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  • Jun 17

    Avet EX 50W

    Published June 17th, 2021

    After 10 years of abuse, this is the only reel on the boat I haven't sent in for service. We have used these reels commercially for about 10 years of charter service and really beat them up. We have used them for wreck fishing (15-30lbs of drag) shark fishing (20-30lbs of drag) and planer fishing (10-15lbs of drag for days at a time). They still operate like they are new. Avet 50W Lever Drag Reels Specs Body Material: Aluminum Max Drag (lbs): 57 Line Capacity Braid (yds/lb): 1380/80 • 1240/100 • 850/130 Weight (oz): 63 Bearings: 8 Gear Ratio: 3.2:1 / 1.3:1 Line Capacity Mono (yds/lb): 500/60 • 370/80 • 290/100 Line Retrieve Per Crank (in): 37" H / 15" L Spool Material: Aluminum Handle Shape: Oversized rubber ergonomic knob Avet Reel Company Information Avet reels are actually made in the US which REALLY sets them apart from their competitors. This may explain why they actually last and the handles don't literally fall off after 6 months like our Penn Internationals.  According to their website, ...

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  • Jun 17

    Cummins 450C Diamond Series Review

    Published June 17th, 2021

    The Cummins 6CTA 8.3 is arguably one of the best mechanical marine engines ever made. They have a variety of horsepower ratings with the most popular being the “450 Diamond.”  This inline, 6-cylinder motor was released in the late 90s and is still a popular motor to this day. The liners allow for an easy rebuild in frame (leave the engine in the boat). Properly maintained, this engine can have a lifespan of 8000-15,000+ hours and the rebuild costs are marginal compared to some alternative brands. This makes the cost of ownership exceptional for this motor. The 450C is actually 430 BHP and is rated to 2600 rpm. It’s important to have your boat propped correctly and the motors should do at least 2650 RPM at wide open throttle. This is important because if you overload the engine, there is excess heat and stress on the cylinder head (valves in particular). If you drop a valve, the metal can score a cylinder and take out the turbo on it’s way out. This ...

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  • Jun 16

    SFE Kite Reviews

    Published June 16th, 2021

    Product- SFE Kites Rating- 5 Stars  Material- Polyester blend fabric, carbon fiber spars We consider SFE Kites to be the most durable and versatile brand of fishing kite on the water. Kite fishing is a highly effective technique that essentially uses kites as an outrigger (or up-rigger) to suspend baits on the surface. The technique has been revolutionized in the last 20 years, especially off Miami and has become a staple for the local tournament fishermen and charter captains. SFE Kite Models SFE Makes a variety of different kites for varying wind conditions. We have 3-4 of every model so we can have redundancy during all wind conditions and sea-states.  SFE Extra Light Wind Fishing Kite (5-15 knots)  This kite is 38'' x 38'' which is actually the largest kite they make. The extra square-footage allows for more lift in lighter wind conditions. This is actually an awesome kite because it flies in as low as 5-8 knots but it can withstand gusts as high as 15-18 knots. This range ...

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  • Aug 26

    Hooker Electric Reviews

    Published August 26th, 2019

    Electric Reels  Hooker Electric came into the market as a small local business trying to engineer a solution to the growing demand for electric reels. Daytime swordfishing specifically created a demand for fast reels with high line capacity. Lindgren-Pitman initially dominated this space because their larger models (especially the S-1200) were already designed for commercial deep dropping. Although reliable, these reels were expensive and a bit sluggish. I would never doubt the efficiency and versatility of the S-1200 but a growing demand for deep drop reels left room on the market for some competition.  Electronics Driven Deep Dropping Era I would argue that braided line and the recreational availability of high-quality depth sounders played a more significant role in the development of deep drop fisheries than electric reels alone. I was born in 1993 and in my short lifetime I have seen the advancement in depth sounders. The average recreational sounder 15 years ago 500khz and could barely read bottom in 1,000 feet.  With the advancement in sounders came they ...

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