Custom Ulua Fishing Reel (Penn 4/0 Extra Wide)

113HLW, Tib Frame  T4WEX and Spool from Vintage offshore,  Cortez Conversions Side Plates, Alan Tani knob, Motive Fabrications Off Set handle and Star in Stainless steel.  Pro Challenger bridge, sleeve, gear, pinion and jack in SS.  SS yoke from Smoothdrag.com.  Upgraded drag system from Bryan Young.  The reel below is the inspiration for this build…

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Pro Challenger does it again!

Today I received the Pro Challenger double dogged stainless steel bridge and eccentric jack.  Combined with the stainless steel gear sleeve, gears, pinion and yoke from smooth drag, this baby really purrrrrrs!  If you have a 113H laying around these upgrades will take this reel to new levels of strength and corrosion resistance.  Highly recommended!…

Stainless Steel Guts Penn 113H 4/0

Finally we have true stainless steel mechanics inside the 4/0.  Pro Challenger just released the SS bridge and its double dogged!  Using his SS gear, pinion, jack, and sleeve, and bridge will deliver more strength and corrosion resistance than previously available for this popular model.  Now include the drag inserts from Motive Fabrications or the…

Reef fishing central Florida. 

Dwight Webb was a fine host and coach on this weekends fishing off New Smyrna beach.  This was my first time fishing for big shouldered Cobia, Snapper and Grouper.  It was also my first Party Boat fishing trip.  Equipped with my Penn 4/0 and 60-110 lb rated rod I thought I was ready.  “Drop em”…

Custom Penn 4/0 observations

From a purely functional perspective I have noticed the following attributes of the new reel: Brick Shit house solid and strong Dizzyingly  long free spool (I used spool bearings instead of brass bearings) Drag strength and smoothness is unmatched Comfortable ergonomic handle and knob Corrosion resistance at a maximum Weight is what you would expect…

Build Notes for the 4/0 Tank

The SS Yoke was getting stuck under the bridge and was generally too difficult to engage.  I took the SS yoke and ground the edge to a slight ramp where the jack rides up the edge to engage and disengage.  I used the Dremel tool to do the fine grinding.  After  grinding the engagement and…

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…