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  1. AKSalmon

    Fading drag on Raptors

    The little research I've done has lead me to conclude the it probably is heat build up that caused the drags to fade. I absolutely love my Raptors (JX, LX, and HX) but as I studying the schematics and doing some thinking, I suspect that these reels are especially prone to drag fade. Why? Because...
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    Avet JX Raptor 6/3 service video

    Good video, but you really should show how to remove the pinion bearing and explain why and when it needs to be replaced. Also, a video showing how to get the Raptors together after a full service would be great. As you know, it's tricky getting the right side and spool together correctly before...
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    Long Range shutdown?

    FTL and Time Travel are the two most important implications.
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    Long Range shutdown?

    When I was 15 my father took me to his deer camp for the first time. There were 6 of us all together, and we got there two days before the season opened, The night we got there, my father said a few things things to establish camp policy. One thing I remembered is this: We don't talk about...
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    Penn for sabiki rod

    Make sure the rod has a gimble so you can strap into the harness.
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    Post your last fishing Pic!

    Big Mac on the dropper loop.
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    Red Rooster March 15 Day

    I always bring home fish and have 5-Star ship it. This time, I had right at 200 pounds processed; I hope to get over 100# of filets to Alaska.
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    3/22 Social Distancing / Yegua Creek In The Rain

    Question: I used to catch lots of white bass in Wisconsin rivers and lakes. I finally realized they just weren't very good on the table and stopped fishing for them. In my opinion, they are vastly inferior to all of the other panfish I caught -- crappie, walleye, and perch mostly. Are Texas...
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    Red Rooster March 15 Day

    I was on my 10th consecutive 15 day long range trip on the Red Rooster. Reports weren’t encouraging but I was more than happy to get away from the cold and snow in my home of Juneau, Alaska. And I was looking forward seeing my fishing buddies, having a few beers, and telling the requisite number...
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    Post your last fishing Pic!

    Got my personal best yellowtail (43#) on the Red Rooster last week.
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    Yellowtail hooks?

    What is the best hook to use for yellowtail when fishing a mac on the dropper loop?
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    FG vs RP

    I agree! The RP is quick and it has never failed me up to 130#.
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    How much line needed for 100lb BFT?

    I just caught -- with considerable help from the deck hand -- a 135# bluefin on a JX Raptor loaded wth 300 yards of 65# braid and a short 30# Seaguar Premier top shot. I never saw the spool but got very close a couple times.
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    WTB Seasick patches

    My understanding is that the patches are bad for people with high blood pressure. I think this is why thy are prescribed -- so that a physician can determine whether they are safe for an individual.
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    My shop is a Penn warranty station! I asked about this when I got the reel and someone else on...

    My shop is a Penn warranty station! I asked about this when I got the reel and someone else on this board said it depended on how much resistance there was. I checked the pinion bearing and it seemed fine. So I fished it. It's gotten worse and made it hard to land a nice tuna last week. I'll...
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    20 VISX issue

    Tani said it had to be the pinion bearing. It feels good to me but I just ordered a replacement. Sometimes a bad bearing only shows when the bearing is under pressure -- more pressure than I can put on wit my fingers.
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    20 VISX issue

    I love my Penn 20VISX except for one thing: There is resistance when turning the handle. On most reels I'd automatically assume there is a bad pinion bearing but the pinion bearing is fine. What else can be causing the problem? The reel is almost unfishable at high drag with a high fish. Thanks...
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    Fading drag on Raptors

    I've been lucky enough to catch a couple large fish on my Raptors -- a 100# YFT on my LX Raptor and a 135# BFT on my JX Raptor (on 30# line -- but I got lots of help from Jason the deckhand). On both fish the drag started to fade after about a hour of fight. What causes this? And what can I do...
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    cow tuna sardine hooks

    I use ringed Owner Super Mutu hooks, in sizes between 4/0 and 6/0 depending on the size of the bait. Super Mutus are the most popular hook on the trips I fish.
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    WTB Exercise bike

    Spend a Saturday morning at garage sales and you'll find several for sale cheap.
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    Going to Cabo by myself.

    If the weather is good, super oranges can easily get to where there are marlin. Plus you could probably afford to fish a couple days on a panga.
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    Thickness of drag washers.

    It depends on what reel the drag washers are going in.
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    Striped marlin are in Cabo pretty much year round, so just find a time you can go and book a boat for three days. You'll catch your marlin.
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    ACID Wraping Rail Rod Advice

    Does acid wrapping affect casting?
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    processors who can fish

    My understanding that none of the processors who meet the boats do canning any more.
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    Honest Mistake

    Did you get a good buzz?
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    Call Jim Dillon at El Budster and he'll set you up. You may be surprised how reasonable the cruisers are too.
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    Any news on the stardrag

    **I** don't want or need a level wind -- but lots of people fishing for salmon want one.
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    Penn 6/0 (114H) for wahoo trolling?

    The Daiwa 400H is great reel -- but really needs its drag washers upgraded to carbon fiber.
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    Salas PL68?

    What is "mousetrapping"?
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    Slack tide crawl tonight

    What kind of crab was that big one? I know the lobsters and dungies; the big crab look like a snow crab or something.
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    Mid April Charter recommendation

    Yea, rooster fish and wahoo are present, but aren't too common in Cabo. Offshore, marlin and dorado are the most common; inshore it Sierra mackerel plus some bottom fish depending on season.
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    Penn 6/0 (114H) for wahoo trolling?

    It is easy to make the drag on a 114H butter smooth: lightly greased carbon fiber drag washers and flat metal drag plates. And I'd much prefer a smooth drag than an strange theory that says a jerky drag is good -- for anything.
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    Mid April Charter recommendation

    Check out El Budster. Great boats, great captains, and one of the owners, Jim Dillon, Iives in Sandy Eggo.
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    Avet 30EXW Reels

    I have to agree that something close to $250 is a more reasonable price. For me at least, I am always anxious about line -- I can't tell what shape is in without stripping much of it, and we don't now the brand or even the test. And a complete service is always a great idea on all used reels...
  36. AKSalmon

    Ever Eat Roosterfish?

    I've been told that small roosters are fine on the table but that larger ones are almost inedible.
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    Penn Torque 25n 6:1

    Think about it before you upgrade the handle: A key to wahoo jig fishing is being able to crank the jig as fast as possible. For me at least, if the handle is too big I can't crank as fast.
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    Penn Torque 25n 6:1

    Great reel for wahoo -- assuming you can cast it and don't hook up with a tuna because 6:1 might make it hard to turn the handle at the boat. No problem with most wahoo however.
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    Any news on the stardrag

    I heard a rumor that Avet was going to offer a level wind version of their star drag MXL. Any truth to this?
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    Lobster Hooping Lucky Catch!

    I was in Norway 2 years ago and talked to fishermen who were fishing king crab in the far north of Norway. Clawed (Maine) lobsters have been appearing in French and Spanish fish markets for years.
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    Lobster Hooping Lucky Catch!

    Both Maine lobsters and Alaska king crab have been showing up for several years in Europe.
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    Forum Introduction

    You know you posted this on the Accurate Fishing reels message board, right?
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    Vagabond Closing!

    Are they both train wrecks? The Pearl and the Point Loma Inn?
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    Vagabond Closing!

    Any thoughts on the Point Loma Inn or The Pearl? I too have stayed only at the Vagabond and have to find somewhere else for October!
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    Trying to set two atd50s drag preset

    I absolutely love my 50T, and when I have on a big fish, there isn't a reel I'd rather be using. But setting the preset is much too complex to do on the boat. I do it after the trip when I service my reels at home, but as far as I know, every other reel makes it easier.
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    Question about atd 50s

    You should post this on the Accurate Board.
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    Downrigger Upgrade

    One thing to consider is repair and service. Up here people use both Scotty and Cannon downriggers. Both are good -- but both occasionally need repairs (like the auto stop on a Scotty). Fortunately they can be repaired locally. I'm not sure you can say the same thing about Magnum Metalz. And...
  48. AKSalmon

    Best (without breaking the bank) Deepwater reel

    You may want to rethink your two speed preference: The high gear may get the bait up fast but high speed gears have speed, not power. If you fish 3 or 4 pounds of lead to get deep, you'll likely be using low gear more than high gear. A single speed reel with 4:1 gars is about right. BTW: I now...
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    ATD 6

    The problem with using the ATD6 for big fish is its line capacity: It's listed as holding 450 yards of 50#. IMHO, that's not enough for a 150# tuna, at least not in an anchored boat. The ATD12 is a great "finesse" cow reel; the ATD6 is just too small.
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    HXJ as a kite reel?

    If you're lucky you might get 300 yards of 80# solid on an HXJ. If that's enough, it would probably work. I would be careful with the amount of drag I used to crank in the kite. More than about 20# of drag and you'll fry the pinion bearing on an HXJ.
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    And then I woke up...

    Last year on the Rooster, one of the passengers freaked out when he realized he forgot his fleshlight. Fortunately, several other guys offered to lend them theirs.
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    Avet SX 5.3 actual 50lb and 65lb braid capacities?

    50# or 65# line is better for bottom fishing because it is thinner and catches the current less than 80#. And I find it hard to break even 50# line.
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    Ideas for great trip to AK for my family (best bang for the buck)

    With a family, I'd probably recommend Sitka. But do some checking and be aware of the very restrictive fishing regulations these days.
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    Tern 400 drag

    What is the fix? What do you do? If it is simple, most of us would rather not spend the time and money to send our reels in.
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    Do you top shot?

    Salmon: 80' topshot of 25# mono. Shock absoprtion but main line is spectra because we drag balls deep (up to 550' of DR Spectra out). You fish 550 feet deep for salmon?? I rarely go as deep as 200 feet in SE Alaska, even off shore.
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    Only turn 40 once…

    Do something truly unique! When I turned 50 I went to Mongolia to fish for hucho taimen, the largest salmonid in the world. I went with a Mongolian outfitter so it was pretty hard core -- but I caught and released 5 taimen, the largest maybe 70 pounds. A few years later, when I got good news on...
  57. AKSalmon

    Good starter rod/reel set up for guests and kids?

    Those are good choices, although I'd probably rethink the non-level wind Squall 15 for kids. And let me add one thing: The Squall reels are good low end reels. Don't try to economize on even lower level reels -- the Penn Warfare, etc.
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    Cow jig reel?

    I had a piggy back fish at Hurricane Bank a few years ago. I fought the fish for an hour before I lost it at color. It was a big fish but whether it was a cow I can't say. At least I got back my PL-68 (in white/glow).
  59. AKSalmon

    Looking for a halibut charter out of Seward, July 2020

    The boat you rented may have spots already on the fish finder...
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    Cow jig reel?

    Look at the Penn 20VIX. Plenty of drag, excellent free spool, and the high gear is great for jigs. If you haven't seen one, it's call a 20 but it's very close to the same size as an Avet 30. And for jigging, you'll love the silent dogs.
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    Elfin Cove question

    For Area 3A: All Tuesdays/Wednesdays closed, 2 fish daily bag limit, one any size, one less than or equal to 26” and status quo on annual 4 fish limit, no crew fish, one trip per day For Area 2C: One fish daily bag limit, reverse slot limit Under 40"/Over 80"
  62. AKSalmon

    Guidance Requested - OSP 4X

    It'll work fine.
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    AG Revo 4 Inshore or Shimano Tranx 300?

    I have and like my Lexa 400HD. You should check it out. It's available for under $200 online.
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    For Sale What is an old school Avet LX 4.1.1 worth?

    The very first Avets had optional clickers, so you have one of the very first. If the bearings are OK and it looks good, it's probably worth something close to $150 to the right buyer.
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    Alaska with the wife planning.

    If it were me, I wouldn't try to see all of Alaska in two weeks. Maybe make two stops; don't spend the whole vacation driving an RV. Realize that there are very few roads in Alaska so driving is limited -- and the roads are frequently traffic filled in the summer. if it were me, I'd spend a week...
  66. AKSalmon

    Which 100lb Pink Fluorocarbon?

    I prefer short leaders -- 10 or 15 feet at most-- because there is less weight for the sardine to tow. I do rig my big bait rods with long leaders,
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    Cabo memorial day

    I've had good luck on El Budster. Good guys and good fishermen. One of the owners is from San Diego.
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    What Happened to Softscience boat shoes?

    They do have them on Amazon but in very few sizes (and not mine, of course). It well could be that Soft Science is out of business...
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    Elfin Cove question

    Elfin Cove has truly excellent fishing. Tanaku Lodge may be the best lodge out there, but also check out Eagle Charters and lodge as well. I like it from mid-June through the end of August.
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    Funny Boat Names

    "Clever Boat Name"
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    Recreational Drug Usage

    Curious. I've caught tuna on puffers fished under the kite. Does the buzz make tuna fight harder or mellow out??
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    Star Drags on Closeout

    All gone...
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    Munson Sportfish, walk around 55', lower and upper helm QUAD Yamaha 425s

    So, if I had a boat with 4 outboards, would I be more attractive to the hot babes? That has to be the reason to buy this boat. Has to be.
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    Mag Bay Magtrack lures

    There was quite a discussion on the LR Board a couple weeks ago. The lures ran true and caught lots of fish. But at least one was cracked and had to be removed from the troll.
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    general tuna set up questions (60-80lb gear)

    80# or 100# braid; you can't break either although 100# might have a bit more abrasion resistance. And I prefer solid: It's much cheaper and I'm confident in my connections to fluorocarbon. I use an RP knot but others like the FG knot or other knots. Pick one and be sure you can tie it well...
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    New website hard to use

    Spend a few minutes and you'll figure it out. I don't like how it looks but it performs well.
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    Tiny lever drags

    Wow. Any smaller than an SXJ and my thumb wouldn't fit on the spool for casting. And I have small hands like Trump!
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    What’s your first memory of fishing?

    I was 4 years old when my parents took me and my 5 year old sister fishing. It was in a lake not far from San Diego. My father parked me, my sister and my mother on the bank and left us with cane pole and worms. He walked away with his fly rod trying to catch crappie. He was just out of site...
  79. AKSalmon


    Contrary to the popular myth, Avet bearings are not universally bad. (The very first Avets did ship with some bad bearings but that problem was fixed long ago.) Now if you have a bad bearing, odds are saltwater gotten in or you fished the drag too tight and crushed the pinion bearing. That can...
  80. AKSalmon

    First time fishing Alaska

    King salmon fishing in all of SE Alaska has been very slow or closed for the last few years. You might consider going to Homer or Seward, or at the very least, call your lodge in Ketchikan and see what they say.
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    Penn Visx 20 or 30?

    Unless I am mistaken, the 30 has a cross bar while the 20 does not. This makes the 20 a better reel for casting.
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    Why don't we, the San Diego LR Fleet, voluntarily initiate limit reductions?
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    Fishing in Egypt

    It was about 10 years ago, and yes, the Lake Nasser fishery does though ups and downs, but my understanding is that they are still catching fish -- at least according to the periodic emails I get from African Angler.
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    Trip Selection Priorities

    My priority is timing. If I can go, I go. If I can't, I don't. Everything else is secondary.
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    Large Krocodile lures

    They haven't been made for several years. They were made of brass which got too expensive. The current Krocodiles are made of steel, not brass, and don't catch as many fish as the old ones.
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    Fishing in Egypt

    Yea, we caught some catfish in Aswan Lake as well, but no big ones. I also caught a few tiger fish, but again, nothing big. My biggest Nile perch weighed 75 pounds, and I caught lots in the 30 - 40# range. I trolled a big Rapala and cast swim jigs off the shore. Fluorocarbon is a must: The water...
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    Fishing in Egypt

    I fished for Nile perch in Lake Asswan, a dammed up portion of the Nile river, with African Angler. You can find them online. I went on a week long mothership fishing safari, but African Angler can arrange short even one day trips.
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    Nomad Madmacs

    I had an original Maurader I got at a garage sale for $1.00. I was a discontinued color -- orange carp -- and had never been fished. It went 6 for 7 before the front hook was ripped off. It is now on the wall.
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    3 days in the salt

    So what's the story about your wood duck? He's cute and all, but I can't imagine he'd be good on the table.
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    Nomad Madmacs

    It looks great for the action it has had. But do notice this: It's an already discontinued color.
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    Nomad Madmacs

    Only slightly off topic: Has anyone trolled with a Nomad Madscad? I have one but have yet to put it in the water. My DTX Minnow is now up to 12 fish and there isn't a reason to change -- at least as long as my DTX swims well. It was responsible for 7 fish the past September.
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    Penn International 16 vis upgrading drags

    It's not just the drag washers that need to be upgraded; it's actually quite a bit, but Im sure it could be done.
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    Avet HXW raptor with MC?

    Perhaps I am wrong. Call Avet and get the real answer. It can be hard to get email replies...
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    Avet HXW raptor with MC?

    The HLW handle is not adjustable so there is only one hole for attachment. I believe the MC version of the HLW Raptor is very new so only a few (i.e., 24) may have been manufactured so far.
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    New okuma makaira 50wiisea

    For Southern California BFT and YFT, I'd recommend a Makaira SE 20 or new Penn International 20 filled with 100 or 130 and the top shot recommended by the boat. Even those reels are big for the matter at hand, but there's little chance that you'll tie into something you couldn't handle. If you...
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    New okuma makaira 50wiisea

    Not to be a problem, but are you sure you want to fish a 50W? Given the size of modern lines, you can almost certainly get by with a 30 or even a Makaira or Penn 20. These reels have plenty of drag, hold more than enough line -- and are so much easier to hold and fish. I use a 50W on the kite...
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    Happy New Year... Who is getting ready to go Long Range Fishing 2020 style

    I have to wait until February 28 to board the Rooster for a 15 day. I'm going with a new group: Several people from the Loftus and Martin trips, plus guys from Sonny Jones/Pelagic trips. It should be a great way to fish with new guys and learn new things. But we don't leave for two months!
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    Upgrade HXW raptor to Mak SEA20?

    100# hollow with a wind on leader is how many would fish that reel (perhaps on a UC Centaur). But I've all but switched away from wind ons. I now tie an RP knot as my connection and have yet to have a failure after several years and a couple cows. Another advantage: Solid braid is much cheaper...
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    Upgrade HXW raptor to Mak SEA20?

    The HXW Raptor can handle cow tuna -- I've caught one and seen several other caught -- but it's not the reel I would pick for cows. If you are expecting to get cows get a different reel, but if the cows chances are slim, the HXW is a great reel to fish for calf tuna. And you'd save money...
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    Looking for a new tackle box....

    I recently got one of the new Daiwa bags; I just couldn't resist the $69 price on Charkbait. I think it's worth the price but: The individual tackle boxes are made of thinner plastic than most (i.e., Plano). The front is closed only with a top velcro strip. There are no zippers on the sides so...
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    Strange. Penn is discontinuing its high end star drag just when Accurate and Avet are coming out with their high end star drags.
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    Just got my new Avet - love it...

    If you spool bearings are bad it's because of one thing: Saltwater intrusion. Rinsing your reels after every fishing trip is mandatory -- but so is opening it up periodically to clean and lube the insides. There is no way to prevent saltwater from getting inside.
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    Lx g2 rod option

    The LX G2 will easily fish line heavier than 40#. You might rethink the blank.
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    What shotgun to get for quail hunting

    You're quail hunting, right? Get a side by side in a gauge no larger than 20 gauge!
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    Hx reels for 2020

    Not good for halibut up here: 5.4:1 is just too fast if you are using 2 pounds of lead.
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    Just got my new Avet - love it...

    It's always good to have spare replacement bearings; however, the design of the Raptor is such that the pinion bearing rarely goes out. Standard Avets -- as well as almost all other lever drag reels -- frequently need replacement of the pinion bearing.
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    Ex30 or hxw

    These reels have similar drag and capacity ratings but very different retrieve ratios. Decide whether you like the HX high gear or the EX30 high gear. Note too the hXW is much lighter in weight than the EX30 and is easier for my small hands to hold and cast.
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    Penn 70VIS

    I'll bet there is a "1" missing, meaning the capacity is 1630 yards of 200#. Whatever it is, it's a ton.
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    Avet missing part

    The online parts ordering system is not working these days; you have to call them. **But** the later models did not have that ball; they have a lever with an integrated ball. If your lever clicks when you move it with the preset set at a fishing level, then you don't need the separate ball. If...
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    Red Rooster

    Dan -- I'll see you on the Rooster next October! I've signed up along with several of my fishing buddies from Alaska. I'm the old hand -- been fishing the Rooster for over a decade -- but they are all newbies to LR fishing, albeit good salmon fishermen. We'll have a great time. I've just got to...
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    Club Day

    All hens?
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    Clothing for January 16 day

    And be sure to bring some cute and sexy underwear to impress the guys when you walk through the salon to take your shower.
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    Red Rooster

    Great boat. I've fished several long range boats and keep coming back to the Rooster. We always catch fish -- and at least as many as any other boat in the fleet. The food is top notch. The deck hands are second to none. I'm already anxious to get back on the Rooster for my annual March 15 day.
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    Reel Identification

    Get some Penn 006 114 drag washers and you'll have a much smoother drag.
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    Avet LX for 50lb?

    Certainly. The G2 has a little more drag and thus handles 50# with ease.
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    Fathom 25 LD 2 Sp - Messed Up Out Of Box

    Any chance the line is slipping on the spool?
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    Making an sxj faster?

    The high gear in the 2-speed SX is faster than the single speed. But there are no faster gears available, and the diameter of the spool is so small that you just can't get much line per crank. A 6.3:1 JX is much faster but a much larger reel, too
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    ATD 6

    Apples and oranges. Check out the line capacity. The ATD6 is a small reel; the BV800 is much larger.
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    Fix for Tern reels drag issues.

    I still want to know what is causing the problem, and whether it can be fixed without shipping the reel in. Shipping to and from Alaska adds up...
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    Is it possible to Convert a MXJ g2 single speed RH to LH

    But if you've fished it very much RH, the gears will be pretty rough when fished LH. The gears are steel but they still wear together so they will be noisy at the very least when fished "backward."
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    Fix for Tern reels drag issues.

    Can you give us some idea what is done to fix the problem? Is it necessary to send the reel in for service?
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    Old Penn 49 super mariner

    Wow. Really old thread! Yea, the kite string or Dacron backing trick works well to save the spool. But now we're getting other problems. Penn hasn't made the 49 for at least 15 years and it's getting tough to get any parts for them. If you like the 49, you'd do well to buy a couple parts reels...
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    mid size tuna casting reel?

    Avet LX Raptor with 65# braid backing and the top shot of your choice, maybe 50#. On the correct rod, it casts very well and will handle 100# fish. You could also step up to an HX but with my smaller hands I can cast the LX much more easily. My HXW Raptor is a "finesse" cow reel and more than...
  124. AKSalmon

    Two Speed Star Drag Reel

    DAM Quick once made a two speed spinning reel.
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    8 or 9 ft. 2 piece rod?

    I picked up a 9 ft. Tackle Industries 2 piece musky rod. It's rated 30 - 60 and seems to be very well made. I won't be able to use it for a few months, but when I do, I'll match it with a JX Raptor.
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    VISXS 20 what would You spool it?

    I have straight 100# solid on mine. In recent years I have shifted away from hollow because I prefer to tie an RP knot to attach my leader; wind-ons with fluorocarbon inserted a few feet mean that the sardine has to tow the entire leader plus the insert. My feeling is that bait swim better with...
  127. AKSalmon

    DTX hook experiments and Halco 220 trial

    My hope is that Nomad will make the new hooks they are putting on their new DTX Minnows available for sale. Supposedly these hooks will have with larger barbs. I absolutely love my DTX -- it's new caught 12 wahoo over two trips -- but would like hooks with bigger barbs. And I'm reluctant to test...
  128. AKSalmon

    Lexa 400H-P doo-dad wrench

    I think it is used to service the handle knob.
  129. AKSalmon

    Restaurants near the landings

    I'm stuck in my ways: For lunch and/or dinner, I hit the Eppig brew pub for a couple beers, then wander down to Mitch's Seafood. They always have great fresh fish and the sides -- especially grilled asparagus and Mexican corn -- are outstanding. I used to hit Miguel's Cantina for Mexican food...
  130. AKSalmon

    Rigging Colt Snipers

    I went with Owner American AKI Twist Hook (4-Pack), 7/0 which I got on Amazon; they weren't available locally and I liked the free shipping. 6/0 or 5/0 might be best for smaller Colt Snipers, but 7/0 seemed about right for 80 gr. and 100 gr.
  131. AKSalmon

    Dropper Loop Alternative

    Anything wrong with a three way swivel? It would keep twist out of the line and is a bit stronger than a dropper loop knot.
  132. AKSalmon

    How many set ups?

    We can overthink this. I come from Alaska and can take only 7 rods in my rod case -- and one of those rods is a kite rod. I have plenty; I just have to re-rig between stops on occasion. Take as many as you are comfortable fishing and save yourself some trouble.
  133. AKSalmon

    Rigging Colt Snipers

    I'm about to change the hooks on my Colt Snipers and have a question for the board: Is there any reason not to put a swivel on the nose? It seems like it would reduce line twist and may even improve the action. Thanks in advance.
  134. AKSalmon

    What Accurate reel is the equivalent to an avet HX/HXW raptor

    The only way it will work is to cast when the reel is in complete free spool. You cannot use the preset knob as a spool tension device as is done on bait casting reel. Never, never adjust the preset knob except when the lever is all the way back to free spool.
  135. AKSalmon

    8 or 9 ft. 2 piece rod?

    Thanks for the replies. I'll look into the Rainshadow blanks and try to get more information. The rod I am looking for would be for tossing surface iron and colt snipers and even bait when I need to get a long way away from the boat. I know that is asking for a lot, but I can only bring 7 rods...
  136. AKSalmon

    8 or 9 ft. 2 piece rod?

    Can anyone recommend a 2 piece 8 or 9 foot conventional rod for casting jigs and poppers? I need a two piece rod so I can brig it down from Alaska.
  137. AKSalmon

    True Story, Mostly

    Adventures in the Reel World I had just turned on the coffee pot when the phone rang. It was too early for me to think of a witty greeting, so I gave my standard: “This is the Reel World. Can I help you?” “Can you fix my reel?” “Well, maybe. What kind of reel is it and what’s wrong with...
  138. AKSalmon

    114H2 ?

    The 114H2 was made in China, not the US like the older 114H. The 114H2 is virtually identical to the 114H, albeit with some occasional quality control issues. But if you need a 114H and can't find a good used one, the 114H2 will do the job.
  139. AKSalmon

    Talica 16ii, strange drag spike

    Check the pinion bearing...
  140. AKSalmon

    Mike nail

    Congratulations, Mike! You and Dom are making the world a better place.
  141. AKSalmon

    Difference between Avet HX 5/2 and HX raptor?

    I use a wide HX Raptor as my "stealth" 100# rig. I've caught a 207 and several in the 150 - 180 pound range with it. But on every big fish, there was a time during the fight when I wished I was fishing a 50. I set the drag to 28# at strike and often bump it up at the end of the fight.
  142. AKSalmon

    Shimano TLD20 missing strike button. Any problems?

    You can fish it fine without the strike button. As for the lever popping out: It should come out a small amount when advancing from free spool, but I suspect your cam is in incorrectly. Remove the preset knob and make sure the brass cam is seated correctly.
  143. AKSalmon

    Overnight Yellowfin Tackle

    Get a few Colt Snipers in 80 gr and 100 gr. White or blue seems to be the color these days. I replace the treble hook with a single and bend the jig slightly to improve the action.
  144. AKSalmon

    Long Range Give Aways

    I've fished on about a dozen trips from 8 days to 15 days. One constant of those trips is the swag that the charter master gives the anglers -- everything from tee shirts to new reels, rods and more. I've gotten several nice things -- a couple Seeker rods! -- as well as jigs, fluorocarbon...
  145. AKSalmon

    Connection recommendation Spectra/ Flouro knot or serv ?

    I use the RP (John Collins) knot to connect braid to fluorocarbon. I think it is easy to tie and I am confident that I tie it correctly every time. I have yet to have a failure on anything to 130#. I've noticed too that the deckhands on the Red Rooster and Shogun use the RP knot.
  146. AKSalmon

    retire my old penn 975

    I just came back from a trip to Alejos and Guadalupe. I fished a Daiwa 400HD with 300 yards of 50# braid and a short 30# top shot. I caught several small yellowfin, a single small yellow tail, and a limit of dorado but none of the wahoo I was trying to catch. It was great fun. I didn't really...
  147. AKSalmon

    Trinidad 20a and 14a smoothness gone after one trip?

    If you got water and salt in the drag washer it could account for the jerkiness.
  148. AKSalmon

    Avet LX MC Raptor

    All Raptors have Magic Cast and personally, I like it, especially when casting light weights -- sardines, etc. From my experience, the Avet line capacity numbers are a bit high, but the LX still holds a ton of line. I use a JX Raptor when casting for wahoo but prefer the LX for bait because I...
  149. AKSalmon

    Daiwa Lexa-HD400HS 7.1:1 $169.99 delivered

    How does the new Lexa differ from current models?
  150. AKSalmon

    Valiant Bv2 800-1000?

    These are not reels if you are expecting a shot at a cow. They might work in a pinch, but if you are targeting cows, something like a 50T or *maybe* a 30 is a much better bet.
  151. AKSalmon

    Maintaining Maks

    If you pre-service your reel (or do a complete service very early in its career), it will last a long time. Perhaps the most important thing you can do in the preservice is to paint a thin coat of grease on all internal metal parts and grease the side plate and handle screws. If you do this and...
  152. AKSalmon

    Bent rod tip eye guide and thoughts how it can affect fighting a monster.

    I had a tip broken in transit and was able to get a tackle shop at the landing fix it while I waited to board the boat. It cost $10.
  153. AKSalmon

    Which International for SF Bay King Salmon?

    Wow. I fish salmon quite a bit up here in Alaska. I also service about 1000 reels per year in my shop. I have yet to see anyone using an International 12, much less a 16, for salmon. These are fairly popular for halibut. The 965 and 975 work fine but are no longer made. A great Penn reel for...
  154. AKSalmon

    Penn fathom 15 vs 25N for Gulf Coast/ East Coast for kayak fishing

    "What's the real difference between the Warfare and the Squall?" Price = value. Pretty much everything in the Warfare is lower quality that the Squall...
  155. AKSalmon

    Best Avet for 30-50 lbs Work

    I use both the JX and LX Raptors for 50# leaders. The standard LX and JX would also work but would be at the edge of the drag capabilities.
  156. AKSalmon

    true meaning of he farmed his fish

    Not on yellows?? Is there a reason not to use circle hooks when fishing bait for yellows? That's what I do -- but then, I'm not an expert yellowtail fisherman.
  157. AKSalmon

    Penn fathom 15 vs 25N for Gulf Coast/ East Coast for kayak fishing

    Not to complicate things, but from my experience, everything gets wet on kayaks, and even rinsing in freshwater every day won't stop the inevitable creep of saltwater inside. To me that means avoiding metal reels and ball bearings. My go to reel for the kayak and your species would be a...
  158. AKSalmon

    Shimano Forum gone away?

    There never was as much discussion on the Shimano board as other reel boards on BD. I don't suspect it helped either that Local Knowledge is now using Penn Reels...
  159. AKSalmon

    Avet Star Drag

    And ideas? Was this just a rumor??
  160. AKSalmon

    Valiant bv2-800 line and rod setup

    With the strength (and success) of the new ARBs, is there any consideration to scrapping the mechanical dogs in the ATDs and replacing them with ARBs?
  161. AKSalmon

    2 Speed For Bait Fishing BFT

    HX Raptor
  162. AKSalmon

    Rod for 50SDS

    IMHO, a 30-80 or 60-100 rod is too light for a kite rod with a 50SDS.
  163. AKSalmon

    Make a kite reel

    Neat idea. But I doubt that Penn Rival will last more than a trip or two. It is not one of the more robust reels made by Penn.
  164. AKSalmon


    My one complaint about Accurate reels is that the anti-reverse bearing on the smaller reels (Boss, Fury, etc.) cannot be removed and replaced by the end user; when it goes bad, it requires a trip to Accurate headquarters. Living in Alaska means shipping the reel. I can ship insured priority mail...
  165. AKSalmon

    Difference in leader line (fluorocarbon) from Seguar?

    Premier is softer and ties better than Blue Label -- or any other fluorocarbon line I have used. But be forewarned: Premier breaks at its advertised strength, not like most other lines that break at much higher levels than advertised. My understanding is that the new (and expensive) Seaguar Gold...
  166. AKSalmon

    Best 2-Speed Lever Drag

    There are as many answers as there are fishermen! I like the two speed mechanism on Avet reels; I dislike it on Accurate reels. That said, you didn't say what size reel you needed. If the BFT are cows you need one thing; if they are schoolies, you need something else. Personally, I find myself...
  167. AKSalmon

    Will Avet Produce Single Speed Raptor?

    The G2 is almost a Raptor -- at least it has more drag than the original Avets -- and you can get it with or without MC and single speed if you want it. IMHO it makes no sense to buy a G2 with MC and two speeds.
  168. AKSalmon

    SX Raptor bearing upgrade

    Do you have grease on the edge of the spool? Even a little will drastically reduce free spool.
  169. AKSalmon

    Converting a Accurate boss 665H

    There's too much involved to make it worthwhile. You'd be better of selling the single speed and using that money to pay part of the cost of a two-speed.
  170. AKSalmon

    TICA or Shimano

    I have yet to hear anything good about a Tica...
  171. AKSalmon

    Pound test on my bsircaster?

    First, you're likely to find better and more information on a board devoted to freshwater fishing. That said, bait casters are typically easier to cast with line heavier than 8# mono. Also, line recommendations on rods and reels are ball park estimates. If it were me, I'd use at least 10# and...
  172. AKSalmon

    Lx raptor bearings issue

    This is odd. When you say that the bearing gets noisy after a few casts, it sounds like you are talking about spool bearings. Spool bearings pretty much only go bad from corrosion not after ten casts. The bearing that goes out first on almost all lever drag reels is the pinion bearing, the...
  173. AKSalmon

    Makaira 50wII Sea line capacity

    When you install the line, put on the 300 yard first then the 600 yards so you won't have to see the splice too often.
  174. AKSalmon

    Carbontex drag upgrade for Penn 750SS

    You can get them direct from penn — ht-100– or smooth drag.
  175. AKSalmon

    Spooling up for Bluefin

    Fluorocarbon works. Here's my story: About 15 years ago I took a trip to Africa to fish for Nile perch. I was fishing Lake Aswan, a dammed up portion of the Nile River. The Nile River is murky, but Lake Aswan is very clear because the mud settled after it was the dam was built. Nile Perch -- a...
  176. AKSalmon

    More Questions

    If you can get by without a level wind, do so. That's the most common problem you're likely to have. A LW might be nice when bottom fishing for rockfish and other fish that don't fight very much -- but I'd be very leery of one with a pelagic like yellowtail which can out run the LW. As for...
  177. AKSalmon

    Lost in time.

    Go to the bottom of the page, click on Thread Display Options and select Thread Creation Date. That sort of works...
  178. AKSalmon

    Re-rigging yo yo and surface iron

    I'm about to spend some time putting new hooks and new rings on several of my yo yo and surface jigs, and I have a question for the board: Is there any reason not to put a swivel on the top ring? It would reduce the chance of line twist, but would it adversely affect the action of the jigs? My...
  179. AKSalmon

    Backing off drag

    Only adjust the knob while the reel is in free spool!!
  180. AKSalmon

    MXJ use

    But does the Eddy Current have any effect when the spool is spinning slowly like when. a sardine is pulling out line?
  181. AKSalmon

    MXJ use

    I have a coupe Raptors which, of course, came with MC. But for the life of me, I can't detect any effect of the MC on free spool when fly lining. And I don't understand the mechanism how it **should** affect free spool: The MC magnets don't "attract" to the aluminum spool, and, if I understand...
  182. AKSalmon


    I liked mine until I hung a 100# tuna on my 600. It hurt to crank the reel under pressure for very long. Those holes hurt my hand. I like round knobs, but not the waffle ball.
  183. AKSalmon

    Best knot mono to fluorocarbon

    I use the RP knot to connect fluorocarbon to spectra. To connect a short fluorocarbon to mono, I use the Seaguar knot or even a three turn surgeon's knot.
  184. AKSalmon


    Didn't it just come out from annual maintenance?
  185. AKSalmon

    Komodo Baitcasters Modified For Casting That Extra Distance!

    Then I misunderstood: I thought you were saying you could use WD-40 as a lubricant. For cleaning grease it is fine -- but do add oil or grease once you clean with it.
  186. AKSalmon

    Komodo Baitcasters Modified For Casting That Extra Distance!

    My only complaint: Early in the video, the author says that you could use WD-40 on the screws, but he uses Okuma oil instead. WD-40 is great for water displacement and cleaning, but it should never be used in place of oil! It is essentially kerosene and will displace oils and greases that need...
  187. AKSalmon

    Accurate Dauntless DX2-600N

    30# of drag is more than I fish when targeting cows. I set my drag at 28# on my 130# tackle and manage to land fish. My concern would only be line capacity. The 600N doesn't hold enough for a cow.
  188. AKSalmon

    EXCEL new waste management policy

    I mentioned doing this on another long range boat and was told that it would be too much of a hassle to wash everybody's coffee cup. I hope the whole fleet sees this and follows suit.
  189. AKSalmon

    Brand New Fishdoggary 5oz. Krocks.

    Somewhat related: Do Krocs work as well when fished with a swivel?
  190. AKSalmon


    I never take home all the fish I catch. It's expensive to process and ship it to Alaska so as much as I've tuna and wahoo and yellowtail, I have to limit myself. What I do is this: I tag all my fish and then pick the ones that have survived the trip back in the best shape, and give away the...
  191. AKSalmon


    Neat reel, certainly one to attract attention on the boat. But compared to contemporary reels, not really so much. Parts are almost impossible to find for a 349. And it's heavy. An Avet HX 4.2 may not have as much bling but will fish much better. Much.
  192. AKSalmon

    Eating Fish on LR Trips?

    One of the highlights of LR fishing for me is eating excellently prepared very fresh fish. I'm always amazed when I see fellow fishermen who eat fish at home but not on these trips. Why is this? I'm even more amazed when I find fishermen who don't eat fish at all. This confounds me. IMHO if we...
  193. AKSalmon

    Best big tuna trips outside of SDLR?

    The PV trips are a hit or miss thing. Many boats fish four days for **one** fish -- meaning several anglers get nothing. Things change but for me at least PV isn't something I'd do just now.
  194. AKSalmon

    Anyone familiar with Socalreels?

    What I remember about these reels is that the owner advertised the they would get something like 100 pounds of drag. Really. I had a couple in my shop and wasn't impressed. And fishing is just too important to skimp like this.
  195. AKSalmon

    Trip Report: Red Rooster, 3/1 - 3/16

    People raved about the prime rib -- huge slices! -- of course, and I thought the chicken or cheese enchiladas were great. But I had wahoo or tuna most nights because I asked for it and contributed to the galley.
  196. AKSalmon

    Trip Report: Red Rooster, 3/1 - 3/16

    Short Report with no Pictures. I fished the March 1 - 16 trip on the Red Rooster for the eighth year in a row. We had a very light load — just 15 — and several of the regulars were missing. Aaron Barnhill drove the boat for the second year in a row. He’s a great guy and a great captain, but...
  197. AKSalmon

    New Tekota HGA Experiences??

    Those are all GREAT improvements. I have yet to see one in the flesh but am looking forward to it.
  198. AKSalmon

    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 2019 15 day Intrepid Report

    Or send a complete copy to Pacific Sportfishing magazine and get paid a few bucks.
  199. AKSalmon

    New Tekota HGA Experiences??

    Can you give a quick run down of how the new Tekotas differ from the original Tekotas? Thanks in advance.
  200. AKSalmon

    G2 drag rating

    I don't think it makes sense to get a 2-speed G2. The price is so close to a Raptor, that you ought to get a Raptor. If you want a single speed -- say for salmon -- a G2 might make sense.
  201. AKSalmon

    G2 drag rating

    Before you freak out: Are you sure the spectra isn't slipping on the spool? It probably is if you didn't back the spectra with a few wraps of mono or tape.
  202. AKSalmon

    Solid to solid connection for 100 lb

    If the two solid lines are the same diameter, a uni-uni knot cinched tight with a drop of Tac Glue works fine.
  203. AKSalmon

    Hollow to solid Spectra splice

    If the two solid lines are the same diameter, a uni-uni knot cinched tight with a drop of Tac Glue works fine.
  204. AKSalmon

    Penn HD Line Winder Review

    Do you have an idea as to how high you can set the drag?
  205. AKSalmon

    Daiwa Seagate LW60H malfunction?

    Are you using braid? Did you install it yourself with no tape or mono backing? If so, I suspect your braid is slipping on the spool.
  206. AKSalmon

    Production JRI Intruder Makes It's Debut

    I'll have to get some when they become available, and I don't want to be contrarian, but I have to ask: What makes them so good? I know why the DTX is so hot: It runs considerably deeper than Marauders and other lures most often used on LR boats. But the JRI looks like it would fish about like a...
  207. AKSalmon

    Processing question

    One thing you can't overlook is that the processors all do an excellent job. IMHO well worth the cost.
  208. AKSalmon

    Accurate Announces the Tern, the first TwinStarDrag reel

    And, of course, the wild demand for the Tern makes it an easy call to raise the price...
  209. AKSalmon

    Quad 130?

    I'll have to look at one in person when they come out. I'd never buy one, of course. And I have to wonder whether Avet would be better off, financially at least, if they brought out reels with a bigger market. I guess it might be popular for East Coast bluefin, but what else? I've never seen a...
  210. AKSalmon

    Quad 130?

    Another list shows a picture of an Avet Quad 130. Is this available? I can't find it on the Avet site, and I'm curious: Does it really have 200 pounds of drag??
  211. AKSalmon

    Great season, tough hunting

    How do you tell a tule goose from a speckle belly?
  212. AKSalmon

    Penn 320 GTI - Can't get right side open

    The spool shaft is stuck to the left side bearing, and pulling out that bearing will damage the plastic idler gear in the left side. The right spool shaft is stuck to the pinion gear and/or the right side bearing in the bridge. These things happen fairly frequently if the reel isn't frequent...
  213. AKSalmon

    which reel for Cabo

    It really depends on what you will be fishing for and how you will be fishing. Both are good reels...
  214. AKSalmon

    SX and MX

    Yea, it's mostly just line capacity. But if you are debating which one to buy, look at two additional things: 1. Which one will balance best on the rod, and 2. The MX has a faster retrieve -- 5:8:1 versus 5.3:1-- and a larger spool diameter. The numbers for the two speeds are similar.
  215. AKSalmon

    Triangle Demon Circle Hooks?

    These have to be great!! $19.99 for a 3-pack of 6/0. Any use them?
  216. AKSalmon


    The very worst part of an Avet reel is that crappy wrench. I'm glad it's gone!
  217. AKSalmon

    Drags for the mak

    You really shouldn't have to replace the drags in those reels for several years -- maybe ever. Modern reels with carbon fiber drag washers -- like your reels -- have outstanding, long lasting drags.
  218. AKSalmon

    12/15 Wister average

    Why is the bike illegal? Anyone know?
  219. AKSalmon

    Avert Pro EX 4/0 2 Speed

    If you are fishing 80#, you really don't need to "hot rod" it. But I would have it serviced. Most full service tackle shops would be glad to do it for you.
  220. AKSalmon

    How sharkey is Guadalupe in September?

    I know it changes every year -- every trip, even -- but is September an especially sharkey month at Guadalupe?
  221. AKSalmon

    Avert Pro EX 4/0 2 Speed

    If I remember correctly, you can set the c-clips on two spots on the posts that hold the drag plate. One setting will generate a little more drag.
  222. AKSalmon

    Avert Pro EX 4/0 2 Speed

    The EX 4/02 is not a bad reel at all. It'll fish 80# all day long, and if you change the c-clips on the drag plate it's a reasonable 100# reel. If you can get one at a good price -- it's been discontinued for several years -- I'd say do it. OTOH, the replacement, the EX 30/2 is a better reel.
  223. AKSalmon

    Red Rooster report from HB Bank

    Slightly off topic: "crew were great(as always) - it's still a bit sad to not have the Tommys, Nickys, etc... around, but the newer guys are just great." I know Tommy had left, but did Nick leave as well? That would be a serious loss to the Rooster not to mention its passengers.
  224. AKSalmon

    Ringed hooks vs non-ringed.

    All of my hooks are ringed except for the 10/0 j-hooks I use with man baits.
  225. AKSalmon

    Valiant BV2 - Reel Maintenance

    Do you need a press or special tool to remove the original bearing? Accurate does good work, but once you add shipping to and from Alaska it's pretty spendy to get anything done.
  226. AKSalmon

    Valiant BV2 - Reel Maintenance

    Never got an answer on whether the AR bearing is user replaceable. Is it?
  227. AKSalmon

    Valiant BV2 - Reel Maintenance

    Is the AR bearing user replaceable, or is a special tool or press required?
  228. AKSalmon

    If HB is very slow or dead, what will happen on an 18 day trip.

    On my 15 day on the Red Rooster last March, we went to Hurricane for very slow fishing. A few big ones were caught, but several guys on the boat caught **nothing** at the bank. We left early and travelled north for some wahoo, then yellowtail, and finally local bluefin. We ended up with an OK...
  229. AKSalmon

    New star drag

    January-February = Mid 2019 at earliest.
  230. AKSalmon

    What knot to use for tying hook onto 100# or 130# flouro?

    Have the BD experts now decided the San Diego Jam is inadequate for heavy lines? I've yet to have a failure and it seems to be the most popular -- by far -- knot used on the boats I fish.
  231. AKSalmon

    Fathom Rail Rod reel

    I agree that you'd be better off with an International instead of a Fathom. The issue is this: When you put the rod on the rail, drop into low gear and crank on the fish when it is up and down, you are putting considerable strain on the reel. When the fish is far from the boat and you can pull...
  232. AKSalmon

    Boss extreme 30 line cap and questions

    Given its anti-reverse, I'd be reluctant to fish a Boss 30 with 100#; 80# would be my maximum with that reel IMHO.
  233. AKSalmon

    The Last Tough Guy

    The red 6/0 has 2.8:1 gears; the black 6/0 has 2:1 gears and less drag.
  234. AKSalmon

    Installing Spectra on reel question?

    How much to ship it from Australia?
  235. AKSalmon

    Installing Spectra on reel question?

    What is the "spectra drag device" you will be using?
  236. AKSalmon

    Accurate Announces the Tern, the first TwinStarDrag reel

    Thanks for the schematic. It clears up some online misinformation. It does NOT have drags on each side of the spool, despite what I've read online. Neither does it have a sleeve on the spool. I'm sure it's great reel. I looks very much like an update of a classic Newell -- which is a good thing.
  237. AKSalmon

    Avet EX50/2 or EX50/3?

    I like my 3 speed 50. The high gear is great for retrieving jigs and the low speed helps me get the fish in ahead of the tax man. Stronger people may not need the low gear -- but everyone who fishes jigs can benefit from the highs gear.
  238. AKSalmon

    What was your first SD long range trip? Over 5 days to qualify!

    I need to add one thing to my story about that first LR trip: After a couple days fishing I ran into a serious funk and couldn't get anything to bite. Fernando was working the deck so I asked him to pin on a winner for me. He grabbed a sardine, tossed it out and it was bit immediately. My luck...
  239. AKSalmon

    Owner Ultra Split Rings

    Thanks guys. I just ordered some HPA pliers.
  240. AKSalmon

    Owner Ultra Split Rings

    OK guys: What is the trick to getting these things open? I've got several split ring pliers and none make it easy to open an Ultra Ring. My supposedly heavy duty pliers from Texas barely work. Are there other reasonably priced pliers that work?
  241. AKSalmon

    What was your first SD long range trip? Over 5 days to qualify!

    My first long range trip was a 10 day on the Red Rooster in 2007. I had a great time and got completely addicted -- I've gone at least once per year since then -- even though the trip was not the best: The boat caught exactly zero YFT!! But I also caught my first wahoo plus tons of YT and...
  242. AKSalmon

    GloJRI8 or PL68 squid conversion??

    Are we over thinking this??
  243. AKSalmon

    Issue with fathom 30 star

    There should be some play, but it sounds like you may have too much. Removing the handle is simple. You should do that and remove the washers and star. A look at the schematic will tell you whether you are missing any washers.
  244. AKSalmon

    Best grease and oil products?

    You can over think this: Cal's Drag Grease for the drag washers and everything that moves slowly (gears, etc.) and Corrosion-X or TS 321 for everything that moves fast (bearings). Also, get an old tooth brush and brush a thin coat of grease on all internal metal parts to fend off corrosion and...
  245. AKSalmon

    New star drag

    Not to beat a dead tuna, but any more news on the release of the Avet Star Drag? And will there be a level wind option??
  246. AKSalmon

    Penn visw vs avet exw

    The line capacity on the new Internationals is exaggerated quite a bit; you can read about this on The two reels hold about the same amount of line. One thing in Penn's favor: It is quiet; the Avet is very loud when cranking. Both reels will catch your fish.
  247. AKSalmon

    Penn 500 Handle also dlls handle upgrades. Or you could get a Penn 24-56, an excellent handle with a great knob.
  248. AKSalmon

    Trx 80w line capacity

    You'll get close to 2000 yards of 150#. That should be enough...
  249. AKSalmon

    EX 50/2 SDS For High Speed Trolling (Wahoo)

    It's overkill for wahoo but would certainly do the job without any ill effects.
  250. AKSalmon

    Accurate Announces its Valiant line of Rods

    Personally, I would pay a premium for an Accurate label rod made in the US.
  251. AKSalmon

    Hxw raptor with 100lb braid

    I caught a cow YFT on my HXW Raptor with 100# braid two years ago. It can be done. But I sure feel more comfortable with a 50 on cow size fish...
  252. AKSalmon

    Portable Solder Kit

    Only slightly off topic: Owner is now selling Hyperwire rings that are supposed to be "hyper" strong. Are these as good as or at least a reasonable substitute for soldered solid rings?
  253. AKSalmon

    Accurate Announces its Valiant line of Rods

    Let's try again: Who makes the blanks and where are these rods manufactured? And: MSRP?
  254. AKSalmon

    Clicker on HX Raptor not working

    Whatever it is, it's very likely a simple fix. It could be that the spring has come off a post. You'll need to open the reel and look...
  255. AKSalmon

    Spectra for Penn 12 Reel

    It it were me, I'd fill it with 30# (or 50#) Jerry Brown and add a 50 yard of 20# (or 30#) mono for casting.
  256. AKSalmon

    HX Raptor power handle install

    I doubt the spring is bad. Is the cover pressing on it so that it can't spring properly?
  257. AKSalmon

    HX Raptor power handle install

    It's a little tricky. You need to be sure that the base plate -- the part next to the handle that takes 4 screws -- is aligned perfectly so that the screw holes in the handle, the base plate and the cover line up exactly.
  258. AKSalmon

    Changing gears on a sxj

    The 5.8:1 MX s quite a bit faster than the 5.3:1 SX because of the taller spool.
  259. AKSalmon

    Changing gears on a sxj

    Whoops. I am almost certain that you can't put MX gears in an SX, and I do know that if you replace the man gear you need to replace the pinion gear as well.
  260. AKSalmon

    Best Jig Ever For Long Range and Short Range

    Lots of people -- including me -- use glow PL68 jigs on longer trips. I've caught several nice tuna in the grey light on them. On shorter trips, I like blue and chrome for tuna and scrambled egg for yellows.
  261. AKSalmon

    New star drag

    I read somewhere that the Avet Star Drag will have a level wind option. Any insight into this? Is it true??
  262. AKSalmon

    Fin Nor Santiago 25 question

    Jigmaster: Star drag, 4:1 gears, holds 300 yards of 30# mono, and just about bullet proof. Perhaps the best reel ever made by Penn -- or anyone!
  263. AKSalmon

    REAL-WORLD Strike Drag Setting PRO EX 30/2

    A bit of real world input: I set my strike drag at 28# with a full spool and bent rod. It increases significantly when the spool is half full or less. This has worked well enough for me to catch several tuna over 150# and two over 200#.
  264. AKSalmon

    130 lb reel

    I have a 50SDS and a 50W and have not felt under gunned on the few big ones I've caught. I can cast a sardine underhand fairly well on the SDS; the 50W serves well as my kite reel. These are good, solid reels at a good price for such quality.
  265. AKSalmon

    Silent dogs

    One correction: The VISX dogs are not back ups to ARB; there is no ARB in these reels.
  266. AKSalmon

    Silent dogs

    The VISX has a pair of "Ambassadeur"-type dogs. Time will tell how reliable they are. Interestingly, the Avet 30 has dogs very similar to older Penn Internationals. I hate the sound too, but they are bullet proof.
  267. AKSalmon

    Visx as a Kite reel

    If you can actually get 1100 yards of 130# on a 50VISX, that would be a good choice. But is the line capacity that high? I'm not sure of that. I think a 50 wide is the minimum for a kite reel -- at least on a long range boat.
  268. AKSalmon

    Whats in your LR box?

    Doesn't a hen weigh 4 to 6 pounds?
  269. AKSalmon

    Squall 50vsw drag

    This happens on virtually all reels when you push the drag to the max specification. But more to the point: I would be very concerned about using a plastic framed reel with 30# of drag. For that much drag, I want a metal framed reel.
  270. AKSalmon

    Video: New PENN line spooler

    Why no counter? It seems silly not to include one.
  271. AKSalmon

    New star drag

    Comments by Chark on his Charkbait site seem to suggest, to me, that the Avet star drag reel won't be out for a little while. Once Avet posts details about the reel, I think they are obligated to post a delivery date. They may not want to do that.
  272. AKSalmon

    My guess is this reel is junk.....

    It was made in Japan by the same company that made K-Mart, Dolphin and even Heddon reels. Not a bad reel for the times. I'm pretty sure you can replace the drag washers with Penn drag washers part number 006 060 and make it fishable -- with perhaps 30# line, nothing heavier. Also, I'd strongly...
  273. AKSalmon

    I need a 3rd party repair for shimano

    Call or email Alan Tani before you send your reels. He doesn't do spinners...
  274. AKSalmon

    New star drag

    Avet needs to get on the stick and put out specs on the new star drag. Accurate is doing that and unless Avet does something to show why a buyer would rather have an Avet than an Accurate, Accurate will grab the entire market for US-made upscale star drag reels. When are they coming out? What...
  275. AKSalmon

    question on a older penn 109 level wind reel...

    The 109 can be fished as a direct drive or as a "knuckle-buster." Move the eccentric lever back and there is no anti-reverse; the handle turns both ways. Move the eccentric lever forward, and the anti-reverse works so the handle turns only one way like most reels. If the handle turns both ways...
  276. AKSalmon

    New Fathom II

    I would be **very** leery of used a Fathom II 30LW for cow tuna. A 30-class International (or Avet, Accurate, Okuma, etc.) is about minimum for cow class fish. The Fathom 30 is a good reel but not even close to enough for a cow...
  277. AKSalmon

    hotrodding a single speed tld 20 or 25

    That's a slick upgrade, and the video is so simple to follow. But I have to worry about the plastic frame. Won't it torque under higher drag pressures? I see more than my share of stock TLD 20s and 25s that people fill with 80# braid and fish halibut -- and many have gears that need to be...
  278. AKSalmon

    New star drag

    I'd really like to see this. At first glance, I'm worried that the star sticks out so far from the frame that cranking the reel will be like it has a wide spool. I hope it doesn't just come in high gear ratios. Something around 4:1 -- as well as 6:1, or even tow speed! -- would be nice...
  279. AKSalmon

    SXJ 5.3 specs

    Check out the Avet website; the specs are on Charkbait too I believe.
  280. AKSalmon

    upgrading drag on avet lx

    There's really not much you can do to beef up an LX. Your best bet would be to sell it and get a Raptor...
  281. AKSalmon

    Braid Color (YF & YT)

    White so that you can see it. Your flouro leader will be stealthy enough.
  282. AKSalmon

    2 Speed Reel with Calstar GF800M

    The Avet Raptor does cost more money than the Fathom, but it's also machined, not cast, and made in the US. Unless money is very tight, go with the Raptor.
  283. AKSalmon

    HX Raptor free spool problem

    It may be a simple case of too much grease on the edge of the spool or in the spool bearings. That said, Rocky does amazing work and your reels would benefit from his tuning.
  284. AKSalmon

    TR200G Drag Washers

    Yes! SmoothDrag Carbontex drag washers make a huge difference in these reels. I like them greased with Cal's Drag Grease.
  285. AKSalmon

    Pro Spec Fluorocarbon Back on Sale @ Trophy Tackle!!

    Just placed an order. Smooth website checkout, and reasonable shipping to Alaska. I'll be back...
  286. AKSalmon

    Red Rooster Mermaids

    I'm a little worried that a woman posted this. Is this what women want these days? That may explain why I'm single...
  287. AKSalmon

    Shimano TLD 2 Speed Serial #s

    The newer TLD 2-speed reels are a little better. Their handles are much nicer and they have a couple extra side plate screws that may make the frame a bit stiffer. They also have better bearings.
  288. AKSalmon

    ? For Avet JX owners

    Not Loctite, grease to prevent corrosion.
  289. AKSalmon

    Lefty reels 65# and up

    All Avet models are available in LH versions. Just pick the one you want -- HX Raptor comes to mind but there are both larger and small Avet reels that would work.
  290. AKSalmon

    ? For Avet JX owners

    Not a problem. You don't want the screws to come through the bottom of the reel and catch line.
  291. AKSalmon

    new valiant 1000/cow rig?

    It's not a cow reel. It's anti-reverse will be suspect with cow drag -- 30# or so.
  292. AKSalmon

    RR3 cited for overlimits in 2017

    Only slightly off subject: Why do dorado count extra in Mexican limits? They re mong the fastest growing of all fish and far from threatened.
  293. AKSalmon

    DX2-600 drag setting recommendations

    Hmm. How can the brand of line affect the measured drag? How can the type of line affect the drag? I realize the brand and type of line will affect breaking strength, and thus where you should set the drag, but how do they affect measured drag?
  294. AKSalmon

    Advice/Experience - Avet HX Raptor

    I think it casts great. But it does depend on the rod and the angler's skill as much (more actually) as the reel. For me at least, the HX Raptor is not what makes casting a fly line sardine difficult. It's my thumb. If you get a regular width HX Raptor, you'll be getting Magic Cast which helps...
  295. AKSalmon

    Penn Rampage 6Ft. 30-80 w/roller tip

    Price = value.
  296. AKSalmon

    Avet JX G2 or G1?

    Your line capacity numbers must be in error: The G2 reels hold slightly more line than the G1 reels. But for me at least, line capacity is not the reason to choose one over the other; it's drag capability. The G2 has a little more and would be my choice.
  297. AKSalmon

    BFT and the damage done

    Spread some epoxy over the scrapes.
  298. AKSalmon

    Valiant Magged

    Hmm. Can anyone explain how "contacting the spool shaft" results in cast control? The spool revolves around the shaft and it's not clear how doing anything to the shaft will affect how the spool revolves around it.
  299. AKSalmon

    Rod for Fury 600

    The reason it is easier to crunch the pinion or side plate bearing in a Fury than in a Twin Drag reel like a Boss is that you don't need to use as much pressure on the bearing to get the same amount of drag -- a result of having twin drags. In my reel repair business, I've seen quite a few bad...
  300. AKSalmon

    Is this normal? Avet JX Raptor

    Were you sure to wipe all the excess grease off the drag washer after you did the Alan Tani pre-service? Meaning did you rub it with a clean cloth so that almost all of the drag grease is removed? If there is too much grease on the drag washer, it will be just enough thicker to reduce free spool.
  301. AKSalmon

    Rod for Fury 600

    I'd be much more comfortable using any of the other Accurate 600 size reels for 80#. They all have twin drags so they put only half as much pressure on the pinion bearing.
  302. AKSalmon

    Rod for Fury 600

    Remember that the Fury series has only one drag washer, unlike other Accurates that have twin drags. This means, among other things, that it's relatively easy to crunch the pinion bearing by pushing the drag too high. 80# line is the absolute max for that reel in my opinion.
  303. AKSalmon

    Squall 50vsw

    The Squall series are good reels, but any plastic, I mean graphite, frame can be problematic at high drag. It's listed as having 30# of drag at strike and 40# at full. That's plenty if you are fishing 80# line but you would be pushing that reel to its limits. Good luck.
  304. AKSalmon

    Daiwa Saltist 30LD 2spd

    Sounds like you need to adjust the preset knob...
  305. AKSalmon

    Advice/Experience - Avet HX Raptor

    Caught a 201 YFT on my HX Raptor last spring.
  306. AKSalmon

    ~ To Baitcast, or not to Baitcast ~ (Reel)

    And many baitcasters and some conventionals have cast control devices that make backlashes nearly impossible. I used to fish spinning tackle occasionally, but haven't for a couple decades. Baitcasters and conventionals are so much better to fish with...
  307. AKSalmon

    SXJ G2 5.3 Reviews

    It's a great little reel! But I'd worry about line capacity if I were taking it offshore for pelagics.
  308. AKSalmon

    Clicker repairs for the LX, and inexpensive bearing repairs

    I service several hundred Avets per year and do not know of another dealer for Avet parts other than bearings. I've yet to see a broken bumper. What os causing yours to break?
  309. AKSalmon

    Avet/Seaguar/Raider/Graphtec Charter April 4th to 20th Report

    I can't break 100, even premier 100. But I still fish 130 or even 150 in the early morning and late afternoon at Hurricane and the Island. During the day I typically use 100. Of course, last year at mid-day my 100 rig found a cow and ran me around the boat for an hour and a half. 130 might have...
  310. AKSalmon

    Clicker repairs for the LX, and inexpensive bearing repairs

    Get your parts directly from Avet. They have a good parts ordering website. And compared to many companies, their parts are inexpensive.
  311. AKSalmon

    Help need a reel mechanic

    Almost any reel repair guy can service that reel -- I do about 50 every year in my shop in Alaska -- but I can't recommend removing the top bar. The TD 20II has a graphite frame which is pretty weak as it is. Removing the top piece would cause far too much frame flex.
  312. AKSalmon

    HXJ Raptor Gear Shift Problem

    If you slightly loosen the two screws on the shift mechanism, your reel may shift gears properly. If this does fix the problem, then I'd recommend removing the mechanism and reinstalling it making certain that the nut on the button and the shift button cover align perfectly with the screw holes.
  313. AKSalmon

    Busted spring thrust washer/spool spring washer?

    You'll do fine without them.
  314. AKSalmon

    International 50vsx or avet hxw raptor

    Those are very different reels in size and capability. The HX Raptor is at most a 100# reel while the much heaver 50 fishes heavier and has slower gears and more cranking power. They work best on very different rods.
  315. AKSalmon

    On a positive note!

    On my very first long range trip, a 10 day on the Red Rooster, I did OK on the first couple days but then hit a horrible slump. Nothing would bite -- and it seemed like everyone was hooking up constantly. I saw Fernando and asked him to pick a winner for me and toss it out. Of course, I had a...
  316. AKSalmon

    Avet Reel bag.

    It's hard for me to figure out how big the large really is: Will the large hold two 50s, two 30s, two HX's and a JX?
  317. AKSalmon

    Wahoo trollers

    I don't have any idea why my picture is with this message. I'd remove it if I could figure out how.
  318. AKSalmon

    Wahoo trollers

    Look at the Nomad DTX Minnow. Several were trolled on the March Red Rooster trip. They caught fish. My lucky Orange Carp Marauder got a strike and the wahoo ripped off the belly hook. It had caught 5 fish on 7 trolls...
  319. AKSalmon

    What is the Bait Like Currently?

    The bait we had on the March Red Rooster 15 day was the best I've ever seen. Large and healthy. Unfortunately, the fishing was pretty tough at the Bank and elsewhere.
  320. AKSalmon

    Avet JX 6/3 MC / HXJ 5/2 MC Versatility

    People like the JX because its size makes it easy to fish. I love mine. The standard JX is a 40 or max 50# reel; the JX G2 will fish 50# or 60#; while the JX Raptor is even more robust. The HXJ has more drag than the standard JX (but less than the JX raptor) but for me, its side plate diameter...
  321. AKSalmon

    Avet mxj 6/4 g2, how well do the two speeds hold up...

    The Avet 2-speed mechanism is virtually bullet proof as long as you don't get salted corrosion behind the shift button. A simple wash down at the end of the day and annual service will keep this reel in fishing shape. While I'm here: I don't fish for stripers, but am curious whether the MXJ has...
  322. AKSalmon

    Upcoming Intrepid trip-Question

    I've been on the Intrepid a couple times. Once I was in the port stateroom on the galley level. The room is next to one of the heads. Believe me: I knew it every time somebody took a dump. I told the captain that there was an odor problem but he said he wasn't aware of it. I told him I'd call...
  323. AKSalmon

    Fury Gear Ratio 4 vs 6.1 ???

    If it's for bait only, get the 4:1 gears. 6:1 gears are great for jigs but absolutely unnecessary for bait. The lower ratio gears have more torque as well.
  324. AKSalmon

    Avet Pro EXW

    There really is nothing you can do to quiet it down. Heavy grease will have a small effect but only for a little while. It might help to think of the noise as evidence the EX reels have a solid and bullet proof anti-reverse. Maybe.
  325. AKSalmon

    Now We Need This For The Long Travel Days

    Not enough range for Clarion or the Bank or I'd pick up a couple.
  326. AKSalmon

    Spooling a Penn Fathom 40NLD2 with 80

    I think the Fathom 40NLD2 is a fine reel but it's really not an 80# reel and its capacity is far too small for the kite. Even if you are fishing the kite close in -- which negates some of its value -- the fish might be very far out before you come tight. Is there any chance you can borrow a...
  327. AKSalmon

    Red Rooster returns with local cow bluefin.

    Most of us were fishing 60# or 80# fluoro for the BFT. We found several schools but only two that would bite. The first school was 40 - 60# fish; the second school had the bigger models.
  328. AKSalmon

    Is the Titus II Gold a good reel?

    Definitely pre-Makaira. Corrosion issues among other things...
  329. AKSalmon

    JX G2

    If I were in Avet management, I'd drop G1 reels from the catalogue and replace them with the G2 reels. That might allow a small price drop on the G2 reels. The G2 reels are better and, for the life of me, I don't understand why they cost more to make. Continue making the Raptors, of course.
  330. AKSalmon

    JX G2

    I think the G2 reels only make sense if you are getting a single speed. The price of a 2 speed G2 is so close to a Raptor that it makes more sense to get the Raptor.
  331. AKSalmon

    Backordered VISX

    I'm sure that if the VISX reels were stinkers, Penn would not be backordered. I was fortunate enough to actually score a 20 and love it. I'll take it out on its maiden voyage on a 15 day next week.
  332. AKSalmon

    Need help with spectra colors..

    Pretty much **everyone** on cow trips fishes white. That has to mean something.
  333. AKSalmon

    Fighting Harness on Guadalupe tuna

    The only time I use my harness anymore is when I am holding my kite rod. Once I hook up, I get rid of the harness so that I can move quickly and/or hand the rod to a crew member.
  334. AKSalmon

    removing sardine scales from Avet rubber handles

    sponge, soap and **warm** water
  335. AKSalmon

    Valiant bv2-800 line and rod setup

    Don't worry: I have my trusty 50T spooled and ready for my 15 day in a couple weeks...
  336. AKSalmon

    Valiant bv2-800 line and rod setup

    I hope Accurate is correct about the ARB alone being adequate. I worry that if the reel is in the rod racks for a 15 day trip that salt will get in the ARB and cause it to fail. Constant maintenance is the key, of course, but maintenance is hard while at sea -- and not everyone does it on land...
  337. AKSalmon

    Bringing the candy to PV

    Any idea what happens if you don't declare squid (or cigars) then get caught? Just a small fine I hope...
  338. AKSalmon

    Best Knot for Braid to Floro or Mono?

    The knot will be much bigger if you wrap the leader around the spectra. Much.
  339. AKSalmon

    closure of fishing grounds in mexico ??

    We need to end this discussion before it gets any uglier. Please.
  340. AKSalmon

    Fathom 25NLD2 Retainer shift button

    This ring does fall off occasionally. The problem is that when it is installed, you need to use the wrench (that comes with the reel) to hold the base and then cinch the ring tightly. Shifting gears twists the ring and if it isn't secure will cause it to come off. I like the Penn 2-speed shift...
  341. AKSalmon

    Honest, realistic, pricing feedback for a new.....

    The more I think about this, the more I think that Avet already has too many different reels. Unless Avet can make a true unique reel or a $99 JX G2, I doubt that market share will expand. The G2 reels represent an almost Raptor single speed reels. The small but significant changes Avet has been...
  342. AKSalmon

    Stuck between hi and low

    Let us know what you find out was wrong.
  343. AKSalmon

    Honest, realistic, pricing feedback for a new.....

    This is really tough, but I'll make a couple comments. First, I will pay a little extra for something made in the US. I'll also pay a little extra to know that parts and service are available. I won't pay a nickel for "bling." And sometimes I will pay whatever I need to pay to get the very best...
  344. AKSalmon

    Trip scheduled changed - what are my rights?

    A few years ago, I was on a Red Rooster trip that had a date change. I could not make it so Red Rooster refunded my money and gave me the $100 airline change fee. They also tossed in a jacket. I've ridden the Red Rooster about a dozen times since then.
  345. AKSalmon

    Stuck between hi and low

    When did you last service your reel? I ask because the 2-speed button can hang up if there is some salt and corrosion in the shift mechanism. A few drops of Corrosion-X worked into the button might solve the problem in the short run, but annual service is vital with all metal reels. On the other...
  346. AKSalmon

    Avet mxl rough

    The pinion bearing is the bearing in the right side plate; the bearing the pinion gear fits in. It can be hard to get out sometimes but it almost always the first thing to go on a lever drag reel.
  347. AKSalmon

    First Look: Shimano Evair Boat Shoes

    At the very least, Shimano should give our young reviewer a pair of Evair boat shoes.
  348. AKSalmon

    Omoto GTR 15

    If the TLD 5 is in good condition, yes, you're better off fishing that than the Omoto. But do know that the TLD 5 has not been made for over a decade so some parts are impossible to find any more. The TLD will be a much better reel with a carbon fiber drag washer...
  349. AKSalmon

    Omoto GTR 15

    I occasionally see Omotos in my shop. I can't say anything good about them...
  350. AKSalmon

    50 vs 30 size

    I'd go with the 50 if it's going on a 3x5. That said, I use a 50W for the kite and a 50 on my Big Bait rod, and 30s and smaller for the rest. Two years ago, one of my 30s went over attached to a back up rig (I never got the fish!) but I doubt even a 50 would have stopped that fish.
  351. AKSalmon


    Very low quality Chinese reels.
  352. AKSalmon

    First big game reel, why not an Avet?

    If you work on your own reels, you really need to consider Avet. They are, by far, the easiest reels to work on. Accurates are great but need constant attention and are hard to work on. Makairas are good reels and easier to work on than Accurates, but not as easy as an Avet. The new Penns look...
  353. AKSalmon

    Best meal on a LR boat

    Mike and Fernando do absolutely **killer** fish tacos when they can talk someone into bottom fishing for sculpin at Hurricane Bank.
  354. AKSalmon

    Healthiest Meals on a LR Boat

    I eat no meat; only fish. The RRIII is very good about accommodating me and I've noticed this: Over the years, more and more of my fellow fishermen are asking for the meals I am getting instead of the regular fare. We get exercise when we tussle with a big tuna, but most of the time, we sit...
  355. AKSalmon

    Avet G2

    Once you add MC and 2-speed, the price differential between the G2 and Raptor is so small that it makes no sense to get the G2 -- just get the Raptor. IMHO: 60# is the max I'd fish on an LX G2, but I suspect it will do just fine.
  356. AKSalmon

    AVET JX vs LX

    Yes, the Raptors have a lower low gear than the non-Raptors. 1.9:1 versus 2.4:1.
  357. AKSalmon

    AVET JX vs LX

    In low gear, the JX takes in 22"; low gear in an HXJ gets 21". Not a lot of difference...
  358. AKSalmon

    AVET JX vs LX

    For me, the JX is easier to fish because the side plates are smaller. If your hands are Trump-like, go with the JX...
  359. AKSalmon

    Makaira Lube ?

    Replacing the grease on spool bearings with a fast oil will increase free spool significantly. If you will be fishing fly lined sardines, it's something you should do. Trolling, chunking or kite fishing is fine with greased spool bearings.
  360. AKSalmon

    Avet G2

    I like them. A minor upgrade to the standard models: more drag and a larger pinion bearing. Definitely worth the money if you can't afford a Raptor.
  361. AKSalmon

    HX Raptor Lugs removal

    I think you'll find it difficult to flip the lug on the handle side of a raptor.
  362. AKSalmon

    HX Raptor Lugs removal

    Actually, you will need to take the reel apart to install the plugs which replace the harness lugs.
  363. AKSalmon

    Tac Glue, Sato, or both

    What about this connection: Insert the mono or flouro two feet into the spectra and then tie a half hitch close to where the mono comes out of the spectra. Cinch down well.
  364. AKSalmon

    Need drags. has what you wanted ships very quickly.
  365. AKSalmon

    Anyone have good luck ordering from Mikes Reel Repair

    My experience: I ordered a part and my credit card was charged. Two days later I got a message that the part was backordered but would arrive in a week. Two weeks later I sent a message asking about the part. It wasn't there so I asked for and received a refund a couple weeks after that.
  366. AKSalmon

    wintertime reel service for everyone

    In many star drag reels one on the inner side plate screws holds the anti-reverse dog in place. If this screw is removed, the dog will slip and you'll need to take the reel apart completely to fix the dog. Be careful. On many Penn start drag reels, the screw to be careful of is the inside screw...
  367. AKSalmon

    when buying a used reel how test drags

    I look for two things. First, I want to be able to adjust the drag over a wide range, from very light to somewhat heavier than I plan to fish. Second there should be no "bump" or jerk as the line starts to pull out slowly.
  368. AKSalmon

    How many of you are fishing your SX Raptors as a 40# setup?

    My only concern about using an SX Raptor for 40# is if you use a 40# flouro top shot that is long enough to wrap around the spool. The spool diameter is small so you'll likely end up with a fairly kinky leader. If the top shot is short enough that it all fits in the rod, it should be fine.
  369. AKSalmon

    Penn 113HLW

    You're really pushing a 113H by fishing 100#, or even 80# with a tight drag. This is especially true if your reel is one with the graphite frame and self tapping side plate screws. If you were to add an aluminum frame you'd be much better off. Much.
  370. AKSalmon

    BV 300 ratchet ?

    I don't believe the Valiant series has an anti-reverse ratchet; only an anti-reverse bearing.
  371. AKSalmon

    Citrix 350

    Did I read this correctly? Did you fish with 25# drag??
  372. AKSalmon

    Spooling spectra... How much weight?

    Well, obviously you put more pressure on the line while fighting the fish than you did when installing the line. But I wouldn't worry. Had you filled your reel with maximum pressure then had a long, 200 yard soak with no bite, you'd reel in the line with no pressure -- and couldn't fit it on...
  373. AKSalmon

    Charkbait talking smack............. also bad mouths amazon

    I have to say I was pretty amazed when I read Mark's discussion about the new Penn Internationals when he is also selling them. He is obviously mad at Penn for selling direct. And he throws more than a few rocks at the reels themselves. I don't know why he does this -- is he hoping to increase...
  374. AKSalmon

    Avet anti reverse problem

    One more thing: Make sure the dog is not upside down. It's easy to do and will make the anti-reverse intermittent.
  375. AKSalmon

    Avet anti reverse problem

    Avet changed the anti-reverse a couple years ago. They added more teeth so there would be less handle back play. You'll need to get a new dog to work with your new ratchet. I'd recommend the spring too. BTW: I service Avets and it is extremely uncommon for the anti-reverse to fail (at least...
  376. AKSalmon

    Valiant 2 spd 600N ?

    If the spool on the valiant if lighter than the Dauntless, it will not free spool as well when you spin it -- but it may be easier for a sardine to pull and may cast well.
  377. AKSalmon

    Whats in your LR box?

    Twice I've been on LR boats when someone was desperately asking if anyone had laxatives he could use. Think about it...
  378. AKSalmon

    First and most Merry Christmas to all

    I'm surprised they don't come with carbon fiber. The new Tekotas I'm seeing have carbon fiber drag washers instead of the brittle ones they came with originally.
  379. AKSalmon

    Newell 332....better for for 30# or 40#

    I believe Newell reels all came with a stainless steel gear sleeve, didn't they?
  380. AKSalmon

    Newell 332....better for for 30# or 40#

    Then if it has stock drag washers, you really need to change them. Go to and get a set of Carbontex washers. They are a snap to install and make a world of difference. I recommend greasing them with Cal's Drag grease but they can be fished dry as well.
  381. AKSalmon

    Toro Tamer Spectra

    It's not bad line. My perception is that ToroTamer has a larger diameter than other lines of the same advertised breaking strength but this does make it easier to work with. But I have to ask: The Charkbait price is good, but I doubt the price differential is actually very much -- not as much...
  382. AKSalmon

    Avet jx or lx raptor

    Identical reels except for line capacity.
  383. AKSalmon

    Modified Avet Raptor line at Cal's

    The thrust baring isn't just plug and play. To install it requires some additional modifications -- something very few end users can do.
  384. AKSalmon

    Knot contest knot

    Pretty impressive knot. But I really wonder whether it would hold better than a host of knots that are easier to tie -- like a double San Diego.
  385. AKSalmon

    Penn formula 10kg.

    That reel came out before spectra and its rating was for light line; 10g for 10 kilos or 20# line -- just like the out Penn International 30 was designed for 30# line. They weren't bad reels but it's almost impossible to get parts for them
  386. AKSalmon

    HXW raptor vs HXW raptor 3 speed?

    The 3-speed has the 1:1 granny gear that might help with a large stubborn fish. But the regular 2-speed features a 1.9:1 low gear. That's pretty low given the small HX spool. I caught a cow YFT last year on a 2-speed HXW raptor and wish I'd had the granny gear -- but I did get the fish in with...
  387. AKSalmon

    Which reel?

    I'd go with the HX as well and highy recommend the Raptor version if its within your budget.
  388. AKSalmon

    New aver exw50 /3 speed

    How about a ton of 130# hollow then splice on perhaps 50 yards of 200# hollow then maybe 50 feet of 200# mono.
  389. AKSalmon

    Torque Reels

    I have not idea, but Penn certainly has an incentive not to let this information out because the market for current models will tank.
  390. AKSalmon

    100lb. Threadlock capacity for VISX 20 & 30

    The 20VISX appears to have almost the exact same line capacity as an Avet EX30 which is listed as 560 yards of 100# Jerry Brown braid. I got a little more on mine.
  391. AKSalmon

    Valiant 30

    Not to be a broken record, but how much testing was done to verify that a single ARB on the 1000 is adequate for fishing 130#? I'd feel so much more comfortable f these new reels also had a pair of mechanical dogs.
  392. AKSalmon

    Accurate Announces BV2-800 and BV2-800N

    I service reels for a living too! But Boss reels with bad ARBs had to go back to you guys because the bearings were press-fit and hard to remove and replace in my shop. But my main issue is this: Is a single ARB adequate for a reel designed to be fished with 80# and heavy drag??
  393. AKSalmon

    HX Raptor

    A lower gear ratio would undoubtedly help land cows, but realize the spool on an HX is small so you're not gaining much line in low gear. That said, if you need the low gear, the three speed has a 1:1 granny gear...
  394. AKSalmon

    Accurate Announces BV2-800 and BV2-800N

    The specs say the new reels have one ARB bearing. Do they also have dogs? How many? And is the ARB bearing user serviceable? Or must the reel be sent back to Accurate to replace the bearing as was the case with Boss reels in the past?
  395. AKSalmon

    HX Raptor

    "How did you beef up the shaft?" I sent my reel to David Rocchi, [email protected] He's a machinist who has developed upgrades for the HX Raptor.
  396. AKSalmon

    HX Raptor

    I caught a cow on my HX Raptor last spring. They are very capable reels -- but after that fish I sent my reel out to beef up the bearings and shaft.
  397. AKSalmon

    Penn VSX vs VISX

    I had moved away from Penn for a few years but must say that I am **very** impressed by my new 20VISX. The free spool is absolutely amazing and I totally like the quiet anti-reverse. The handle is great and the two speed mechanism sweet. Finally, compared to Okumas, the design is simpler and...
  398. AKSalmon

    Anyone tried a double trouble below a bobber balloon?

    On a recent trip on RRIII, one guy put a double trouble rig on his bobber balloon. I wasn't the only one who thought it would tangle and become a mess. But before that happened, he got a strike and caught a nice fish. Sometimes luck matters.
  399. AKSalmon

    Penn VSX vs VISX

    VISX is the new model. It has a silent anti-reverse among there things.
  400. AKSalmon

    PENN International VI series; full specs now online

    The Instruction Manual that comes with the new 20VISX says that the "optimized strike setting" on the drag is 13 pounds, with full at 23 pounds. That seems very low given that the reel is supposed to get 50 pounds of drag. What should I make of these numbers?
  401. AKSalmon

    Question about Dauntless 600N.

    You could out 130# or even 200# line on your Dauntless, but you really are pushing that reel if you are fishing it as a 100# reel. Max stated drag is 32 pounds meaning that you'd need to max the drag to make use of 100# line. Personally I worry that I may damage the reel with I sundown the drag...
  402. AKSalmon

    Tekota handle issues

    I generally do see them once per year. But even when they come in that often, there are too many handle problems and new handles are expensive. I so wish you'd use the same handle design on the small Tekotas as the large ones...
  403. AKSalmon

    Part for Penn 875LC?

    Update: I ordered the part from Mike's Reel Repair. They charged my credit card and then sent me a note a few days later saying it was not in stock but would be in two weeks. After two weeks I sent them an e-mail asking about the part. No reply so I sent another. After a third no reply e-mail I...
  404. AKSalmon

    Question about Dauntless 600N.

    I'd fish 60 or 80 on that reel...
  405. AKSalmon

    Tekota handle issues

    I see far too many 500 and 600 Tekotas with stiff handles. Is there a way to make the handle knobs spin again? A shot of Corrosion-X doesn't work. This isn't a problem with the 700 and 800 Tekotas.
  406. AKSalmon

    Accurate and Newell are Best

    Several of the LR boats use Avets as trolling reels and loaner reels. The new Penns are outstanding reels as are Avets, Okumas -- and Accurates. I know of no LR boats that uses Shimanos or Daiwas as trolling or loaner reels.
  407. AKSalmon

    Freespool Sleeve

    On a related issue, I sleeved my 50T and the free spool improved dramatically.
  408. AKSalmon

    Penn Fathom vs. Avet LX vs. Okuma Metaloid/ Andros for 40-50#

    Avets have machined aluminum frames while the Fathom does not. And Avets are made in the US. That matters to some of us.
  409. AKSalmon

    Any good deals on the new Internationals?

    I know they are brand new, but someone must be offering free braid and free shipping and have them in stock? Who?
  410. AKSalmon

    Part for Penn 875LC?

    FYI: I ordered the part from Mike's Reel Repair. They took my payment then sent a note saying the part was not in stock but that they might have it in a couple weeks. Still nothing...
  411. AKSalmon


    Dunking your reel into freshwater a couple times is a good short run solution. But even in the best case scenario, you're going to need to replace bearing or two. At the earliest opportunity, your reel needs a complete service and, likely a few bearings.
  412. AKSalmon

    Accurate to fish 130# line.

    ATD30 would work.
  413. AKSalmon

    Spectra to spectra knot?

    What about uni-uni with a rod of Tac Glue?
  414. AKSalmon

    Jx G2 drag

    I doubt there will be a noticeable change after your reel is "broken in." When you depress the button and push the drag past strike, you don't push it all the way to sundown, do you? A small move past strike does not add anything close to 10# of drag on my reels.
  415. AKSalmon

    Part for Penn 875LC?

    Thanks. I did order one from Mike's. We'll see if it is actually in stock.
  416. AKSalmon

    Black Accurates. finish durability?

    Silver is always your best bet if you don't want scratches to show.
  417. AKSalmon

    Part for Penn 875LC?

    No luck on Bay...
  418. AKSalmon

    Penn 501

    There are lots of handle options; check out to see some. As far as modifying the reel itself: If it has an aluminum spool and HT-100 drag washers, I'd fish it as it is. You go crazy and spend lots of money that reel, but it's a great reel for 30# as it is.
  419. AKSalmon


    Almost worth being married!! Almost. But good luck with your surgery. I had mine last week -- and didn't get a single reel!
  420. AKSalmon

    Line Over Run

    Magnets will have no effect at the speed the spools turning from a bait swimming.
  421. AKSalmon

    Line Over Run

    If your line does not lay evenly on the spool, you'll get backlashes because pulling the same amount of line out will cause the spool to spin at different speeds. This is more likely an MXL than an SX because you may not have the MXL filled with line so one side or the middle the spool is taller...
  422. AKSalmon

    What's your idea of a successful Long Range Trip.

    A good trip is with good people, good fishing, good weather and good food. I'll always remember my trip last spring on the Rooster: On the last day of fishing I caught a wahoo and two tuna, one a cow and one right at 175. It was a spectacular day. After dinner I realized how beat I was and...
  423. AKSalmon

    Shimano TLD reels...

    The TLD reels are made of plastic; as such, they really aren't designed for heavy drag. If you want to fish heavy drag and 80# or stronger line, you really need a reel with an aluminum frame.
  424. AKSalmon

    Tyrnos 30 vs. TLD 30

    Just curious: What are the upgraded drags you put on your TLD 30II reels? They come standard with greased carbon fiber -- unlike the single speed TLDs which come with dry canvas drag washers that need to be replaced.
  425. AKSalmon

    Part for Penn 875LC?

    I know this is a long shot, but does anyone have the counter box gear, PN 306 875, for a Penn 875LC? Neither Penn nor Scott's Penn carries it any longer. Thanks in advance.
  426. AKSalmon

    Part for Penn 875LC?

    I know this is a long shot, but does anyone have the counter box gear, PN 306 875, for a Penn 875LC? Neither Penn nor Scott's Penn carries it any longer. Thanks in advance.
  427. AKSalmon

    AVET bearings JX 2 speed

    Send them an email to ask about shipping, but I am almost certain they cover return shipping -- unless you live away from the 48 contiguous states.
  428. AKSalmon

    donkey? is it the right term

    Only a little off topic: My biggest YT was something like 30#, maybe 35#. I was told that big YT just don't taste very good and that for the table it's best to keep those under about 20#. Can anyone verify this notion? Thanks.
  429. AKSalmon

    4+ turn surgeon's knot

    I have used a 4 turn surgeon's knot for several years with no failures. When it was taught to me, it was called a Roy Rose knot. That may mean something...
  430. AKSalmon

    Tune up my Penn 49L???

    The 49 really isn't a casting reel so the only free spool that may matter is to allow the bait to swim easily. Frankly, there are many reels that are better at this. Remember the 49 has bushings, not ball bearings. Use it for bottom fishing or salmon trolling. Or display.
  431. AKSalmon

    Penn 49L

    It's a very hard reel to cast given its shape, at least for me. I think it could be a OK wahoo troller with modern lines. But it's best for what it was originally designed for -- trolling for fish like salmon.
  432. AKSalmon

    RP knot failure

    I'm learning stuff from this thread, but I keep coming back to this: Won't all of these knots -- RP, Bob Sands, Tony Pena, FG -- work **if they are tied correctly**? I've had no failures with the RP on even cow size fish. It's so simple to tie that I am certain I tie it correctly. After all, it...
  433. AKSalmon

    Question about fishing reels?

    Few people would call Accurate reels "baitcasting" reels. They are "conventional" reels. They are outstanding reels and depending the model, can catch pretty much any fish that swims. They are specifically aimed at saltwater. I'd recommend you specify a type of fishing you want do and you'll get...
  434. AKSalmon

    Avet MX-L Raptor Line Suggestions

    As for the mono top shot, I like something soft to make casting a bit easier; others like something with lots of abrasion resistance. Your best bet is to go to a sporting goods store and feel a couple brands. That said, you can't go wrong with Trilene Big Game which is also cheap for a name...
  435. AKSalmon

    LX6/3 - MC drag issue

    The preset knob is the silver knob in the center of the handle side of the reel. To set it, put the reel in free spool (move the lever to 9 o'clock position) and turn the preset knob clockwise perhaps a quarter turn. Then put the lever at the strike position and pull out line. The drag should be...
  436. AKSalmon

    Need More Torque

    "But an old Senator 2/0 is a 4:1 reel that will slay tonnage." The old Senator 111 2/0 had a 2.25:1 retrieve ratio. A neat reel -- but very, very slow.
  437. AKSalmon

    Avet MX-L Raptor Line Suggestions

    All Raptors have Magic Cast which means that casting without backlashes is a breeze. And like all Avets, that reel has excellent free spool. I suspect you'll be amazed how easy it is to cast -- and how far.
  438. AKSalmon

    Boss Fury Reels?

    They aren't bad reels, but they are the bottom of the line from Accurate. If you can spring for another model, I'd recommend it. The Fury reels do not have twin drags.
  439. AKSalmon

    LX6/3 - MC drag issue

    If you had braid line next to the spool I'd say the braid was slipping but you say you fish mono. Hmm. What about this: If you won the reel, you may not know how to fish it. Has the preset knob slipped?
  440. AKSalmon

    RP knot failure

    I caught a 201 on the Red Rooster with an RP knot last spring. The fish took almost an hour and a half. I used knot pullers and a drop of Tac Glue. It's the only knot I use any more.
  441. AKSalmon

    Avet EX 30/2 or EX 50/2

    Should be -- and definitely if you're fishing from a private boat.
  442. AKSalmon

    Penn 49L

    Be careful with the chromed spool on early 49s. They don't handle mono line very well and will get out of round very easily. If you must fish it, put several wraps of dacron under the mono. The new aluminum spools solved this problem, but can't be put in older reels without a new bridge.
  443. AKSalmon

    Avet lx bring loud

    Its very clearly is a (or a couple) spool bearings if there is noise when you cast.
  444. AKSalmon

    light setup for giant bluefin tuna

    A cow is a tuna over 200 pounds.
  445. AKSalmon

    Penn 49L

    One lever is for the anti-reverse; you can fish the reel as a "knuckle buster" if you wish. The other lever is for free spool.
  446. AKSalmon

    light setup for giant bluefin tuna

    I catch quite a few large halibut up here in Alaska and go on cow hunts for large tuna every year. There is no comparison between a halibut and a tuna. A 100 pound tuna fights much, much harder than 200 pound halibut. That said, if you can chase the tuna with your boat you may be able to get it...
  447. AKSalmon

    Penn 49L

    Actually, the 49 has 3 drag washers that are almost a big as the drag washers in a 114H. It's gear ratio is 3.5:1 -- however, given the tall spool it has a pretty fast retrieve. In Alaska, 49s are still quite common for salmon fishing and many use them for bottom fishing as well.
  448. AKSalmon

    avet sx

    The specs on the SX and MX reels are 9# max drag at strike and 14# max drag at full. I have fished off piers in both Florida and Texas. Up here, the SX just doesn't have enough drag for halibut -- but is fine for salmon. I service a few hundred Avet reels every year. I think they are great reels...
  449. AKSalmon

    Another Avet questions?

    They did make a green camo reel for a while but I don't think they make it any more.
  450. AKSalmon

    avet sx

    Just to be clear: The MX and SX are rated for the amount of drag, 9# strike. If that's enough to turn your fish, the SX should be fine; if it's not, an MX wouldn't work either. That said, 9# at strike works but is pushing the reel to its max and will likely crush the pinion bearing before too...
  451. AKSalmon

    Omoto reel service in SD

    Omoto reels are similar to the old Okumas, not the current ones. And the few I've had in the shop have had some odd sized bearings. I hope those aren't the ones you need...
  452. AKSalmon


    Unless I am missing something, it looks like the anti-reverse consists of two "Ambassadeur-type" dogs. Is this correct? And will that be adequate?
  453. AKSalmon

    Be-300 drag

    Sounds like the pinion bearing is bad. This can occur if you push the drag too high or if some salt has gotten to it.
  454. AKSalmon

    Need More Torque

    Your best option is a two speed reel. It's almost impossible to get a lot of torque with 6.3:1 gears. A two speed reel would allow you to use the higher gear when you have no fish on the line and drop it into low when you have fish. That said, a pound of weight by itself is a lot to crank up...
  455. AKSalmon

    Fury 600

    The Fury series is Accurate's low end offering. If you can afford the Valiant, Boss Extreme or Dauntless I'd much recommend those reels. Accurate made its name with its Twin Drag reels -- but the Fury line does not have Twin Drags.
  456. AKSalmon

    Shimano TLD 30 2s vs 30A 2s

    All of the internal parts should fit. The A version has a different and nicer handle and a different frame and side pate.
  457. AKSalmon

    Accurate Twin Speed Reels

    Accurate Twin Spin reels are fine works of machinery and a good of a spinning reel as you can buy. But if you are considering one because of problems casting conventional reels, first give a serious look at Avet reels with Magic Cast. It really does stop backlashes.
  458. AKSalmon

    Penn Warfare 30 levelwind loads to the right

    This can also be caused by a bent line guide. If it is bent towards the right side, line will pile up there.
  459. AKSalmon

    Reel Size for Fly Line/Egg Sinker Setup...?

    I often use an ounce or two egg sinker on my 130# outfit when fish are a little deeper. It also keeps the gulls away at the island. My point is that an egg sinker rig is often useful, not just for small fish and light line.
  460. AKSalmon

    AVET bearings JX 2 speed

    It's more than bearings. I'll bet you have salt and corrosion build up on the spool and drag washer. I say this because of the odd sound when in strike. But I'm sure you need bearings too. These are great and reliable reels but they do need at least annually maintenance and a daily rinse.
  461. AKSalmon

    Setting drag on Avet sx...

    Set it at the strike position. But be forewarned: Max drag at strike is supposed to be 9# on an SX so you're right up to the most you should fish on that reel without crushing the pinion bearing. IMHO, 8# from the rod, not the reel, is about max.
  462. AKSalmon

    AVET HX Raptor Drag Lever Bearing popped out HELP

    This has been changed on current models; a click post is now integral to the lever and will not fall out like the old steel ball system.
  463. AKSalmon

    More fish than your freezer will hold? Then what....

    If the group you fish with is anything like the group I fish with, there are always a few guys who do not catch many as they want. Give them a fish. And ask the deckhands if they want a fish. They usually do. Too many fish is is not a problem...
  464. AKSalmon

    What makes a " good Wahoo set up"?

    A 7 or 8 foot rod that you can cast plus a high speed reel. I love my JX Raptor for wahoo. I fish it with 65# braid backing and about 50 yards of 50# mono.
  465. AKSalmon

    What is your favorite 80-100# set up?

    Avet HXW Raptor on Seeker 2x4 with 100# Jerry Brown and short fluorocarbon top shot
  466. AKSalmon


    If there is a chance for big fish, I'd go with a wide 50, if not an 80. On long range trips, the bait is often 200 yards behind the boat so line capacity can be an issue.
  467. AKSalmon

    Red Rooster 5-day report.

    They changed the jackpot system because they are now gutting fish before they go into rsw so they need to weigh them first. This has improved the meat quality considerably. If you care about the jackpot be sure to look at your weight and write it down. And good luck!!
  468. AKSalmon

    Avet MXL 2 speed

    The cam under the lever has slipped. Remove the lever and reseat the can and you should be OK.
  469. AKSalmon

    Best 2-Speed for Flylining?

    You might try softer mono; lines like Izor are stiff and harder to cast than others.
  470. AKSalmon

    Best 2-Speed for Flylining?

    If you can train your thumb, the extreme free spool of your JX will help you catch more fish because the bait will swim better. If you are careful to wind the line evenly o the spool backlashes are less likely.
  471. AKSalmon

    Huge local bluefin on PENN 50VSW

    Great fish! What did it weigh??
  472. AKSalmon

    Baja Special 113N Best Use

    Great reel for Alaska halibut!
  473. AKSalmon

    How long before they get back to me?

    As others have said, they aren't so good at answering e-mails but do usually respond well to phone calls. But let me add this: Unless your old drag washer is actually torn, you should be able to clean it off, dry it, and use it. Avet drag washers are very thick and last seemingly forever. If it...
  474. AKSalmon


    I love my JX Raptor for tossing wahoo jigs.
  475. AKSalmon

    Maintenance question

    A roller bearing wouldn't work aa a pinion bearing, at least not in any lever drag reelI am aware of. A redesign of the reel to make use of a thrust bearing would help immensely -- or a redesign as was done with the Raptor series. I have yet to see an Avet Raptor with a fried pinion bearing.
  476. AKSalmon

    Maintenance question

    Yes, it is the "end house bearing." If you keep the drag at or below specs it should last a while. As far as I know, there are no bearing upgrades that you can use. The bearings from Smooth Drag are just fine as are Avet bearings -- but you do need to keep them greased and set the drag within...
  477. AKSalmon

    Maintenance question

    If properly serviced, Avet bearings don't go out any more often the the bearings in other reels unless they re fished beyond specs, and then it is just the pinion bearing. I replace more Shimano bearings than Avet bearings in my shop. As for plastic: All reels have some internal plastic and it's...
  478. AKSalmon

    Jx 6/3 raptor.

    You should be able to get 300 yards of 80# plus almost 50 yards if 50# top shot. That's a good way to fish wahoo bombs, by the way...
  479. AKSalmon

    Maintenance question

    Yea, after 8 years you really ought to have them serviced. Grease may have hardened. You may need a couple bearings. And if they were not fully serviced when you put them away, odds are there is a bit of internal corrosion. And definitely instal new line.
  480. AKSalmon

    Avet vs. Fathom?

    Fathoms are great reels but have a problem: The frames are cast, not machined like Avets, so they are inherently weak. One consequence is that too many come in my shop with stripped side plate screws. Substantially longer side plate screws might solve this problem but would require a very...
  481. AKSalmon

    Simple Green

    I use Simple Green to degrease parts when I am servicing reels. However, I am carful not to leave the parts in too long because Simple Green can damage metal, especially aluminum. When cleaning the outside of your reels after fishing, straight water works OK, but Salt-X is better. The important...
  482. AKSalmon

    New JX 6.0

    Minerva's in Cabo could fix your reel while you wait...
  483. AKSalmon

    New JX 6.0

    You can get pinion bearings in most shops that do reel repair. Avet sells them of course and, contrary to popular belief, Avet bearings are just fine. Unfortunately for Avet, their very first reels shipped with some bad bearings and that reputation carries on to this day. When Avet reels are...
  484. AKSalmon

    New JX 6.0

    Sounds very much like you have a bad pinion bearing. It could have been crushed if the drag was set too high or maybe it shipped wth a bad bearing. That happens occasionally on all reels.
  485. AKSalmon

    Dauntless or Valiant 600 2-speed for Chunking?

    Those are both good reels but not ones I'd pick for your usage. I'd want different gear ratios -- you'd essentially never use the high gear when plunking and might want lower gears if you got onto a 150# fish. Maybe an ATD 12 or an Avet HX Raptor?
  486. AKSalmon

    A Sight To Behold

    Well, I learned something. We catch our share of yelloweye up here in SE Alaska. Residents get one per day; nonresidents get one per season. My biggest was 18 pounds
  487. AKSalmon

    A Sight To Behold

    That fish -- a yelloweye rockfish -- is well over 100 years old, maybe twice that old. I hope they kept the ear bone to age it.
  488. AKSalmon

    loosing freespool

    If it's a used reel, there are several possible problems. The belleville washers could be rusted; the spool bearings could be bad; or the pinion bearing could be toast. These reels are easy work on so you may be able to find the problem yourself. If you're not comfortable with this, have...
  489. AKSalmon

    New Cortez rod- is this normal?

    Not normal! Take it back.
  490. AKSalmon

    Seigler Reels

    These are the same reels that were originally called Release Reels, then Truth Reels. There are some very neat things about them but i would be bothered about having to the East Coast for service. They do have a good warranty.
  491. AKSalmon

    Potential new LR boat, needs visionary benefactor

    Only if it comes with a helicopter so that we could fly down, fly back, and hit Cabo at night.
  492. AKSalmon

    Makaira 50 SE or Avet Pro Ex 50?

    I dislike the noise of the Avet as well. But I think the Avet is essentially bullet proof while I have seen far too many problems with the Okumas.
  493. AKSalmon

    AVET EX 30/2

    For flylining, I don't want more than about 25 feet of mono or fluorocarbon. Much more than that and it will affect how the sardine can swim. So I'd stick on maybe 500 yards o spectra behind the leader.
  494. AKSalmon

    Aqua Shield Grease?

    Another website says that Avet is now using Aqua Shield Grease. Is this correct? When did they start using it? And why??
  495. AKSalmon

    Shimano Speedcast

    As a rule of thumb, you need to pay twice as much for a spinning reel as a conventional reel to get comparable quality and capability. This is because spinning reels have so many weak design features -- the bail system, the handle, the spool shaft, etc. A $130 spinner is thus just about was...
  496. AKSalmon


    Sorry, but what is a Dynatroll? A lure, I know, but can someone post a pict or tell me where I can see one?
  497. AKSalmon

    Boo to Avet!

    Hmm. You must mean that they are not making any more reels with the Neptune's Heart color. Several have been made -- I have two -- so this must have been a limited edition. I don't have a problem with that.
  498. AKSalmon

    JX Live Bait Backlash Issue

    Magging won't be much help unless the spool is moving very fast, like when asking. Even a great bait won't swim fast enough to engage the mag effect. One thing that might help: Make sure the line lays evenly on the spool. If there is a "hump" in the middle the spool will speed up as it comes off...
  499. AKSalmon

    AVET customer service?

    I am **so** glad this guy isn't one of my customers.
  500. AKSalmon

    Avet Lx raptor

    80# would be pushing it a bit, but that reel has a ton drag. 80# braid with a 60# top shot would be ideal.
  501. AKSalmon

    Pro EX 4/02 for Dropper Loop and Cost Benefit Question

    Whoops: There is no G2 version of the X series of reels. The HX Raptor has are drag than the EX 30/2.
  502. AKSalmon

    Left handed level wind conventional reel.

    Check out the Penn Squall 30 left hand.
  503. AKSalmon

    Old LX drag limits

    The old LX's were good reels but they did have low drag ratings. I wouldn't push the drag past 15# -- which is fine for fishing 50# -- but even at that amount of drag, your pinion bearings won't last forever. Fortunately, these bearings are cheap and easy to install.
  504. AKSalmon


    Don't forget to bring the good luck.
  505. AKSalmon

    Fathom 25N Casting Issues

    Don't fill the reel all the way. Leave a little room so that you can put your thumb on the edge of the spool to feather the cast. And practice. Lots.
  506. AKSalmon

    ceramic bearings

    I doubt you'd notice any difference in the free spool if Avet were to install certain spool bearings and you really wouldn't want ceramics anywhere else.
  507. AKSalmon

    Avet LX to JX conversion?

    It wouldn't make economic sense: You'd need the frame, spool and the spool shaft, and those parts would cost lots. You can go to the Vet website to see the costs you'd be looking at. Sell your LX and buy a JX.
  508. AKSalmon

    HXW Raptor - What Rod?

    My HX Raptor clicker is very loud. The MX and LX clickers are fairly quiet, but every HX I've seen has a loud clicker. Many people up here use the HX on rods in rodholders for halibut and need a clicker to tell them when they have a strike.
  509. AKSalmon

    New Internationals?

    I keep seeing references to the new Penn Internationals. Any chance we can get an idea when they are due at retailers and what changes are being made? More than a few of us on this board need new tackle for the upcoming season and want to compare all the options!
  510. AKSalmon

    Avet HXJ raptor versatility

    FYI: I just loaded my HX raptor with 80# Hollow (jerry brown and seagaur threadlock) and only got 425+ yards Hmm. You must not be packing the line very tightly. I can get well over 500 yards of 80# braid on an HX...
  511. AKSalmon

    AVET HXW Raptor 3-Speed -VS- Accurate ATD 12

    I think you'll find that the Avet takes less maintenance and is easier to work on.
  512. AKSalmon

    AVET HXW Raptor 3-Speed -VS- Accurate ATD 12

    Your question has a lot going on! First, The Penn 30VSW is a much bigger and heavier reel than ether the HXW Raptor or ATD 12. (And in my mind the 30SVW is simply too big for halibut, even Alaskan brutes.) Comparing the Raptor and ATD 12: Both are fine reels with enough drag for just about...
  513. AKSalmon

    Upgrading older metal knobs on EX to newer rubber knobs?

    Hmm. I may have been incorrect: Go to the Avet website and check out the parts for an EX 30/2. You **may** be able to just add the handle knob plus the ball bearings and shaft, but if it were me, I would go with the complete handle. It's a very simple install and you won't run the risk of having...
  514. AKSalmon

    Upgrading older metal knobs on EX to newer rubber knobs?

    You'll need to order the whole handle, but it's simple to install.
  515. AKSalmon

    Red Rooster III WiFi

    If you get up in the middle of the night and sit by the ice maker, the wifi works slowly but is usable. But really: We are on a vacation!! If it is extremely important, use the SatPhone; otherwise, kick back!
  516. AKSalmon

    Issue with Andros 5aii Skipping, 4th time returned to Okuma!!

    I'll bet the inside of the pinion gear is worn so that, under load, it doesn't catch on the spool and "skips." I occasionally see this on Penn reels in the shop that have been fished too hard.
  517. AKSalmon

    avet mxl 6/4 2 speed tutorial

    But you will need to remove the two speed mechanism and gears in order to replace or service the pinion bearing -- which happens to be the thing that goes out most often on virtually all lever drag reels.
  518. AKSalmon

    avet mxl 6/4 2 speed tutorial

    The only real difference is the 2 speed mechanism itself. But that's very easy. Just pay attention when you remove the screws on the handle that hold the mechanism in place.
  519. AKSalmon

    Thanks 5 Star!

    After reading reports about 5 Star changing hands, I was a bit leery about having them once again process my fish and ship them to Alaska. I shouldn't have worried. As always, the service was first rate. All of the vacuum packages were sealed and frozen when my shipment arrived in Juneau. And...
  520. AKSalmon

    avet mxl 6/4 2speed rebuild tutorial

    Go to to find your tutorial a well as all sorts of reel repair and service advice.
  521. AKSalmon

    AVET LX G2 or Andros 12 SII

    I use a JX Raptor for tossing Hoo Bombs. It's narrow so winding fast is easy; it has more than enough drag; and its high gear -- 6.3:1 -- really moves the bait. I just don't think you need the extra line capacity of an LX.
  522. AKSalmon

    Saltwater spinning gear

    This is why using a spinner on an anchored sport boat is hard: "I just kept the rod bent with max pressure, and we used the boat to plane him up to the surface..."
  523. AKSalmon

    mxl 2 speed break in

    The MXL is a fine reel. But from my experience, you're asking for pinion bearing trouble if you fish it at 9# of strike drag all the time... Try 6 or 7 at strike and bump it up if necessary.
  524. AKSalmon

    Saltwater spinning gear

    The fish was on bait, and the rod was perhaps 7 feet but other than that I know nothing. But calling a 150# tuna from the Hurricane Bank a 15 minute fish is something can't do, and certainly not without using the rail.
  525. AKSalmon

    Saltwater spinning gear

    On my March 15 day on the Red Rooster, one guy hooked a 150# tuna on spinning gear. He was using a large Accurate Spinner; I think it was a 30. He fought the fish for quite while then had to pass the rod to Nick, the strongest deckhand known to man. Nick wrestled it in but said he wouldn't do it...
  526. AKSalmon

    Avet HXJ raptor versatility

    Just speaking for myself and Donald Trump, I find the JX much easier to cast than the HX. The HX is too tall for us to handle easily given our small hands.
  527. AKSalmon

    Problems With My Avets -- Serviced with Greased Drags

    Avet reels do not **require** grease on their drags. However, if they are dry and get a spot of oil on them -- from the bearing or wherever -- the drag will get jerky. That doesn't happen if the drag washer is greased with a pure Teflon grease like Cal's. Just as importantly, greasing the drag...
  528. AKSalmon

    Reel Clamp

    The clamp that goes on an EX30/2 will fit on an LX; I do it myself. Go to the Avet website and order one online.
  529. AKSalmon

    Best bang for the buck in a used 2 speed 80lb class reel

    Well, you are certainly right that the graphite (read: plastic) frame on the TLDs limits their use as 80# reels. But finding a used, metal reel for 80# is going to be tough. An old International might work but again you're right, they are very heavy. If it were me, I'd look very closely at a new...
  530. AKSalmon

    Reel world drag numbers on the Fury 500s and 600s

    IMHO: Unless money is really, really tight, go with the Twin Drag Accurates. The Furys are "entry level" and not nearly the good as standard Twin Drag Accurates.
  531. AKSalmon

    New Saltiga Star Drag Reels

    Hmm. Why did Daiwa reject it? Did they say the handle shaft sheared off due to operator abuse or error?
  532. AKSalmon

    HX 3 Speed

    My understanding is that the very first EX50/3 reels had a problem with the shift mechanism but that this has been fixed for a couple years, and never was a problem by the time the HX/3 came out..
  533. AKSalmon

    Opinions About EXW-30 versus HXW Raptor

    I'm intrigued: Does Rocky's Reels have a website? I can't find it with a Google search.
  534. AKSalmon

    Opinions About EXW-30 versus HXW Raptor

    Only slightly off topic: If you look at the schematics for an Avet Raptor and an Okuma Makaira, you'll note that they have almost identical drag systems. Both have a single drag washer with drag plates applied to both sides. As far as I am aware, no other reels use this kind of drag system. Both...
  535. AKSalmon


    Hmm. Why would you want a 60 size? There is a wide 50. How would a 60 differ? I don't believe anyone makes a 60 size reel -- and the Penn 70 is something of an odd ball.
  536. AKSalmon

    Opinions About EXW-30 versus HXW Raptor

    Just got back from the Hurricane Bank and the Red Rooster. Used an HXW Raptor on a Seeker 2x4 as my primary 100# setup. I caught several nice fish including a 201# cow on that set up. The low gear -- 1.9:1 -- had plenty of power even for my weak arms. The HX spool is small diameter so you aren't...
  537. AKSalmon

    Penn 30T Spectra Capacity

    You should be able to get 550 yards plus a top shot on a 30T.
  538. AKSalmon

    Okuma Solterra SLX

    Price = Value.
  539. AKSalmon

    Penn 349 Newell

    Neat reel. But heavy and almost no parts are available for them. Put it on the shelf.
  540. AKSalmon

    BLUEFIN ALERT... Excel Long Range Sportfishing

    How odd is it to be seeing schools of bluefin this time of year?
  541. AKSalmon

    Old school AVET LX 4.1:1 Specs?

    The LX 4.1 is best thought of as a 30# reel, and pushing strike drag past about 10# is going to create problems. It has the same line capacity as a Penn Jigmaster 500. As for the bearings: The pinion bearing did go out frequently because people pushed the drag far too much; for example, I saw...
  542. AKSalmon

    New Cow reels?

    I wanted to get that new Zebco Bossy Cow Reel but found I just didn't have the strength to push the button reliably.
  543. AKSalmon

    How do you set the hook fishing sardines?

    Excuse me: Mustad 39965 D in size 11/0 and 12/0 for sardines? Is there a typo somewhere? Those are huge hooks, aren't they? I find a Super Mutu 6/0 about as big as I want to use on a sardine. Am I missing something?
  544. AKSalmon

    Fury 500 and 600: AR bearing strength?

    The AR bearings in Accurate reels will get more than 6 or 7 pounds of drag without failure. However, all AR bearings have a problem with potential corrosion. And if your AR bearing does fail, you have a problem with Accurate reels because the AR bearing is press fit. You'll need to send it to...
  545. AKSalmon

    Fury 500 and 600: AR bearing strength?

    No Avet reel has ever had an AR bearing; they have always come with dogs. The very first Avets did have anti-reverse problems but this was soon rectified. If you have an Avet with an anti reverse issue it is almost certainly caused by corrosion.
  546. AKSalmon

    Extra Cash??

    And lots of singles for Acey Deucey!
  547. AKSalmon

    Service before selling?

    Yes service them. If nothing else, then you can be certain there is nothing wrong with your reel.
  548. AKSalmon

    Andros 5ll Noisey

    Bad pinion bearing
  549. AKSalmon

    Any Long Rangers who Fished Frontier Lodge in Sitka?

    Elfin Cove is spectacularly beautiful. The town has, I believe, 26 year round residents -- many more in the summer with lodges and fishermen of course. The town has exactly one bar and one store. But the lodges are fully equipped with alcohol and pretty much anything else you need. Personally...
  550. AKSalmon

    LOOP TO LOOP with SOID 100LB Spectra

    I use a 4 turn surgeon's knot to make a loop in solid spectra. No problems after 6 years and several large tuna. There are several knots you can use to connect fluro to solid spectra. I like the RP knot; others swear by the Tony Pena. In the olden days everyone used the Albright.
  551. AKSalmon

    Any Long Rangers who Fished Frontier Lodge in Sitka?

    Silvers haven't been great the last couple years but they are definitely around. I'd go in August if I wanted to target silvers.
  552. AKSalmon

    Any Long Rangers who Fished Frontier Lodge in Sitka?

    Unless you are fixed on Sitka, I'd check out Elfin Cove as well. Tanaku Lodge is absolutely first rate and they catch lots of fish too. You should know that the state is in the midst of a king salmon drought...
  553. AKSalmon

    Sunline Fluorocarbon leader

    I used Sunline 100# last March on my 15 day. I caught a number of fish on it. No cows but some cover 150#. I think it is a bit stiffer and harder than Premier.
  554. AKSalmon

    Avet HXJ Raptor for GOM?

    Not to be contrarian, but the HXJ is **very** narrow so if you get on a fish that runs very far you'll fid that the drag tightens quite a bit. If it were me and I expected fish of 100 pounds, I'd get the regular HX Raptor. It's still not a wide reel, and you'd be covered just in case. Just in...
  555. AKSalmon

    Fin-nor reels... Any good?

    Fin-nor went out of business and Zebco bought the name. Their reels are made in the Far East. I haven't heard good things about them but have seen only a couple in my shop. It may mean something that they are always on sale, or so it seems.
  556. AKSalmon

    G2 Drag Bump?

    I got this reply from Avet: Hi Bill, The combination of a larger pinion bearing, stiffer bellevilles, and a slightly larger stainless drag disc with a modified machined profile increases the drag output on the G2's. Some slight geometry changes between the frame, end housing, drag disc, and...
  557. AKSalmon

    UV flash light for lighting up Jigs

    You don't need glow sticks to catch sharks: On consecutive drops last March at Clarion, I lost PL68s to sharks. They were glow jigs, of course, but I suspect those sharks would have hit anything that morning.
  558. AKSalmon

    G2 Drag Bump?

    Can anyone tell me what Avet did to bump up the drag on the new G2 reels? I don't believe there is a thrust bearing...
  559. AKSalmon

    100lb capacity for international 30II

    It should hold 550 yards of 130# and about 650 yards of 100#.
  560. AKSalmon

    Spectra Line for ex 50/2

    130 should be fine -- but I really doubt you need an outfit that heavy for a 7 day. Call the boat and see what they suggest.
  561. AKSalmon

    Your first fish; your favorite fish to catch; your favorite fish to eat; favorite shellfish to eat

    1. Bluegill 2. King salmon in saltwater or maybe yft 3. King salmon (bbq with teriyaki sauce) 4. scallops
  562. AKSalmon

    Crimping 100lb & 130 Single barrel or Double

    I use black aluminum double barrel crimps for fluro but tie mono using a San Diego jam.
  563. AKSalmon

    Night fishing for the big guys

    The stock hooks are fine if you fish yellow/white/glow because all you will catch are little skippies. You need to fish white/yellow/glow to get the big ones. And do be sure to change the hooks if you fish this way.
  564. AKSalmon

    Shimano vs Avet

    Posting this on the Shimano board may not generate the most objective result. You may want to post it on the BD Reels board or San Diego long range fishing board. Or maybe just go wit the US made model...
  565. AKSalmon

    Night fishing for the big guys

    White/Yellow Glow. White/Yellow Glow. And White/Yellow Glow.
  566. AKSalmon

    Avet G2

    You need to check with Charkbait, but I believe there are SXJ G2's available now.
  567. AKSalmon

    Avet G2

    Charkbait has the SX G2 and MX G2, the only two G2s that are currently available. The JX/LX will likely take until the end of January at least.
  568. AKSalmon

    Andy Cates tackle briefing circa 1997

    It's the **highly** coveted trolling jacket!
  569. AKSalmon

    Penn Fathom 2 speed Drag Problem

    Any chance the spectra is slipping on the spool?
  570. AKSalmon

    Loud EX 30

    The EX series does have loud anti-reverse -- but so does the Penn International and most other reels in this class. I doubt you'll notice it when there is a fish on the end of your line...
  571. AKSalmon

    Avet Durability/Reliability

    I service Avets in my shop. Very rarely do the clickers go out, anodizing is the best in the business. If you keep them clean they have just about zero corrosion issues.
  572. AKSalmon

    Penn Fathom 25NLD2 vs Avet MX Raptor??

    It is extremely rare for the piñon bearing to go out on a Raptor; these reels are designed such that your really, really have to abuse it to fry the piñon bearing. The standard Avets have good bearings too -- but if you push the drag too much (about 9 pounds on an MX) you will crunch the pinion...
  573. AKSalmon

    Penn Fathom 25NLD2 vs Avet MX Raptor??

    I do occasionally see broken cast frames in my shop as well as stripped screws. Another thing: You cannot anodize cast aluminum; you can only paint it. Machined aluminum is more expensive but in my opinion, well worth it.
  574. AKSalmon

    Belep Island New Caledonia, December 2016

    What is that weed turquoise fish with big lips?
  575. AKSalmon

    G2 or Raptor?

    The G2 series gives you more options: You can get it single speed and with or without Magic Cast. If you need two speed and Magic Cast, the only reason to consider a G2 is because of the neat but horribly named color.
  576. AKSalmon

    So, what is G2

    I've been told the they will not be dropping the old line of reels, although I can imagine that if the G2 series is wildly successful, they just might.
  577. AKSalmon

    So, what is G2

    It does not replace the standard or Raptor line; it fits in between and is priced accordingly. There are G2 versions of LX, MX and SX reels; no G2 version the HX.
  578. AKSalmon

    Drag issue on Fathom 25 NLD2

    I have had reels in the shop where the line would slip on the spot only at heavy drag; it wouldn't slip at moderate drag. If that isn't your problem, my suggestion is to end the reel to Penn or an authorized repair station.
  579. AKSalmon

    Drag issue on Fathom 25 NLD2

    Sounds like the braid is slipping on the spool. If you didn't knot it well or use some tape or a few wraps of mono backing, this is what improbably happening.
  580. AKSalmon

    What is an ideal arsenal for upcoming 15 day trip

    I fly from Alaska so I just can't bring as much tackle as everyone else on the boat. Here's what I bring: •• two 130# outfits (Accurate 50T and Avet EXW 30/3) on appropriate 7' rods •• two 100# outfits (Avet 30/2 and HXW Raptor) on appropriate 7' rods •• two 50# outfits for wahoo, one of a...
  581. AKSalmon

    Daiwa Saltist 2-spd Lever Drag - Problem?

    Odds are there is a bit of salt or corrosion in the two speed shift mechanism. This should be a simple fix.
  582. AKSalmon

    SX Bait setting... suddenly 0 drag

    My first guess is that you have some salt or corrosion on the belleville washers on the left side of the spool. I'd check the pinion bearing and left side spool bearing while you're inside the reel.
  583. AKSalmon

    KastKing Braid

    It's real cheap on eBay. Made in China, it has quality issues and is very rough. Fishing is too important to me to fish with low quality tackle.
  584. AKSalmon

    When Long Range and Life Collide

    Good luck, and thanks for writing this. I hope it reminds people to have their PSA test. I'm now a 10 year survivor of prostate cancer and already anxious for my March 15 day on the Red Rooster. There are at least 3 other prostate cancer survivor on this trip every year.
  585. AKSalmon

    The New Avet G2 Series

    Red Sky at Night
  586. AKSalmon

    New Fathom 25NLD2 Problems

    This is almost certainly a very simple fix. If you're not comfortable opening the reel yourself, a repair shop can probably get your reel working while you wait.
  587. AKSalmon

    Avet 3 speed Jx raptor

    I can't imagine there would be much demand. I need a 3 speed so I can put the wood to a cow or almost cow, but the JX just doesn't have the one capacity to make me feel comfortable. A 3 speed HX Raptor is as small as I'd want to go -- and even then I'll always worry about sending my HX Raptor...
  588. AKSalmon

    The New Avet G2 Series

    Is the G2 series going to replace the standard (non-raptors) series, or will it be a third series? Any idea on prices yet?
  589. AKSalmon

    Gearing up for my new boat and have questions for trolling reels.

    It depends on where you will be fishing and what you will be fishing for. I suspect you'll get more replies if you address these issues first.
  590. AKSalmon

    Penn Warfare 20 & 30 reels

    Price = value. They feel very cheap to me but I suppose they are worth what they sell for.
  591. AKSalmon

    Cleaning and desalting Accurate Reels after a trip

    After heavy use i saltwater, odd are very good that salt has gotten inside your reel. It really should be completely disassembled, cleaned and lubed. Accurate reels aren't easy to work on so this is something you may prefer to have someone else do.
  592. AKSalmon

    Seaguar/Yo-Zuri Line Tests

    Like Wahoodad, I doubt I could break 100# lie either. But I do wonder: Is the abrasion resistance of 130# line a factor to consider? Circle hooks typically catch in the corner of the mouth but if they don't or if the line goes through the other side of the mouth, is there a significantly higher...
  593. AKSalmon

    Older mxj parts compatibility.

    You shouldn't have to replace the clicker every year, but you might need to if you leave it on all the time -- when you are retrieve, a fish is running, etc. The clicker is a line out **alarm** meant only to signal a strike, not to be left on all them time.
  594. AKSalmon

    How to cast far using Accurate DX2-600N?

    Yea, you have a great reel, but it has reels no cast control mechanism other than your thumb. It does take some getting used to. Some Avet reels have a magnetic cast control --"Magic Cast" -- that does remarkably well at stopping backlashes, but magnetic cast control is not available on...
  595. AKSalmon

    RP knot

    I'm curious: Why go to Bob Sands knot after the RP knot? Also, how heavy line do you use with these knots?
  596. AKSalmon

    Penn 975 gear ratio mod?

    I doubt you'll find anything. Penn doesn't make faster gears for that reel, and sales were never good enough to prompt a third party to make faster gears. If you really need a faster reel, you can get quite a bit for your 975 and then buy a Torque or Fathom.
  597. AKSalmon

    870 2-speed drops out of gear

    Accurate 2-Speed mechanisms can be very temperamental. If it were my reel, I'd first look at the tiny spring under the 2-speed cap. If this spring is twisted or has some salt on it, it won't hold the plate in place which keeps the reel in low gear. There is also a spring inside the handle stem...
  598. AKSalmon

    Trinidad 14A acting funny

    If the braid isn't slipping -- and it well may if you did not tape or back the spool with mono -- then it could be that you have something on the right spool shaft that is preventing the pinion gear fro engaging the spool completely. Take out the spool and check -- it could be a wrap or two of...
  599. AKSalmon

    AVET SX 6/4 Is This My Pinion Bearing?

    Sounds very much like the pinion bearing is bad. When you order a new one from Avet, get the missing belleville washers and spool spring washer. If that's all you need, you are talking about $10. But it does sound to me like the reel has been through hell (or at least very poor maintenance) so...
  600. AKSalmon

    Graphite Frames

    I think aluminum frames are more true than plastic games so you are likely to get better free spool, smoother drag and, if have a have wind, less chance of a level wind failure. Aluminum frames do cost more but, in my opinion, are worth it.
  601. AKSalmon

    Penn Torque Free spool

    I haven't seen your reel, but I'm certain it is an easy fix. It could be that Penn got some grease on the edge of the spool; this can slow don free spool quite a bit -- and in recent years Penn has been putting **lots** of great on their reels. It could also be your reel shipped with a bad...
  602. AKSalmon

    Shimano Talica 2 speeds

    TS301 will increase free spool but there are other things that could be done as well: If your spool bearings have shields -- I don't think they do -- remove them then clean and lube them with TS301. Also, make sure there is no grease on the edges of the spool.
  603. AKSalmon

    Brake disk/ Pinion gear stuck?

    Well, very obviously the previous owner never serviced your reel. That's bad. But you may be able to get the it working again by soaking it Salt-X for a few hours or putting PB Blaster on the stuck parts. Once you get it apart use a nylon scrubber to remove the rust from the spool shaft. Apply a...
  604. AKSalmon

    Bananas on long range boats>

    Sometimes there were snakes in the banana bunches...
  605. AKSalmon

    Arm and hand cramps

    Gatorade works to prevent cramps.
  606. AKSalmon

    LR reel maintenance

    I don't think it would hurt if you got some Corrosion-X or Boeshield T-9 on the line but I try to avoid it. And it can't hurt to pre-treat your rods and the outside of your reels with Corrosion-X before a trip but it's still vital to rinse them in freshwater and service them after the trip.
  607. AKSalmon

    LR reel maintenance

    During the trip, I spray freshwater on my reels every night if at all possible. I also put a few drops of Corrosion-X on the external moving parts (handle knob, etc.) a couple times during the trip. Then once I get home I do a complete service.
  608. AKSalmon

    Raptor gear vs regular avet

    Raptors don't have better bearings than regular Avets. However, their design is such that there is very little pressure on the pinion bearing so Raptor pinion bearings rarely go bad even at high drag pressure. Non-Raptor pinion bearings are good bearings too and rarely go bad -- if the reel is...
  609. AKSalmon

    Clicker on Bx2 dawg reels

    I think if you talked to Accurate, they would say these reels just weren't designed to be used as trollers. They work, of course, except for the clicker apparently.
  610. AKSalmon

    Bulletproof 30 size troller?

    You'll love your SEA's -- but do be aware that they are optimized for live bait rising so they have open bearings which require more frequent servicing.
  611. AKSalmon

    Trophy Grouper..... Intrepid with a nice grouper

    That is a great fish!! But the Gulf Grouper is threatened with a population of 1% of what it should be. We need to release these fish -- especially the chewy old ones.
  612. AKSalmon

    Penn fathom 15-2speed

    If it is the anti-reverse bearing, I believe you need to replace then entire right side plate because the bearing is build in. I know it's that way with the star drag Fathoms.
  613. AKSalmon

    Bulletproof 30 size troller?

    I've been reluctant to comment on this thread but I do have a couple things to say: First, I agree that the TLD frame (including the A versions) is prone to cracking. I see this fairly often when people use them to fish 80# for Alaskan halibut. (Pretty much every one that comes in the shop needs...
  614. AKSalmon

    ATD 12T Drag at Strike

    Not to hi jack the thread, but can you explain how to put a thrust bearing in an HXW? Where do you get the bearing and how do you install it?
  615. AKSalmon

    getting ready for puerto vallarta

    Wow. Can you fish 45# of drag?? I set me 50 at 30# at strike...
  616. AKSalmon

    Penn Warfare (help)

    One more thing: If the line is on the spool is even, it will turn at constant rate when you cast. If it is higher on one side the the other, the spool will speed up when the line comes off the high side and lead to a backlash.
  617. AKSalmon

    Penn Warfare (help)

    The art of casting involves several things, not the least of which is an educated thumb. You need to develop a feel such that your thumb applies just the right amount of pressure to allow a long cast but not a backlash. The Penn Warfare can be cast by a talented fisherman, but it does not have...
  618. AKSalmon

    Avet Light Setup - Yellowtail

    Are you sure you want to use your TR200-G as a 40# reel? I really wouldn't want to fish that reel with 10# or 13# of drag (a quarter and third of 40# breaking strength). I like that reel -- it is pretty popular for salon up here -- but really think it is, at best, a reel to fish with 30# line.
  619. AKSalmon

    Speaking of Opah...

    The Mystery Fish thread has several mentions of Opah, and while they are caught occasionally by LR boats, they are never common. Yet Opah is on the menu at restaurants fairly frequently. So: Can anyone tell me how are they caught commercially, and why don't sport fishermen catch them more often?
  620. AKSalmon

    Anything NEW at ICAST..???

    I hope Avet **never** installs AR bearings. In my reel repair business, after level winds, AR bearings are the first thing to go. They are almost impossible to replace in Accurates -- they are press fit -- and on the Penn Fathoms are integral to the side plate so you need to get a new side...
  621. AKSalmon

    Dumb Question of the Day!

    If you ever sell your reels, you'll get a higher price with the box.
  622. AKSalmon

    Avet SX 5.3 MC

    Using a reel even once can get salt inside so it's important to pop it open **at least** once per year. Take a tooth brush and spread a thin coat of grease on all internal metal parts and put a few drops of Corrosion-X on the bearings and you should be OK.
  623. AKSalmon

    Avet SX 5.0:1 - Newbie Questions

    That's a neat little reel but one you don't want to push the drag harder than about 8 or 9 pounds. Also, you'll need to service it frequently and keep the bearings lubricated. Avet can provide you with new bearings as needed, but I doubt they have a complete parts list for that reel. In...
  624. AKSalmon

    Avet SX 5.3 MC

    8# should be OK. But you still need to service your reel frequently and even reels that are taken care of will need new bearing on occasion.
  625. AKSalmon

    Avet SX 5.3 MC

    All bearings can rust, even those made of "stainless" steel. Just don't rinse and service your reel and you'll have this problem. But I think what most people complain about in Avet reels is the the pinion bearing goes bad from setting the drag too high. The SX is a great reel -- but it's also a...
  626. AKSalmon

    Clarity Through LR Fishing

    You guys have figured out why I live in Alaska.
  627. AKSalmon

    Shimano jigs?

    The Colt Sniper and Megabit look the same from the side. However, if you examine them dorsally, you'll see that the Colt Sniper has a little "hip" which gives it some action when retrieved. The two baits are similar but not identical.
  628. AKSalmon

    What left hand 2 speed reel is geared low?

    Avet EX/30 has a low low gear.
  629. AKSalmon

    Older lx 4:1 shark side plate

    Whoops: I just went to the website and saw that they no longer list the LX 4.1. You'll need to call them. However, I do know that the older LX takes the same size pinion bearing was the newer models so you're fixed for the bearing at least...
  630. AKSalmon

    Older lx 4:1 shark side plate

    Just order the bearings directly off the Avet website. As for a handle, that may be tough: Avet stopped making handles with the square hole quite a while ago.
  631. AKSalmon

    Shimano jigs?

    The flat fall is absolutely deadly on rockfish and halibut.
  632. AKSalmon

    RP Knot

    Thanks guys. I think Iike Bill W's response the most. I'll keep making and using wind-ons and be prepared to tie on a leader if necessary. And I'll be prepared to jump overboard when one of my wind-ons fails, of course. The RP knot is so simple and elegant that I just want to use it...
  633. AKSalmon

    Boss Xtreme 30

    Was the Boss Xtreme 30 ever upgraded to allow for dogs as well as an anti-reverse bearing? Or was there ARB upgraded? There is room for a much larger bearing or perhaps two. Thanks guys.
  634. AKSalmon

    RP Knot

    I've been making wind on leaders for a few years now and have yet to have a failure -- but I have seen wind ons fail on the boat. I'm considering switching away from wind ons and using the RP knot. It's so easy to tie and seems strong. But am I asking for trouble using it to connect 130 spectra...
  635. AKSalmon

    PENN Rival level-wind reels: new for 2017

    How heavy and stiff is the graphite frame? I ask because I know I'm going to start seeing Rival 30s filled with 80# braid and fished for halibut. Any chance they'll survive?
  636. AKSalmon

    Size braid for MXL Raptor?

    The MXL Raptor may have enough drag for 100# tuna, but you're pushing line capacity. If you can fish 50# line, then fill it with 50# braid and an appropriate short top shot. 65# braid might be a better option but you lose some capacity, of course.
  637. AKSalmon

    LX Raptor Noisy Bearings after only 3 months

    You will crush the pinion bearing on **all** lever drag reels if you push the drag too high. This is how they are designed; it's not a design flaw. The LX Raptor gets a ton of drag before you crush the pinion, but not an infinite amount...
  638. AKSalmon

    LX Raptor Noisy Bearings after only 3 months

    If it's making noise when you cast then odds are the spool bearings are bad. This is almost always caused by one thing: salt water intrusion. If you didn't rinse your reel after **every** trip and occasionally pop it open and lube the bearings, this sort of thing is bound to happen. I'm sure...
  639. AKSalmon

    Avet sx mc rubbing spool

    My guess is that the belleville washers on the left end of the spool were installed incorrectly or, perhaps, one was left out.
  640. AKSalmon

    Odd size spool bearing on HX 5/2

    Is your HX one of the very first ones? My understanding is that Avet did change the bearing size from the early models.
  641. AKSalmon

    ARB in an Avet?

    Avet left out an ARB because they do not feel they are as reliable as a mechanical dog. I agree -- and apparently so does Accurate, Shimano and several other companies because they include mechanical dogs as back up to the ARB. Now, to answer your question: You'd have to find an ARB that fit the...
  642. AKSalmon

    First Impression on Accurate Valiant 300

    The problem is probably that the spool shaft is sticking in the left side plate. It's usually a simple fix but if you're not comfortable opening up your reel, send it to Accurate. They'll get it back in no time.
  643. AKSalmon

    AVET JX 6/3 2sp binding again.

    Note that on the MXJ (non Raptor) if you push the drag past 9 lbs. at strike you are likely to damage the pinion bearing.
  644. AKSalmon

    AVET JX 6/3 2sp binding again.

    It is almost definitely the pinion bearing (called end hosing bearing by Avet, I think. But it may also be the left side spool bearing. These bearings should be perfectly smooth when pressed between your fingers and turned.
  645. AKSalmon

    rr3 trip report

    Interesting that the Red Rooster has yet to post an official trip report. Surely the count couldn't have been **that** bad...
  646. AKSalmon

    Drag Problem

    Braid may be slipping. Did you put tape on the spool before loading it with braid? Also, if it is hard to push the lever forward, odds are the pinion bearing is bad. The SX 5.3 has problems when you push the drag past 14 at full...
  647. AKSalmon

    SXJ Clicker Problem

    The very first Avets had optional clickers, a hint that they were meant to be casting reels not trolling or bottom fishing reels. Up here in Alaska, many people use the smaller Avets as salmon trolling reels so the clicker is important to many people. Too often users complain that the clickers...
  648. AKSalmon

    SXJ Clicker Problem

    Remove the right side plate and you'll see the clicker. If it is covered with grease, you may be able to increase your clicker volume by brushing away the grease and replaced it with a light oil. That said, most Avet clickers just aren't very loud. Or good.
  649. AKSalmon

    Avet LX glide plate

    The kits were only for two speed reels so it wouldn't fit on your LX 6.0.
  650. AKSalmon

    Threadfin sculpin------NOT

    Hmm. I just googled the latin name and found the it was an "important food fish." There must be some confusion (as there often is with rockfish). I've caught orange fish at Clarion the deckhands called Popeyes that we said to be poor on the table.
  651. AKSalmon

    Website is finally back and looks good

    I actually liked the old website for ordering parts, but I'm sure this one will be great too. I do hope, however, that there are notes to help ordering parts when there are design changes. For example, the clicker and anti-reverse dog have both changed in the newest incarnation of the MX. I...
  652. AKSalmon

    Avet 50 high speed gear?

    The standard 50/2 has a 3.2:1 high gear; 4:0 high is on the 3 speed. Call vet to see if you can still get a 4:1 gear for the two speed.
  653. AKSalmon

    80 lb bait stick

    I really like my Calstar 700XH with an Avet EX 30/2. Even **I** can cast it -- and I caught a couple 120# fish on it lat month.
  654. AKSalmon

    Most Useful Freebies?

    Jigs, hooks and fluorocarbon are always great. But I've been luckier than most people: I've been on five 15 day trips and have won three Seeker rods -- two custom wrapped 2x4s and a Black Steel Seeker 6463XXH All Roller rod. The problem is that I come down from Alaska and can only fit so may...
  655. AKSalmon

    New inexpensive reel option to start newbies -- Thanks!

    I hope your enthusiasm is not misplaced: Penn tried to make similar low cost saltwater reels in the GTO and Defiance series but both reels had serious problems and lasted only a couple years. I realize that reel companies try to hit every price point and that quality will decline with price...