Whoa! That sounds like some fun fishing! I'm gonna have to try eating halibut the next time I get a chance.
Damn! Nice information there Jerry! And I believe the same as your Grandfather.Hi Lee,
Those "drop 8oz of lead straight down" reels you speak of...the guy is partially right ..however there are some innovative Japanese companies and American importers who make replacement bearings for these old reels that make them capable of casting nearly as far as a big surf rod.
They can't be equipped with the fancy magnetic braking features that smaller bait casters can but I can throw 3oz of lead and a 12" herring a country mile and upgraded drag material makes it simply a different reel. Throwing them any distance, well, it just takes practice...you WILL end up cutting some line off the spool during the learning curve but if I can learn to do it anyone can .
Search for ABEC-7 bearings for whatever you end up with..tuning these old workhorses and a judicious application of some metal polish like Flitz will make your jaw drop when you see how much smoother and fun the reel is to operate.
As a matter of habit, I would "tune" any reel I bought period, most if any aren't lubed properly from the factory for use, they are lubed for storage, think of it like cosmoline on M-14's. It may work.... but it ain't how it's supposed to work...my 2 cents..
Check out the tuned and modified Penn Senator reels on this guys website. You can take the basic reel up to any level of performance and function your wallet can stand; There is also some very good free information on DIY tuning of large salt/freshwater bait caster, bait droppers
The Penn 113N is one of my favorites, I have owned several of them, parts are avalable and cheap, buy it on Ebay and make it yours and learn how everything works in it by refurbishing the thing yourself..I would rather have 1 of these than 10 of the newer plastic Squall's or whatever.
Guns and Fishing reels should be made of metal, kids toys and foreign cars should be made of plastic...
My Grandfather told me that it only hurts once to buy the best equipment.. and you never regret it..Buying crap will always annoy you and fail when you need it most and you will always regret it..
Hey Ray,Yeah, that's the one thing I overlooked. I've never seen the Penn Squall as being a plastic or cheap type reel. I've always seen them as workhorse type reels. The guide I fish with uses them exclusively, and I fish with him a lot. Over these past 4 years fishing with him, those reels have been as dependable, durable, and smoothly running reels as any Catfish reels out there.
I'm not saying that they are better than Fathoms or other choices other guys are using out there. But they can be counted on, day in and day out.
My best fishing buddy uses the 309 as his primary catfish and carp reel, a Penn Jigmaster 500 is his go to big cat reel.The penn 209 is a very affordable reel that can be used for catfishing trolling carp fishing or whatever you want it for I used the 309 just because it holds more line
If only they had a Penn Fathom 20nlw.:unhappy:penn fathom 20 star drag no level wind
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