i...
  312. alantani

    yes, you need to grease your drag washers!

    remember this little guy?
  313. alantani

    yes, you need to grease your drag washers!

    ok, this is more like it. grease drag washer and open bearings that have been cleaned and lubed with TSI 301, then re-installed open. accurate greases the drags on their new reels. this is an older one. they still do not use open spool bearings. the bearings on this reel were toast as...
  314. alantani

    yes, you need to grease your drag washers!

    yes, you need to grease your drag washers!
  315. alantani

    hey, scott. is there room for a thrust bearing?

    hey, scott! can you tell me how thick the right side plate is right underneath the right main side plate bearing. i am looking for enough room to accomodate a 4mm thick thrust bearing. my buddy and i measured the avet side plates one time, and it looked like we did not have room. we were...
  316. alantani

    ATD 50T

    it is possible that someone cranked the drag down so hard that it damaged the right main side plate beaing, but that would be VERY difficult, actually almost impossible, to do. water intrusion is the most common cause. ask accurate to check both right side bearings for roughness and check the...
  317. alantani

    ATD 50T

    yup, right main side plate bearing. it is always the first one to go, no matter what brand of reel you have.
  318. alantani

    so, steve, about that squall ........

    we visited sydney in the dead of (your) winter. it was august. sounds like fun! too bad we missed it.
  319. alantani

    penn 30s international II rebuild

    the bearing sleeve was a late addition to the reel. they quietly slid it in without telling anyone. guess they didn't want the owners of older reels crying foul. the "springiness" of the belleville stack is decreased when you go from a "()()" configuration to a "(())" configuration. the...
  320. alantani

    Penn 16VSX

    friends don't let friends fish with 80. your reel will hold enough 100# spectra. step up to 100. that would likely be the advise of guys that know big fish.
  321. alantani

    10/5/2012 - a double anti-reverse roller bearing upgrade for the accurate boss extrem

    the stainless one way bearing are $17.95 each from boca. realistically, you could simply order one stainless bearings and add it to the side plate. the instant anti-reverse feature of these accurates makes them unique. by going to a spring loaded dog, they now function like everyone elses...
  322. alantani

    10/5/2012 - a double anti-reverse roller bearing upgrade for the accurate boss extrem

    10/5/2012 - a double anti-reverse roller bearing upgrade for the accurate boss extreme 600 two speed note - i board the spirit of adventure at 9am on sunday, 10/7, and return on monday, 10/15. i get to field test this reel and the new makaira 16. no phones, no internet, no wife, no kids, no...
  323. alantani

    9/17/12 half moon bay albacore

    9/17/12 half moon bay albacore o'dark 30, half moon bay. great albacore bite yesterday and the day before. you all know roger on the right. our new guy is vincent wong! been meaning to get him out on the boat for the last few years. this morning, we get to use ALL of the...
  324. alantani

    penn 113h/114h rebuild

    get two screw drivers and slide them under the pinion gear opposite each other, then turn the handles clockwise to give even and equal upwards pressure from opposite sides. take care not to damage the pinion gear or the shoulders of the spool shaft.
  325. alantani

    Not so happy with Accurate....

    i put in a spool backwards one time. it was embarassing as hell......
  326. alantani

    Avet power handles available?

    http://smoothdrag.com/handles.html
  327. alantani

    khanh tran special penn senator 113h

    thanks, guys! yeah, not sure about the chinese 113h. i've actually not had a chance to open one up!!!!
  328. alantani

    khanh tran special penn senator 113h

    at least he's catching fish, which is better than i'm doing. the gear sleeve is available from pennparts.com. i have some left over as well. the drag washers are greased and the fiber washer under the main gear was replaced with a custom cut penn washer. you can also use a drag washer from...
  329. alantani

    khanh tran special penn senator 113h

    local machine shop made a few for me. pm sent.
  330. alantani

    khanh tran special penn senator 113h

    khanh tran special penn senator 113h many of you from the san francisco bay area know khanh tran and is 6-pack charter boat, the connie t. i have been servicing his reel and was able to get to his albacore trolling reels before the start of the season. check out the khanh tran special penn...
  331. alantani

    kid's albacore trip - 8/24/12

    kid's albacore trip - 8/24/12 i overslept. i've never overslept before but i overslept this time. it was 7:30 before we splashed the boat at monterey. we were supposed to have 2 knots of wind and virtually no swell all morning, but that was not the case. this will be...
  332. alantani

    sunnyvale police athletic league kid's trip on the hulicat 8/9/12

    sunnyvale police athletic league kid's trip on the hulicat 8/9/12 many here have donated reels, some even cash, in support of the kid's fishing trips that i donate to. my sincere thanks to all that have donated. just wanted to let you know where your money is going to. discover angling is...
  333. alantani

    so, steve, about that squall ........

    I will be in Australia from July 20th to August 3rd with the family.
  334. alantani

    so, steve, about that squall ........

    it is the most advanced single speed graphite reel on the market. after bryan cleaned out the bearings, he spun the spool and it never stopped. that is a fact that should be pointed out. it will be the best casting reel in it's class, actually the best reel in it's class, period. too bad no...
  335. alantani

    so, steve, about that squall ........

    a friend of mine brought over a pair of squalls and bryan serviced them, not me this time. bryan says that your new reel has a bearing sleeve. very nice touch. he also says that it has a pair of thrust bearings to eliminate that side load that creates so much resistance in other lever drag...
  336. alantani

    Shimano service a shimano triton markii

    the software on my site is all screwy. to make matters worse, i accidentally deleted your account. if you can re-register, i will get your account activated. sorry about the screw up. alan
  337. alantani

    Shimano Trinidad A dog conversion?

    crud! i saw trinidad A and was thinking plain trinidad. it doesn't work, huh! dammit!
  338. alantani

    Narrow 533

    i ordered a pair. they are still in the box. haven't had a chance to upgrade my reels yet.
  339. alantani

    carbontex in trinidad not working

    jerry, seen this one before. i think the drag washer under the main gear is too thin. i have always used a penn ht-100 #6-113h drag under the main gear and that has always eliminated this problem. note that i have only seen this when trying to get more then 15 pounds of drag. not also that...
  340. alantani

    accurate reels no longer supported....

    i had one of those side plates with a german hex AR bearing that failed. the inside diameter of that AR bearing was the same as a shimano bearing but the outside diameter was too big, so i got out a dremmel and ground away at the side plate until it fit and then slapped it back together again...
  341. alantani

    Penn Baja Special Reel Service

    you can do this yourself. you would treat a rifle the same way. http://alantani.com/index.php?topic=14.0
  342. alantani

    first trip of 2012 - may 4th, 2012

    first trip of 2012 - may 3rd, 2012 so dad called earlier in the week. "when are we going fishing?" was the question. there was a break in the weather on thursday. it would be blowing hard monday through wednesday, then down to zero wind thursday and back up friday and saturday. looks like...
  343. alantani

    How to clean bearings

    so, fresh water, right? for this one, just lube the bearings with reel x and call it done. no need to worry because you are not fishing in salt water.
  344. alantani

    How to clean bearings

    which reel do you have?
  345. alantani

    How to clean bearings

    it's tough. if you want freespool, the bearings cannot be packed with grease. you have to lube with with a light oil and TSI 301 and TSI 321 are the best products i've ever tried. other products will work fine, but the tsi products are phenomenal. we know that shields will hold water in, so...
  346. alantani

    How to clean bearings

    http://alantani.com/index.php?topic=13.0
  347. alantani

    Fred Hall Show & the debut of The Dawg

    it was not a big deal. it was just that the side plate i saw was just roughed out on the mill. for photos, i am certain that they would have preferred that the side plate have a more "finished" look. i would rather have a more finished looking product as well.
  348. alantani

    is this Accurate?

    i did not ask about sizes, but it would seem prudent to put dogs in all of their reels, wouldn't it?
  349. alantani

    is this Accurate?

    they click.
  350. alantani

    The 2012 Fred Hall Show

    added the second days photos and a few comments.
  351. alantani

    is this Accurate?

    Just the new extremes, I'm sure.
  352. alantani

    The 2012 Fred Hall Show

    The 2012 Fred Hall Show 7 am on wednesday. some of you might remember roger. he was my driver for our long range trip on the intrepid last year. well, our young fire figher just got married, and he bought his drop dead gorgeous wife a new car. yup, it's a prius. i swore i'd never get...
  353. alantani

    is this Accurate?

    correct, i was asked to hold off on inside photos. it looks like they dogs will be installed in all boss series reels. the atd's already have dogs.
  354. alantani

    Fred Hall Show & the debut of The Dawg

    correct! had a quick look at the dog system. it's a triple, with three dogs at 120 degrees from each other. they are milled into the side plate, so an upgrade would require a trip to the factory to get your side plate milled out. very nice system. i asked if i could take a photo, but david...
  355. alantani

    is this Accurate?

    had a quick look at the dog system. it's a triple, with three dogs at 120 degrees from each other. they are milled into the side plate, so an upgrade would require a trip to the factory to get your side plate milled out. very nice system.
  356. alantani

    penn 500 jigmaster rebuild

    glad it worked!
  357. alantani

    Line storage on reel....

    square knot.
  358. alantani

    Fred Hall Show & the debut of The Dawg

    granted, okuma's turn around has probably been a total shock to many, but i doubt that it was the reason for accurate to make the decisions that they did. accurate started the small two-speed craze with the original B-series. it had a skinny drive shaft and two AR bearings. they improved on...
  359. alantani

    Penn 4/0 anti-reverse dog upgrade?

    dogs can be set up to engage sequentially or together. advantates and disadvantages to both.
  360. alantani

    is this Accurate?

  361. alantani

    Fred Hall Show & the debut of The Dawg

    well, matt may get back to us. at least i will get a chance to see the reel at the fred hall show. i'll bring a screwdriver.
  362. alantani

    Fred Hall Show & the debut of The Dawg

    matt, can an an older model reel be upgraded?
  363. alantani

    accurates dawg

    spoke to gary at accurate yesterday and got an e-mail from them today. looks like accurate is including an anti-reverse back up dog in their extreme reels. i wonder if it will also be available as an upgrade to their older reels.
  364. alantani

    Anti revers upgrades still coming

    spoke to gary at accurate yesterday and got an e-mail from them today. looks like accurate is including an anti-reverse back up dog in their extreme reels. i wonder if it will be available as an upgrade to their older reels.
  365. alantani

    Penn 4/0 anti-reverse dog upgrade?

    http://alantani.com/index.php?topic=208.0
  366. alantani

    Penn 4/0 anti-reverse dog upgrade?

    there is virtually no end to the number of upgrades available for the venerable penn 113h. if you are concerned about the dog not being "clicky" enough, the quickest and easiest thing to do is to double up the dog spring (nesting two into each other) to double up the pressure. after that...
  367. alantani

    Some new stuff, and a surprise at the Long Beach Show....

    i'll be in on wednesday and thursday to say hi!
  368. alantani

    New Torque 2 speed lever drags.

    i will be there wednesday and thursday. see you then.
  369. alantani

    Introduction Message from PENN

    you know, this board is a GREAT idea. i love having a place where i know i can find steve carson, instead of having to track down my old buddy on some board halfway across the world!
  370. alantani

    New Torque 2 speed lever drags.

    since we're leaking secrets ahead of the show, is penn finally coming out with an offset handle?
  371. alantani

    Shimano Trinidad A dog conversion?

    i am always happy to have help!!!!!! even if i did this full time, there is no way i could keep up with everything. there is just too much stuff going on. you've no doubt noticed that i never go near spinners. oh, and all my rods are off the shelf calstars and phenix's. no custom rods at...
  372. alantani

    Shimano Trinidad A dog conversion?

    holy crud, i'm glad someone is paying attention. i totally missed that. i was only looking for a dog spring and totally missed the second dog. thanks for picking that up! http://fish.shimano.com/media/fishing/SAC/techdocs/en/Conventional/11TN16ANEW_v1_m56577569830755936.pdf
  373. alantani

    reel seat screws

    maybe take the cutting wheel of a dremel and cut a slot straight across the top of the stud, then use a flat screwdriver to back it out. just soak with a penetrating oil first.
  374. alantani

    Shimano Trinidad A dog conversion?

    what happens is that the old dartanium drag washers would stick like crazy. you could set the drags go 12 pounds, but it might surge an extra 50% because the drags were so sticky. that's referred to as "startup" and i have found it to be the most common cause of structural damage to a reel...
  375. alantani

    Shimano Trinidad A dog conversion?

    i pulled the schematic for the new A series trinidad. note the ambassaduer style dog, not the spring loaded dog. in all fairness, the new reel DOES have a greased carbon fiber drag system which will greatly decrease the risk of catastrophic AR failure. still, it would have been nice ...
  376. alantani

    reel seat screws

    send me a pm with your address and the part numbers, i should have everything.
  377. alantani

    Accurate 4:1 Gears for Penn 4/0

    not that i know of. it has to do with the way the gear teeth are cut and the angle that they meet each other at. all stuff that is way beyond my pay grade. you know who's got one of the best gear designs right now is okuma. they have a really smooth (and really expensive) helical cut. the...
  378. alantani

    Accurate 4:1 Gears for Penn 4/0

    newell gears are horribly noisy. accurates are smooth as stainless steel an be. soft brass is the smoothest.
  379. alantani

    Accurate 4:1 Gears for Penn 4/0

    i bet a guy could sell 100 sets within a week!
  380. alantani

    penn reel 500 jigmaster

    paul, do you have a list of the parts and part numbers that you need?
  381. alantani

    torium 50 and trinidad 40/50 dog and spring upgrade

    torium 50 and trinidad 40/50 dog and spring upgrade we've been upgrading trinidad and torium 16's, 20's and 30's for quite a while. great reels. you all know the mantra. grease on all the screws, grease on all the non-exposed metal surfaces, spool bearings opened, cleaned and lubed with tsi...
  382. alantani

    My new toy...

    see the bullet button "tool" attatched to the magazine? since the "tool" is now "attatched" to the rifle, it is my understanding that your rifle is no longer california legal. sorry, i was looking at the same thing. decided that it was just easier to keep a cartridge in my pocket.
  383. alantani

    12VSX real world drag #'s?

    the old torque 300 had that kind of speed. can't remember if it was ever available in a two speed. it really helps old guys like me.
  384. alantani

    What drag settings for Inter II 20T?

    20 pounds easy with carbon fiber drag washers. you may have to monkey with the bellevilles. a bearing sleeve would help as well. cal sheets can 2-speed this reel, but it is very expensive. http://www.cals2speed.com/price_list.html
  385. alantani

    12VSX real world drag #'s?

    i was looking for a reel that would hold 500 yards of 80# spectra and deliver a righteous 24 pounds of drag without breaking a sweat (meaning no side load). it was an easy choice. it would be very cool to see a narrow spool version of this reel with a 6:1 gear ratio on top and a 48 inch...
  386. alantani

    12VSX real world drag #'s?

    i think i was looking at 24 pounds at strike for mine. that was straight out of the box, good freespool, too!
  387. alantani

    BAJA FISH GEAR's Mean Green ACCURATE Xtreme BX2 - exposed.

    very nice! the early side plate screws on the accurate boss series reels were 1/16ths inch hex. the new ones are a number 7 torx. you have a great set up. the yamaha grease that you have is not the marine version, but that's ok. use it with confidence. for the bearing lube, check out TSI...
  388. alantani

    Penn reel handle

    it will not. here's the list. http://store.scottsbt.com/PennParts/Handles.aspx
  389. alantani

    need a price list and a way to make stickers

    if you saw my garage, you'd have a good laugh.... i have huge crates of old penn fishing reel parts that were purchased from tackle shops that went out of business. to give you an idea of how old they are, i found 6 envelopes of "350" parts! the conventional parts are now in 3x4 plastic...
  390. alantani

    Okuma maikar 10 or 15

    actually, you might look at the 10. mine were loaded with 400 yards of 65 JB, giving you the option of 30, 40, 50 or maybe even 60# topshots. casting is a little more limited compared to the makaira 8, but it's still pretty decent. the 15 would be fine, but the extra overall mass of the spool...
  391. alantani

    80lb reel, Which to get

    i wasn't going to take any chances on my last trip, so i got a penn 12 vsx and had it loaded with 500 yards of 80# solid spectra. you could go with either a 60# topshot or an 80# topshot.
  392. alantani

    Pro Gear CS501 feedback

    i've got maybe 10-12 of those scattered around the garage. love 'em! don't go past 12#'s of drag. i did that on three 80 pound guadalupe yellowfins years ago. these fish had serious attitude. i pushed the drag to 15 pounds or more and the gears have never been the same.
  393. alantani

    Cracked Saltiga Frame

    i fished with a 30T years ago. it was on the Q105. great reel. you know the new ones all come with greased carbon fiber drag washers, right?
  394. alantani

    Penn section

    congratulations, steve. you've needed your own board for quite a while!
  395. alantani

    Cracked Saltiga Frame

    no, it's different. i've never worked on a lever drag saltiga. i'm curious to find out.
  396. alantani

    Narrow 533

    you know, guys, not everything is supposed to make sense...... :D
  397. alantani

    Narrow 533

    oops, you know, i just know that it's narrower and assumed it would be called a 522. i do not know what the width will be.
  398. alantani

    Narrow 533

    yeah, but this is with an aluminum frame and a one piece aluminum spool. i have two 533's will be ordering up a pair of "522" frame/spool kits.
  399. alantani

    2012 international sportsmen's expo, sacramento, ca

    correct, jim! sorry, wanted to get the photos out first. the big shimano is also called a tranx. and the spinner has that really creepy looking magnetic oil in it.
  400. alantani

    2012 international sportsmen's expo, sacramento, ca

    2012 international sportsmen's expo, sacramento, ca
  401. alantani

    New penn squall

    so who is going to represent penn at the ise in sacramento? i was thinking about going on friday.
  402. alantani

    penn internation 50w drag upgrade?

    larry was out of business for a while. is he back in? if so, that's great news.
  403. alantani

    Penn 114H Rebuild or Diagram

    like so many things, it gets less and less as i get older. now i take an old toothbrush and spread a little grease around on the inside of the reel just to prevent corrosion. on carbon fiber drags for star drag reels, i'm still pretty generous.
  404. alantani

    Penn Drag Help

    in all fairness, the man does excellent work. cal's making money, so he must be doing something right. he wouldn't be in business, otherwise.
  405. alantani

    OK PENN GUYS????????????

    yeah, it's the type of thing where having the reel in hand is most important. penn might be your best bet. alan
  406. alantani

    OK PENN GUYS????????????

    water intrusion into dry drags. piece of cake. it straight in, straight out. all you need is cal's grease and some tools and you can do this one yourself!
  407. alantani

    Shimano Trinidad A dog conversion?

    i have a couple extra if you need one. send a pm with your address. alan
  408. alantani

    penn internation 50w drag upgrade?

    if you have a woven drag material, then it will be the first generaltion ht-100. you will be fine. if not, i would recommend replacing it. the new penn dura drag is a great choice. here is the rebuild post for the 30 international. http://alantani.com/index.php?topic=137.0
  409. alantani

    Penn Drag Help

    it's not rocket science! http://alantani.com/index.php?topic=232.0 is larry back in business? if so, that's great!
  410. alantani

    Shimano Tranx

    pretty good discussion here. http://www.tackletour.net/TTForums/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=36699
  411. alantani

    Pro Gear progear albacore special - finally something nice to say

    bryan, i live in saratoga, just a mile south of the fisherman's warehouse. swing by the house sometime and we'll take a look.
  412. alantani

    Shimano Tiagra 30WLRS Pinion Shaft

    steve, it's been ages since i've opened up a tiagra, but the bellevilles should not rattle around.......
  413. alantani

    12 vsx

    mine is spooled up with 80# jb solid. i think it took 500 yards.....
  414. alantani

    When should you change your carbontex drag washer?

    seen some pretty nasty looking carbon fiber drag washers. save your money. take an old rag, clean up the drag washers enough to "raise the grain," slap on a thick coat of drag grease and then reassemble the reel. you should be fine. alan
  415. alantani

    newell

    i nominate okuma to buy out newell and resurrect it!
  416. alantani

    Penn 112 issues......

    so the newell company is truely dead? anyone know anything about the left over inventory?
  417. alantani

    Shimano trinidad 14a

    i need a reel to match a custom jigstick for my brother that i'm having made. you know, oakland raiders colors. was thinking about the new trinidad. any problems with the white handle grip? did anyone find a replacement grip for it in gray or black?
  418. alantani

    Shimano Trinidad 20 to dc pawl and spring

    for the 14, it really is not needed. not enough torque on that reel to cause a failure. for the 40, you can install two spring loaded dogs, but you have to do some bending and some dremelling. when i get a 40 i'll take some pictures. alan
  419. alantani

    20# reels - just a list

    oops, missed those. they were on a separate page at charkbait. thanks!
  420. alantani

    20# reels - just a list

    a guy asked for a list, not a recommendation. we're talking straight 20# mono, nothing fancy. though i'd post it here, too. here goes.
  421. alantani

    Shimano gold trindad factory maintainance

    well, it would be nice, if that were the case, to finally have our work validated.......
  422. alantani

    Makaira8 II

    yeah, but i would fish a mak 8 with 50# spectra and a 40# topshot with 12-13#'s of drag at strike. the drag pressure would double when the fish got down that far on the spool. and the 2:1 low gear makes it easy to work it. at least that's the theory. i need to get on a decent trip to check...
  423. alantani

    Makaira8 II

    i bought four of them. i think they're great, but it was frustrating as hell because i never got to put them through the wringer. a dozen 20 pound yellowtail and a 30 pound yellowfin? what kind of test is that. i would have preferred something in the 150 pound class. i loaned these out to...
  424. alantani

    To Grease or Not to Grease?

    it's been a year. any possibility of getting an update on the condition of your avets?
  425. alantani

    Daiwa daiwa saltist 40 - the easiest drag upgrade ever

    sounds like the star is rubbing up against the side plate. one more small washer under the star should take care of it.
  426. alantani

    point sur with peter boyd, brisbane, qld - 8/25/2001

    point sur with peter boyd, brisbane, qld - 8/25/2001 the internet is an amazing thing. you meet people from all over the world. peter and eva have been touring the us and stayed with us for a few days, so we took a day off and headed down to point sur. roger and bryan will get to work the...
  427. alantani

    Boca Ceramic Bearings has anyone tried them

    levelwind reels are a little different. what i do is pull the levelwind worm and all the other parts out and clean them with carb cleaner and compressed air. i actually do that several times, back and forth with carb cleaner and compressed air, just to make sure the parts are super clean and...
  428. alantani

    Boca Ceramic Bearings has anyone tried them

    not really. i just pack pinion bearings with grease. that way, the only way they will fail is if someone applies too much drag pressure.
  429. alantani

    Boca Ceramic Bearings has anyone tried them

    swing by the house before you leave on your next trip. or just next time that you're in the hood. now, back to ceramic bearings.......
  430. alantani

    Boca Ceramic Bearings has anyone tried them

    they have a double dog system similar to the one found in the newer avets. that gives them a small amount of backlash. you would know better than i, but that is supposed to be a deal killer for a vertical jigging reel. to me, it seems like a small thing, but i've never tried that style of...
  431. alantani

    Boca Ceramic Bearings has anyone tried them

    not sure. those accurates and makairas of mine are still spinning from last year, and the makairas went on 4 long range trips without me.
  432. alantani

    Boca Ceramic Bearings has anyone tried them

    give it a shot first. it is really not that hard. you can get either tsi 301 in a can or the tsi 321 in a plastic bottle. the tsi 301 has a solvent that slowly attacks plastic. this solvent has not been a problem if it is used in a reel because it is allowed to evaporate.
  433. alantani

    Boca Ceramic Bearings has anyone tried them

    juan, before you order up a bunch of bearings, i would like you to try something. go ahead and pull the bearings out, remove the shields, and clean the bearings with carb cleaner and compressed air. clean the spool shaft with a clean rag. clean the inside of the pinion gear with a q-tip. now...
  434. alantani

    Anyone upgrading the Avet SX drags?>

    http://alantani.com/index.php?topic=509.0
  435. alantani

    Anyone upgrading the Avet SX drags?>

    the concern i've always had about the saltists surround the use of an anti-reverse roller bearing and an ambassaduer-style dog. i have not found a simple way to install a spring to make the dog "click" like the old penns do. a spring loaded anti-reverse dog will snap into place. the...
  436. alantani

    Anyone upgrading the Avet SX drags?>

    if you want to upgraded just the drag washer, throw some cal's grease on it, wipe off the excess, throw it back into the reel and you should be good to go. increasing the drag range is another issue....... you could get 15 to 20 pounds out of an avet sx by changing the belleville...
  437. alantani

    Makaira 8-2, 10-2, Cedros Lever drag 10s Question

    i think he wants to pick the guides for his reel based on the height of the line as it comes off the spool. i'm not a rod guy, so that's just a guess. i will pull a reel tomorrow and see. working the late shift at the hospital tonight......
  438. alantani

    Offshore Spirit of Adventure 4 day July 21-25

    i really miss that boat........
  439. alantani

    Offshore Intrepid 2011

    i believe you are looking at an andros prototype.
  440. alantani

    reel power handles

    it's going to seem a bit large at first, but the handle grip that i usually put on these reels is the 6/0 size. i use this grip for all of my long range reels, even the little accurate 197.
  441. alantani

    Offshore Intrepid 2011

    500 yards sounds about right. a 3 foot topshot of 60, 80 or 100# fluoro (depending on the amount of abrasion resistance needed) works best for me. the reel would deliver an easy 24 pounds of drag if i wanted to fish 80 spectra and 80 fluoro. i fished it straight out of the box. freespool was...
  442. alantani

    Offshore Intrepid 2011

    it wasn't mine but i believe it was kept. btw, i bought a 12 vsx specifically for this trip and used it several times. fabulous reel! it is now on loan to a friend that is headed up to alaska for trophy halibut. i loaded the reel with 80# hollow straight to the top and set the drags to...
  443. alantani

    Offshore Intrepid 2011

    $3k should cover you........
  444. alantani

    early christmas 7/25/2011

    i loaded with makaira 8 with 300 yards of stren 50# braid. if would probably hold 350 yards of a better quality line. the topshot was maybe 3 feet of 40# fluoro. killer reel on this last trip. alan
  445. alantani

    Offshore Intrepid 2011

    high tea in london. you're holding that tea cup daintily with your thumb, index finger and middle finger, and your pinky stuck up in the air. now imagine that grip on the handle of a mak 8 while grinding up a 20 pound yellowtail in low gear. that's about how tough it was to crank up the...
  446. alantani

    Offshore Intrepid 2011

    Intrepid 2011 short version - 7 day trip, 1 dinky yellowfin, 10 yellowtail. things that worked - the intrepid, the vagabond hotel, makaira reels, phenix rods, and (ugghhh!) circle hooks. things that didn't work - fluoro leaders that got chewed through using j hooks. something i've...
  447. alantani

    Mak15II or BX2-600

    for 80# spectra and a short 60# topshot, i just picked up a penn international 12 vsx. the makaira 15 is a little to wide for my tastes. i'm sure it would fish fine and i will try ben's mk 15 II this week. the new accurate boss extremes have a single anti-reverse roller bearing with no dog...
  448. alantani

    early christmas 7/25/2011

    thanks, bruce! gonna try. my right rotator cuff is acting up again. richie may end up reeling in all my fish. we leave in 3 hours. going to try to hit the newell factory and okuma in one day. staying at the vagabond again, drinks at the captain's quarters, sushi at that place a couple of...
  449. alantani

    My Newell 235 broke need a new reel suggestions

    what happened to it?
  450. alantani

    early christmas 7/25/2011

    early christmas 7/25/2011 we are going on the intrepid this friday for a 7 day trip. there are five makaira 8's, two makaira 10's, and a penn international 12 vsx. we will pull into san diego on thursday. hoping to tour the okuma factory first. friday morning we board the intrepid, then...
  451. alantani

    gear ratio for a 6/0 wahoo special

    you're right, but, you know, it would be fun!!!!!
  452. alantani

    gear ratio for a 6/0 wahoo special

    thanks, aaron. i still have these 6/0 parts that i want to hobble together into a fully functioning reel. i wonder if accurate would make me a set of jigmaster, 4/0 and 6/0 gears if i ordered up a hundred of each? crud, that could easily be a $10,000 order!
  453. alantani

    gear ratio for a 6/0 wahoo special

    wish i had about a hundred sets like that!
  454. alantani

    gear ratio for a 6/0 wahoo special

    sorry, having a senior moment here. what was the gear ratio for the old accurate gear set used to convert a plain 6/0 penn 114h into a wahoo special? and i guess while were at it, does anyone have an old accurate gear set in a closet or tackle box somewhere? i have an old 6/0 narrow frame and...
  455. alantani

    first (and very late) fishing report for 2011- 6/24/2011

    forgot to add the best part. dinner at jeff's afterwards!!!!!
  456. alantani

    first (and very late) fishing report for 2011- 6/24/2011

    first (and very late) fishing report for 2011- 6/24/2011 finally! roger and i were sitting in the garage. well, working on reels, what else? he says, "i'm going fishing on friday with a buddy of mine." i was free that day, so i told him we could take the boat. we spent all day wednesday...
  457. alantani

    There's always room for improvement

    this might be a better angle.....
  458. alantani

    There's always room for improvement

    this might be a better angle.....
  459. alantani

    Curado 300DSV Kick Lever "Jumping the Tracks"

    you know, i have actually never seen this problem before, but low profile bait casters make up only 5% of the reels that i work on. the clutch cam retainer (key #2165) is the first part that i would look at, and probably the first thing that you looked at as well. if it is loose, i could...
  460. alantani

    Raptor or Makaira?

    i actually had nothing to do with the design of the makaira. stuff like that is way past my pay grade.
  461. alantani

    should i buy this

    only for it's collector's value, not to fish with. i've worked on these. they are not easy to service.
  462. alantani

    Raptor or Makaira?

    wierd. the two makaira 10's that i own were loaded with 400 yards of solid 65pound spectra. i was watching them the whole time. alan
  463. alantani

    Raptor or Makaira?

    makaira. it's 5:1 high and 2:1 low. plus a 5 year warranty.
  464. alantani

    Looking for a new jig reel(s)

    well, now that this post is up, you can figure that the ebay prices will all go up to full retail. no one is going to give you a deal now........
  465. alantani

    Looking for a new jig reel(s)

    yup, that's all i use anymore.
  466. alantani

    Looking for a new jig reel(s)

    that would work as well, and it would be half the price.
  467. alantani

    Looking for a new jig reel(s)

    yes, and i am thinking about getting one as well. and it's expensive as hell!!!!! alot of trinidads come in for service, but this was the first 16 narrow. the trinidads are nice. you know, they ok, fine, decent reels, pretty good. then i saw this 16N. my initial reaction was "holy...
  468. alantani

    Avet MXJ 5.8 Anti-Reverse

    tyler, there are a couple of different "generations" of anti-reverse mechanisms. actually, there are two clicking types and two silent types. the general approach would be to clean out any gunk, file off any burrs, and tighten up any springs. something is getting "stuck" or "jammed"...
  469. alantani

    Looking for a new jig reel(s)

    you know, i just worked on a reel that i thought was really slick. it was a shimano trinidad 16 narrow. i did the drag upgrade, did the dog/spring upgrade, cleaned out the bearings, and disabled/removed the cast control mechanisms. very nice looking reel. alan
  470. alantani

    Accurate Boss 197 broken gear shaft handle screw

    screw extractor set. otherwise a new handle screw and drive shaft. contact accurate.
  471. alantani

    Reel spray lube

    i've got a spray can of inox as well. very nice stuff, i just don't have as much experience with it. i got burned on xtreme reel + so i'm back to the old standards.
  472. alantani

    Reel spray lube

    aerosol corrosion x!
  473. alantani

    Buying online?

    charkbait.
  474. alantani

    Penn 501/spectra

    hey, so what do you thing about this? penn wants to sell fishing reels, right? what it we asked them to make a few special reels. we get what we want, they make money. for starters, how about a narrow spool squidder with tight enough tolerances to fish spectra. then maybe a narrow spool...
  475. alantani

    Penn 501/spectra

    the 501 is the reel that i highly recommend for the kayak fishermen here in northern california. very tough reel. i generally recommend straight 20 to 25 pound mono. anything thinner can get caught in between the lip of the spool and the inside ring of the side plate. that includes spectra...
  476. alantani

    Levelwind reel for 9 year old??

    for inshore rockfish to 100 feet, i use the smallest levelwind line counter that was available at the time. it was the daiwa 17 line counter. i loaded it up with 50# braid, switched out the drag washers and threw on a power handle. the kids and the grandpas both love them. i matched them up...
  477. alantani

    Saltist 2 speeds

    my choice for that application was the makaira 10 II. it holds 400 yards of 65# spectra.
  478. alantani

    Broken lever on saltist 40

    you'll have to talk to daiwa about that one. even thought you are paying a premium for many of these reels, sometimes stuff happens. it's been my experience that both shimano and daiwa are GREAT about taking care of their customers. often the cost of paperwork for a small part is more...
  479. alantani

    Shimano tld vs tyrnos

    the tld 20II is one of my favorite reels. after you've finished fixing the saltist, consider cracking open this one. it is a much easier reel to work on than the tyrnos. if you need bellevilles or a handle, let me know. alan http://alantani.com/index.php?topic=38.0
  480. alantani

    Broken lever on saltist 40

    cristin, it's an easy reel to service yourself. here's the rebuild post. http://alantani.com/index.php?topic=227.0 and here is your schematic. http://daiwa.com/PartsDiagram/PartsDiagram/STT30TH-50H.pdf call daiwa at 562-375-6800 and ask for a new clutch lever, part #E60-5301...
  481. alantani

    Accurate vs. Makaira

    i'm with john on this one. i am keeping my atd's. i just bought a makaira 20II and i'm throwing it into the mix just to see how it holds up. the smaller first edition boss two speeds are getting phased out. they will be replaced with smaller makairas, not boss extremes.
  482. alantani

    Baja Special

    mike, that tutorial was so long ago, i'm not even sure any more. i think when i was putting it back together, i didn't even know that the side plate could be switched. i think what i did was to just put it back where i thought it belonged. alan
  483. alantani

    you did want thinner spectra, right?

    thinner is better. think how MUCH better a bait will swim with 80# spectra made of this stuff instead of the old stuff. now we just need more reels with less spool and more sideplate. i had hoped to see the makaira 8 sometime soon. no word yet.
  484. alantani

    you did want thinner spectra, right?

    looks like the makaira 8-II will be coming out just in time to take advantage of these. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/honeywell-introduces-new-ultra-thin-fiber-for-high-performance-fishing-line-121153404.html
  485. alantani

    Avet The Avet SX - Tear down and rebuild

    we figured out that we need an additional 4mm under the right main side plate bearing to accomodate the thrust bearing. unfortunately, there is not enough side plate.
  486. alantani

    I'd Buy This Reel

    me, too! why a 3:1 gear ratio? that means a very small main gear and equally small drag washers.
  487. alantani

    PENN TRQ 200 SAME REELS,DIFFERENT RESULTS

    it looks like you had the two bellevilles outside of the side plate both cupped down towards the side plate in a "((" configuration. i'm not sure why that would have helped. it would make the "stack" even taller and should have made the problem worse. but it worked! hey, who am i to...
  488. alantani

    PENN TRQ 200 SAME REELS,DIFFERENT RESULTS

    here is the schematic for your reel. http://www.scottsbt.com/catalog/store/images/pennparts/schematics/trq200.pdf check the schematic and make sure you do not have an extra washer under the star. if you find an extra washer, pull it out and you should find it will work just fine. if the...
  489. alantani

    PENN TRQ 200 SAME REELS,DIFFERENT RESULTS

    for reel number 2, you just can't back the drag off completely, right?
  490. alantani

    Reel Service

    sorry, no. you have to use cal's drag grease or shimano drag grease.
  491. alantani

    Reel Service

    try this one. http://alantani.com/index.php?topic=208.0
  492. alantani

    Reel Service

    well, guys, let's see if we can help him out. still need to know what reel.
  493. alantani

    Trinidad Spring-Loaded Dog?

    here's a discussion. note that the washer is not needed with a trinidad DC dog and spring. http://alantani.com/index.php?topic=509.0
  494. alantani

    Reel Service

    which reel? if you are on anguilla, it might be best to start servicing them yourself. alan
  495. alantani

    Newells... antiques in the making?

    if i could be president of a fishing reels company, newell would be my choice. i think they have alot of potential. and most of all, the problems they have are easily fixable.
  496. alantani

    Heavier line than rated for?

    yeah, but spectra is not the exception, it's the rule!
  497. alantani

    Tn16 drag upgrade

    the penn ht-100 drag washers are a little to thick to use in the trinidad. that's why you have to use carbontex http://smoothdrag.com/price.html . also, get the trinidad dc dog and spring from shimano at 877-577-0600. if they are out, send me a pm. i have a few left. good luck! alan
  498. alantani

    what's your experience with carbontex drag washers?

    i was probably pretty ticked off at something or someone that evening. people were still saying that grease on carbon fiber was bad. it's actually nice to be vindicated.......
  499. alantani

    Avet SX vs Tyrnos 10

    well, see, that's what i always said, but other guys would say "no, it's too heavy." funny, isn't it, steve, how we always end up defending orphans like the tyrnos. granted, this is northern california, but i do not know a single guy that owns a talica.
  500. alantani

    Avet SX vs Tyrnos 10

    yeah, steve, guess you're right. plus the fact that they're heavy!
  501. alantani

    Daiwa daiwa saltist 40 - the easiest drag upgrade ever

    thanks, guys! kurt, it was good to meet you as well. i will have to figure out a different format for next year. i can talk and work at the same time. next year, i might just do a stand up routine and just talk.
  502. alantani

    Avet SX vs Tyrnos 10

    this is way cool. let's figure out a way that we can get frank set up with some of dawn's drag washers. then we can sit back and watch. frank is gonna be busy as hell. i don't want any part of this one. first, the disclaimer. it's late, i've had a bad day at work and i'm three quarters...
  503. alantani

    Newell 521 and clear 220

    i had a really nice conversation with mr. downie a couple of weeks ago. i was interested in is narrow 533 conversion. he calls it a 522. i am definitely going to convert my 533's over. i also had a chance to chat with kip at the newell booth. imagine a newell with a light coat of grease...
  504. alantani

    Handle Binding... An Observation.

    thanks, aaron. sounds like a thrust bearing on the left side of the spool would be the way to go, until avet decides to build a thicker side plate.
  505. alantani

    Which 50

    i bought a pair of makaira 10's last year. i bought a makaira 20 last week. when the makaira 8's come out, i am getting three or four. i already have the accurate ATD 6, 12, 30 and 50. if i get another 50-class reel, it will also be the makaira. not affilliated, etc.
  506. alantani

    Torium 30 or saltist 40

    the new saltists have greased carbon fiber drag washers. that is good. the dogs are still the ambassaduer style with no way to change to a spring loaded type. i view that as a deal killer. the toriums still have dartanium drag washers. i believe that they have a near 100% 5 year failure...
  507. alantani

    Tiagra 30

    because the bearings are all open and packed with grease, the tiagra probably has the best longevity. if you pull a reel out of the box and fish with it until it dies, you will probably find that the tiagra will last the longest. alan
  508. alantani

    fred hall show 2011

    i couldn't resist. he was having way too much fun!
  509. alantani

    fred hall show 2011

    i'm not quite sure what to do with qualia and tica. if they have the ability to change how they put their reels together, it might be worth it. if not, we would be wasting our time. stevem, got a few more hours today. let's talk.
  510. alantani

    fred hall show 2011

    fred hall show 2011 commentary to follow!
  511. alantani

    okuma andros 5 II rebuild - 3/7/2011

    bruce, i'll be easy to spot. i'll be the one with a paper bag over his head. gary, it actually wasn't that bad.
  512. alantani

    okuma andros 5 II rebuild - 3/7/2011

    the handle grips are screwed on and they do so on purpose. this allows you to bolt on any handle grip you want. i would be bolting on one of these!
  513. alantani

    okuma andros 5 II rebuild - 3/7/2011

    i think i goofed. i never use cast control and i never even thought about it!
  514. alantani

    okuma andros 5 II rebuild - 3/7/2011

    will do. oh, also, is there a way that you can confirm the dimension of the bearing in the pinion guard? it should be 6x13x5 but my scribble was so bad and i just wanted to make sure. the makaira 9 and andros that i had were already shipped back to okuma.
  515. alantani

    okuma andros 5 II rebuild - 3/7/2011

    okuma andros 5 II rebuild - 5/7/2011 small okuma two speeds! take two! quick check, 4 seconds of freespool. i think this is the reel that john bretza's been dragging around for the last year. we will be using schematic #109OKM04701051, dated 10/04/2010 -...
  516. alantani

    okuma makaira 8 II rebuild

    helical gears are probably better, but an accurate assessment is really beyond my pay grade. now, thrust bearings are a different matter. yes, thrust bearings make a HUGE difference! we've been talking about them in regards to potential benefits in the avets. a thrust bearing will fit at...
  517. alantani

    okuma makaira 8 II rebuild

    i heard late spring/early summer. mark at charkbait needs to send me two before my long range trip at the end of july.
  518. alantani

    International 12VSX vs BX II 600 and HX II

    makaira 10 II with 400 yards of 65# solid spectra and a short 50# fluoro topshot. got a rebuild post on the 8. take a look below.
  519. alantani

    Biggest fish on a Penn Jigmaster 500/501

    50 pound yellowfin. kicked my ass, also shredded a set of gears.
  520. alantani

    Pro Gear Pro-Gear Albacore Special Parts

    alex, i'm a pharmacist. there is no pill for this one. the only thing i know that has "cured" anyone of this is a really bad divorce. no personal experience, just heard from others........
  521. alantani

    Pro Gear Pro-Gear Albacore Special Parts

    progears are generally reliable. look at the yoke and the eccentric jack.
  522. alantani

    okuma makaira 8 II rebuild

    not really. it's stainless steel where it really counts.
  523. alantani

    Pro Gear Pro-Gear Albacore Special Parts

    check the two spool bearings and see if they are rough. if so, measure them out and order up a new set from dawn at smoothdrag.com. it the bearings are ok and the reel had previously worked ok, then that means that something "changed" in the meantime. center the spool for zero load and zero...
  524. alantani

    okuma makaira 8 II rebuild

    absolutely. it will just be the two spool bearings, though. that will be all the work needed. it will be nice for a change.
  525. alantani

    What reel would you get 65-80lb

    just got this one today. it's got 500 yards of 100# spectra. probably too much reel for alaska, huh.......
  526. alantani

    okuma makaira 8 II rebuild

    i never thought so. i only wish that years ago penn would have started with a torque two speed lever drag in the 100, 200 and 300 sizes, then doubled the drag range. that would have easily justified the heavier weight. hindsight.......
  527. alantani

    okuma makaira 8 II rebuild

    ooohhhh, lookie what i just bought today! no tax sale at the local shop! been sitting for a while.
  528. alantani

    okuma makaira 8 II rebuild

    the back row from left to right is an okuma andros, the mk 8 II and my mk 10 II. in front is a two speed sx, then an mxl and the a jx. the makaira 8 II is more like the avet sx, just delivering three times the drag.
  529. alantani

    okuma makaira 8 II rebuild

    thanks, bruce! dan, they've done that already. the andros 5 holds 400 yards of 50# spectra and will deliver 12 pounds of drag with no side load. the reel does not start to load up until you get to 15#'s.
  530. alantani

    okuma makaira 8 II rebuild

    just a guess, but perhaps to hold up under 35+ pounds of drag.
  531. alantani

    okuma makaira 8 II rebuild

    okuma makaira 8 II rebuild i would not have believed it unless i saw it with my own eyes. even now, it's still a little hard to believe. i fished with the makaira 10 II last august and commented that a narrow version of the makaira 10 would make a great reel. keep the same side plates and...
  532. alantani

    Avet SX vs Tyrnos 10

    it's worked in tens of thousands of other reels, so you should be fine. i think this was just an isolated incident. still, it would boost confidenct tremendously if shimano would just come out and say something. but then, that is not the japanese way.
  533. alantani

    Avet SX vs Tyrnos 10

    that works!
  534. alantani

    Handle Binding... An Observation.

    this will be worth the wait......
  535. alantani

    Saltiga 15???

    score! i'm surprised a pawn shop would let it go for that price. 2 minutes on google would have changed that price.
  536. alantani

    Avet SX vs Tyrnos 10

    well, don't sell the tyrnos short. if the drag problem was one batch, shimano's replacement will take care of that. it's a great reel that has received bad press. none of the issues are insurmountable. dorn, you didn't put the blue grease on the drag washers, did you?
  537. alantani

    Cracked Saltiga Frame

    jerry, i didn't want guys thinking that you were just blowin' smoke. this "different grades of metal" stuff is way beyond my pay grade. one thing. the frame could have been surgical grade 316 stainless and might still have had the same problem. there is just not enough real estate there.
  538. alantani

    Cracked Saltiga Frame

    it's good that we are having this discussion. wils, that could be the case, but then all of them would have snapped open, instead of the single hole that was the thinnest. the reel tech in sacramento told me he had two reels do the same, and now jerry. the purpose of this post is to...
  539. alantani

    Cracked Saltiga Frame

    check this out. it's a saltiga 50 from 3 or 4 years ago. so what happened is this. i added a small bead of grease to the screw hole. done that a thousand times with other reels. just as i gave the screw driver that last turn, i heard a "snap." i was horrified to see that...
  540. alantani

    opinions on the new black daiwa saltists

    yeah, but i hate working on them. jim (in the post above me) is the only guy i know of that's good at them. anytime someone wants one of these reels serviced, i refer them to him. star drags are not as bad, but in the lever drag versions there are 6 bearings at risk in this reel, and they...
  541. alantani

    shimano vs.accurate

    makaira 10 II - field test results, 8/22/2010
  542. alantani

    about AVET

    the more recent avets that i have looked at appeared to have a good deal of red grease in the right main side plate bearing, but they still appear to be suffering casualties. there might be two reasons, or a combination of both. first, the bearing might not be 100% packed with grease. any...
  543. alantani

    What is it?

    here is the post to service this reel. 113h/114h senator - short version
  544. alantani

    Alvey Reel

    i have one buried somewhere. if you can't find one locally, let me know and i will dig it out. it's been in a box for years. alan
  545. alantani

    Okuma Okuma Andros 511 Tutorial

    so maybe 65# spectra, a short 50# fluoro topshot and 15#'s of drag..... there needs to one, better two, thrust washers to isolate the spool.
  546. alantani

    Okuma Okuma Andros 511 Tutorial

    so i'm thinking 300 yards of 50# spectra with short topshots of 30, 35 or 40# fluoro and 10-14#'s of drag.
  547. alantani

    Okuma Okuma Andros 511 Tutorial

    a friend owns a machine shop and we are going to try to mill out the avets to install bigger bearings and see if that helps. i also found some small thrust bearings and we'll see if it's got room for one of those as well.
  548. alantani

    Okuma Okuma Andros 511 Tutorial

    did you find the right main side plate bearing loading up at any point?
  549. alantani

    Where to buy reel parts?

    ok, so jason,if it will not move at all, then believe it or not, this is actually good. when the drive shaft is seized up really badly to the post, sometimes you're able to eventually turn the drive shaft because you've loosened up the post at the base. THAT is bad. so what we have are...
  550. alantani

    Stiff Handle on SLT 30

    uggghhh. i am such a retard. you mean just the handle grip itself, right? the reel cranks just fine, it's just the grip. yeah, soak that sucker in something, anything, and you should be able to work it free. remember that xtreme reel + that i was using a couple of years ago? that works...
  551. alantani

    Stiff Handle on SLT 30

    uggghhhh. another daiwa! sorry, dave, here is the schematic for the reel. http://www.mikesreelrepair.com/schematics/albums/daiwa/Daiwa_SLT30.pdf i dread working on these. my first guess is a bearing. i would send this one to daiwa and let them crack it open. if it happens again...
  552. alantani

    Where to buy reel parts?

    jason, is the drive shaft seized up onto the shaft of the set plate? if so, look for the retaining pin. get a pin punch and tap it out, then try to remove the drive shaft. sometimes the shaft itself will loosen up. if you can find washers that are the same size as the diameter of the shaft...
  553. alantani

    avet Hx single speed Vs Baja special for halibut fishing

    yeah, a reel with an all aluminum chassis would probably look like hell after one season.....
  554. alantani

    avet Hx single speed Vs Baja special for halibut fishing

    mike, i put together a set of shimano tld 20 two speeds for a guide in alaska that is doing something similar. he's been pretty happy with his gear. and more importantly, his customers have been happy. i have a stainless steel and delron handle to replace the stubby handle that comes stock...
  555. alantani

    donate your old avets to science

    go for it! i have plenty of projects in the hopper, starting with my yard!
  556. alantani

    Vintage Reel Maintenance and identity

    lynn, sorry for you loss. you've got a couple of gold finnors. they have cork drags and really do not work that well. i have tried to chisel off the cork and glue on carbon fiber before, but have never felt confident with the work (or the glue). at the top are a couple of penn 149 mariners...
  557. alantani

    donate your old avets to science

    got any old avets? i'm talking about the ones that are corroded into a solid block of alumimum, maybe even run over by a truck, or dragged behind that truck for a couple of miles. i've been trying to talk a guy at a local machine shop to take on a project. i want to mill out an avet spool...
  558. alantani

    penn 113hn baja special rebuild

    there are two bearings on the right side of the spool. one is hidden. it's really tiny and very easy to crush. if you put too much pressure on the spool, you will crush it in a microsecond. the shaft that pokes out through the pinion gear fits into the is bearing. pull it out and take a...
  559. alantani

    OKUMA MAKAIRA

    did you find it to even be an issue in low gear?
  560. alantani

    Avet JX or Saltist 30HT?

    not a big fan of the saltist because of the anti-reverse system. i'd rather see you with a hotrodded shimano torium or penn baja special. alan
  561. alantani

    bearing cover damage?

    here you go..... bearings
  562. alantani

    OKUMA MAKAIRA

    the possibility that a reel from china could be superior to one made in the US could be a bitter pill to swallow for some. is it any different that a japanese reel in that same role. i'm curious, what would you guys recommend to penn, accurate and avet to put their reels at the top of the heap...
  563. alantani

    12VS International by Penn

    it seems like penn is finally starting to pay attention to the west coast market. it's nice to see.
  564. alantani

    Penn 320 LD Dog Pin Problem

    i've seen only a few 320 lever drags and have never come across this problem. my first guess would be to center punch it back in place. but i'd really have to take a look first. alan
  565. alantani

    a glass of wine with albert einstein

    funny, he said that a flat piece of graphite should perform just as well, and at one tenth the cost of the woven material. shimano must have read his paper, because that is exactly what they did. the results must have been near catastrophic, because shimano dropped that material. it was called...
  566. alantani

    DAIWA PLUTON OWNERS?USERS ????

    lucas, 13 pounds of drag? that's a hellava lot!!!!! i don't know what the daiwa specs for the pluton are, but there is no way that i would fish this reel with 13 pounds of drag. it looks way too light to me. personally, i fish with a pair of calcutta te 300's for inshore goofing around...
  567. alantani

    DAIWA PLUTON OWNERS?USERS ????

    thanks, scott. you know, when i went through yours, i ran it through 25-50 cycles, in and out of gear, and then i returned it to you. i think what's happening is that the reel handles differently when it is under a load. if you end up getting a new pluton, i would leave it in a box and store...
  568. alantani

    DAIWA PLUTON OWNERS?USERS ????

    i only know one owner, and he is having problems as well. there is a return spring that i replaced and it still does not work. alan
  569. alantani

    OKUMA MAKAIRA

    nope, nothing special. i'm waiting to see what the fred hall show has to offer, just like everyone else.
  570. alantani

    OKUMA MAKAIRA

    that's actually what the andros is - a makaira lite. besides, someday we may need the extra heft of the makaira frame. just thinking ahead a little........
  571. alantani

    2speed reel for Alaska halibut

    well, a man's gotta know his limits........
  572. alantani

    Breakdown Shimano Sustain 5000FE

    very nice!
  573. alantani

    2speed reel for Alaska halibut

    hey! i resemble that remark!!!!!!! still, with a smoothly functioning drag that has very low startup, the risk of catastrophic frame failure (is there any other type?) should be low. keep the drag at 18 pounds or less and you should be fine. the only frame failure i've actually witnessed...
  574. alantani

    2speed reel for Alaska halibut

    agreed, but i just hate working with 65 pound spectra. and 50 is even worse. 80 is just so much easier, plus you can get 18 pounds of drag safely on a tld 20 two speed, maybe even 20 pounds of drag. with the avet jx, the reel starts to bind at 15 pounds of drag. for 65 pound spectra, the jx...
  575. alantani

    2speed reel for Alaska halibut

    i think the penn above with a power handle is good choice. i like the tld 20 two speed with a power handle because the tld is easier to service. here are tutorials on both...... GLD 20/30 single speed tld 20/30 II figure straight 80# spectra to a swivel and 15-18 pounds of drag, then an...
  576. alantani

    Power or speed reel handle position?

    i have some and so does pennparts.com. please send a pm if interested. alan
  577. alantani

    a glass of wine with albert einstein

    a guys calls up and asks if i could fix an old fishing reel. no problem! it's dark out when he arrives and he rings the front door bell. come on in, it's freezing out there! so his name is bing and he has one of the original shimano bantams. he opens up the box and and pulls the reel out...
  578. alantani

    REEL USE - STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BOX?

    kevin, your stock drag washers should be fine for now. if they start to stick, they can always be changed out later. and stick, they may. you will probably have to change them out eventually. if you change them out to greased carbon fiber, you will never have to worry about them again. the...
  579. alantani

    Power or speed reel handle position?

    here's my take....... in part, i think it depends on your drag setting. ideally, you would like to be able to crank the handle even when the fish is sulking and won't budge. this allows you to maintain a maximum flex on the rod and maximum pressure on the fish. when that rod tip comes up...
  580. alantani

    I need some help with Saltist 30 please.

    here's part of the bearings post. bearings
  581. alantani

    Freespool on SX Raptor

    jon, the reels are all starting to blur together........
  582. alantani

    Freespool on SX Raptor

    sorry for the misunderstanding. the guy that send the reel is on this board and may chime in. i think he had two hx's, one with magnets and one without. he could cast his small sardines with the non-mag reel, but was having trouble with the magged reel, so out came the magnet. it was quick...
  583. alantani

    OKUMA MAKAIRA

    jeeezzzz, tell me about it. i know that a couple of people wanted me tossed out last year. glad all of that was finally straightened out! so bruce, i don't know how okuma is going to set things up. it should be fun to see. i think alot of manufactures got beat up financially pretty...
  584. alantani

    OKUMA MAKAIRA

    i got a hall pass from my wife to fly down for this year's show. i may stay 2 days this time, flying down on wednesday and flying back on thursday evening. last year i flew down and back on the same day and could only spend 4 hours at the show.
  585. alantani

    Freespool on SX Raptor

    you know, bill, i was working on a raptor hx mc and i didn't spin worth beans. i finally took out the magnet and it spun great. i left the knob in just for looks.
  586. alantani

    OKUMA MAKAIRA

    ......... so, imagine a makaira 8 II. same heavy duty frame and side plates as the makaira 10 II, just narrower. it will probably hold 400 yards of 50# spectra with a 3 foot topshot of 40# fluoro. compare that to the maikaira 10 II with 400 yards of 65# spectra and the 3 foot topshot of 50#...
  587. alantani

    Shimano Beastmaster 80/130

    this one needs to go to glen pamaran at reel connection, (619) 429-0997. he is the only one that has a replacement drag pressure plate for that reel. glen could also service all of your reels as well. i hear he does an excellent job. it's just that i've got all of the kolekar aftermarket...
  588. alantani

    NEWELL SCHEMATIC

    friggin' night shifts.........
  589. alantani

    Bottom fishing reel(LEFTIE??)...need advice

    yeah, a penn 321 gti! for casting, bag up the levelwind assembly and idler gears, pull the bearings and clean them, pull the drag washers and grease them, and bolt on a bigger handle. it's basically a 4/0 senator gear stack with a squidder spool in a graphite frame...
  590. alantani

    Pro Gear CS 600

    yup!
  591. alantani

    pg 650 3.6 gears

    sorry, they are not compatable.
  592. alantani

    NEWELL SCHEMATIC

    you might be able to put a thin washer under the drive shaft or file down the dog a little so that it clears the drag washer under the main gear. it sounds like it's binding.
  593. alantani

    Sealine SG50H for 40#?

    you'll get an easy 12 pounds of drag. never seen a busted sealine frame. go fot it. got any pictures?
  594. alantani

    will newer handle fit?

    here's with the sx looks like with a 4/0 kolekar grip. it's the same diameter but much lighter than the avet 5/0 grip.
  595. alantani

    will newer handle fit?

    if you have an aluminum handle grip (which you should), you have an option of putting the old style offset grip on your reel. these are the old aluminum grips from the avet 4/0 and 5/0. i have some and can send you a link. send me a pm if you wish. thanks! alan
  596. alantani

    After-market frames...

    understood. sorry, to answer your question, i've upgraded a couple of reels with the jvariance frames and side plates. the work appeared first rate. i think you chose well! the factory is only 20 minutes from my house and i still have not been able to make it over there.
  597. alantani

    Fin Nor Marquesa reviews anyone? Alan?

    i've never opened one up, but they are very nice looking reels. couldn't find schematics. the website says carbon fiber drag washers. if they are dry, you can always grease them later. then it's just the bearings and the drag range. like i said, very nice looking reel. alan
  598. alantani

    After-market frames...

    the black side plate 4/0 penn senator 113 has a small drive shaft. it's the same one found in the jigmaster. with any decent amount of drag, you will round off the top of the soft brass gear sleeve pretty quick. i would convert the drag stack from a "1+3" to "1+5" stack of drag...
  599. alantani

    ATD-30...with or without the crossbar?

    topless.......
  600. alantani

    After Market Handles for Charter Special?

    i have a handle arm made out of stainless steel with a stainless counter weight. here's a photo with the 4/0 kolekar grip. for these smaller reels, a 2/0 kolekar grip would work well, but i still prefer the larger grips. the charter specials are excellent reels. not many people...
  601. alantani

    DIY Service Reel

    i've got a tutorial to write up. photos are already shot. just need some time to write the full post. stand by.........
  602. alantani

    bearing dimensions - hx raptor mc

    an anti-reverse roller bearing (or two) might fit but you would have to machine out the side plate. it is also possible to add an thrust bearing underneath the right main side plate bearing, but you would need an extra 6mm of space. standard bearing service and greased drags are also...
  603. alantani

    bearing dimensions - hx raptor mc

    there are things that i do that are different from stock. i guess you could call that an upgrade. the original bearings are basically fine, though.
  604. alantani

    accurate 50w won't flip into freespool

    my guess is that there is rust between the spool bearings and the spool shaft. that would prevent the spool from sliding easily. water intrusion in and around the spool would do that. how is the freespool? if there was enough water to rust the bearing to the spool shaft, there was probably...
  605. alantani

    Avet SX Raptor or Accurate bx2-400

    the makaira 10 II - makaira 10 II - field test results, 8/22/2010
  606. alantani

    bearing dimensions - hx raptor mc

    bill, do you have a list of bearing dimensions for the other avets somewhere? it would be great to post it up. alan
  607. alantani

    bearing dimensions - avet hx-mc raptor

    someone asked a month ago. here are the dimensions for the bearings in the avet hx raptor mc. left spool - 6x12x4 right spool - 6x12x4 inner pressure plate - 6x19x6 outer pressure plate - 6x12x4 right side plate - 6x17x6 inner drive shaft - 0.375 x 0.625 x 0.1562 outer drive shaft -...
  608. alantani

    bearing dimensions - hx raptor mc

    someone asked a month ago. here are the dimensions for the bearings in the avet hx raptor mc. left spool - 6x12x4 right spool - 6x12x4 inner pressure plate - 6x19x6 outer pressure plate - 6x12x4 right side plate - 6x17x6 inner drive shaft - 0.375 x 0.625 x 0.1562 outer drive shaft -...
  609. alantani

    Avet LX - quest for max free spool time

    yeah, you can't use too much.
  610. alantani

    Avet LX - quest for max free spool time

    migs, it sounds like the bearings were just not seated properly or they were hung up on the spool shaft. if there is corrosion on the spool shaft, the bearing can hang up. taking it apart and putting it back together a couple of times often takes care of that without you even really knowing...
  611. alantani

    reel question

    for straight 25# mono, i'd go with the 270 for line capacity.
  612. alantani

    reel question

    agreed.......
  613. alantani

    trends in tackle

    i tried a big spinner. damn near killed me.......
  614. alantani

    Okuma Andros

    my information is just from cracking open my own makaira 10's and some brief conversations with the okuma people. with all the trouble that okuma has had in the past, it does not surprise me that people are not out bragging. many owners of these new reels are probably feeling like this guy...
  615. alantani

    BX2 freespool problem?

    galen, that would be my concern as well. as paul has stated, what you find with your reel is normal. that does not mean that it is good. you should, in theory, be able to crank that handle all day and not have the spool budge so much as a millimeter. there is also no reason that the spool...
  616. alantani

    Okuma Andros

    it's supposed to be set up the same as the 2011 makairas. that will mean greased carbon fiber drag washers, spool bearings that are open and lubed, and non-spool bearings that are completely packed with greased. i do not know if they will carry the same 5 year warranty as the makairas, but...
  617. alantani

    rebuilding a tld25

    when you call, have a cup of coffee, a donut and the newspaper with you. leave the phone on speaker and be prepared to sit for 10-15 minutes on hold unless you call at 7am (they are actually open at that time).
  618. alantani

    rebuilding a tld25

    call shimano for this one. small parts like this are usually send out for free. 877-577-0600. alan
  619. alantani

    rebuilding a tld25

    yes, but it is a little too thick. i prefer carbontex. alan
  620. alantani

    daiwa's little secret......

    have you guys noticed that daiwa has been switching over to greased carbon fiber drag washers in some of their reels?
  621. alantani

    rebuilding a tld25

    i'd recommend smoothdrag.com for carbontex drag washers. changing out the drag washer is done to give you a smooth drag over the life of the reel. you increase the dragt range by changing the belleville stack. while you're at it. take a look at the new line of handle grips that she has...
  622. alantani

    Avet Pinion Bearings

    the short answer is to grease the bearing and stay within specs......... james, in my own personal (albiet limited) experience with avet reels, i would have to agree with you that the right main side plate bearing is the first to go. i have found that to be the case in all lever drag reels...
  623. alantani

    Other greases and oils - an update (9/14/2010)

    i spoke to a nice lady at the corrosion x factory and she told me that reel x has a secret ingredient and that speed x has more of that secret ingredient, hence the increased price. as your pharmacist, i would not recommend that you take a pill unless i knew what was in it. as your reel...
  624. alantani

    Which reel for 40# (maybe 50 on occasion)

    john, who's got a 1.6 to 1 granny gear?
  625. alantani

    Other greases and oils - an update (9/14/2010)

    you know, i haven't. reel x supposedly has an ingredient that increases the speed and the price. speed x is supposed to have more of this secret ingredient. you know, i hate secrets.............
  626. alantani

    Other greases and oils - an update (9/14/2010)

    i've also been playing around with samples of inox. looks like great stuff as well. alan
  627. alantani

    Other greases and oils - an update (9/14/2010)

    you can thank jim nomura for this one. he was the one that brought in the tsi 301 and 321. it's no where near as fast as xtreme reel +, but it last much longer. alan
  628. alantani

    Which 50?

    sorry, should have read the post more carefully. when i saw accurate 50 i was thinking of an atd 50. between the accurate b2-50 and the avet pro 50, i'd get the avet pro 50.
  629. alantani

    PG cs551 gears

    the spool will come out. the trick is enough pressure to pop it out but not so much that you damage anything. it sounds like the spool shaft is rusted to the pinion gear.
  630. alantani

    graphene

    now take a look around and try to figure out which reel will still be useful when this stuff comes out.
  631. alantani

    Which 50?

    at this size the performance will be comparable, so get the reel with the highest resale value.
  632. alantani

    graphene

    what, you guys never fished with 4 pound test line? how about something with the same weight as spectra and the same index of refraction as water!!!!!!!
  633. alantani

    OMOTO SEVERO 3000 Is Heading To Alan Tani For Review Break Down

    just opened up the box this afternoon. very nice looking reel. if you look carefully, you might notice some swirl marks from the cnc machining. it reminds me of the early progear classic series reels. i actually like the look. it's honest. you know for sure that the frame was machined from...
  634. alantani

    graphene

    whether it is conductive or is not will not matter. the point is that we may someday be fishing 50 pound test with reels the size of a calcutta 50! look what spectra has done already - smaller reels, two speeds, and bigger handle grips. the small leverdrag reels that we have available now...
  635. alantani

    graphene

    graphene i was reading the newpaper and came across an article on graphene. an interesting thought came to mind. this stuff would make great fishing line! the first fishing line was what, maybe hemp? cotton? horse hair? monofilament was actually developed before dacron, but dacron...
  636. alantani

    How to make reel cast better?

    clean out the bearings, lube them, and install a bearing sleeve.
  637. alantani

    revo inshore change

    call them and get a new one.......
  638. alantani

    Any Update on the Abu Garcia Revo Kick Lever?

    i got 10 of the new version. i think i like the other "deal" of getting them for free. it cost me $34. not a problem per se.
  639. alantani

    Anyone heard of "Liquid Bearings" synthetic oil- ?

    i googled it and found the website. they could have a great product, but the website is not particularly inspiring and there is not enough information to make an informed decision. for all we know, they could have taken synthetic 10-40 motor oil from the local auto parts store and repackaged...
  640. alantani

    Saltist 30th drag problem

    yup, and if it's over a year, the drive shaft and star will cost you $66.
  641. alantani

    i want to buy a baitcaster

    i still like the curado the best. it's one of the easiest reels to work on. replace the drag washers with carbontex and clean the bearings.
  642. alantani

    Pro Gear Carbontex Drag Washer

    later models did. earlier models did not. if you have carbon fiber, you're good to go!
  643. alantani

    Pro Gear Carbontex Drag Washer

    the classic series should have carbon fiber drag washers already. the albacore special probably will not. you can measure your drag washers and compart them against this list penn ht-100 drag washer dimensions or call dawn at smoothdrag.com and see what she has.
  644. alantani

    revo inshore change

    you'll have to open it up to know. right now they not even acknowledging that there is a problem.
  645. alantani

    Any Update on the Abu Garcia Revo Kick Lever?

    that's funny, because i paid $2.50 each. how much you wanna bet i'm getting the old version.
  646. alantani

    Any Update on the Abu Garcia Revo Kick Lever?

    let's hope they send us all the right part.......
  647. alantani

    Any Update on the Abu Garcia Revo Kick Lever?

    you want to know the scary thing? i think there is only one kick lever. that's right, only one. unless i missed my guess, every single low profile ambassaduer reel uses the same kick lever. didn't know that, did you? well, now you do! and now you can appreciate the full scope of the...
  648. alantani

    Any Update on the Abu Garcia Revo Kick Lever?

    thank you, master chief. i just called and ordered 10. the total came out to $34. good thing. i have another revo headed my way with the same problem. alan
  649. alantani

    Other greases and oils - an update (9/14/2010)

    it will take 2 weeks to arrive.