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  • Posted on October 26, 2001 in Rigs and tips
    By Staff
    After catching a few fish, you feel the reel getting a little loose on the rod. Most crews reach for the channel locks to clamp the well-worn locking rings down on the reel seat, maybe leaving a couple dents and traces of metal shavings or, even worse, a shiny gouge and a pile of metal shavings. With a top-quality custom 80-pound trolling rod running upward of $1,000, I wouldn't think of having a pair of channel locks anywhere near my tackle. This is a job for a cloth strap wrench. Read More
  • Posted on October 26, 2001 in Rigs and tips
    By Staff
    Use a piece of PVC tube to leaders in top form. Read More
  • Posted on October 26, 2001 in Rigs and tips
    Avoid damaging your rod's tip by placing a bead before the swivel. Read More
  • Posted on October 26, 2001 in Fish Species
    What's the difference between a tuna and a bonito? Read More
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    Posted on October 26, 2001 in Fish Species
    Q: I have fished the Sea of Cortez for the past 25 years and continue to be confused regarding the difference between a mutton snapper and a mullet snapper. We have taken many snapper, called pargo lisa in Spanish; I believe these are mutton snapper, but your identification and the difference would be appreciated. - Ted Howell, Longview, WashingtonA: Well, Ted, if it came from the Sea of Cortez, it's not a mutton snapper. The true mutton snapper, Lutjanus analis, is a wide-ranging fish (Massachusetts to Brazil), but only in the Atlantic. Read More
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