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…

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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 112 3/0 Black Reconditioned

Estate sale find down the road from the house.  It was attached to an old Harnell rod and looked pretty beat.  For $12.00 for the both of them and a little time on my hands on Saturday, I decided to take the plunge.  Penn 113 Black with drags accessible from the outside of the reel….

Abu Garcia 5501 Super Tuned

At first glance this appears to be a stock ABU Garcia 5501 C3.  However, looks can be deceiving.  We have all seen the  plain old car that has a 454 under the hood!  I start with a straight stock eBay Abu 5501.  Very capable little reel that is very popular.   At a list price at…

Fishing Reel Parts Websites

I am publishing a list of websites that I have personally used with great satisfaction.  There are many that I have not tried, given I don’t stray far from a good thing when found.  Parts sites:  Southwestern Parts, Dallas Texas Extensive parts lists for most of the most popular reels from the major manufactures, fast…

Polishing Fishing Reel Gears and Pinion

Rotary tool, polishing compound, rags, Q-tips, more rags, medium and soft bristle brushes for rotary tool, simple green for clean up, Main gear for the ABU 5501 and Pinion gear for same.  Clean all parts of grease and oil.  Dry well.  Secure hair bit in rotary tool medium.  Coat main gear with polishing compound, light…

Want More Stopping Power From Your Fishing Reel?

Super tuning your bait casters drag system is easy and improves the performance considerably.  Carbon matrix drags from smoothdrags.com for your model reel.  Order up some lapped metal drag washers too.  Next you will want to polish the brass gears and drag washers with some Simichrome polish paste.  First clean it with simple green to…