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Recently got in a Penn 980 Mag reel. I have to say that I am impressed with this reel. Let’s take a quick look at what I found. First some basic stats:
4.25: 1 gear ratio
SS Gear and Pinion
Two SS Ball Bearings for the spool
One adjustable rare earth magnet for spool control
Second is the beefy spools. Here is a comparison between a jigmaster spool and the 980 spool. The Penn 980 is 1.6 mm thicker on the spindle.
Next is the gear. Jigmaster 5:1 on the left, 980 on the right. The 980 is beefy!
This reel is being used in Alaska jigging for halibut so we will throw in a new stainless steel drag sleeve from ProChallenger and SS dog from Keta’s Kustoms with Bryan Young’s Ultimate Upgrades 5+1 carbon drag kit.
Theses upgrades will add some top end to the drag range and smooth out the drag. In addition I will install a Delrin washer under the main gear and on top of the drag stack. Looks like a smooth 18lb of drag with some more room to go.
All in all, I would say this is an excellent reel with plenty of drag, steel where it matters and magnetic spool control for easy problem free casting. Just might have to put a couple of these into the arsenal soon!
The Pro Gear 255 appears to be the same size as a Penn 146, but with some really nice upgrades. First the two piece frame is really nice and strong. The tolerances are outstanding and using braid will be no problem. Pro Gear 255 Schematic, the gears and drags are the same as a Penn 500 series.
She came in pretty beat up. Bearings shot and some light corrosion and wear from the eccentric lever hitting the side plate on top. The internals were in good shape, just needed a good cleaning and re-lube. Flushed the bearings, new Bryan Young 5+1 drag kit, and “Bam” fishing machine. Free spool is amazing. 10-12lb drag easily up to 15-17lb with a new SS gear sleeve. Awesome small reel!