Garcia Mitchell 488 & 498 ?
Posted July 07 2006 - 10:11 PM
My grandfather recently passed away and I inherited a few of his old fishing items. I received 2 reels- Mitchell 488 & 498. Are these worth anything? They seem to be in good condition. Would they be worth fishing today? I assume these are for surf fishing. Thanks for any info.
Posted July 08 2006 - 8:05 AM
As for value, aside from sentimental value, I'm not sure they're worth all that much. I know I would hang onto mine just b/c they bring back memories of my youth on the canal.
I still used one of mine for fishing eels up until about 15 years ago. The reel still worked like a champ. But, given the new generation of spinning reels, the 498 is sort of obsolete.
Posted July 08 2006 - 8:57 AM
I know GOS (Granpa Ol Spook) was a big fan of the old Mitchells and he chastised me for saying they had their day, maybe someday someone will tell me the Penn 706 is an antique and I'll thumb my nose at them. GOS knew his business but he was stubborn as a mule and change was difficult for him to accept. I know Sudsy tinkers with these clunkers too, you nver know what kind of outfit he shows up to try out.
I guess if if you wanna get an old Harnell Rod and stick it on and once in a while catch something for nostalagia its ok, but todays reels are so superior its not close as to considering it as an everyday spinner.
Posted July 08 2006 - 9:33 AM
Originally Posted by Highlander1
I know Sudsy tinkers with these clunkers too, you nver know what kind of outfit he shows up to try out.
I still fish my old Mitchells but Highlander does have a point, reel tech has come a long way from the 1970s. The Mitchells are big, heavy and are definately lacking in the drag department in comparison to todays reels. On the flip side they're tough and can handle a lot more abuse then any Okuma or Tica out there.
On the extremely negative side, some parts have become nearly impossible to get.
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Posted July 13 2006 - 7:17 AM
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Posted July 13 2006 - 9:40 AM
Man, THAT was a heck of a reel! I loved that manual pickup. My ONLY complaint was that you had to be careful that the handle didn't swing forward on the cast as if it did once in a while the line would get caught on the roller (instant line snap). The reason was that when you rotated the handle so that the spool was fully extended the reel handle was always in the "up" position and this was on 2 498's that I owned. I eventually solved the problem by adding a washer under the handle so that it was pointing "down" on the cast with the spool fully extended.
Good line lay pattern, strong as heck. I would fish with it.
Posted October 14 2009 - 11:24 PM