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

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

Custom Penn 4/0 observations

From a purely functional perspective I have noticed the following attributes of the new reel: Brick Shit house solid and strong Dizzyingly  long free spool (I used spool bearings instead of brass bearings) Drag strength and smoothness is unmatched Comfortable ergonomic handle and knob Corrosion resistance at a maximum Weight is what you would expect for this much stainless steel and Aluminum Build List: Cortez … Continue reading Custom Penn 4/0 observations

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 disengagement of the yoke,  I polished it to a bright … Continue reading Build Notes for the 4/0 Tank

Newell P220-5 Fishing Reel Upgraded

This is the third Newell that I have tuned recently in what has become another addiction.  Super light weight, all stainless steel, incredible free spool  and corrosion resistant.  What more can you ask for in a reel?  How about strong as an Ox?  Newell reels with upgraded drags accomplish this too! High Speed SS bearings with TSI 321 high speed oil Spooled with 20b mono … Continue reading Newell P220-5 Fishing Reel Upgraded