After two seasons

Anti reverse pawls are worn but not failinggreased screws all came out perfectlyanti rust bearing a little rusty 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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Abu Garcia Surf Casting Beast

When we were living in Florida I became interested in surf casting on the beaches of Daytona, New Smyrna and Cape Canaveral.  I was not prepared for surf casting having moved from the Pacific NW for the type of gear required for enjoying the surf and jetty.  The salt water destroyed my Shimano Calcutta in…