Posted on October 20, 2011 by

Van Staal VM150: First Impressions

Van Staal makes the only reel that look as at home on a solid gold chain as they do on a fishing rod. Their stunning design won me over the very first time I lay eyes on them and I have dreamed of owning one ever since. While the new VM150 doesn’t come in the same stunning gold and silver finishes its big brothers do, its still every bit as beautiful.

The Van Staal VM150 is the latest and greatest addition to my reel collection and will have a primary task of landing big striped bass here on the east coast. Its secondary, but most urgent task, is to join me on my upcoming trip to the British Virgin Islands to chase tarpon and several other species. I’m sure I’ll have a lot to say about this reel when I return in mid November, but for now, enjoy the unboxing!

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Posted on March 27, 2009 by

Zebco Childrens Rod Recall

For all of you people with kids, or are under 5’7″ and use childrens rods…

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced a voluntary recall of a childrens fishing rod and reel said to contain paint on that contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Consumers are advised to stop using the product immediately.

Zebco recall

Zebco reel recall

More info at the CPSC