05/14/2015 - 2015 Fin Addict tournament Sign Up and Sale
On Sunday May 31st, 2015 I will be hosting a sign-up for the kayak tournament to be held on lake Calaveras June 20th, 2015. BOZEROD has donated a custom spinning rod to be given away in the raffle on June 10th.Raffle tickets are 5.00 each and may be purchased now or on the day of the tournament. You do not have to fish the tournament to buy tickets.
From Noon to 6pm there will be many in-store specials such as
Penn Pursuit II 6000 combo's w/8' rod for 55.00 (compare at 69.99) and Penn Fierce 6000 combos w/7'rod for 65.00 (compare at 89.99)
Many more specials to be posted next week.
So come by and sign up for the tournament and shop the many bargains available Michael
10/02/2014 - Sharkathon 2014
This morning find us at the end of another Sharkathon tournament. This is the eleventh year of what has become the largest surf tournament for shark in the world.
The word was that quite a few of the contestants were grumbling about the tournament. I'm not sure what there is to complain about the weather? No human can plan a perfect weather day. (it is out of our hands completely) so we have a bunch of unpaid, dedicated volunteers that organize the tournament for all to enjoy.
The ramifications of changing to a back up date are daunting to say the least.
The thing that perturbs me the most is that many contestants some what unhappy with the weather decided to leave their trash for others to pick up.
Anytime you pay to fish a tournament you are effectively gambling with your money. Part of the gamble are the weather conditions during the event. If you can't afford to lose the entry fee because of weather you shouldn't enter.
As I have seen it,the Sharkathon staff and committee are a bunch of hardworking,dedicated people who work their tails off to provide and excellent fishing tournament for those who choose to enter said tournament. None are paid for the work they do to ensure you as a participant has a fair chance at winning a prize.
In their time spent this year there was also the chance for them to pick up tons of litter left by disgruntled fisherman.
The Sharkathon committee work very hard to basically get the U.S. Government to allow (us) to fish on the National Seashore during the tournament each year.
On a brighter note there were several fisherman who stopped and picked up others trash on the way out.
There were 27 sharks caught and landed this year. That is down from 44 caught last year so it could be done. I heard many stories of how it was impossible to get a bait out. 27 people found a way.
The weed was still present. There were cold fronts coming with regularity. The weather pattern is changing and NO ONE can accurately predict it but they do their best. Let's not forget all the proceeds from this event go to very worth while causes. If you were unhappy with the weather,if you chose to leave your trash for others,maybe you should consider not taking a space so coveted and hard to obtain and letting a true fisherman have a chance of catching a shark next year. YOU WILL NOT BE MISSED...
Michael G. Bozeman
03/23/2012 - Thank you Calixto!
Since the Shimano G series came out late last year I have not seen one good thing written about these reels until Mr. Calixto Gonzales (TF&G Saltwater Editor) mentioned the 200 G7 in his artical. Mr. Gonzales was writing about using light tackle on the Texas coast. He stated he caught two redfish ( one over 30) on a Shimano 200 G7 mounted on a St. Croix inshore rod. His remark was that the drag played out smoothly and with no hesitation. He also remarked as to how the G7's guts were strong enough for the hostile denizens of the Texas coast.
The much more popular 200 E7 is out of production. You can still buy the reel in its new form as the Chronarch 200 E7. Still the same basic reel with a few changes, Including the $20.00 price increase.
When the E7 came out It had a MSRP of $179.95 Toward the end of the year most large retailers dropped the price to as low as $119.95 to make room for the new G series.I myself lowered my price to $129.00 What I remember most about the E's was that they wern't real popular until the end of the year when the G's were revealed.
When the much anticipated G model reels first appeared on the scene within days people were commenting on them, all negative. I dont know why there were so many negative comments about the new curados when hardly anyone had tried them yet. The biggest change had been in the handle. The E's have two ball bearings on the handle that the G's do not. While the bearings on the handle will make for a little easier turning handle pad. Most reels dont have bearings on the handle and turn very well with out them. The G's came out with a MSRP of $159.95 Twenty dollars less than the comparable E reel at the time. That would be equivelate to the price of two less bearings in Shimanos way of doing bussiness.
I have not used the new G model reel as of yet but plan to do so when Its time to start chunking croakers and piggies. When this happens I will know for myself If I like it or not.
I do have an opinion on Shimano reels. Most If not all of the Shimano reels I have used in the past performed very well. Other than the ABU revo's and round reels I use on occasion I use the older CU 200 and Castaic reels for most of my fishing.
Shimano has been building reels for a long time. I believe they build an exceptional reel. It works great, is easy to maintain and will last a long time with proper care. I know this to be true from my own expierence and the number of these reels that come thru the shop for cleaning and repair.
On the subject of the older CU 100 and 200 (the old green reels) there are a lot of fisherman ( myself included ) still using them today. Parts for the reel are running out. The CU 200 is comprised of 57 parts. The Shimano parts list shows 20 of these parts as NLA (no longer available) Some of the parts can be substituted with parts from other reels, some cannot. Some of the more important parts that are NLA are the yoke, frame, spool and left side plate.
You may still be able to find some of the parts thru some of the suppliers (Southwestern Parts, Nutters) but If they have It and the supply Is low the price sky rockets
Any fisherman who enjoys using the CU 200 and wants to do so as long as he can should consider buying a couple of them to sacrifice for parts. The old green reel has had a long and sucessfull run but one day unfortunatly it will come to an end.
Lets consider following the lead of the fishermen down south and get our trout limits lowered. Even if the law says you can keep ten fish a day you can still limit yourself. Always release what you dont need and keep praying for rain, it seems to work