Review: CorrosionX Marine Grease, TSI 321 oil and Cal’s drag grease

After two seasons, anti reverse pawls are worn but not failing.Greased screws all came out perfectly.Anti rust bearing a little rusty… …and drags were all in good shape. Anti reverse bearing and the ARBB were a little messy. All in all I would say that the regiment of CorrosionX marine grease, TSI 321 oil on bearings and Cal’s drag grease all performed as expected. These … Continue reading Review: CorrosionX Marine Grease, TSI 321 oil and Cal’s drag grease

How-to: Polish Shimano Trinidad Drag Surfaces

Shimano Trinidad reels have huge drag surfaces and drag washers. Once you upgrade and grease new carbon fiber drags its best to invest some time on the areas of the gear that come in contact with the new drag washers. Take a few minutes and polish the surfaces of the gear. The photo’s below show a before and after. Which surface do you think is … Continue reading How-to: Polish Shimano Trinidad Drag Surfaces

Reels today

Always amazes me the engineering that went into these old reels. This Penn 350 is weird by today’s standards. Then turn to a bucket of Shimano Tekota’s Last on the list this weekend is a badly corroded Shimano Torium 30. This has been a project as every step of the way corrosion has ate at nearly every thing. Minimum of $75.00 in parts. Continue reading Reels today

Penn Senator 111 2/0 Fishing Reel

Next up is the Penn 111 2/0 fishing reel.  Single dog, steel gear and pinion, metal three piece spool, three stack drag, and low and slow gears 2.25:1.  Seems like it would make a great live bait reel.  Upgrades needed for this reel are as follows:  SS gear sleeve (98-60A) Carbon drags washers set (smoothdrag.com) SS drag washers set SS spool (29M-60) SS power handle … Continue reading Penn Senator 111 2/0 Fishing Reel

Yellowtail Special

Pro Challenger Heat Treated Main Gear with Octagon Drag 113HX 4:1 Pro Challenger SS Gear Sleeve Pro Challenger Eva Knob/Alantani.com 6/0 knob Motive Fab two position SS off set handle and SS star Cortez Conversions Side Plates Randy Pauly Tiburon T4N Frame and Spool Continue reading Yellowtail Special

Running a little rough…

What seems to be the problem with the reel?  “Running a little rough.”  Now it could be many things and different things on different reels.  This one was fairly easy to determine. Sand and fishing reels are never good partners.  This was ultra fine sand like from a glacial river system.  Gear and pinion covered.  Drags destroyed, spool bearings were rough. The good news was … Continue reading Running a little rough…

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 and pinion.  Arguably better than new! Continue reading Penn 49 Fishing Reel