Finally Bought an ATD 12

Discussion in 'Reels' started by Uncle Russ, Nov 28, 2007.

  1. Uncle Russ

    Uncle Russ Senior Member

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    Well, I got very depressed watching the 'Horns get their butts kicked the day after Thanksgiving (please understand it was not so much that my team lost as it was that I knew it would make Gunsmoke happy :mad: ). I have heard that fat women, when their husbands leave them, take solace in eating huge amounts of chocolate, pies, cakes--that sort of thing. So I got to thinking--I have been wanting an ATD-12 for a long time, looking for any excuse to buy one, and maybe it would make me feel better in the process. Also, I have been using the ATD 50W for both chunking/live bait on the surface AND for deep dropping. This means I have to re-rig on the way in and on the way out. Now of course this is not all that much trouble, but I figured "What would Rick do?" Well obviously he would have three reels on board for each purpose. Like I say, I was looking for any excuse.

    I had made the right call, buying an ATD 50 wide's from TJ, (probably one of Rick's old cast-offs that he had used a few times and tired of) but I made the mistake of NOT picking up an ATD 12 he was selling back when I had the chance. I have been kicking myself ever since.

    So anyway, I gutted it up and ordered one spooled to the gills with Jerry Brown 100 pound hollow. And while I was at it, I picked up a 665W 2-speed with 80 pound JB. This latter is my third one--having broken the previous two before they ever got out of my garage. This time, I won't set the drag higher than 25 pounds. Kil and others advised me to buy the regular width for jigging, but I can't seem to get past being a whore for line capacity. I think when I go out for nearshore bottom fishing, this would be my reel and I would rather have the extra line in the rare event something big gets on.

    In terms of clearest and best use of the two ATD, s my thinking is that I would set the 50 up for deep fishing for AJ s and grouper and the 12 for chunking, since it is so much lighter and would seem easier on the old body once a fish is on. I would be interested if anyone disagrees with that division of labor for the two reels.

    So now the Longhorns can go to hell for another year. Either we will live up to our potential next year or, who knows, maybe I'll pick up an ATD 80.

    Russ
     
  2. Snagged

    Snagged Senior Member

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    Russ,
    Rick usually carries two (2) for each use just in case........IE: You need two more reels.
     

  3. Uncle Russ

    Uncle Russ Senior Member

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    No--not for me. I admit that Rick (along with you and Gunsmoke and MrBill and gman and Kil etc.) is one of my heros. But that doesn't mean I am going to haul 300 pounds of tackle on board with me. I have found all too often that any extra tackle I take on board will get used by one of my worthless buddies to out-fish me. I am looking forward to that ATD 12, though. That is a sweet little reel. (Never thought a year ago I would be calling something that will hold 500 yards of 100 pound-test line "little.")

    Russ
     
  4. Snagged

    Snagged Senior Member

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    Poor Russ,
    You've got it. :eek: :D
     
  5. gman

    gman Senior Member

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    I have found all too often that any extra tackle I take on board will get used by one of my worthless buddies to out-fish me. Russ


    That is too funny and happens to me all the time. I took my brother in law tuna fishing up here on a party boat. He was never on a boat before and was nervous. I said here you use my gear and I will use my other gear. First drift my damn accurate starts screaming. Im like son-of-*****. Luckily he got cutoff and lost the fish he he he
     
  6. gman

    gman Senior Member

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    Russ

    Awesome choice of gear, that should be perfect for chunking. My son will use the ATD 50 for deep dropping for grouper and he will use his brand spanking new 665 2 speed for chunking, he should be fine with that. I will tell you that the drag on the new one is definately better than the previous models.

    Im going to be jigging and casting as much as I can however I will be bringing my 665 as well. I was just telling somone that the ATD 12 is a sweet reel

    Congrats and I hope your tackle addiction gets better soon LOL
     
  7. gman

    gman Senior Member

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    Now I want one
     
  8. Uncle Russ

    Uncle Russ Senior Member

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    Too bad I'm not going on the next trip, gman. You could use the 12 while I used some other tackle. :)

    Russ