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Saltwater Reel Damage – example: Penn Conquer Spool

William Harned

Saltwater Reel Damage – example: Penn Conquer Spool

I had been fishing in Costa Rica testing my Stealthy Hybrid Leaders and experienced a problem thereafter. Saltwater Reel Damage! I just wanted to share this information since I saw a related article in George Poveromo's World of Saltwater Fishing.  After few days of fishing the Pacific while on vacation, I placed the rod and reel in the hotel shower to wash it off. Evidentially not long enough, and not enough manual rotation of the rig. It seems the remaining salt flowed down to one side of the spool during storage. A couple months later upon inspection, I found white...


The Fast and Furious Pursuit of Spanish Mackerel

William Harned

The Fast and Furious Pursuit of Spanish Mackerel

 By William Harned – www.linemasterii.com, April 2017 Anticipate dining on a fresh ceviche, nibble at a cold poached fish, and finally dine on a fried filet of Spanish Mackerel topped with a tropical salsa. Free Lining: At the Age of 9 in Florida, about 1956 I learned to catch Spanish Mackerel. It became my first real thrill, the strike was fast and furious, and it wanted to run, the reel screamed, this excited me. One Saturday afternoon my Dad bought me a Zebco 33 spin-cast reel and rod. We lived in Indian Rocks Beach, FL one block from a rickety old...


What makes a Stealthy Hybrid Leader?

William Harned

What makes a Stealthy Hybrid Leader?

Stealth relates to the lack of visibility (and with a sneaky profile behavior). To begin with: Hybridization Seaguar Premier Fluorocarbon Leader material was chosen due to the findings by; FLUOROCARBON LEADER COMPARISON 08/28/09 - REVISED by Mark Smith. Results achieved when testing 6 different leader materials at 3 strength ratings; 20, 40, and 60lbs. (Originally published by http://www.tackletrader.com/article/2007/FLuorocarbon1.htm.)  Seaguar Premier Fluorocarbon Leader showed the best results of all six, increased softness, increased stretch, and lower profile diameter per line strength/weight. All three factors were considerations when designing the “Stealthy Hybrid Leader”. The Premier label may be the most expensive, but...


Attaching Your Custom Stealthy Hybrid Leaders

William Harned

Attaching Your Custom Stealthy Hybrid Leaders

NiTi Wire (Nickel Titanium) Tooth proof and kink proof:  Tie to Lure, Hook, or Quick Clip, use a Clinch knot, or Loop knot. Yes, you can tie knots with this wire. (Prueba de los dientes y la prueba de pandeo: Tie to Lure, Hook o Quick Clip, use un nudo Clinch o Loop nudo. Sí, puedes atar nudos con este alambre.) Fluorocarbon Shock Leader: Tie to Braid or Mono main line.  Use an Albright, Alberto, Double Uni Knot, or FG Knot.   (Atar a la trenza o Mono línea principal. Use un Albright, Alberto, Doble Uni nudo, nudo vs FG.)   Fluorocarbon...