Thank you!

To all our customers, family who support us and friends that encourage us, thank you!  2017 was truly a great year for us here at  We want to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season!  Good luck in 2018 finding that fish of a lifetime!



Pro Gear 255 Fishing Reel

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!



Black Senators

9/0, 6/0, 4/0, 3/0, 2/0, 1/0 Black Penn Senators.  This has been fun!  Started with a stock 1/0  and went through the whole upgrade process.  I was so impressed with what these old reels are capable of I kept going slowly finding used reels at very reasonable prices.  Here are some of the upgrades available:

  • Handles and Knobs
  • Stainless steel gear sleeves
  • Steel or stainless steel gears and pinions, yokes etc.
  • Drag inserts and multi drag washer upgrades
  • Stainless steel dogs
  • Custom aluminum frames
  • Aluminum Spools
  • Aluminum cross bars
  • Stainless steel cross bars
  • Custom eccentric levers

All in you can invest a considerable amount in a reel that is 30+ years old.  Most parts are still available for most models.  Considering the vast number of upgrades available it really speaks to the engineering and reliability of these iconic reels.


Tanked Penn 115 9/0 Fishing Reel

Picked up a used, good condition black side plate Penn 115L 9/0 from a friend, Robert Ciminieri.  Straight stock inside and out.  But I have bigger plans for this reel.  Enter “Beast Mode”.


How does 30lb of smooth drag with a top end around 50lb sound?  Yes,  you are reading it right.  With the upgrades listed you can easily get the 30lb all the way up to water skiing.  Better strap in, hold on and pray.  I will be spooling it with 80lb monofilament for a land based sharking reel use it to troll.

She was in pretty good shape to start.  Some elbow grease and patience and she cleaned up better than I had hoped!  Thanks again Robert Ciminieri!

The hardest part of any  build are acquiring all the custom parts.  As the word custom suggests, each part listed above comes with a different lead time and some you just have to wait for the next small run to get completed which could be weeks or months.

Case in point.  The drag inserts are in between runs.  Nothing you can really do but wait for the next run and get your name in soon.  Full frame from Tom at Cortez Conversions, same challenge.  However, these upgrades are what takes this reel from average to powerhouse!  Well worth the wait.  In the meantime, I will source all the other parts needed and wait!

I started by double dogging the reel.  Which requires some additional patience and a steady slow hand with a Dremel carbide bit.  This reel comes standard with a single bronze dog.  Since we are changing out the gear sleeve to stainless steel, we need to change the dogs to stainless steel.  We need to add the space in the head plate to for the second dog and spring.


Next I needed to make sure the dog spring did not move laterally once installed.  I used the dremel with a cut off bit and cut the cross above in the plate the thickness of the spring.  Next I bent the end of the spring in the shape below.  Once installed in the groove and under the bridge it will be trapped and unable to move.



The second dog is ready to go in alternating sequence with the 10 tooth drag sleeve will give very little back play in the handle and be twice as strong and reliable.


Pro Challenger Stainless steel gear and pinion working with the Cortez Conversions SS gear sleeve.  These gears are really smooth and tough!

Received a drag insert from a friend and went about some light grinding and sanding to make it fit snug in the main gear.  This was the last step on upgrading the business end of the reel.

Next up is the one piece frame from with integrated foot and new Stainless steel top bar.  I like the black as it has a nice look with the black side plates and and chrome rings.

Lastly I need to order a 5/0 knob from Alan on and the appropriate SS handle from Adam at Motive Fab.



Little Blue…Penn 501 Reel

Build list:

  • side plates
  • SS gears, pinion, aluminum spool and knob
  • Motive Fabrications SS counter balanced handle
  • Tank Top Eccentric Lever
  • Tiburon Frame
  • A few Penn parts

This is a retirement gift that will spend its days chasing fish in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.

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Feeling Narrow Minded…



Narrow models from Penn and Newell


Top to bottom:

Penn Senator 1/0 – 3:1 Gears

Newell 220 – 5:1 Gears

Penn Jigmaster 501 – 4:1 Gears

Penn Squidder 146 – 3.3:1 Gears

Penn 4/0 T4N – 4:1 Gears

Yellowtail Special

  • Pro Challenger Heat Treated Main Gear with Octagon Drag 113HX 4:1
  • Pro Challenger SS Gear Sleeve
  • Pro Challenger Eva Knob/ 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

Custom Penn Narrow 4/0


Fit and finish are getting better and better.  Component are getting stronger and more corrosion resistant.  Handle is from Motive Fabrication Knob options:

Large Round knob from Pro Challenger and the large knob on the right is 6/0 knob.  He has several sizes.  Both are bullet proof and fit comfortably in my hand.


Pro Challenger stainless steel bridge with two dogs, 4:1 gear,pinion, 10 tooth gear sleeve.  Most notable is the new carbon Hex Drag system.

Stainless steel star is from Motive Fabrications

Narrow,  aluminum frame, head and end plates, offset two position handle with large 6/0 knob, all stainless internals, upgraded drags, fully adjustable spool bearing caps, (2) SS spool bearings,  aluminum spool, bring em on.

Custom Penn builds

Custom Penn Jigmasters and 4/0’s fully tanked. 

Meet the Super Jigmaster

Custom Penn Jigmaster 049

Custom Penn Jigmaster 044

Super Jigmaster 2

Custom Penn Jigmaster 046

Super Jigmaster 3


The new kid on the block is the Super 3″ wide Jigmaster!   Outfitted with all the latest upgrades from the good folks on

  • 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 Graphics!)

This one goes with me to Hawaii with the 4/0 super wide below

Big Brother 2