Upgraded Penn 9500SS Spinning Reel

There are many high end, large capacity spinning reels on the market today.  They all come with a big price tag.  Some require expensive maintenance to maintain their performance.  Add into the purchase equation planned obsolescence in manufacturing and parts availability you get a very expensive reel with a short life.  However, they are technologic…

Penn 49 Fishing Reel

I have a friend that received this reel from his father when he was 18 years old.  It was used to bottom fish in the Pacific Northwest.  For its age and use it was in remarkable condition.  Strip down and cleaned, new greased carbon drags, new reel foot, greased and oiled!   Good steel gear…

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 Alantani.com 6/0 knob.  He has several sizes.  Both are bullet proof and fit comfortably in my hand. Pro…

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…

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…

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”…