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Sunday  January 20, 2019

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1/20/19  Today's featured photo is pretty much self explanatory.  It shows a worn reel pawl that rides on the worm gear for the level wind mechanism.  Over time, this moving part will fail at the least opportune time.  Like when a big King is peeling a ton of drag.  This is a cheap reel part (about a buck) is needed to have on-hand.  Click reel pawl
              The worm gear/pawl does need lube from time to time.  Lube will attracts dirt.  Dirt wears out the pawl.  Please note the chrome worn off the level wind cover from my years as a charter boat skipper.  Charter use is 10 to 1 over sport fleet's time on the water.
              Interesting side bar to today's chat is the level wind is purely an American invention.  Reel shown in the pic is a Diawa 47H that debuted back in the mid 1980s.
             This was a bullet proof reel made when Japan was targeting our US fishing industry that served as a road map for China to do the same.  In 1985 Diawa 47H's were dumped on our market at less than 30 bucks a reel.  Below what it cost Diawa to produce.  This is called buying market share.  Which Japan and China have done very successfully!

1/19/19  Posted a pic of the low-cost drone purchased off Amazon for under 80 bucks.  This is a piece of junk to control.  The 720p video cam is next to useless if the drone is moving, the processor cannot keep up and you get blurry/fuzzy video. Click for drone
              I paid the price of admission and now know the only way to go is with a fully waterproof drone.  Swellpro Spry is waterproof and can shoot 4k video below the surface.  Drawback to the Spry is cost.  This is a decision I'm going to think long and hard about before purchasing.  Remembering, you always get what you pay for.
             Do know the return to the boat feature is pushing me to hit the hip.

1/18/19  Have the new drone assembled and ready to fly.  Paired the controller for preflight.  Having 4 extra propellers don't instill a lot of pilot confidence.  It's more like waiting for the big crash to happen.  Learned some important things along the way.
              If a drone weighs more than .55 a pound it needs to be registered with the FAA.  You need near perfect conditions with little to no wind.  Flight time is around 7 minutes for the 70 buck starter drone that's limited by about a 100 meters from the controller.
             Quality drones start at $500 for extended flight time and distance.  Do know the visuals provided from the drone will be priceless to my fishing videos.

1/17/19  Purchased a starter drone with a 720p movie camera.  The possibilities are endless on what a view from a drone can show us.  Hovering over a surface spoon?'s within the realm of possibilities we could see the fish attack the lure.  Seen enough seagulls tracking my surface baits on the beach to know this could happen.
               Biggest benefit will be aerial panoramic views of how we fish.  Overhead video will add dimension and scope boat based cams can't.  New drone should be here today.
               Tune in tomorrow to read about the big crash when the drone goes rogue and takes for parts unknown after losing the remote control signal.  Amazon said it was OK for those 14 and up.  This is good, and suits my beginner skills just fine.  Which are none!

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