The clubs were designed for competition in four light-tackle categories: spinning, plug, fly and light general. Each contest usually ran about six months, and members competed passionately among themselves as well as against other clubs. These competitions inspired creativity. The drag used in all modern plug-casting reels came from these tournaments. At the time, Garcia’s Fishing Tackle’s Ambassadeur reel was the best we could buy, but the drag was a tiny washer that burned up after one big fish. A machinist club member on his company’s time routed out the interior of this reel’s main shaft gear. He and another club member discarded the useless ring and filled the opening with several greased Penn spinning reel washers, creating a drag that worked. Tackle company owner Lou Childre took one of these modified reels to Japan, and thus was born the modern plug-casting drag.