Shimano Charter Special Fishing Reel – Upgraded

Graphite framed, stainless steel gear and pinion, huge drag surface, aluminum spool and lever drag, what’s not to like? After servicing a few I have come to like what I see and feel. Lever drags are a different kind of reel than a star drag reel. I can see how this little reel could be a real salmon trolling machine. I would recommend them for … Continue reading Shimano Charter Special Fishing Reel – Upgraded

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

New Project: Custom Penn 4/0 Narrow

Slowly gathering custom parts to complete this build.  Tiburon frame and Cortez Conversions plates, Motive Fab handle and star in stainless steel.  More to come! Continue reading New Project: Custom Penn 4/0 Narrow

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 just bigger and wider to handle 80lb mono for Ulua … Continue reading Custom Ulua Fishing Reel (Penn 4/0 Extra Wide)

Motive Fabrication Reel Handles

From Motive Fabrications Website: “These offset handles move the knob closer to the reel centerline, for less torque on the rod when reeling under heavy drag. Made from 316 stainless for strength and corrosion resistance. The handle hole is available in 3 sizes: 3/16” is standard for the smaller Senators, 5/16” is standard for the larger senators, and 6mm for many aftermarket handles. There are … Continue reading Motive Fabrication Reel Handles

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!  The quality is outstanding!  Fit is tight and all operations … Continue reading Pro Challenger does it again!

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 7+1 drag system from Bryan Young and you have a … Continue reading Stainless Steel Guts Penn 113H 4/0