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Monofilament, Flurorcarbon, and Braided Lines Compared
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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
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
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
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
( 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
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
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
The History of the Zebco 202
L to R : 2 each of Type 4, Type 5, Type 6, and Type 7. They all look alike until you open them up. The 202 was first introduced in 1961 as the Zee Bee 202. It's big brother, the Zee Bee 404 ...
by dustyjoe
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
Zebco Spinning Reels 1962 to Mid 1980s
' How it All Began Zebco wanted to get in on the spinning reel craze so in 1962 they bought the Langley Corporation of San Diego, California. As I understand it, they bought the patents, the ...
by dustyjoe
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
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
Price Of Fish
You ever wonder what the cost of the fish you catch? I think of it at times, and most of the time, you can buy fish much cheaper than the cost of going out and catching the fish. When we catch ...
by Ron
How To Remove Hooks From Deeply Hooked Fish - Use A Hook Extractor
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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
Sunnybrook steel rod
I found this at an Antique Mall in Wisconsin. The cork was all but missing and rod sections were corroded and scratched. I sanded it down, polished the brass parts, made a new handle and instead ...
by Bobl
Should you put bait on the hook when using a lure?
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First off, let me say that is a 'yes' and 'no' question: Yes -- Depending on what species of fish you would be fishing for. I have found that some 'jigs, etc.' need just a little extra pizazz ...
by MoDoc
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
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
What is so special about the Johnson 100 B Revelation?
In response to Chad B's question: What is special about the Johnson 100 B Revelation; outside of the red chrome paint job it sports, to me it looks just like another 100 B! Were they made in ...
by timmy
The Pocket Fisherman, Instant Fishermen, Fishing Machine & a Berkley 308 on a Folding Rod
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How many remember the St. Croix Fishing Machine, The Ronco Pocket Fisherman that Ron Popeil advertised on TV, or the Instant Fisherman which has a new improved model out ? I have (4) St Croix; (3) ...
by dustyjoe
Langley Co. reels
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The Langley Co. made aluminum aircraft parts during WWII and used that knowledge to make very fine light weight fishing reels from 1948 to 1962 when they were bought by Zebco. Zebco continued to ...
by dustyjoe
The Zebco One
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Here are Links to the Other 2 Reels in This Series ...
by dustyjoe
Superstitions Of Fishing - What Are Your Superstitions?
Fishermen are very superstitious. There are many superstitions that we follow. Some have a favorite hat, shirt, rod, reel, lure, bait, etc. When I go fishing, I always pick a hat that I think is ...
by Ron
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
Have You Ever Seen Clickers On Spinning reels?
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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
Catfish and Carp bait recipes
The Creature from the Peanut Butter Jar
PEANUT BUTTER/BREAD BAIT -- BOTH: CATFISH and CARP Ingredients Peanut Butter 2 pieces whole wheat bread Water (very little is needed) I have found that just wetting your hands is ...
by MoDoc
Carp Bait Recipes
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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
the lazy ike
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The Lazy Ike Corporation traces its roots back to 1897 when it was founded in Fort Dodge, Iowa by Austrian immigrant Joseph Kautzky. It was originally called the Kautzky Manufacturing Company, ...
by timmy
The Right Reel Lubricants
The right lubricants you may ask to use while servicing your fishing reels, here are some of the Lubricants I've used through the years and have not experienced problems, serviced a lot of reels ...
by Chad B.
The 1977 Zebco Catalog, 36 pg.
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The 1977 Zebco Catalog Page 0, The front cover. Page 00, Inside the front cover. Page 1, The New Omega 113.
by dustyjoe
Garcia Mitchell Reels
I grew up using Penn reels and small direct drive baitcasters. I bought my first reels in the 60's. First I bought a Mitchell Garcia 410, and the second reel I bought was a Mitchell Garcia 440. ...
by Ron
How to date a Zebco 33
Credit for this post goes to dustyjoe. I will soon be 68 and have used Zebco 33's since my dad bought his first in 1955. I have about 300 of them from the first black one to the ones made about 10 ...
by skip smith
USA made vs China made
Many of the great reel and rod manufacturers have moved their operarations to overseas. The Zebco and Johnson reels are great examples of a great reels made in the USA that are now made in China. ...
by Ron
The Zebco 33, their all time best seller
The Model 33 is the reel that really established Zebco as the leader in spincast reels. I fell in love with that first Black 33 when my dad bought one in 1955. That eventually led to me picking up ...
by dustyjoe
12 Pound Test Line Can Catch Big Fish.
How big a fish on a 12 lbs line depends on many factors. A skilled fisherman can catch a very big fish on 12 lbs line. The record for 6 lbs test line is over 700 lbs black marlin. You should be ...
by Ron
The Big Boys, the Zebco 808 & 888
The 808 & 888 have been used for years for Catfish and also for Bow Fishing. They have very large Stainless Steel Gears and will handle large line. The 808 has a Drag Wheel that pulls on a spring ...
by dustyjoe
Tips for deciding which size and color hook to use
Homework fly
Size Small strong hooks can catch very big fish and small fish. Big hooks can catch very big fish, but cannot hook small fish. I prefer to use a smaller, stronger hook and catch both small and ...
by Ron
Buying and Selling or Used Fishing Equipment Online?
New or Used: When buying fishing equipment, I buy new and experienced equipment. Buying new or used equipment is a personal choice. I buy used equipment when I don't want to pay full price on ...
by Ron
The Zebco 44, a 33 converted to a trigger spin
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The Zebco Model 44 is a converted 33. What are the differences between the Model 44 and the Model 33? The model 44 body had a wider Crank Shaft mount cast into it because it has 2 shafts. The Crank ...
by dustyjoe
Fishing With Gary Yamamoto Senkos for Largemouth, Smallmouth, Striper, & Salmon
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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

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