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Monday  January 22, 2018

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New 2018 X-Glow
New heads are in-house!

Repaired GoPro
DIY project DONE!

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2018 Tackle reel-deals are ready to go.  This year's tackle bargains feature a 18% discount to celebrate our upcoming 2018 season.  All tackle offered is the best of the best, proven in 2017 with time stamped photos.  Often posted here in daily updates.  These 4 special reel-deals are a limited time offer.  All have free shipping included too!
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    Today's Update and, ...or Fishing Report?

1/22/18  Starting this week on an up note.  Major progress on all fronts is the reason. Machining mag meat heads is going better than expected.  Rear hole is precision drilled on a taper.  Allowing for easy pegging with a toothpick.  This taper allows the head to become free and slide up the line and a away from the fish.  Thusly, fish cannot use the head as a pry bar to pull a Houdini act.  Lots of fine tuning went into this performance plus.
              Granted it takes more time and labor to drill the holes manually.  But this insures each head is hand trimmed and inspected.  So, you don't have to!

1/21/18  Last week was loaded with major accomplishments. After 2 years of chasing all over the world for a reasonable priced glow colorant, it finally came together in this year's outstanding X-Glow Magnum Meat Heads.  Had been working off a colorant from a major corporation's failed attempt to make glow in the dark toilet seats. 
                I purchased 100s of pounds of this extended glow color at surplus pricing back in about 2005.  This was a proprietary formula that took us 2 years to crack.  Then, to scour the planet to find a colorant manufacturer willing to do so!
              Trained another home operation to machine heads.  Now have 2 facilities in a rush drilling/machining heads trying to keep up.  More on this tomorrow....
               Fixing my GoPro action cam was a bonus ...more luck than skill event.  While GoPro action cams have their limitations, these are the cams only I know that are capable of running an optional audio system.  Plus, think I'm on the right track to have much improved onboard audio for 2018.  Audio/sound track is 50% of any video.

1/20/18  Production run of 2018 Magnum heads are in-house ...finally!  Now onto the machining process.  Have increased to 2 teams drilling heads this year, doubling output.
               Hold up was getting the X-Glow color more whitish than last year's XG heads.
Today's pic showed us nailing the color and increasing the glow properties too. 
              While the difference is not quite as dramatic in person, lens reads the brightest object during exposure.  Been working on on this new XG glo-green for almost 2 years.
              Many consider my heads as the best.  To stay on the top of the heap, there's a pile of unseen work and dedication that went into Project 2018 XG! Click 2018 XG.

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