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….

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Shimano Tekota Fishing Reels

Cleaned up several Shimano Tekota fishing reels over the past few months. All of them used primarily in saltwater for salmon trolling. 400-800 all have strong smooth drags, solid frames, off set handle and nice knob. From the looks of these they resist corrosion well given basic post fishing maintenance.  After breaking them down it…

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…

Shimano Bantam 201SG

     Once the hot reel for pacific northwest steelheaders, the Shimano Bantam 201SG is wonderful, light bait caster, ideal for throwing light weight lures and lead.  201 signifies a left hand version of the iconic fish killer.  I don’t know about you but I have always held the pole with my right hand and…

Surf Blasters

While I was in Florida I became interested in fishing the miles of ocean beaches around Daytona, New Smyrna and Ponce Inlet.  It was a new type of fishing for this farm boy fishing small streams and rivers flowing up.  The concept of cast and wait was new to me.  The concept of casting 4…

Baby Tank Penn 1/0 Fishing Reel

  They all start pretty much the same, a good buy on eBay then the wait time wondering if your investment will require little to no time to turn around or if it will be a time suck.  This little beauty came in today and was in 5/10 shape.  No major issues, little corrosion and…

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…