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Shimano Bantam 201SG

     Once the hot reel for pacific northwest steelheaders, the Shimano Bantam 201SG is wonderful, light bait caster, ideal for throwing light weight lures and lead.  201 signifies a left hand version of the iconic fish killer.  I don’t know about you but I have always held the pole with my right hand and…

Newell Reels are like Gremlin’s!

Buy one, get it wet and they multiply!  This is very dangerous and should only be done under strict supervision of a responsible adult.  Seriously, how could you not love these reels?  Super light, great drags, incredible casting and about as corrosion resistant as can be made.  If you just rinse it well after use,…

Newell S338-5 Fishing Reel NIB

Look what the postman brought me today!  A new in the box S338-5 Newell reel.  Warranty card, pristine box, extra handle washer, extra drag washers, and an extra e-clip with rod clamp.  Had not been unboxed in over 20 years, took it out and it spins like brand new!  Ah the new car smell!  Can’t…

Surf Blasters

While I was in Florida I became interested in fishing the miles of ocean beaches around Daytona, New Smyrna and Ponce Inlet.  It was a new type of fishing for this farm boy fishing small streams and rivers flowing up.  The concept of cast and wait was new to me.  The concept of casting 4…

Abu Garcia Surf Casting Beast

When we were living in Florida I became interested in surf casting on the beaches of Daytona, New Smyrna and Cape Canaveral.  I was not prepared for surf casting having moved from the Pacific NW for the type of gear required for enjoying the surf and jetty.  The salt water destroyed my Shimano Calcutta in…

Abu Garcia 5501 Super Tuned

At first glance this appears to be a stock ABU Garcia 5501 C3.  However, looks can be deceiving.  We have all seen the  plain old car that has a 454 under the hood!  I start with a straight stock eBay Abu 5501.  Very capable little reel that is very popular.   At a list price at…

Tuning the Penn 501 (The Green Hornet)

With the holidays rapidly approaching and with some extra time on my hands I dove head first down the Penn reel rabbit hole.   Here is a quick run down of the upgrades for the project code named “The Green Hornet” Stainless Steel Guts from Pro Challenger Cortez Conversion side plates Bearing cup   5+1…