Penn Senator 111 2/0 Fishing Reel

Next up is the Penn 111 2/0 fishing reel.  Single dog, steel gear and pinion, metal three piece spool, three stack drag, and low and slow gears 2.25:1.  Seems like it would make a great live bait reel.  Upgrades needed for this reel are as follows:  SS gear sleeve (98-60A) Carbon drags washers set (smoothdrag.com) SS drag washers set SS spool (29M-60) SS power handle … Continue reading Penn Senator 111 2/0 Fishing Reel

Yellowtail Special

Pro Challenger Heat Treated Main Gear with Octagon Drag 113HX 4:1 Pro Challenger SS Gear Sleeve Pro Challenger Eva Knob/Alantani.com 6/0 knob Motive Fab two position SS off set handle and SS star Cortez Conversions Side Plates Randy Pauly Tiburon T4N Frame and Spool Continue reading Yellowtail Special

Newell NL 540 5.5 Fishing Reel

This reel was found on Ebay this month for $64.99 delivered.  Appears to be in new condition on the inside and 80% of the outside.  Knob, Eccentric Lever Knob and Side Plate shows signs of BBQ gone bad. So from this day on it will be called the Smore!  First,  tear every thing down and clean, lubricate and inspect.  Knob would not rotate on handle … Continue reading Newell NL 540 5.5 Fishing Reel

New Aluminum Side Plates for Newell 300 Series Fishing Reels

I had the pleasure of building a Newell reel for a customer today that included the new Cortez Conversions aluminum side plates offered by Bryan Young.  They are everything that we have come to expect from Cortez Conversions.  Fit was perfect, craftsmanship outstanding and finish is superb. This reel started life as a Newell 338 J.  We installed the new 5+1 drags from Bryan and … Continue reading New Aluminum Side Plates for Newell 300 Series Fishing Reels

Meet the Super Jigmaster

  The new kid on the block is the Super 3″ wide Jigmaster!   Outfitted with all the latest upgrades from the good folks on Alantani.com. Cortez Conversions side plates with bearings SS guts from Alan Chui at Pro Challenger SS star and handle from Motive Fab Custom Drags from Motive Fab Custom Frame and Spool from Tiburon via Randy @ Vintage Offshore (Love the Ulua … Continue reading Meet the Super Jigmaster

Newell Drags

Newell made two drag options.  The first and arguably the best is the original 4 stack drag system: The original P models had them.  Notice the washer mounted on the drag sleeve.  It provides the additional drag surface for the system.  Most of the Newell reels were made without that little valuable addition.  Thus the 3 stack standard drag stack.  Now you can still upgrade … Continue reading Newell Drags