Penn 4/0 M1A1 Tank Fishing Reel


Highly mobile, designed for modern armored ground warfare, the M1 is well armed and heavily armored. Notable features include the use of a powerful multifuel turbine engine, the adoption of sophisticated composite armor, and separate ammunition storage in a blow-out compartment for crew safety. Weighing nearly 68 short tons (almost 62 metric tons), it is one of the heaviest main battle tanks in service.


Like the venerable A1M1, we are building out a Penn 113 4/0 Senator with similar “Tank ” characteristics:

  • Aluminum one piece frame from Tiburon
  • Aluminum Side plates from Cortez Conversions Silver and Black
  • 7+1 Custom Drags with inserts Motive Fabrications
  • Stainless Steel double dog bridge from Pro Challenger
  • Stainless Steel Gear Sleeve from
  • Stainless Steel Handle and Star drag from Motive Fabrications
  • Knob Kohler
  • Stainless Steel Gear set and Pinion from Pro Challenger

This combination will take the venerable stock Penn Senator 113H into another class of reel.  This reel with upgrades has been tested to over 45lbs of drag.

Stainless Steel mechanics encased with aluminum frame and side plates these will be the strongest, smoothest drag 4/0 ever produced.  Wash them after every use and use them for several lifetimes.  Hand them down with pride to the next generation of anglers chasing sea monsters!

Cortez Conversions side plates, light, strong and super high quality finish.  I chose silver for the first two as they don’t show wear as easy as the colors.  However, I could not pass up a pair of black side plates to put on a jumbo tank I plan to build for fishing Ulua in Hawaii this fall.

alantani grips
Alan Tani power knob


Look at the transmission in this thing!  Not only is it big its way strong!  SS heat treated gears and pinion.  I am putting in the stock bridge until the SS double dog bridge becomes available.  SS single dog will just have to do for now.

Just got notice of shipping from Cortez Conversions on the side plates.  Custom aluminum in silver and black.  The black plates will go with purple frame and spool from Tiburon, a Hawaiian Wide.  (Honeycreeper).  The other two will be an all silver T4N narrow kit (Silver Petrel), and the other a normal width silver 4/0 (Silver tern).  More on those builds later.

The first one to be built is the standard width 4/0 Silver Tern.  I located a black Newell spool for a standard width 4/o online.

My next posts will be the individual builds on a step by step basis.  More to come!




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