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

Shimano C Word

Curado, Calcutta’s and Chronarch’s this weekend.  Turning out to be a Shimano weekend.  All reels are in pretty good condition considering their age and usage. The Calcutta TE 400 is a great reel.  Anti reverse dog and one way bearing!  Large drag surfaces.  The old Curado is from 1998, and still a true joy to cast.  The Chronarch 100SF is a step up for strength … Continue reading Shimano C Word

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 Challenger stainless steel bridge with two dogs, 4:1 gear,pinion, 10 … Continue reading Custom Penn Narrow 4/0

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