Selling off some of my collection

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Looking to thin down my herd of fishing reels and gear, and seeing what’s out there for a trade. Any fair to decent ambassadeur with bearings in any size or color. Will trade for Long Beach 60 and 66 parts, 320gti parts, surfmaster 200 parts, and a few 80’s spin reels. Also got a bunch of new ish and old “vintage” looking lures and rods. Please tell me what you want and if I’m being unreasonable, I’m still fairly new at trading. I’ll post pictures soon.
 
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Also got an ambassadeur 5500c box, a 704z box, a 140L squidder box, a ocean city 981 box, several abu manuals, some old placards and penn spool boxes for a 146 and a Newell 140. Also have a Daiwa Apollo 1772rt 6’6 boat rod with a roller tip and a 7’ Berkley cherrywood probably from the 70’s or 80’s.
 
#4
More Stuff, got a couple random spinners for parts, a Fenwick black hawk rear drag, an older Shakespeare casting rod with a clamp style seat, a newer fly rod, and a Fenwick tackle box. Anything you might want I might have. Just ask. I can post pictures later
 

mav

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#5
You got some good stuff there. I have a smile on my face because I either owned some of those reels at one point, or I still do. I think I still own one of them silver Daiwas. I own two of those Mitchell’s. (Good perch reels.) I thought I saw one of those Ryobi spinning reels laying around too. I once had the smaller version of that gold reel. My younger bro owns that Ocean city and knuckle buster. We use to own those same model spin cast reels also.

Vintage guys would jump on that box of tackle.

I can never have too many of those Swedish Abu Garcia round reels. I almost bought another one myself to upgrade.

Instead, I couldn’t pass up a good deal on an older mint Shimano 400 size Catala round reel with a solid aluminum frame. I did all the upgrades to it. Added an extra spool bearing, power handle, and carbon mesh drags. Too many people “eye” my Calcutta’s so this reel should be good for the pier.
 

Red Fish

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#6
I’ve been fishing long enough to see those reels used new (as a kid on Berkeley Pier). You have preserved history well. Those gold and silver Daiwa reels were what the fishermen wanted in the mid 70’s.
I have a couple Squidders and Jigmasters that I use to take line off off other reels now. My “ “vintage” reels that I still use some now are GS series Penns 525, 555.
My herd is thinned to what I am going to use (fish). I fish every piece of my gear or it goes.
Basically, it’s some “steelhead” gear for general pier stripers and halibut and some lighter conventional for sturgeon or whatever else pulls hard.
I lived through when spinning reels used to make a lot of clicking noise when you reel (and that was a good thing).
I would like to see a picture of your 704.
 
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Gots one more pics and other things, boxes are boxes and just that. Now putting up an 8 ft new fly rod up as well, some newer salmon stuff, and some older rods.
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I’m leaving for college very soon, and not all of my gear can come with me. Going to sell a bunch of my older stuff, and just keep a few parts and gear that I usually use. Pm for any questions. Pick up in south San Francisco.
 

Red Fish

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#12
The Berkley cherrywood 7’ is from the 70’s. I had that exact rod that had a spincast reel on it that I fished my earliest years on Berkeley Pier. Okay, here’s the actual rod. Okay, corrections: the reel seat/butt section/cork grip is identical. The upper painting is off a bit and I don’t recall having the big white section right above the top cork. Good rod. And I believe I used a García 300 on it that I bought new at Sears for $15. 3C9AE14D-1F1A-49BA-B3EC-D72507953781.jpeg
 
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Nostalgia hits hard doesn’t it? What spincast reel did you have on it anyways? Just want to know what a combo a good 50 years ago was like. When I get old, I’ll have to look back on a 6’6 ugly stick with a cheap Shakespeare reel. What was it like back then anyways? Especially the fishing and the Bay Area in general.
 

Red Fish

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Nostalgia hits hard doesn’t it? What spincast reel did you have on it anyways? Just want to know what a combo a good 50 years ago was like. When I get old, I’ll have to look back on a 6’6 ugly stick with a cheap Shakespeare reel. What was it like back then anyways? Especially the fishing and the Bay Area in general.
-It was a good time for piers and kids and fishing. And my brother (if 1 year older pictured) and I didn’t hang around the house. We were in little league, cub scouts, basketball, track & field, street football, I had a paper route, and I raced BMX bikes... in addition to school. Too much to do to get in trouble and NO computers (just books).
-I didn’t really know how to fish but I had fun growing up on Berkeley Pier having shiner derbies and then evolved into smelt derbies. Mostly fished the very beginning of the pier sitting in the first or second available seating booth. We used 100% pileworms cut into a dozen pieces each utilizing size 10 and 12 smelled, bait holder hooks with always one ounce of weight. We would use hi/lo surfleaders as the only knot we really knew was an overhand. To give you and idea of the era, one ounce weights were .5 and a pack of 6 no-name (Huck Finn) hooks smelled was .5.
There were plenty of shiners, bullheads, smelt, and small brown rockfish to keep us busy all Saturday or Sunday afternoon back then.
-my first rod and reel out there was a push-button, spincast. The reel was green and the rod silver. It was pretty good (it was not s Zebco). The red Berkeley came after and eventually a García Mitchell 300 reel was seated on it. Berkley, ironically made very good rods at a cheap price (and they still do to an extent). The 300 was $15 new.
The fishing Bay fishing was better back then. The perch size for black perch and pile perch was much bigger (so much so that someone would never keep a 10”). People skilled would get (21) which was a limit. Starry Flounder were targeted and some would go 24-27”. Striper were much bigger in the Bay with 10,12, 16, and some 21 pounds or so.
 
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Wow, must have been very different to have lived in that era. Hard to believe that was what it was like about half a century ago. The world’s changed and we just keep going I guess.
 

mav

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I caught the tail end of that era at around 1977. I was five when I actually remember fishing here in Southern California. I remember my older bro catching a HUGE corbina and my mom catching a tasty angel shark that fed us for almost a week.

The funny thing about that rod is that I actually somehow acquired one over the years and it’s sitting in my garage. The white section on mine mostly chipped off.