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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Daiwa 7HT Mag multiplier
26 Sep 2008

Daiwa 7HT Mag multiplier

Daiwa’s 7HT Magnofuge multiplier has taken the UK beaches by storm, but while anglers can’t seem to get enough of the reel, ‘casters’ have issues. Reviewer Neil Mackellow has plenty to say on this one. The original black Daiwa 7HT

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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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Step - 1 - Penn 525 Super Mag reel tuning guide
30 Jun 2008

Penn 525 Super Mag reel tuning guide

Technical wizard Neil Mackellow explains how to tune the Penn 525 Super Mag reel. Based on the original 525 Mag the Super Mag has been tweaked to offer more reliable and smoother performance. With additional magnets on the mag carrier

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penn 525 gs reel
28 Jun 2008

Penn 525GS Mag tuning guide

Neil Mackellow explains how to tune the Penn 525GS Mag reel. The one large/one small bearing set up makes the 525GS Mag very user friendly. Initially clean the bearings and apply Red RF. If this is a little slow wash out

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step -1 - Penn 525GS reel tuning guide
26 Jun 2008

Penn 525GS reel tuning guide

Neil Mackellow explains how to tune the Penn 525GS reel. With serious cranking power and pretty much bomb-proof construction, the GS may be the cheapest of the 525 range, but don’t underestimate it. The one large/one small bearing set up

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a selection of shore casting reels
22 Jun 2008

Battle of the bearings

Do ceramic bearings or ceramic hybrids offer serious advantages over ordinary stainless bearings? Opinions vary even among top casters and anglers, so we asked Neil Mackellow and Iain Graham to provide their alternative views. Part 1: We kick off with

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