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  1. 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...
  2. 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!!!!
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
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    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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. alantani

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

  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. 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!
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. alantani

    the 113hn baja special

    i'm just gonna leave this here........
  25. 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...
  26. 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...
  27. alantani

    random stuff from my workbench

  28. 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...
  29. 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...
  30. 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...
  31. 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...
  32. alantani

    fathom 25n star drag reels

    we don't talk about these very much, but they are very nice reels!
  33. 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!
  34. 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...
  35. alantani

    how to remove a seriously stuck screw!

    everything around it get's hot, so make sure that nothing is close enough to melt!
  36. 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...
  37. 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...
  38. 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...
  39. 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...
  40. alantani

    fred hall show long beach, 2018

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

    fred hall show in long beach, 2018

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

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

    tony dubeck with penn and the 50 visx
  43. alantani

    fred hall long beach, 2018

    justin at the accurate booth.
  44. 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...
  45. 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...
  46. 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...
  47. 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...
  48. 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.
  49. 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...
  50. 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...
  51. 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...
  52. 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...
  53. 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...
  54. 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...
  55. 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...
  56. 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...
  57. 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...
  58. 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...
  59. 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...
  60. 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...
  61. 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...
  62. 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...
  63. 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...
  64. 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...
  65. 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...
  66. 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...
  67. 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...
  68. 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...
  69. 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...
  70. alantani

    Half Moon Bay - 6/29/2016

    one ling, two cabs, 3 limits of rock fish for four guys.
  71. 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...
  72. 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...
  73. 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...
  74. 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...
  75. 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...
  76. 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...
  77. 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!
  78. 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...
  79. 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...
  80. 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...
  81. 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...
  82. 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...
  83. 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...
  84. 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...
  85. 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...
  86. 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...
  87. 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...
  88. 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...
  89. 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...
  90. 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...
  91. 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...
  92. 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...
  93. 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...
  94. 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...
  95. 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...
  96. 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...
  97. 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...
  98. 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...
  99. 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...
  100. alantani

    the sorceror's apprentice

    http://youtu.be/5iv28G6p5OY
  101. 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...
  102. 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...
  103. 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...
  104. 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...
  105. 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...
  106. 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...
  107. 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...
  108. 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...
  109. 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...
  110. 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...
  111. 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...
  112. 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...
  113. 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...
  114. alantani

    yes, you need to grease your drag washers!

    yes, you need to grease your drag washers!
  115. 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...
  116. 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...
  117. 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...
  118. 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...
  119. 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...
  120. 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...
  121. 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...
  122. 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...
  123. 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...
  124. 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.
  125. 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...
  126. 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...
  127. alantani

    2012 international sportsmen's expo, sacramento, ca

    2012 international sportsmen's expo, sacramento, ca
  128. 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.
  129. 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...
  130. 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...
  131. 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...
  132. 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...
  133. 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...
  134. 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
  135. alantani

    fred hall show 2011

    fred hall show 2011 commentary to follow!
  136. 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 -...
  137. 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...
  138. 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...
  139. 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...
  140. 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 -...
  141. 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 -...
  142. 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?
  143. 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...
  144. alantani

    bearing dimensions - updated 9/14/2010

    bearing list - updated 9/14/2019 this is a list of all the bearings i have ever come across while working on reels. it you service reels in a shop or as a hobby, print out this list and consider maintaining a minimum inventory of each of these sizes. if you are working on a reel and you...
  145. alantani

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

    greases and oils - an update (9/14/2010) grease is easy. shimano drag grease still works very well at $50 per pound. cal's drag grease is every bit as good, probably even better, and is half the price at $25 per pound. for general purpose grease, i still prefer the $5 a pound yamaha...
  146. alantani

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

    greases and oils - an update (9/14/2010) grease is easy. shimano drag grease still works very well at $50 per pound. cal's drag grease is every bit as good, probably even better, and is half the price at $25 per pound. for general purpose grease, i still prefer the $5 a pound yamaha...
  147. alantani

    Other bearing dimensions - updated 9/14/2010

    bearing list - updated 9/14/2019 this is a list of all the bearings i have ever come across while working on reels. it you service reels in a shop or as a hobby, print out this list and consider maintaining a minimum inventory of each of these sizes. if you are working on a reel and you...
  148. alantani

    ambassaduer 4600 ultra cast $100

    ambassaduer 4600 ultra cast $100 a guy shipped an abu 4600 ultra cast to me for service, but it had a broken frame. i told him that the frame would be $45 and that a new reel was $110, so he said "keep it!" i just finished fixing it up with a new frame, carbontex drag and a bearing service...
  149. alantani

    9/6/2010 - point sur with the catalico family

    9/6/2010 - point sur with the catalico family i've met some tough kids before, but never any as tough as these. that toughness extends to the entire family. you'll see what i mean. marbel catalico is a pharmacist like me. he actually graduated from UCSF a few years after i did, he...
  150. alantani

    accusleeves - 9/1/2010

    accusleeves - 9/1/2010 a question was asked on bloody decks about sleeving the bearings of accurate reels. http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/accurate-fishing-adventures/265718-freespool-sleeve.html it's really pretty simple. here's the post that describes the general process...
  151. alantani

    today i answered two of the oldest questions .......

    today i answered two of the oldest questions ....... ..... that have troubled fishermen since the dawn of time. or at least since the dawn of modern appliances. first, can you clean your reels in the dishwasher? and second, if you get caught, what will your wife do? well, i had a...
  152. alantani

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

    makaira 10 II - field test results, 8/22/2010 maybe 4-5 months ago, i walked into my local tackle shop and the manager said, "hey, alan, want to meet the okuma rep?" sure, so i walked on over to say hi. i told him that i did a little reel repair and said that i opened up a makaira a while...
  153. alantani

    speaking of melton's

    i took the wife and kids to disneyland at the end of last month. i after a couple of days, i needed a break and ditched the family and snuck over to melton international. guys, if you've never been, you owe it to yourself to go. holy crap, what a place!!!!!!!!! i will let the photos speak for...
  154. alantani

    8/9 to 8/14/2010 - intrepid 5 day to cedros island, baja california

    8/9 to 8/14/2010 - intrepid 5 day to cedros island, baja california picked up a bad cold a week before my trip, but was able to get the reels checked. the heavy stuff was staying home because it was just a 5 day trip. new to the arsenal was an okuma makaira 10 two speed and a pair of okuma...
  155. alantani

    intrepid 5-day, august 9th to 14th, 2010

    intrepid 5-day, august 9th to 14th, 2010 i have a 5 day trip this monday on the intrepid out of point loma. i went through all of my gear. i put big 6/0 kolekar handle grips on everything. no more messing around. the bearings of all of these reels were cleaned out and lubed with TSI 301...
  156. alantani

    7/8/2010 - the next generation point sur report

    7/9/2010 - the next generation point sur report ugghhhhhhh!!!! 3:30AM! i'm getting too old for this. at least the kids made lunch. meet the next generation - from left to right it's winni, michelle, raka and my daughter christina. yes, i had a boat load of 12 year olds today! at...
  157. alantani

    6/28/2010 - point sur washing machine report

    6/28/2010 - point sur washing machine report you know, we've had nearly a solid month of windy weather! i've been watching the weather reports for the last month, looking for a day that we could run back to point sur. the reports finally looked workable - northwest swell 6 feet every 9...
  158. alantani

    6/19/2010 - grady white tournament

    6/19/2010 - grady white tournament the saturday before father's day is always the date for the fishing tournament hosted by the local dealer, central valley marine. to say it's been a tough year for the dealership would be an understatement. still, brett townsend hosted another tournament...
  159. alantani

    kid's fishing program

    kid's fishing program i ordered up 20 shimano rods and 20 okuma reels from the fisherman's warehouse in san jose and have been staring at them for the last several months. thanks to bryan young and jim nomura for finally getting the drags switched out on the reels. these rod and reel sets...
  160. alantani

    5/18/2010 - point sur 3 x 19 + 54

    5/18/2010 - point sur 3 x 19 + 54 there was a ton of mold under the cover of the boat that had accumulated over the last 6 months. it took the entire saturday to pressure wash all of it out. then i spent all of sunday applying a waterproofing spray to the cover. it came out beautifully...
  161. alantani

    aji king

    it's an avet sx copy, and not a very good one at that. here's the frame. side plate. the spool with a funky looking drag washer. here's the aji king drag washer next to an avet sx drag washer. the reel is such a close copy of the avet sx that...
  162. alantani

    grease, an update - 4/6/2010

    grease, an update - 4/6/2010 i've had so many guys ask, that i finally had my friend make up a bunch of adaptors for those small grease guns. i also ordered a whole bunch of inflator needles and cut the tips off with my dremmel. i've also come to realize how...
  163. alantani

    does anyone need 100 trinidad dog springs?

    does anyone need 100 trinidad dog springs? so here's the deal. the "drop in" dog and spring from the $800 trinidad DC gives the anti-reverse system of the plain trinidad and torium near 100% reliability. if you can get a DC dog, then there are no modifications needed. if you have to use...
  164. alantani

    thursday at the fred hall show

    i'll be flying down on thursday, just for the day. i've got my camera, two camera batteries, a note pad and a whole bunch of questions all ready. in particular, I will be asking about quality and service issues with each manufacturers fishing reels. these are issues that i deal with every day...
  165. alantani

    okuma convector CV 30L rebuild - 2/28/10

    okuma convector CV 30L rebuild - 2/28/10 this will be the fist time that i've ever done a rebuild post on this style of fishing reel. it is a variation on the theme of the older mitchell, ocean city, penn, and newell reels, in which the bridge plate bolts to the side plate. these reels are...
  166. alantani

    okuma makaira 50 II rebuild - 2/16/2010

    okuma makaira 50 II rebuild - 2/16/2010 by now, you all know the mantra - greased carbon fiber drag washers, grease on all the non-exposed metal surfaces, spool bearings open and oiled, non-spool bearings packed with grease and shielded, and large oversized off-set handles. a reel that...
  167. alantani

    penn 525 mag T rebuild - 2/14/2010

    penn 525 mag T rebuild - 2/14/2010 penn makes a nice series of graphite reels. they're light, they've got plenty of drag range, and they're very easy to service. here's a link to the schematic. http://www.scottsbt.com/catalog/store/images/pennparts/schematics/525magt.pdf and here is...
  168. alantani

    shimano tld star 20/40

    please e-mail me at [email protected] if you have one for sale. thanks! alan
  169. alantani

    leader length - i seek your guidance

    how long is everyone making their leaders now? i booked a 5 day trip on the intrepid in august. it's the only time i can get away and i have some friends that have chartered the boat for that week. i just bought a bunch of blackwater fluorocarbon. holy crap, this stuff is expensive! i'm going...
  170. alantani

    what happened to wilfish?

    hey! a friend of mine is looking to fix a busted tld 50 and wants an all aluminum frame. i started looking for tib or wilfish frames and the cupboard is bare! what happened? i thought wilfish was doing a pretty brisk business. see, this is what happens when you miss staff meetings.........
  171. alantani

    1/14/10 - the 2010 international sportsmen's expo, san mateo, california

    1/14/10 - the 2010 international sportsmen's expo, san mateo, california here's a quick tour of the expo. i skipped the non-fishing stuff and took only some "down the aisle" stuff in the fly fishing section. enjoy!
  172. alantani

    daiwa saltist 20 LD rebuild - 12/29/09

    daiwa saltist 20 LD rebuild - 12/29/09 ok, guys. settle down into a nice comfy chair and grab a cup of coffee or a drink. this is gonna be a long one. here's the new daiwa saltist lever drag 20. you know the drill by now. we are going to grease the drag washer, clean and lube the...
  173. alantani

    penn 209 rebuild - 12/27/09

    penn 209 rebuild - 12/27/09 this is another post that is long overdue. here is our reel, a basic, stock penn 209. we're going to start with the left side plate. all we have to do be back out each of the left side plate screws (key #'s 32 and 38), one at a time. add a...
  174. alantani

    finnor ofc 16h rebuild - 12/1/2009

    finnor ofc 16h rebuild - 12/1/2009 a good friend from lousiana send this reel to me at the beginning of the year. it sat for several months before i was able to go through it, then the photos have sat until now. according to the website Fin-Nor. . .World-Class Big Game Tackle , it has a...
  175. alantani

    10/8/09 and 10/11/09 - the october storms

    The October Storms... we towed the boat to monterey on thursday, launched and took a 25 mile run down the coast to point sur. fishing was fast and easy. we had four stringers of nice fish for the four of us, limits all around. the big stringer was probably 70 pounds of beautiful vermillion...
  176. alantani

    santa cruz albacore - 9/19/09

    It was about time! Guys have been catching albacore here in Northern California since July and I've been tied to the dock! You know, wife, kids, in-laws, work! All of the usual excuses that keep you off the water. Well, my brother wanted to go so I made some phone calls, rounded up a last...
  177. alantani

    torium that clicks, part II

    here's the link to part I - http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/fishing-reels/140259-torium-clicks.html my complaint about the shimano trinidad and torium reels has always been the drag system and the anti-reverse system. well, the carbontex drag washers from smoothdrag.com and cal's grease...
  178. alantani

    topless frame for the charter special

    well, here it is! the topless frame for the shimano charter special by tom hrynuik. the workmanship is beautiful. i have frames for both the TR 1000 and TR 2000 models. the great thing is that the charter special will deliver 15 pounds of drag with great freespool and no side load on the...
  179. alantani

    rippd off on ebay

    a friend of mine bought a reel on ebay. it looks like he was ripped off. yeah, i know things like this happen, but i thought i'd post this just as a reminder. here's the description that he sent to me. it felt "crunchy" to him, so he sent it down for an inspection and an upgraded...
  180. alantani

    accurate bearing dimensions

    a friend requests a large order of bearings for the accurates used by his charter operation, so i though i'd post the dimensions. accurate single and two speed boss reels (not the extremes) left side plate - 0.187 x 0.5 x 0.195 inch left and right spool - 0.187 x 0.5 x 0.195 inch right...
  181. alantani

    Other omoto jungle 5000 rebuild

    alan chiu from prochallenger sent out another reel for me to look at. they've been out for quite a while. it's the jungle 5000. it's the spool is the same size as an ambassaduer 5000, but the design is that of the much more sturdy ambassaduer 7000. back out the...
  182. alantani

    point sur 6/8/09

    ran to point sur with my neighbor jeff and his daughter sandra. i was going to take the kayaks but the weather was looking too rough. figured i would at least put sandra to work. she makes a great skipper. the water started out lumpy with an easy 10 knots of wind. just...
  183. alantani

    kayak mothership trip to point sur - 5/27/09

    meet your deckhand, sean! with flat seas predicted, the plan was to mothership four kayaks from monterey to point sur, 25 miles away. ok, two to starboard. two to port. lots of gear. the weight limitation to my boat was of concern, so i ended up running with 300 pounds...
  184. alantani

    point sur - 5/19/09

    last week i went through all of the electronics on the boat and ran the engines for about 10 minutes each. i also wiped off a couple of layers of dust. after all, it had been sitting idle all winter. everything checked out fine. so yesterday when i tried to hook it up to top off the fuel...
  185. alantani

    bearing dimensions and abec ratings

    here is a list of the bearings that i commonly use. what's listed first are the dimensions, followed by the boca bearings part #, then the abec rating, then the cost rounded up to the nearest dollar. tom hryniuk forwarded some interesting information on abec ratings..... metric 3 x 8 x...
  186. alantani

    shimano tekota 500 LC rebuild

    i've always thought of the shimano tekota series of reels as the blue collar version of the calcutta. the shifting mechanism of the calcutta was always the problem. the tekota design addressed that issue very nicely. here is the schematic...
  187. alantani

    my kid's fishing program

    i've been putting together rods and reels for a kid's fishing program and finally got them all done. special thanks to patrick pickerall for donating a really nice shimano corvalus 400, to richard kent for spooling up all of the reels, and to everyone else for donating old reels to my kid's...
  188. alantani

    shimano tekota 700 rebuild

    the shimano tekota 700 is a great trolling reel with a very solid levelwind assembly. heavily used models are plagued by drag failures and internal corrosion. the handle grip is also very small. we are going to changed out the stock drag washers for greased carbontex, bolt on a 4/0 kolekar...
  189. alantani

    5 minutes 40 seconds of freespool!!!!!

    you guys are among the best, so someone here has to be able to peg this one. what is this, and what did i do to make this spool spin for 5 minutes and 40 seconds? just so you know i was not cheating, the drag is set to 20 pounds at strike. it is ready to fish, just as it sits. i'll be back...
  190. alantani

    hey, penn!!! please bring back the baja special

    and while you're at it. take the handle grip off the penn gld, drill a 9 degree offset hole into it, and bolt it on. when you are done, it will look something like this!!!!!!!!!!!!!! jon, your reels are done.
  191. alantani

    penn gld 20/30 rebuild

    with the US market flooded with tld's, it's easy to think that the only graphite lever drag reels on the market belong to shimano. penn has had an excellent line of graphite trolling reels for years. starting with the KG series, and now the GLD's, the only complaint i've heard has been the...
  192. alantani

    penn international 50 vsx rebuild

    if you've followed my posts, you know how big a fan i am of the old school internationals. i am just as impressed with the new "v" series internationals. here is the reel. here's a link to the schematic...
  193. alantani

    Shimano shimano calcutta 250A rebuild

    when i first started salmon fishing, i started with a penn 113h trolling 2.5 pound lead on a sinker release. when i started fishing with jacky douglas on the "wacky jacky," we were mooching. the ultimate mooching reel at that time was considered to be the shimano calcutta 250. it was a great...
  194. alantani

    Daiwa daiwa sealine 900h/910h rebuild

    as old as they are, the daiwa 900h and 910h are still very popular among big fish fishermen. here's your reel. what were going to do is change out the old 3-stack of drag washers to a new 5-stack of carbon fiber with thinner metal washers. we're going to install a bigger handle grip...
  195. alantani

    blue heaven L 120 R rebuild

    this was shipped from texas last year. it's a blue heaven L 120 R......... here's a link to the manufacturer's website. STUDIO Ocean Mark.com these are the only schematics that i was able to find. prior to cracking this reel open, the only thing i knew about this reel was...
  196. alantani

    cutting custom drag washers

    i have a box filled with the 25 or so different smaller ht-100 drag washers that penn makes. i am frequently faced with a situation where stock penn ht-100 or carbontex drag washers will not fit. if the penn washers are thin enough to fit, then i still often have to deal with the...
  197. alantani

    tom hryniuk's 146 squidder frames and side plates -

    tom hryniuk's 146 squidder frames and side plates - being in this business, i've met some pretty extraordinary people. tom hryniuk is one of them. he's a machinist. look at what he made!!!!!! i think he made up a dozen or so. very impressive stuff, and...
  198. alantani

    carl newell died

    i note with sadness the passing of a great man.......
  199. alantani

    christmas greetings from the tani household

    finally got my folks up for christmas. my wife's mom and dad. my wife's sister and her husband. and, of course, the kids and the old ball n' chain! from our home to yours, merry christmas!
  200. alantani

    stainless steel gear sleeves

    i just got a new batch of coarse thread jigmaster and coarse thread squidder stainless steel gear sleeves. vincent, that's why it did not fit. you and mike m. are the last to guys i have not been able to get in touch with. unless i missed someone else. they are at the machine shop being...
  201. alantani

    penn 30 sw international rebuild

    12-15-08 - pull up the schematic and follow along with me. http://www.scottsbt.com/catalog/store/images/pennparts/schematics/30sw.pdf here's your reel, a classic penn 30 wide two speed international. what we're going to do is grease all of the screw holes, grease the drag...
  202. alantani

    thanksgiving wishes

    we're actually doing pretty well this year. allison is 14 and christina is 10. both are doing well at school. my wife is still employed at sun microsystems and that may change, but that will be next year. joy's sister and her husband are still teaching in northern california. and i'm nearly...
  203. alantani

    pidgeon point light house, 11/16/08

    we picked up a full scoop of gorgeous sardines from bocci boy this morning, and made a fast and easy run to franklin point on flat seas. today's crew was glenn fukumoto from san jose's fisherman's warehouse, along with neighbor jeff feng, and dad. rockcod were just not interested in...
  204. alantani

    gw 258 fish cleaning station

    had a couple of people ask, so i thought i'd post this. the fish cleaning station that i have mounted on the back of my grady 258 is a 31 inch magma bait/filet table and it comes standard with a single level lock mount. i tried using the single mount and found it to be a little bit...
  205. alantani

    half moon bay, 10/27/08

    got a pm last month from a guy named ted (aka stickfish) on the ifish.net board. he was asking about fishing options in the san francisco bay area. i figured that this would be the best bet. welcome back, gentlemen, to the "triangle of death!!!!!" meet stickfish! he was...
  206. alantani

    half moon bay to san gregorio, 10/19/08

    took the boat out for a quick run down the coast yesterday. been trying to schedule a day on the water with these guys for the last 3 months and finally found a date when everyone could make it. my crew was made up of 3 dads from the local elementary school (doug, jeff and eric) and an 8 year...
  207. alantani

    spirit of adventure, october 6-11, 2008

    i've spend the last few days mulling this trip over in my mind. to describe this trip, things like, "some days you're the dog, some days you're the tree," or "another day in the barrell," or "the more i learn the more i realize how little i know" have all come to mind. i had to remind myself...
  208. alantani

    floaters!

    woke up thursday morning and was seeing spots in front of my eyes. no flashing lights, but the fucking things were still not gone by noontime so i called my doc. i got a referral to the opthamalogist yesterday, had an exam and she told me that i just had floaters. this floater that i have is...
  209. alantani

    old school, new school

    did i mention that i got four new reels for my upcoming trip on the spirit of adventure? there are two new newells to go with a new pair of 8.5 foot custom seekers. we are going old school. they will be used for iron only. there are also two new accurate 197 two speeds. i will change out the...
  210. alantani

    omoto vs 10 rebuild

    this arrived in the mail last week. it's new from omoto Untitled Document and is being sold by alan chui, owner of prochallenger Saltwater Fishing Reels by PRO Challenger in florida. alan has sent out a couple of reels for me to look at. as i get caught up, i hope to be able to go through the...
  211. alantani

    half moon bay to pescadero, 9/9/08

    a man's gotta know his limits. too many reels to fix, too little time. hell with it, i'm going fishing. i launched out of half moon bay with my neighbor, jeff, and a fellow grady owner, frank. crewmember #4 flaked, and his name shall not be mentioned. all systems running hot, straight and...
  212. alantani

    need a jigstick

    my kid brother wants a jigstick for our 5 day trip coming up in october. he wants to chuck surface iron. i was looking at the newell s-440-5 at charkbait Newell Reels i was thinking of 80# spectra and about 100 yards of 40# mono as a topshot. old school, i know, but that's what he wants. i need...
  213. alantani

    santa cruz to ano nuevo, 8/11/08

    got the new flir navigator installed, had the dual yamaha 150-4's go through their first 100 hour service, threw on a coat of wax, did everything except the albacore dance. still no tuna off the northern california coast. ok, let's go for rockfish! and hey, let's take four guys that have...
  214. alantani

    greetings from hawaii!!!!!!!!

    what a mess! we had only monday to repack after getting back so late from alaska. i got a call from my mother in law saying that my 89 year old father in law had fallen and could not get up. he landed hard on the side walk and banged up his left cheek and elbow after tripping on his shoe...
  215. alantani

    greetings from alaska!!!!!!!

    i packed my bags wednesday morning and hopped a plane to seattle. then we took the milk run from seattle to ketchikan, then to sitka where we disembarked, then the plane continued on to juneau and anchorage. our party included my father ...... my daughter ....... and my younger...
  216. alantani

    royal polaris, june 18-24, 2008

    i'd been bustin' my hump all week to get everything done. finished all the household bills, finished all the household chores, caught up on e-mail, pm's and all the boards, then finished up the last reel that HAD to be done before the trip. ok, 11 pm on june 16th. forget this, i'm going to...
  217. alantani

    shimano speedmaster III/IV rebuild

    here's a link to the schematic. http://mikesreelrepair.com/schematics/schematic.php?url=Shimano/Shimano%20TSM%204.pdf and here is a speedmaster III. it should hold an easy 300 yards of 100 pound spectra. don't let the high speed 6:1 gears scare you. once you get used...
  218. alantani

    an investment in fishing reel

    when you buy a reel; avet, shimano, penn, daiwa, anything, you are making an investment. you do a little research, pay your money and take your choice. hopefully you've made the right choice for the type of fishing that you do. your investment should perform to the level that you expect and...
  219. alantani

    penn 310 gti rebuild

    this rebuild post is for the last of 3 series graphite penn star drag reels. here is a link to the schematics .... http://www.scottsbt.com/catalog/store/images/pennparts/schematics/310gt.pdf and here is our reel, beaten and down, but not out by any means! we will start by removing...
  220. alantani

    daiwa sealine 450h rebuild

    here's another diamond in the rough. http://mikesreelrepair.com/schematics/schematic.php?url=Daiwa/Daiwa%20SL450H,%20450HW.pdf and here's your reel. let's start with the left side plate. back out the three left side plate screw A's (key #2) and the two left side side plate screw...
  221. alantani

    penn 340/345 gti rebuild

    here are the schematics...... http://www.scottsbt.com/catalog/store/images/pennparts/schematics/340gt.pdf http://www.scottsbt.com/catalog/store/images/pennparts/schematics/345gt.pdf and here is your reel. the spools are the same as size as the penn 113hl and 113hlw, respectively. they...
  222. alantani

    penn 330 gti rebuild

    the penn 330 gti is simply the bigger brother of the 320 gti with the same spool as the 3/0 sized penn 112h. it has all the same advantages, and disadvantages, of the penn 320 gti. the only real difference is the larger frame and spool. to remove the right side plate assembly (key #1)...
  223. alantani

    penn 320gti/321gti/320gt2 rebuild

    this rebuild post has been long overdue. the penn 3 series graphite reels have been workhorses since the day they were introduced. there are 5 reel sizes and 9 models, including the 310gti, 320gti, 321gti, 320gt2, 320ld, 330gti, 330ld, 340gti and 345gti. we will start with the largest...
  224. alantani

    yosemite national park!

    the middle schools around here put together some sort of deal with the Yosemite Institute to have week long camping trips for the 8th graders. it's one of the high points of the year. there are 15 chaperones, half parents and half teachers, for the 150 kids. most kids tell their parents that...
  225. alantani

    first launch of the season

    tomorrow i take a television film crew out on the water. these guys are working on a tv special on "emerging technologies" and are looking at thermal imaging cameras. they already did an interview with the president of flir, shot some footage with a law enforcement unit, and were looking at...
  226. alantani

    penn 113hn baja special rebuild

    ford had the edsel. penn had the 113hn. i think the penn 113hn baja special died an ignominious death simply because no one took the time to look under the hood. pity, it was not your grandfather's 4/0 senator. it is also unlikely that this reel will ever be revived. pull the schematics...
  227. alantani

    okuma titus silver 50 II rebuild

    a friend brought over a half dozen fresh dungeoness crab a few weeks ago, then asked if i could take a look at a reel. hey, no problem! he sheepishly pulled out this reel and practially apologized. he said he got a good deal on it and was hoping that i could work a little magic. well here is...
  228. alantani

    ambassaduer revo inshore rebuild

    i never fish fresh water so i actually do not own a reel this small, but i understand that these reels are quite popular. i could not find the schematics anywhere on the net. if someone could find a link, i would appreciate it if you could post it. i do have a hard copy of the schematics with...
  229. alantani

    shimano tld star 15/30 rebuild

    go to the shimano website and pull up the schematics. http://fish.shimano.com/media/fishing/SAC/techdocs/en/Conventional/90TLD15_30S-ARB_v1_m56577569830570229.pdf http://fish.shimano.com/media/fishing/SAC/techdocs/en/Conventional/90TLD20_40S-ARB_v1_m56577569830570230.pdf here's your reel...
  230. alantani

    shimano trinidad 30 rebuild

    this arrived in the mail last month. and with it came a note. i called the owner and we spoke for quite a while. i carefully explained to him what i thought the cause was, what his options were and where i thought this reel would now fit in his arsenal. what we finally...
  231. alantani

    penn squidder 140/145/146 rebuild

    here's another old standard from penn. the squidders continue to remain popular among long distance surf casters. they also performs well for many inshore light tackle applications. a single screw also allows you to remove the side plate and easily clean the reel or change spools...
  232. alantani

    penn squidder 140/145/146 rebuild

  233. alantani

    2/0 penn 111 rebuild

    here's a real gem. not many of them left. they are still used by northern california salmon fishermen to drag 2.5 pound lead balls on sinker releases. the low gear ratio makes this reel well suited for that purpose. this particular reel still has the original handle, a brass gear...
  234. alantani

    who sells the most reels?

    i attended a seminar last week. the speaker commented that the penn 320 gti/gt2 was the largest selling single reel worldwide, but didn't say how many. so who knows how many of each reel of the different manufacturers are really sold? we have our little patch of paradise here. what's...
  235. alantani

    another saltiga problem

    hoo, boy. i really hate these. i only have the one set of pictures for the spool issues, but i've had two guys come to me with broken spools from daiwa saltigas. you've seen this one before. now i've come up with another issue. check this out. it's a saltiga 50. so...
  236. alantani

    looking for a silver 6/0 accurate frame

    title says it all. anyone got one laying around? thanks! alan
  237. alantani

    spirit of adventure - october 5-10, 2007

    thursday, october 4th - time for the annual long range trip! i had a dozen reels to finish before hand, a couple of late shifts at the hospital immediately before and a kid to walk to school that morning. the only thing that was ready was the truck. i basically packed everything into the...
  238. alantani

    penn 113h/114h rebuild

    had several requests and thought i'd better post this. these pics were shot a couple of years ago with the old camera. that's why they're blurry. gotta redo this soon. here's the short version..... 1. first, assemble the bridge, main gear, drag washers and all metal washers up to and...
  239. alantani

    penn 113h/114h rebuild

  240. alantani

    need schematics for a pro 30

    anyone out there have schematics for a pro 30 two speed? i have one apart right now on the bench. the belleville's are in an odd position and i need to know if someone monkeyed with this reel before or not. specifically, are the two bellevilles supposed to be right next to the right main side...
  241. alantani

    penn drag washer dimensions

    just for reference, here is a list of the 25 smaller drag ht-100 drag washers that penn makes. the washers are listed by part #, followed by price as listed in pennparts.com as of this date (2/13/05), followed by the inner diameter in millimeters, the outer diameter in millimeters and the...
  242. alantani

    1000 reels in 11 months

    for the previous couple of years, things had been getting increasingly disorganized. i decided to at least get some tags to keep the right name with the right reel. in september of last year, i received a box of 1000 of these reel repair tags, earlier this month, i finished up that box. number...
  243. alantani

    1000 reels in 11 months

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  244. alantani

    12 albacore at the guide - 8/25/07

    me, pete kolekar, john and scott from the kayak club out of HMB, 55 miles to the guide for 12 abcore to 35#'s. first time getting the boat this bloody.
  245. alantani

    kid's fishing, ano nuevo - 8/13/07

    8/13/07, santa cruz to ano, live bait, my kid, her buddy and my wife's brother in law, 3 limits of nice rockfish, including a stringer of 8 beautiful vermillions, 3 lings, very fast drift, left both engines in idle reverse so slow us down, worked great! go get 'em!!!!!
  246. alantani

    kid's rockfish - half moon bay, ca 8/2/07

    alot happens when you're gone for two weeks. i spent 10 days shuttling relatives all around the great american southwest, including las vegas, the grand canyon, bryce canyon and zion. drove the whole way. quite a trip! i came back with tons of things to catch up on, but screw it, i'm going...
  247. alantani

    back from alaska

    saturday, may 19th - i did all of my laundry, packed my bags, went through all of my gear, fixed all the smaller orders of reels, there are just 3 large boxes of reels left that will have to wait until i get back, and i even cleared my desk of bills. sunday, may 20th - meet my traveling...
  248. alantani

    the reel gods are angry

    seems like i've been doing nothing for the last few years but work on reels. i can remember a time when i actually used to fish. so rather than spend another day in the barrell, i decided go fishing. screw this, i'm thinking. salmon season opened over a month ago, rockcod season open 2 weeks...
  249. alantani

    daiwa sealine-x 30 shv rebuild

    fast and cheap. not a bad combination. fast means big gears and big drag washers. cheap in price, perfectly decent in quality. here's a link to the schematic ...... http://mikesreelrepair.com/schematics/schematic.php?url=Daiwa/Daiwa%20Sealine%20-%20X20SHV,%20X30SHV.pdf and here is our...
  250. alantani

    Daiwa daiwa sealine-x 30 shv rebuild

    fast and cheap. not a bad combination. fast means big gears and big drag washers. cheap in price, perfectly decent in quality. here's a link to the schematic ...... http://mikesreelrepair.com/schematics/schematic.php?url=Daiwa/Daiwa%20Sealine%20-%20X20SHV,%20X30SHV.pdf and here is our...
  251. alantani

    norcal salmon fishing - dialing in a downrigger

    quite a while back, i was explaining to richard how i set up my downriggers. he has the same scotty downriggers that i have and wanted to set up his the same way. before reel repair took over my life and my garage, i actually went out and fished. anyway, i guess he was having some problems...
  252. alantani

    what's different about this picture?

    guys, do you see it? how about a close up picture? well, this one has drag grease on it already, but that's not it. yeah, there you go! there is no retaining ring. i opened up this avet a couple of weeks ago and got a little surprise. the drag washer was...
  253. alantani

    daiwa saltiga 30T rebuild

    ahhh, daiwa...... it seems like the argument is always penn versus shimano. daiwa makes a great line of reels. i think the saltiga is perhaps one of the finest small baitcasters made. first, pull the schematics...
  254. alantani

    accurates on order

    right now they're getting laser engraved. a full set, only i cancelled the order for the two speed 270's. turns out they've decided to release a two speed 870 narrow, so i'm starting out with a pair of those. this is going to be fun! <!-- / message --><!-- controls -->
  255. alantani

    avet ex 4/02 rebuild

    funny how you don't really appreciate something until it's gone. pull up the schematics at http://avetreels.com/pdf/ProEX4-02spd.pdf and follow along. before you open up this reel, call avet at (818)576-9895 and order up three brake disc pin c clips (part #exw402-019), three brake pin springs...
  256. alantani

    Avet avet ex 4/02 rebuild

    funny how you don't really appreciate something until it's gone. pull up the schematics at http://avetreels.com/pdf/ProEX4-02spd.pdf and follow along. before you open up this reel, call avet at (818)576-9895 and order up three brake disc pin c clips (part #exw402-019), three brake pin springs...
  257. alantani

    maylasian shimano tld 20 single speeds

    i received a box of reels from a local party boat captain several weeks ago. he tells me he bought 30 of these all at once. i don't know how old they are, but he says that are all acting up. now, remember, these reels live on the backs several of party boats in northern california...
  258. alantani

    Shimano maylasian shimano tld 20 single speeds

    i received a box of reels from a local party boat captain several weeks ago. he tells me he bought 30 of these all at once. i don't know how old they are, but he says that are all acting up. now, remember, these reels live on the backs several of party boats in northern california...
  259. alantani

    penn 113h full accurate conversion

    this is not a rebuild post, but just a short post to show off a little. a guy sent over a beautiful old 113h with an accurate frame and side plate kit. it's been a while since i put one of these together. they're really not hard to do, just a little tedious. still, it's rare for me...
  260. alantani

    penn 113h full accurate conversion

    this is not a rebuild post, but just a short post to show off a little. a guy sent over a beautiful old 113h with an accurate frame and side plate kit. it's been a while since i put one of these together. they're really not hard to do, just a little tedious. still, it's rare for me...
  261. alantani

    fred hall tackle show - long beach, california

    i'm told it's the biggest tackle show in the western united states. never been before and it was overwhelming. next year, i'm flying down for a couple of days, staying at the mariott hotel across the street, and having dinner at hooter's every night! this trip, i flew down in the morning and...
  262. alantani

    first trip to the long beach fred hall show

    flying down tomorrow morning, going to cruise around all day, then flying back in the evening. never been to the long beach show before. really looking forward to it. see you guys down there. alan
  263. alantani

    zelina/gill master 50 rebuild

    don't laugh...... i'm going to wing this one a little because i seem to have misplaced the schematics. if i find them later, and if it seems like it's needed, i will rewrite this with key #'s. those of you that are over 50 will recall the original tv series, "battlestar galactica" with...
  264. alantani

    Other zelina/gill master 50 rebuild

    don't laugh...... i'm going to wing this one a little because i seem to have misplaced the schematics. if i find them later, and if it seems like it's needed, i will rewrite this with key #'s. those of you that are over 50 will recall the original tv series, "battlestar galactica" with...
  265. alantani

    bearings, bearings, bearings!

    in many past reel repair posts, you've seen me open up bearings to clean them, but i've never had a complete discussion of one this topic before. i'd like to do this now. it's a post that is long overdue. for many reels, bearings are the weak link. they are often the first things that will...
  266. alantani

    bearings, bearings, bearings!

    in many past reel repair posts, you've seen me open up bearings to clean them, but i've never had a complete discussion of one this topic before. i'd like to do this now. it's a post that is long overdue. for many reels, bearings are the weak link. they are often the first things that will...
  267. alantani

    grady white mothership project

    getting ready for salmon, rockfish and albacore.....
  268. alantani

    looking for brian gorman

    anyone know how i can get in touch with this guy? thanks! alan
  269. alantani

    getbentsportfishing.com

    saw the link a while back. anyone know anything about this site? thanks! alan
  270. alantani

    a maxed out 4/02

    debated whether to post this or not. i just finished hotrodding an avet 4/02 and here's what i did. spool bearings opened, cleaned and lubed with corrosion x side plate bearings packed with grease, shields re-installed drag washers cleaned and greased with shimano drag grease screw holes...
  271. alantani

    merry christmas!

    from our house to yours, merry christmas!
  272. alantani

    shimano beastmaster 30/50 service

    in the words of the immortal clint eastwood, "a man's gotta know his limits.....". hhbc shipped a couple of shimanos to me. the tld 25's were a piece of cake. a single speed beast master was no problem as well, but the lack of parts means that he has to adjust the preset knob with an 8mm...
  273. alantani

    pro challenger pro II 30tr rebuild

    a guy named alan chiu sells these pro challenger reels out of florida. i'm not affilliated with him in any way, but we've been talking back and forth for the last about what i'd like to see in a reel. he's actually incorporated several of those ideas into his new reels. within the last...
  274. alantani

    Other pro challenger pro II 30tr rebuild

    a guy named alan chiu sells these pro challenger reels out of florida. i'm not affilliated with him in any way, but we've been talking back and forth for the last about what i'd like to see in a reel. he's actually incorporated several of those ideas into his new reels. within the last...
  275. alantani

    two calcutta 400 discoveries....

    never pass up an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others..... i have an ultrasonic cleaner that i filled with simple green soap. works great to clean out crud from corroded reels, but the water in the simple green evaporates over time. out of laziness, i've been topping the tank...
  276. alantani

    photos are gone!

    the photo hosting service that i used for all the reel rebuild posts is gone. yeah. just disappeared!!!! and so are all the photos with it. the guy that ran things on this end will be back from vacation in several days. hopefully i will get the photos back, otherwise i will have to rebuild...
  277. alantani

    sudden backlash - mxj 4.5:1

    a friend of mine is send me an mxj 4.5:1. on three separate occasions, he was fighting a fish and the reel suddenly backlashed on him. he didn't touch the lever, and he's no idiot around reels. so for argument's sake, let's leave operator error out of the equation. i've been fiddling around with...
  278. alantani

    trouble with avet rod clamp bolts?

    a question from another board...... you know which ones i'm talking about. they screw into the base of the reel and hold the rod clamp. the bolts are slotted. it's hard to find a wrench that fits. most guys use a pair of pliers to tighten the bolts down, but it's never tight enough...
  279. alantani

    good news from accurate!

    a friend was going on a 10 day and brought his accurate 12, 30 and 50 for a quick check up. the drag on the 30 was a little sticky, so i opened it up. here's the working side.... and here's the back side. same problem as the avet. so i called accurate to get a new set of...
  280. alantani

    spirit of adventure 9/28 to 10/3/06

    the local grady white dealer hosts a 5 day long range trip out of san diego every year. it's open to grady white skippers and their guests. we launch out of san diego aboard the 85 foot "spirit of adventure" and run 200 miles down the coast of mexico to fish guadalupe and cedros islands for...
  281. alantani

    Other prochallenger rebuild

    ok, don't everybody groan at once. at the beginning of this year, a guy posted about this new fishing reel from taiwan. i had seen a couple of his lever drag reels and had a rough idea where they were in terms of development. i sent him an e-mail and talked about the work that i do with...
  282. alantani

    prochallenger rebuild

    ok, don't everybody groan at once. at the beginning of this year, a guy posted about this new fishing reel from taiwan. i had seen a couple of his lever drag reels and had a rough idea where they were in terms of development. i sent him an e-mail and talked about the work that i do with...
  283. alantani

    Fin Nor finnor rebuild

    we all have challenges in life. some are more personal than others. meet mine. i don't know the history of these reels, other than that they spent 30 years in a closet in florida and were headed for the trash heap. the charter captain that sent then to me said the last guy that tried to...
  284. alantani

    finnor rebuild

    we all have challenges in life. some are more personal than others. meet mine. i don't know the history of these reels, other than that they spent 30 years in a closet in florida and were headed for the trash heap. the charter captain that sent then to me said the last guy that tried to fix...
  285. alantani

    tools of the trade....

    a few people have asked about the tools i use for working on fishing reels. i shot a few photos a while back and thought i'd post them. if you like to tinker with reels, you might find something here that might help you out. first the lubes. i use shimano drag grease on all the carbon fiber...
  286. alantani

    tools of the trade....

    a few people have asked about the tools i use for working on fishing reels. i shot a few photos a while back and thought i'd post them. if you like to tinker with reels, you might find something here that might help you out. first the lubes. i use shimano drag grease on all the carbon fiber...
  287. alantani

    just got back from alaska!

    man, i'm wupped! it's been a long 2 weeks. my vacation started on july 1st. we have a small beach house in cayucos, ca., down along the central california coast and we always head down for the 4th of july. a friend of mine in cayucos was in the process of selling his boat, so we lost our ride...
  288. alantani

    Shimano shimano triton beastmaster 4/0 two speed rebuild

    on many boards, this one in particular, you will see discussion about the value of a two speeded 3/0 or 4/0-sized reels. load these reels with spectra and a topshot, and it makes perfect sense. but what if spectra was not available? how much sense would a 4/0 sized two speed reel make...
  289. alantani

    shimano triton beastmaster 4/0 two speed rebuild

    on many boards, this one in particular, you will see discussion about the value of a two speeded 3/0 or 4/0-sized reels. load these reels with spectra and a topshot, and it makes perfect sense. but what if spectra was not available? how much sense would a 4/0 sized two speed reel make...
  290. alantani

    avet pro ex 50/2

    here's the link to the schematic. http://avetreels.com/pdf/ProEX50-2spd.pdf here is the reel, brand new, spooled with line for the first time. i don't know what the specs are supposed to be for this reel, but with a full spool of line, i decided to check it out myself. i pushed the...
  291. alantani

    shimano tld 20/25 rebuild

    photos for this tld 20/25 post were shot with my new camera. no more blurry pictures. after this post, only the tld 5/10 lever drags are left to shoot and then the entire shimano graphite lever drag series of reels will be complete. here is a link to the schematics for the single speed tld 20...
  292. alantani

    sea trial

    well, it floats! my neighbor and i dropped the boat into the water on monday, just over 3 months since i bought it. we launched out of oyster point, just south of san francisco. here's what the console looks like. i've got the furuno 1934 radar with chart plotter overlay and...
  293. alantani

    ok, so i'm scared of the dark!

    ever since i was a little kid. running for tuna at 4am can be just as bad. there was no room on the hard top, and i wouldn't want a light up there anyway. it would light up the entire bow..... so i mounted a blue eye deck light on the bow rail using the clamp from the rod holder. i actually...
  294. alantani

    Shimano shimano tld 15 rebuild

    the shimano tld 15's were the first lever drag reels that i started working on. it seems like ages ago, but it was really just a few short years. in that time, i've learned a tremendous amount about lever drag reels. what were going to do is put in heavier belleville pressure washers to increase...
  295. alantani

    shimano tld 15 rebuild

    the shimano tld 15's were the first lever drag reels that i started working on. it seems like ages ago, but it was really just a few short years. in that time, i've learned a tremendous amount about lever drag reels. what were going to do is put in heavier belleville pressure washers to increase...
  296. alantani

    Shimano shimano tld 20 II rebuild (new photos)

    i bought a new camera a while back. it's a nikon coolpix 4200. i can get as close as an inch and a half and stay in focus. i also just yesterday figured how to color balance the photo's for incandescent light to get rid of the orange tint to all the photos. here's the schematic for the...
  297. alantani

    shimano tld 20 II rebuild (new photos)

    i bought a new camera a while back. it's a nikon coolpix 4200. i can get as close as an inch and a half and stay in focus. i also just yesterday figured how to color balance the photo's for incandescent light to get rid of the orange tint to all the photos. here's the schematic for the...
  298. alantani

    Shimano "A" series shimano calcutta 400 rebuild

    if i did a survey of favorite reels among northern california saltwater fisherman, i think the old "A" series shimano calcutta 400 would top the list. alot of guys have this reel, and everyone that has one loves it. here's a link to the schematics...
  299. alantani

    "A" series shimano calcutta 400 rebuild

    if i did a survey of favorite reels among northern california saltwater fisherman, i think the old "A" series shimano calcutta 400 would top the list. alot of guys have this reel, and everyone that has one loves it. here's a link to the schematics...
  300. alantani

    abu garcia record no. 60 rebuild

    pull up the schematic and follow along with me.... http://mikesreelrepair.com/schematics/schematic.php?url=Ambassadeur,%20Cardinal/Ambassadeur%20Record%2060%2015%2000.pdf every once in a while i get something new. that was the case here. this box arrived from alaska. hmmmm, carbon matrix...
  301. alantani

    Other abu garcia record no. 60 rebuild

    pull up the schematic and follow along with me.... http://mikesreelrepair.com/schematics/schematic.php?url=Ambassadeur,%20Cardinal/Ambassadeur%20Record%2060%2015%2000.pdf every once in a while i get something new. that was the case here. this box arrived from alaska. hmmmm, carbon...
  302. alantani

    Okuma okuma tg 15 two speed rebuild

    i'm going to take you through this reel first, and then we'll talk about it later. here are the schematics from the okuma website.... http://www.okumafishing.com/products/reels/2-speed/tg30-2-2005.htm and here's the reel. first off comes the decoration plate (key #205) and screws...
  303. alantani

    okuma tg 15 two speed rebuild

    i'm going to take you through this reel first, and then we'll talk about it later. here are the schematics from the okuma website.... http://www.okumafishing.com/products/reels/2-speed/tg30-2-2005.htm and here's the reel. first off comes the decoration plate (key #205) and screws (key...
  304. alantani

    penn international 975 lever drag rebuild

    there's been some discussion of this reel in earlier posts. i'm hoping that i can now bring everyone up to speed on the design issues that have brought so many of these reels to me for repair. i will start out by saying that i think the penn 9 series internationals are beautiful reels. i love...
  305. alantani

    penn international 975 lever drag rebuild

    there's been some discussion of this reel in earlier posts. i'm hoping that i can now bring everyone up to speed on the design issues that have brought so many of these reels to me for repair. i will start out by saying that i think the penn 9 series internationals are beautiful reels. i love...
  306. alantani

    shimano curado rebuild - carbontex upgrade

    had a request to go through this reel several weeks ago. sorry it's taken so long. it's a fairly straight forward reel to work on. just a few little tricks to get it apart. here's the link to the schematics...
  307. alantani

    Shimano shimano curado rebuild - carbontex upgrade

    had a request to go through this reel several weeks ago. sorry it's taken so long. it's a fairly straight forward reel to work on. just a few little tricks to get it apart. here's the link to the schematics...
  308. alantani

    Shimano shimano tiagra 16 rebuild - lots of really little pieces!

    to look at the schematic for this reel.... http://mikesreelrepair.com/schematics/schematic.php?url=Shimano/Shimano%20ti%2016.pdf ..... you'd think that some engineer somewhere had waaayyyy too much time on his hands. lots of little pieces! but it's not impossible either. now...
  309. alantani

    shimano tiagra 16 rebuild - lots of really little pieces!

    to look at the schematic for this reel.... http://mikesreelrepair.com/schematics/schematic.php?url=Shimano/Shimano%20ti%2016.pdf ..... you'd think that some engineer somewhere had waaayyyy too much time on his hands. lots of little pieces! but it's not impossible either. now, before we...
  310. alantani

    Rebuilding PENN 500 jigmaster

    i'm not trying to make you feel, um, " g - u - i - l - t - y ....', or anything, but i know you have one of these reels. i can tell by the way you shuffle your feet. c'mon, it's not that bad. we've all had one of these reels before. it might have even been your first. there's no reason to...
  311. alantani

    penn 500 jigmaster rebuild

    i'm not trying to make you feel, um, " g - u - i - l - t - y ....', or anything, but i know you have one of these reels. i can tell by the way you shuffle your feet. c'mon, it's not that bad. we've all had one of these reels before. it might have even been your first. there's no reason to...
  312. alantani

    Newell newell rebuild

    mr. carl newell is 82 years old. some consider him to be one of the greatest fishing reel innovators to ever walk this earth. his re-design of the penn squidder and jigmaster 40 years ago has been "adapted" to some degree by nearly every single reel manufacturer. i see the influence of mr...
  313. alantani

    newell rebuild

    mr. carl newell is 82 years old. some consider him to be one of the greatest fishing reel innovators to ever walk this earth. his re-design of the penn squidder and jigmaster 40 years ago has been "adapted" to some degree by nearly every single reel manufacturer. i see the influence of mr...
  314. alantani

    got a new toy!

  315. alantani

    penn international 975 star drag rebuild

    since there's been some interest in these reels, i thought i'd skip to this reel next. a friend brought in a set of 9 series star drag penn internationals. here's a link to the schematic.... Buy Penn Reel Parts On-line With No Hassle: www.PennParts.com and here are the reels...
  316. alantani

    penn international 975 star drag rebuild

    since there's been some interest in these reels, i thought i'd skip to this reel next. a friend brought in a set of 9 series star drag penn internationals. here's a link to the schematic.... http://www.scottsbt.com/catalog/store/Penn-Parts---Text-International-Reels-W38C413.aspx and here are...
  317. alantani

    daiwa saltist 40 - the easiest drag upgrade ever

    i'll admit it. it's never as easy as you see in the posts. sometimes i have to take a reel apart 3 or 4 times before i get it right. the problem i always have is the height difference between the stock drags that i'm throwing away versus the carbon fiber drag washers that i'm installing. the...
  318. alantani

    Daiwa daiwa saltist 40 - the easiest drag upgrade ever

    i'll admit it. it's never as easy as you see in the posts. sometimes i have to take a reel apart 3 or 4 times before i get it right. the problem i always have is the height difference between the stock drags that i'm throwing away versus the carbon fiber drag washers that i'm installing. the...
  319. alantani

    Avet The Avet SX - Tear down and rebuild

    i will start with the sx tear down because it's the one that i took a complete set of photos of. go to the avet website for schematics. you can also call them for any parts that you might need. the tear down on these reels is one of the most simple lever drag tear downs i know. a local kid...
  320. alantani

    penn 30s international II rebuild

    here is a final edition penn 30s international, straight out of the box via riverside marine. i've had quite a few of these come through in the last several months. popular reel, very tough. here's a link to the schematics.... PENN 30S Parts List and here's the reel.... to...
  321. alantani

    penn 30s international II rebuild

    here is a final edition penn 30s international, straight out of the box via riverside marine. i've had quite a few of these come through in the last several months. popular reel, very tough. here's a link to the schematics...
  322. alantani

    the avet sx - tear down and rebuild

    i've got photos of several avets that i'm going to post. i will start with the sx tear down because it's the one that i took a complete set of photos of. go to the avet website for schematics. you can also call them for any parts that you might need. the tear down on these reels is one of the...
  323. alantani

    progear albacore special - finally something nice to say

    i admit it. i've never had anything completely nice to say about any reel. well, i always try to find something positive, but the reason i'm working on a reel because broken. it always starts on the negative, never totally positive. that's about to change.... here's the link to the...
  324. alantani

    Pro Gear progear albacore special - finally something nice to say

    i admit it. i've never had anything completely nice to say about any reel. well, i always try to find something positive, but the reason i'm working on a reel because broken. it always starts on the negative, never totally positive. that's about to change.... here's the link to the...
  325. alantani

    Shimano rebuilding a shimano charter special

    i've had several requests to post a thread on this reel. last month i had two come through, so i shot some photos. first, the schematic from shimano.... http://fish.shimano.com/media/fishing/SAC/techdocs/en/Conventional/TR_2000LD-ARB_v1_m56577569830570239.pdf here's a stock charter...
  326. alantani

    rebuild a tank - the penn 40 gls

    the most expensive stuff you own is the stuff you don't use. by those criteria, the penn 25/40/45 graphite leverdrag series reels are probably the most expensive reels ever made. they feel like tanks - heavy, sluggish and akward. it seemed like a good idea at the time, but it lacked the zip...
  327. alantani

    Daiwa the daiwa 50h rebuild

    these are great little 30# reels. to rebuild the old daiwa sealine 50h, you need four penn ht-100 drag washers. one is part #6-855 from the old discontinued penn 855 line counter. three are part #6-114, from the black side plate 6/0 penn 114. i just now found this great place called mike's reel...
  328. alantani

    pescadero 11/17/05

    ran down to pescadero with dr. d and tommy trouble for four lings, a cab and a half dozen rockfish. really frustrating. i was marking fish everywhere, but most had a bad case of lockjaw. ted managed to stick a nice ling, but tom was having a little trouble with the camera.... then he had...
  329. alantani

    Other hotrodding the ambassaduer 5 and 6 series reels

    when i first started doing reel seminars 5 years ago, one fourth of the reels brought in were ambassaduers. initially, they took up a third of the time. it took quite a while, but i figured out the right combination of penn ht-100 drag washers and metal washers. my problem was always a space...
  330. alantani

    Accurate accurate 12 twin drag - rebuild

    this is the first accurate i've ever torn down and rebuilt. my buddy dropped off a bucket of two speed reels several weeks ago, and i just finished them all last night. amazing how similar they are. two penn internationals, two penn kg's, three tiagras, a daiwa and a lone accurate 12...
  331. alantani

    Shimano hotrodding the single speed shimano tld 20/25

    first, the disclaimer. lots of people put 40, 50 or 60 pound mono on these single speed tld's, and use drag settings of 10, 12, or 15 pounds of drag at strike. i am not aware of a single case of frame failure in these single speed tld reels. i am aware of frame failures in tld 30 two speeds...
  332. alantani

    what's your experience with carbontex drag washers?

    i had written off the smoothie drag company years ago. they're standard black and green washers are garbage. i've been using greased drags for all my reel repairs for the last 7-8 years, combining penn ht-100's and shimano drag grease. i've enjoyed a zero failure rate for at least 5,000 reels...
  333. alantani

    Shimano hotrodding a shimano tld 20/30 two speed

    please! if you post this on another website, please notify me so that i can follow the responses. my e-mail address is [email protected] and i am not affillated with anyone in the fishing tackle industry. thank you, alan a stock tld 20 two speed will typically deliver 17-18#'s of drag at...
  334. alantani

    Offshore grady white charter, spirit of adventure - oct 7-12

    jeez, what a rough trip! i usually don't get sick, but i was on edge the entire trip and spent the second night puking my guts up!!!! brett towsend runs the grady white dealership in campbell. he charters the spirit of adventure out of san diego for us grady owners once a year. it's a 5 day...
  335. alantani

    pour your own lead heads

    warning! screw up fast and get burned really bad, screw up slow and get poisoned. do this right and you save a ton of money. i make 2.5 pound lead balls, bannana weights, regular sinkers and torpedo weights. and i make lots of stuff for friends. i still didn't have a good 4 ounce swim bait...
  336. alantani

    Fin Nor rebuilding a fin nor 12-20

    here's something for the discriminating collector. it's a fin nor 12-20. it's a very simple, very elegant design. the reel belongs to a local shop owner who simply said, "here's the reel. do you're stuff!" the first part was easy. i tore it down, cleaned out the bearings, cleaned off the...
  337. alantani

    8/13/05 hmb albacore photos

    it's too late to qualify as a fishing report, so let's just call it a story. i was looking at the fishing reports and the weather last friday. the boat was completely rigged and my dad, brother, nephew were coming into town for an albacore run. knowing the boat would ride heavy with the new...
  338. alantani

    hmb albacore 8/13

    we launched saturday morning out of hmb in moderate seas and made 12 knots out to 37.20 and 122.45, then tacked down to 37.10 and 122.50, picked up one albacore on the way, decided to put out two scoops of bait to better use and headed in towards pescadero for rockfish. we got four limits and...
  339. alantani

    fishing with noobs, half moon bay 8/10/05

    my neighbor's son-in-law is visiting from LA. yeah, dodgers fan. so he wants to go fish. i say, "no problem." we launch this morning and head up to montara. i'm showing them how to rig whole squid. on their first drop, both my neighbor and his son-in-law get bird's nests. then they both get hung...