Old School/New School

I started fishing long range in 1983 and back then it was mostly about getting all the gear you could afford and go fishing.  Since then many things have changed. In 1989 I opened Ono Custom Rods and we specialized in long range fishing tackle. We wanted to change the way anglers were treated at tackle stores.  From being your “buddy” who buys tackle to a valued customer who we helped become a better angler. Many hours were spent helping customers improve their fishing skills. Knot tying, casting lessons, and have a fishing game plan were just a few of the skills we taught customers.  The better prepared they were the better they would be for a fishing trip.

There have been many improvements to fishing tackle, to fishing vessels as well as transfer of fishing information. Many of these changes have help the angler but they may have also hurt the long range fishermen.

One of the first changes was “Spectra” fishing line.  It can be wonderful and it can be a hellish monster.  When used proper it is the best thing since sliced bread.  I load almost all my reel to the top with it. It has a smaller diameter than mono the same test.  So line capacity is no longer an issue even with a small reel. So using a short topshot of mono and small diameter spectra allows your live bait to swim better and stay alive longer. Which should improve your hook-ups.

My trolling reel and my jig tossing reel I still load with mono for safety reason.  Spectra has no give and can cut like a knife. If you jig pulls free near the surface that lure can come flying back towards very fast and that’s very dangerous. Spectra is a great improvement from old school mono lines.

Another improvement has been the two speed reels. I was not lucky enough to have a 2 speed when I went on my first 16 day trip for big tuna. All it took was one trip and I was completely in favor of a 2 speed. Thank you Cal Sheets for converting all my old Penn and Shimano reels to 2 speeds. Now days you can find 2 speed reel in just about every size you could want.

The final improvement in fishing tackle that has helped is fluorocarbon mono lines. Nearly invisible in the water so what the fish can’t see won’t hurt them. LOL Fluro is well worth the next expense. It does improve you chances of getting bit.

With the arrival of the internet how information is passed along has changed.  In the past you would have to learn about fishing from someone you actually knew.   Sometimes tackle stores would have seminars or charter boats to help you improve your fishing skills.  Now days everyone learns their fishing skills from the internet.  There is lots of information out there and most of it is good.  The problem is scrolling though all of it and finding what works for you.

Just remember that just because its on the internet it isn’t always true.

Next time the changes in Long range fishing vessels.