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…

The Penn Squidder 146 Reloaded

I love the narrow spools and easy casting ability of these little dreams.  Dual spool bearings with an aluminum spool and you are well on your way to casting 20lb mono with ease!  The original specs for this reel which came out in the 60’s was 220 yards of 20b mono.  I will be spooling…

The Tanked “99” (Albacore Special)

This build will be a tanked “99”  commonly called the “Albacore special”. First you need to find an aluminum Tiburon spool and the proper frame.  P29HSK frame in silver and the P29HS spool.  The 99 size is a halfway between the 500 and 501. P21 (Penn 501)…….1 5/8″ wide P29 (Penn 99 )……2 1/8″ wide P20…

Great customer experience

If you are like me, you value the personal touch when doing business.  In this day and age of internet shopping and the decline of the brick and mortar stores, it is a rare transaction the occurs with a human on both ends of the process.  I have been fortunate to find a company that…

The Penn Jigmaster 501 “Raven” Fishing Reel

The next project will be a tanked Penn 501 with purple frame and spool from Tiburon.  Black side plates form Cortex conversions.  Stainless steel guts from Pro Challenger.  5+1 Stainless steel and carbon matrix drags.  Handle and knob from Accurate.    Going to upgrade to SS gear sleeve from Alantani.com. A stock Penn 501 from…