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Topwater Action
Post 24 Apr 2021, 11:10 • #1 
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Thought I'd give the old Mitchell 301/Conolon 2508 combo a spin the other night with some top water lures. Didn't Catch any giants but sure was fun see the bust bust the top and eat the lure. Some good rod bending action ensued.







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Re: Topwater Action
Post 24 Apr 2021, 14:08 • #2 
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Excellent!


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Re: Topwater Action
Post 24 Apr 2021, 14:29 • #3 
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Nice. The rod and reel looks great and brand new.


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Re: Topwater Action
Post 24 Apr 2021, 15:51 • #4 
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Thanks! The rod is almost mint. I hate using it much for fear of marking it up. I have a similar rod that is more "used" and I'll probably switch out. That said, I only use the combo a few times a year. Lots of fun.


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Re: Topwater Action
Post 24 Apr 2021, 20:34 • #5 
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Really cool rod and reel combo.


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Re: Topwater Action
Post 25 Apr 2021, 04:08 • #6 
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nice bass and great outfit. Congrats.
I collect those 1960's Mitchell 300,308 etc. I still have and fish my first one from 1965 or so that was a Christmas gift from my Mother. The reel cost 12 bucks, a princely some in its day.
Found one in an antique dealership in mint condition with original box for $15.


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Re: Topwater Action
Post 25 Apr 2021, 12:00 • #7 
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topwater is always the most fun bass fishing.
Buzz baits are my favorite, and my first really bass, 6-1/2 lbs, was on a Jitterbug.


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Re: Topwater Action
Post 25 Apr 2021, 19:49 • #8 
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Gotta love a Torpedo for top water ,not many come close . Use to take some nice bass with the Crazy Crawlers a lot to , but an old Jerk-n-Sam (if you can find some nos) , is about the only other old school topwater that still holds a special place in the ole tackle box !!!


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Re: Topwater Action
Post 26 Apr 2021, 18:40 • #9 
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my bass on a Conolon 2503 and Mitchell 308..



yours are better ;-)

like the Torpedo a lot, have an old one and was surprised to find you can still buy them..


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Re: Topwater Action
Post 27 Apr 2021, 18:46 • #10 
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Caught many Bucketmouths on a floating Rapala, back in the day...cast, sit, twitch and jerk...

Doug, nice set up...that may be a very early 308 Prince (UK release) with newer bail...



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Re: Topwater Action
Post 28 Apr 2021, 16:01 • #11 
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that may be a very early 308 Prince (UK release) with newer bail...


close.. it's a French-made one from 1974, bought in S. Africa, emigrated with me to the US, where I replaced the bail with the clearly superior roller bail once the original had a groove all the way around.. it's a veteran like me ;-)


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Re: Topwater Action
Post 28 Apr 2021, 17:00 • #12 
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Very cool that you still have it....Interesting that you bought it in S. Africa, as the Prince reels were initially targeted to be only distributed to the UK, beginning in 1959...all Mitchell reels through the '70s were made in France. If bought new in 1974, the UK distributor may of had a deal with a retailer in S. Africa, or, Mitchell started exporting these reels to countries besides the UK by this time, I'm not sure. The serial number on the bottom of the foot tells us the year it was produced.

The roller bearing line guide is definitely an upgrade.

Sandman


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