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« on: December 11, 2014, 11:37:21 PM »

The Penn Long Beach goes right back to day one of Penn products. It started as the Model K in 1932 and stayed in production right up to modern times. There are so many factory stock variables, that most people would not think of customizing one but I bet I am in the right place to see custom Long Beach models.
              Penn made the Long Beach in 8 basic models running from 100 to 600 yard stated line capacities depending on what time in Penn history we are talking about. So I am hoping to see some interesting variations here. I will start the thread with a factory experimental Long Beach that was actually never put into production and was also never given any Model Number. The line capacity of this reel was 60 yards and I believe it is a one off experimental model that was rejected as a possibility for production and then stored away in the Penn vault until it was discovered around 2003.

Here is the only 60 yard Long Beach that exists:
                                ( Now about a year and a half has passed since I placed this information about the 60 yard Long Beach here. I now own this reel and also now know it is not a Long Beach. This reel is one of three narrowed by Penn, Model 160's ).



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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2014, 12:46:49 AM »

Wow!  That reel looks to be in mint condition, and is a factory one of a kind.  That is the defination of rare.  Historically significant as well.
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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2014, 02:47:14 AM »


Very nice!


More pics please...
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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2014, 06:23:14 AM »

I like that reel, too bad they didn't make more.  My 60's are all well used rats.
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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2014, 08:23:59 AM »

Wow Michael, all I gotta say is I want one.

All my long beach reels are stock production models, so nothing worth showing on here, but I'm sure other members have a long beach or 2 to show.

Thanks for sharing Michael
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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2014, 09:03:53 AM »

It's an interesting and valuable curiosity, all right, but... 60 yards?? Seems to me, one halfway decent fish and you'd be spooled in about four seconds. Not surprising that Penn deep-sixed it.   Tongue
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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2014, 09:23:18 AM »

Looks like Penn was ahead of their time with the narrow reels.  In spectra terms today, that reel could hold 200+ yards of 50# braid.
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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2014, 10:46:59 AM »

The old line capacities of the Long Beach models were based on Linen Lines that are a bit different in today's capacities. The Model 60--250 yard and Model 65--300 yard reels were more than likely based on 9 thread linen line, which would be the thickness of about 30 pound test mono in today's world.

               The reel I pictured in the first post is not mine. I really wish it was but we all know how that goes. It is in the hands of  Penn Historian who was kind enough to share its existence with me. The picture I posted of it is the only picture I have. It never left the factory until 2003, so it is mint or as so perfectly described by Ms. Aiala:

 
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It's an interesting and valuable curiosity, all right, but... 60 yards??

If Braid line exited in the 1930's when this reel was thought of, it may have gone into production.

               So, I hope there are some other customs that show up on this post. Hint, if you take a Long Beach, Model 68 and exchange its parts with a Penn Senator 113 using a wide 4/O stand, you can build a couple of Frankenreels:


 


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« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2014, 02:24:04 PM »

Here are the earliest Long Beaches.  All original and all special (to me anyway)


L/R 1932 Model K , 1933 :- 250 yds Long Beach , 300yds LB and a 250yds LB Trade reel with Kingfisher name/logo made for E.K.Tryon



Overhead photo shows the wider 300yds model. All have drilled spools for tying fishing line to.



Model K on the right shows the smooth domed click button . The other 3 are waffle clickers.



'33 LB with Kingfisher logo.
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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2014, 02:35:40 PM »

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Here are the earliest Long Beaches.  All original and all special (to me anyway)

That group of four Long Beach reels are the bottom line of a Penn collection. Three first year 3 pillar models and Model K. It does not get any better than that. Shocked Shocked Shocked

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« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2014, 03:11:38 PM »

I have seen a lot of big AJs and cobias caught with the 60s and 65s on our party boat but a lot of us don't fish them because they just aren't sexy enough. Over the past year I bought a lot of mint ones for the boat and I kept a nice one for myself and I picked up this 66 that is like new and was surprised that it took 5 standard thickness CFs and the gears are steel. I added the 24-55 handle to it and it has a little more sex appeal than a 65. I am a little partial to my Newells so when family comes to town they will fish the 65, 66 and a 309. If Newells did not exist I would be happy to fish for grouper and snapper with a 66. The weight is good the spool size is good and this new handle just tops it off nicely.

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« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2014, 03:52:19 PM »

I had them NIB and sold them..
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« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2014, 06:14:24 PM »

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I have seen a lot of big AJs and cobias caught with the 60s and 65s on our party boat but a lot of us don't fish them because they just aren't sexy enough. Over the past year I bought a lot of mint ones for the boat and I kept a nice one for myself and I picked up this 66 that is like new and was surprised that it took 5 standard thickness CFs and the gears are steel. I added the 24-55 handle to it and it has a little more sex appeal than a 65. I am a little partial to my Newells so when family comes to town they will fish the 65, 66 and a 309. If Newells did not exist I would be happy to fish for grouper and snapper with a 66. The weight is good the spool size is good and this new handle just tops it off nicely.

                  OH well, I have to admit, sexy is not how I judge a fishing reel Grin but I understand. The Long Beach is a workhorse, work horses are not usually sexy. I think that 66 you have worked is pretty cool though. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2014, 06:18:17 PM »

I bought my first conventional reel in 1976, it was a Penn 60. I preceded to load it up with cheap 40 lb. test mono. Short story , bad idea. As I learned how to cast the ill tempered beast I had to cut my way out many times. I got better at it and swapped out to premium 30 lb. line and all was well. Sadly I got rid of it long ago, but recently acquired one in excellent condition. I  don't know if ill ever spool it up and use it but I'm happy to have it. Maybe I'll spool it up with cheap 40 lb. mono and relive my youth.
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« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2014, 07:50:04 PM »

Early 2-speed Long Beach, So. Cal. style.


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