Posts Tagged ‘red snapper’

The Emmrod Packer fishing pole description and history

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

The Emmrod Packer is the fishing pole that got Emmrod up and running.  A short ten years ago, Duane Markley adapted and upgraded a 1930’s product idea with current technology.  He wanted to have a fishing pole that maintained the casting ability and benefits of a six to ten foot pole while picking up the benefits of a much shorter pole.  He did it too!  Ten years later, the Emmrod Packer is still selling across the country and bringing joy to fishermen and fisher women and fisher boys and fisher girls across the world!

The Fishing Pole that got Emmrod Started

The Fishing Pole that got Emmrod Started

What you see here, is the handle and the rod together.  The rod, which is the metal end with the spring coil, fits into the handle with a quick set 1/4 turn, spring load that holds the rod firmly into place, yet lets you switch rods in just seconds.

Emmrod 8 coil casting Rod.  Perfect for pan sized fishing. Ultralight Fishing at its best!

Emmrod 8 coil casting Rod. Perfect for pan sized fishing. Ultralight Fishing at its best!

There are four basic Rods.  8, 7, 6 and 4 coil.  These graduate from pan sized fish, to up to two pound fish, ten pound fish and twenty-five pound fish.  If you are fishing for larger fish, you can use the double tip rods shown next.

2 tip Emmrod Rod.  Use for those lunkers up to 50 pounds!

2 tip Emmrod Rod. Use for those lunkers up to 50 pounds!

Check out the blog about Mel.  He uses this tip on the Emmrod Packer along with a huge bait casting reel with a harness to catch large fish off Florida Docks.  He recently brought in a 7 1/2  foot shark on they type of rig.

This is a good time to talk about reels.  The Emmrod Packer uses two types of reels. The closed Face Spinning reel and the bait caster reel.  Any standard reel of these varieties fit.

What sort of fish might one catch?  The world is your oyster!  Sharks and tarpon seem to fall to Mel’s Emmrod Packer.  Bass, sunfish, trout and steelhead all end up in the frying pan.

What makes the Emmrod so great? a man asked me at a recent show.  First of all, the compact nature of the rod when you prepare it for  travel.  It is only 12 inches long.  Second, you can cast it as well as any standard fishing pole.  You can also “shoot” it, hence its nickname “Dock Shooter.”  It is unbreakable.  It is flexible in that you use the rod designed for the weight of the fish you are hoping to catch, pan sized to shark sized!  Simply put, it meets almost all capabilities of a regular pole and keeps on giving with the characteristics mentioned above.  So, if you are looking for a cane pole, look elsewhere.  If you are looking for a fishing pole you can cast, carry, troll with and keep in your glove compartment, you are looking at the right place.

Enjoy meandering through where you can buy the Emmrod Packer, the Emmrod Kayak King, The Emmrod Mountaineer and many other fine fishing poles.  Check out the WhyBuyEmmrod video at

High Times in the Sulu Sea c. 1964?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

At this point in my life, I am having a hard time recalling exactly when I took this trip.  It would have been in 1962 or 1964.  So, I was about 12 or about 14.  My parents were missionaries in the Philippines.  We lived in the second largest Island, Mindanao.  Even then, the seeds of lawlessness which pervade that part of the country were there, never-the-less, it was somewhat of a fairyland in my mind.  I loved it!   One summer, I took a trip to Balut Island with Ken Marriott to visit the island where he worked as a translator.  While the drive took almost 13 hours, it was only a bit over 100 miles.  The highway was a wide gravel road where you drove in the middle except when passing.  At one point, the road was out for some reason.  We had to do a detour over a jungle mountain.  There might have been some sort of dirt road, but, I clearly recall the bus going in the mud up to its hubs.  The fact they got it out of the mud, going uphill, and got it over the mountain is a testament to the “Indomintable” spirit of the Philippinos.

We finally arrived in Cotabato City late in the evening and made arrangements to catch an outrigger canoe to go to Balut Island.  I am not sure how far out that was, but, the total trip was estimated at five to six hours.  We were leaving about 10 or 11 pm.  The canoe was about 25 feet long, two and a half to three feet wide and about 2 feet deep.  There was a bamboo cross piece about 1/3 of the way back and about 2/3 of the way back.  At the ends of the bamboo and about 10 feet or a bit more out on each side there was an outrigger made from a couple pieces of bamboo.  As most of the readers here are fishermen and women, I know you are seeing cane poles in your mind.  There are lots of kinds of bamboo.  Virtually 80 percent of several of the houses I lived in was made from about three or four kinds of bamboos.  In this case, the bamboo was about 5 to 6 inches thick and probably 30 feet long before being trimmed down for the outriggers.  About midway in the boat, there was a diesel inboard engine.  Sorry motorheads, I have no more information on that subject beyond it turned a propellor somewhere that made the outrigger canoe go.  The helmsman sat in the back and steered with a rudder.  


Well, we finally pushed off the sandy beach and headed out onto the flat, moonlit sea.  Soon, the combination of diesel fumes, the monotonous rocking of the boat and the steady hum of the engine lulled us all to sleep–likely including the helsman.  BANG! With a shuddering crash, we came to a halt.  As the moon had gone down and the sky was pitch black, a lantern was lit and we discovered we had ploughed through the outrigger of another canoe and our bow was nestled neatly on the side of their canoe.  Needless to say, There were four very unhappy Philippino men blaming each other for the accident.  Truth was, no one had lights on their boats and it was pitch black out.  After about 15 minutes, they parties resolved their differences and pushed apart.  Their outrigger was broken, ours had been knocked loose with the ratan lashingings broken.   So, I climed out on the far outrigger and one of the Philippino’s climed out and retied the broken lashings.  We continued on our way arriving at Balut Island as the sun was rising.  The end to a perfect night!

Here are the PS’s! 

#1.  The guys in the boat we hit had the hugest red snapper like fish I had ever seen.  Must have weighed 50 pounds or so. 

#2.  Looking at the map, we may actually have gone to General Santos vice Cotabato.  In my mind, it was Cotabato City, but looking at the map, because Balut island is just off the point of Mindanao, that makes more sense to me.

#3. Otherwise, this is all a true story, not just a fish tale.  For those, you need to get an Emmrod fishing system appropriate to your needs, head out into the wild, catch a few fish and send me an email with your fish stories!

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