Confessions of a Tackle Junkie

DSRTEGL

Active member
#1
When you go to your local tackle shop and say.... "I can totally afford that new AVET REEL.....I just worked a lot of overtime......".........Must Maintain......MUST MAINTAIN
 
#6
Every time my friend tells me he is going over to United Composites and asks me if I want a blank with his discount my wallet cries a little.
 

Ken Jones

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#7
I'm retired and don't have enough money for both new tackle and my pier hopping trips along the coast. Thus a fairly minimal amount of somewhat dated tackle (and luckily you don't need a lot of tackle if you're mainly pier or shore fishing). It's one reason why I make a fairly short visit to the Fred Hall Show in Long Beach. I try to stop in to see my friends but simply do not have the inclination to view the thousands of new reels, rods and miscellaneous goodies at the show. I know I don't have the money to buy the "wants" that I would see and have pretty much already met the "needs" for tackle to be successful.
 

mav

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#11
I'm retired and don't have enough money for both new tackle and my pier hopping trips along the coast. Thus a fairly minimal amount of somewhat dated tackle (and luckily you don't need a lot of tackle if you're mainly pier or shore fishing). It's one reason why I make a fairly short visit to the Fred Hall Show in Long Beach. I try to stop in to see my friends but simply do not have the inclination to view the thousands of new reels, rods and miscellaneous goodies at the show. I know I don't have the money to buy the "wants" that I would see and have pretty much already met the "needs" for tackle to be successful.
I still use tackle from the early 80s. I use a 6'1" glass Kencor and TruLine rods for jigging spoons. I use 90s Irons and plastic grubs. Why? Because they work. As long as they work. A person can have the latest and greatest but if they don't know how to fish, what good is the gear?.
 

mav

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#13
Lol post some pics when you get it. I tried to make a post of my custom round Abus but the pics were too big.

I also got a pic of a bunch of my Penns but that might make me look like some crazy fiend. Lol

Shhh don't tell anyone but I got rods and blanks too.. lol
 

DSRTEGL

Active member
#14
Lol post some pics when you get it. I tried to make a post of my custom round Abus but the pics were too big.

I also got a pic of a bunch of my Penns but that might make me look like some crazy fiend. Lol

Shhh don't tell anyone but I got rods and blanks too.. lol
I got introduced to Penn Reels by Ron of Ron's Reel Repair and have collected them ever since...... I got an Emerald Green Abu Pro Rocket that I need to build a rod for.... Would like to get a Purple one and Yellow one at some point.... My friend just built a rod for his Black Cherry Rocket and it came out pretty sweet
 

mav

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#15
Abus n Penns have a cool factor about them.

Actually, I built a mostly brown and metalic forest green Chocolate Sabre that inspired me to build my custom green Abu. It has C5 magtrax plates but is actually built as a C6. I put 6.3:1 gears in it with carbon mesh tripple stack drags. Put the stronger (but heavier) chrome plated brass frame with the orange button. The drag star and handle are for a chrome pro rocket. It's a sharp looking reel.

My obsessions with Penn reels came as a kid. My older bro had four (500, 501, 146, 60). I was obsessed with the mechanics but didn't know how to use them. So I'd always be messing up his lines, backlashing them. His 60 Long Beach started to get less use so my older brother gave it to me. In no time I was casting drumsticks at the cats and dogs in our backyard, while standing on a wooden picnic table. Lol
 

DSRTEGL

Active member
#16
Penn Reels......Hmmm...Let me see....Penn 25, 26, 27, a couple of each, 100 Surfmaster (5).....500, 501, 505....a couple of each, 1/0-8/0 senators, 140,145, 146 Squidders...several of each.....60, 65, 66, 68 Long Beach.....Yah...I have a few Penn Reels......That is not even all of them...I even have the oddball 350 reels.....Penn 9's.....Penn Mag 10's......
 

mav

Active member
#17
Respect! Man, I’m pretty sure you have more Penns than me. My first 140 was built from spare parts. I still have it. Got a couple of oddballs too. Got the 350, 9s, 109s, 259, 10, 250, a real 99.

My younger bro has some real oddballs He has some of the older reels with the artwork, greenies, grays, that big clock looking 49 with the weird spool, jigmasters with no markings ( the ones with stickers). He even has a clean fabled chocolate jigmaster with a yellow torpedo handle. No joke the side plates are brown. Got it from some lady on eBay. We thought the picture was just bad.
 

DSRTEGL

Active member
#18
Now I don't have a 259......or a 99......but I do have an orchid color 27 and several green Penns including a green 9 with green bakelite spool, never did score a grey one or any browns that were not the old old school 85's with brown bakelite spools
 
#19
I still use tackle from the early 80s. I use a 6'1" glass Kencor and TruLine rods for jigging spoons. I use 90s Irons and plastic grubs. Why? Because they work. As long as they work. A person can have the latest and greatest but if they don't know how to fish, what good is the gear?.
The price of used trulines and kencors is crazy. Great rods though.