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West Point New York
If you get to visit New York, you must visit and tour West Point and visit the museum. There is so much history here. Duty Honor Country At at the main visitor gate is a Sherman tank. My ...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sport King Reel Makers List
"SPORT KING", "PRECISION" & OTHER TRADE BRAND CASTING REELS SOLD BY MONTGOMERY WARD & CO.Listed by Brand, Model No., Wards' In-Store/Catalog Stock No., Brief Description and Maker* Note - ...
The History of the Zebco 202
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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
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
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
Tips to finding or prepping an area for great crappie fishing in spring and summer
Setting up the fishing spot If you want to encourage crappie to school in a certain area and have access, felling a few small trees along the banks to give some cover, especially near where you ...
by Floydboy75
Hooks and Harnesses
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As a lot of you know I'm a Zebco Collector, but through the years, I had collected lots of other kinds of fishing tackle. I was going through and cleaning some things and decided to share pictures ...
by Reelcrazee
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
The Zebco Models 76 to the 101
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The Model 77 Jr. was a reel built into the handle of the rod for a one piece combo. It came out in 1959, sold initially for $7.95, and was a success. Dick Braun says that they found out that the ...
by dustyjoe
( 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
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
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
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
Langley Co. reels
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 reel Skip sent me.
About a year ago Skip asked me if I had found a new gear set for my Johnson Century 100b reel. I told him that I hadn't found one yet, so he offered to trade me my (almost) worn out one for a used ...
by ethan
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
How to put new fishing line on a reel
First, remove all the old line from the reel and dispose of it properly. Next, you need to place your spool of new line onto something that will hold it in place but let it spin so the line ...
by timmy
The Zebco One
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Here are Links to the Other 2 Reels in This Series ...
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
Penn Reel Company History
Penn 113H Senator. From Pennreels history:'s In 1922, Otto Henze left Germany at age 25 and came to the United States.He began working as ...
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
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
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
Mar-Vel Spinning Reel From Late 40's
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I picked up this reel at a fishing swap meet. It looked strange and I have never seen a reel like this and was not sure how it worked. I paid $5 for the reel. Took it home and got it to work. The ...
by Ron
The Zebco Omega 113 / 171, the Baby of the Omega Family
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Here are Links to the Other 2 Reels in This Series ...
by dustyjoe
What I do with old lures with bad paint
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A lot of us have old lures with terrible paint. Some the paint is almost all gone. What do you do with them? They are old wooden lures that have little to no value , but you hate to throw them away ...
by Reelcrazee
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
Some Shakespeare Owner's Manuals
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I have several boxed Shakespeare reels with the owner's manuals, so I thought I'd share them with you guys. I will post some today that I have already photographed and more later. Jim Here are the ...
by dustyjoe
How to Restore a Zebco 33
The Restoration of Skip's Zebco 33 A while back, Skip bought a metal body, brass gear 33 at a local flea market. When he saw how good the 33 and 55 looked that I had stripped and re-painted, he ...
by dustyjoe
Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay
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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
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
How to correctly bait your fishing hook with live bait
Credit for this post goes to Ron. I grew up using live bait for small and largemouth bass. Years ago when I started fishing, we would use a float, some egg sinkers, and hook the minnow under the ...
by Vale
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

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