Servicing a Daiwa Saltist Two Speed Lever Drag Reel
04 Dec 2011

Servicing a Daiwa Saltist Two Speed Lever Drag Reel

The Saltist LD Lever Drag series fishing reels are built tough with a rugged “full metal jacket” construction with virtually all components being metal for maximum reliability while most competitor reels at this price point are full of graphite components. Built to handle modern

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Pflueger Trion 66 upgrade
28 Nov 2011

Pflueger Trion 66 upgrade

Resident reel doctor Des Westmore digs into the Pfleuger Trion 66 and replaces a few vitals to ensure years of continued health and faultless fishing operation.

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the free spool release button locked down
23 Dec 2008

Top notch

The Abu 6500 reel is a timeless classic, revered as the benchmark small bait-casting reel among anglers and casters alike. Many of us unashamedly possess collections of the things in their many incarnations, and are loth to part with even those retired from

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Step 5 - balancing a shore multiplier reel for casting
02 Dec 2008

Balancing act

It is a simple fact that today’s super fast multiplier spools need to be balanced to run smoothly. Very much like a car wheel, components that rotate need to be balanced to avoid vibration and run true. Assuming the reel

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Penn 975CS reel tuning guide
30 Aug 2008

Penn 975CS reel tuning guide

Continuing his reel tuning series, Neil Mackellow explains how to tweak the sexy Penn 975CS reel. A CT framed International baitcaster with a powerful drag, the Penn International 975CS is perfect when serious grunt is required. Stainless steel main and

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Penn 525 Mag T reel tuning guide
27 Aug 2008

Penn 525 Mag T reel tuning guide

Neil Mackellow explains how to tune the Penn 525 Mag T reel. Based on the original 525 Mag but in place of the four small brake magnets the Mag T has a single, much larger rare earth magnet. The wind

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Penn 535GS Mag T reel tuning guide
01 Aug 2008

Penn 535GS Mag T reel tuning guide

Neil Mackellow explains how to tune the Penn 535GS Mag T reel. In place of centrifugal brakes the Mag T version of the 535 has a different end-plate incorporating a single, large wind in/out rare earth magnet. Wound fully in

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Penn 535GS tuning guide
20 Jul 2008

Penn 535GS tuning guide

Neil Mackellow explains how to tune the meaty Penn 535GS reel. Just like the 525 the 535GS has a large bearing in the gearbox end and a smaller bearing in the opposite endplate. Be careful when removing the small bearing as

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a green ABU 6500 C3 CT Elite
18 Jul 2008

Question Time with Neil Mackellow

Planet Sea Fishing technical expert Neil Mackellow answers ten fishing questions from our readers. Reader question: How often should I change the line on my multiplier and fixed-spool reels? Neil says: It depends on how often you use them, what

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Penn 525 Mag (Slidy) reel tuning guide
17 Jul 2008

Penn 525 Mag (Slidy) reel tuning guide

Neil Mackellow explains how to tune the Penn 525 Mag (Slidy) reel. The 525 Mag is a very powerful reel thanks to all those bearings in the spool and drive system. It can also run pretty quickly so use at

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