Axe Gills 7-15

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Axe Gills 7-15

Postby poygan54940 » Jul Sun 15, 2018 2:47 pm

Went through 2 dozen waxxies in 45 mins. Mostly 4 to 6 inchers this roughly 8"er mixed in.

Slip bobber 6-10' of water with a plain #6 red Tru-Turn with a waxxie or two 5-7' down
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Re: Axe Gills 7-15

Postby cletedius » Jul Sun 15, 2018 3:03 pm

Nicely done! Spent many hours of my youth at axehead & dont think I ever pulled an 8" gill out of there.
On a sidenote, seeing the pic of your C3 reel is a nostalgic blast directly from my past! Thanks. Must of had/destroyed a dozen of those! Wish I still had 1.
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Re: Axe Gills 7-15

Postby poygan54940 » Jul Sun 15, 2018 3:52 pm

Many moons ago when I worked at a repair shop I picked up that one, first and second gen C4's and this first gen C3 (picture below) that I still use to this day. C4's are up at the lakehouse. Reminds me I need to find some replacement spools for the ones that blew up.
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Re: Axe Gills 7-15

Postby cletedius » Jul Sun 15, 2018 4:01 pm

Wow. Cant say I ever had or used the 1st generation cardinals, but went thru many of the 2nd generation C3 & C4. They were top of the heap in their day.
Looking at your pic, seeing the c3 on a TN handle rod, in they condition they look to be in, & the fact you still have a pack of tru-turns that havent long since rusted away, I could learn much from you about how to take better care of my tackle!
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Re: Axe Gills 7-15

Postby poygan54940 » Jul Sun 15, 2018 4:25 pm

haha. I'd like to say I'm good but I'm average. I've snapped my fair share of casting rod tips over the years. (Think I'm up to 2 this season)

Tru-Turn's are still available! Just restocked this winter.

UL stuff doesn't get a heck of a lot of use other than here on FPD lakes and off the dock up north. I built the two rods pictured below about 25 years ago so I'm extra careful with them.
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Re: Axe Gills 7-15

Postby HEDDONFROG » Jul Mon 16, 2018 1:09 am

Damn, that is a bit of nostalgia. My dad had one of those first gen Cardinals just like that one, though I never knew until your post it was a first gen model. I no longer have it but still have his and moms Shakespeare 1777 and 1775 Wonder Casters. I could never get that man to try a modern reel, exasperating lol
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Re: Axe Gills 7-15

Postby Rambler » Jul Mon 16, 2018 9:52 am

LOVE those old Abu reels. Gave a Cardinal 753 to a buddy in Michigan a few years back & he still uses it. I have a Cardinal 862 on a shelf. Never use it but probably won't ever get rid of it either.
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