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 on: October 24, 2021, 07:10:04 PM 
Started by JasonGotaPenn - Last post by swede 53
       Fishing freshwater here in the midwest I have 40 and 50 lb. braid with mono backing on my Ambassadeurs and while that may seem like overkill it matches up well with a mono or fluoro leader of 10-15 lb. test, usually 10-12 ft. or a steel leader for pike. That size braid will also be a plus in heavy cover and be easier to manage. Set up that way I have cast 1 oz. spoons and switched to a wacky rig with a 5 in. senko with only some spool tension adjustment. I use 6.5-7 ft mh rods but that's what fits me. They are very adaptable and forgiving, be prepared, it's hard to stop with one of them.

 on: October 24, 2021, 07:00:45 PM 
Started by bigreddog - Last post by bigreddog
It is a 2 speed!  However, I own 6 of the torque star drags and have done that for a nice drag increase.  Thanks!

 on: October 24, 2021, 06:41:43 PM 
Started by Irishdevil0311 - Last post by Irishdevil0311
I am having trouble with my 80stw shifting gears? Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you

 on: October 24, 2021, 06:18:40 PM 
Started by bigreddog - Last post by MarkT
Uh Lee, itís a 2-speed lever drag! 

You could play with the arrangement of the Bellevilleís, maybe adding another to get more drag.

 on: October 24, 2021, 06:06:22 PM 
Started by bigreddog - Last post by Keta
The only way I can see of upping the drag on a versa drag rel would be by replacing the drag stack with more thin metal and CF drag washers.

 on: October 24, 2021, 05:13:18 PM 
Started by Bill B (Tarfu) - Last post by philaroman
which (if any) are still Norwegian?  1/4-off would be sweet,
but don't want Chinese Mustad, unless half-off or better...  just to try
maybe I'm biased after huge disappointment w/ earliest outsource
curious what other AT Mustad fans think

 on: October 24, 2021, 04:27:23 PM 
Started by mo65 - Last post by Wompus Cat
Thanks Mo and they are cheaper than I could make em .

 on: October 24, 2021, 04:20:33 PM 
Started by Shellbelly - Last post by Shellbelly
I haven't fished any of mine.  I don't have enough parts to be comfortable.  I see yours has the accessible drag.  Any idea when this feature came about?  Penn didn't document this change while they did announce it for the 349.  I'm left to assume(again!) that these two models changed  in the same year.  BUT, it could have happened later in the first year.  Nobody has shown documentation on this.  While i doubt that it is a first year change, anything is possible.

What is the heaviest fish you have landed with your Sailfisher?  Iv'e had conversations with guys and all said they loved the reel.  Most had to retire them b/c of parts.

That handle is jazzy!

 on: October 24, 2021, 04:10:36 PM 
Started by mo65 - Last post by mo65
Go BIG or Go
I REELY like those Rod Holders . Where ya get em ?

   They're from Monster Rod Holders.

 on: October 24, 2021, 03:48:11 PM 
Started by Shellbelly - Last post by Shellbelly
Here's an older 12/0 with a unique twist....literally.  I've seen a 9/0 with the same quirk and passed on it b/c I thought is was a frankenreel.  Ignorance is not bliss.  When this one came up, I snagged it.  The fun part is imagining everyone turning their head sideways when they look at it.  So, let's have fun with this and maybe someone can estimate a date. 

I think it's a "transition" reel when Penn moved from 5 to 7 o'clock and they were just using up material, similar situation with the black 114H.  All they had to do was rotate the plate and drill it accordingly.  Some believe it's a L/H plate which I can't envision without actually seeing it done at the bench.   

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