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The History of the Zebco 202
The 202 was first introduced in 1961 as the ZeeBee 202. It's big brother, the ZeeBee 404 came out 2 years later, but that's another story. This information has been gleaned from fishing Zebcos ...
by dustyjoe
Johnson Laker reels
What can I say about the Laker models? Well, I will start by saying that dustyjoe has made some very good observations: I'm mainly a Zebco fan but collect anything and have 8 Lakers although ...
by timmy
Monofilament, Flurorcarbon, and Braided Lines Compared
Some on my earliest memory of fishing is the drying of the fishing line after fishing. My great uncle and uncle used the old nylon Dacron line in the late 40's. Line had to be dried, or your line ...
by Ron
Using Fish Stringers
Catch and release fishermen need not be concerned about carrying a fish stringer for their fish. To those want to keep their fish, there are many ways of keeping your fish. You have a wide choice ...
by Ron
From the Zero Hour Bomb Co. to Zebco
I think the History of The 202 is pretty well done so now I'm going to back up to the beginning and talk about the Standard, the Model 11, and the Model 22. The story is that Zero Hour's patents were ...
by dustyjoe
True Temper Rods
CBy Flyguy The True Temper story started back in 1808, when a blacksmith named Alexander Miller ran a small company called the Old Stone Shop. He made axes, h oes, nails and anything else that ...
by flyguy
Shakespeare Reel Date Codes
Shakespeare reel date codes By Flyguy How old is my Shakespeare reel and what is it worth? I think this is one of the more common questions asked here at Fishing Talks. Well, today I am going to ...
by flyguy
( Nothing up your sleeve) It may be a Bristol Steel Rod
As a resident of Connecticut myself, The Horton Manufacturing Company from Bristol, Connecticut has always been an interest to me. In the 1880's, a fishing mogul named Everett Horton invented ...
by Philip Anctil
Striper Lures That Really Work
When stripers go on a feeding frenzy, the water is boiling, and birds are diving into the water after bait fish. At this time, stripers can be caught on almost any type of lures. Fishing ...
by Ron
Bronson Reel Company
As I look back at all of the questions asked here at Fishing Talks, it is amazing at how many of them in some way reflect back on the Bronson Reel Company. I am sure it's not by coincidence alone, ...
by flyguy
Early History of Johnson Reels
The first commercial Spin-Cast reels were created in 1949 by Denison Johnson Inc. and ZEBCO Zero Hour Bomb Company. Henry Denison and Lloyd Johnson of Denison Johnson Inc. in Mankato, Mn. invented ...
by flyguy
why not the spincast ?
I was recently reading a popular outdoor sporting magazine. In this latest issue, a full review was made of the latest and greatest reels money could buy. There must have been at least 10 different ...
by timmy
Johnson Century 100
On December 6, 1955, Henry Denison and Lloyd Johnson filed a patent application for a fishing reel they invented that would make history in the fishing reel industry, the Johnson Century Model ...
by flyguy
How To Remove Hooks From Deeply Hooked Fish - Use A Hook Extractor
Any of us who have fished awhile have caught deeply hooked fish. For the catch and release fishermen, the safest way to release the fish is to cut the line near the hook and release the fish. If ...
by Ron
Dating a Zebco 202
The Zebco 202 "Zee Bee" seen in the images above could have been manufactured anytime from 1965 to 75. These were the years that Zebco made these all black 202s. An easy way to tell which year ...
by Chad B.
Getting Rid Of Fish Smell On Hands.
When fishing with anchovy, sardine, shrimp, and other stink baits, the bait smell gets on your hands and equipment. The stink from baits on your hands is very hard to get rid of. I find that ...
by Ron
johnson or zebco part 3
Well, here I go again... I thought there was room for yet some more discussion on these two fishing reel companies. Those of you who have read parts 1 and 2 know that I am very partial towards one of ...
by timmy
Fishing With Gary Yamamoto Senkos for Largemouth, Smallmouth, Striper, & Salmon
Both caught on Senkos. Fishing With Senkos is one of the most effective baits I have every used for Largemouth Bass. I fish it weightless and weedless. I sometimes place a ...
by Ron
An expanded history of the johnson reel
How many of you have ever used a Johnson reel? I know for many people their fishing adventures started with one of the many models produced by the Johnson reel company. Loyd Johnson introduced the ...
by timmy
Carp Bait Recipes
I have used these Carp Bait Recipes extensively over the years and have caught some nice size fish. Most of the ingredients can be purchased at the grocery store or some are less expensive to ...
by MoDoc
Understanding How To Read Hook Sizes?
There are many different types of hooks on the market. They come in many styles, diameters, colors, and sizes. Some hooks are for live baits, worm fishing, bait fishing, etc. I will not try to ...
by Ron
Lake Okeechobee: Nationally Recognized For It's Large Mouth Bass
The second largest body of freshwater in the United States is Lake Okeechobee Florida. The word "Oki" origin comes from Seminole Indians and means water. The word Okeechobee is derived from the ...
by fleagle
Crappie Fishing Gear: The List You Can't Do Without!
Gear To Catch Crappie, Amazing results! If you are familiar with crappie, you know they are cunning and crafty creatures with a high degree of intelligence. Indeed, if you lived the life of a ...
by fleagle
Easy Way To Catch Trout - Use Berkley Power Eggs with Garlic - 2/11/13
Here is an easy way to catch trout from shore or from a boat. While nothing works infor catching fish every time, the following bait will increase your chances of catching trout. Use Berkley ...
by Ron
Have You Ever Seen Clickers On Spinning reels?
Does anyone make a spinning reel with a clicker? My initial question was "Why are there not clickers installed on spinning reels". Writing this blog, I think I can answer my own question. ...
by Ron
proper disposal of monofilament line
What do you do with that tangle of monofilament line you just took off your favorite reel? This was a question that I never asked myself until recent years. I would un-spool my reel and throw the ...
by timmy
Penn Reel Company History
From Pennreels history: http://www.pennreels.com/about/history1920's In 1922, Otto Henze left Germany at age 25 and came to the United States.He began working as a machinist for the ...
by OCAUTO
Does Using Light Line Catch More Fish?
I always hear that light line catch more fish. Prior to last year the lightest line I used was 10 lbs. braided line with 10 - 12 lbs. leader. Last year I started using 6 lbs. test line, mostly for ...
by Ron
Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay
Our fishing luck has not been very good this year. Among the three of us regulars, we have only caught one small striper this year. I lost one striper earlier in the year. We were fishing off a ...
by Ron
Dungeness Crabs Outside Of San Francisco Bay At China Beach
Dungeness crab season starts the first Saturday in November and ends the following year on July 30th. Dungeness crabs can not be taken from inside of San Francisco Bay because it is their breeding ...
by Ron
Packaged Baits and Scents/Fish Attractants - Do they really work?
I like the convenience of having packaged baits like Power Baits, Gulp, and many of the other brands out there. Before Power Bait, we used marshmallow, salmon eggs and nightcrawlers, and we made our ...
by Ron
How Big A Fish Can I Catch On My Line?
Hello Guest and Welcome and everyone, I trust that this reply finds you all doing well and that you are being 'blessed!' I am doing G-R-E-A-T! We are asked this question frequently: 'How big of a ...
by MoDoc
Johnson Fiskar I underspin
The Johnson Fiskar 1 511 and Fiskar 2 512 may well have been among the pioneer "underspin" reels offered to the fishing public. These reels were marketed by Johnson Fishing from 1965 to 1971. They ...
by skip smith
Restoring a fishing rod
Over the years, I have been involved with rod building and 'most' can be resurrected and made useful again. It is like anything you may go to restore and, as far as a fishing rod is concerned, I ...
by MoDoc
The secret fishing spots... KEEP OUT!!
I am sure we have all come across a lake, stream or another body of water that we just had to cast into. As time goes on, finding that hid away fishing spot becomes harder and harder. We all want ...
by Dan Kub
Which Stripers Taste Better? Saltwater or Freshwater Caught?
Stripers are anadromous, like salmon. They naturally spend their adult lives in saltwater and spawn in freshwater. They can adapt to live in freshwater and can even breed in fresh water, if ...
by Ron
Bat-Ray Fishing on Petaluma River in California
We went fishing on the Petaluma River for stripers and sturgeon. The spot where we were fishing from is about three miles from the opening of San Pablo Bay, so the river flows into San Pablo Bay, ...
by Ron
Ever Use Chicken Liver For Bait? 10/17/14
Have you ever used chicken liver for bait for stripers? Anyone have tips for using chicken liver? Would chicken gizzards work good too? I have not really tried using chicken liver for bait. I ...
by Ron
Fishing Reel History
Fishing Reel HistoryAngling historians have long been frustrated in trying to trace the history of the fishing reel. In 1651, English literature first reported a "wind" installed within two feet of ...
by flyguy
Smoked Asian Carp Cakes
Hello to everyone, I trust that this post finds you all doing well and that you are being 'blessed!' I am doing G-R-E-A-T!!! This recipe was take from the Field & Stream Magazine July 2014 ...
by MoDoc

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