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#1 billfishhead

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Posted February 16 2009 - 2:39 AM

whats it take to make a jigmaster a good casting reel? i just bought some old penns and must have seven jigmasters worth of parts



#2 hqjig

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Posted February 16 2009 - 9:24 AM

just some practice, had a buddy of mine that's all he used he could cast it as far as anyone with a newel



#3 Steve H.C.

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Posted February 16 2009 - 9:29 AM

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Posted February 16 2009 - 9:34 AM

A narrow frame and aluminum spool are the obvious answers, but I'm sure there are more tricks out there...


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Posted February 16 2009 - 12:59 PM

You can cast with a sidewinder if that's what you wish but the trick is to get use to it. My self I find Jigmasters a bit big for the surf but they do cast well.


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#6 WalterLars

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Posted February 16 2009 - 5:57 PM

take it apart clean it and degrease it looks for rusted or gummed up parts
get a set of Newell LC-1 teflon bushings replace the jigmaster bushings
enjoy them



#7 billfishhead

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Posted February 16 2009 - 10:16 PM

it appears that im going to bst and looking for 501 parts or conversion kits



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Posted February 17 2009 - 12:32 AM

You could mag them if you really need it.


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Posted February 18 2009 - 12:47 AM

ive got a penn mag 970 and it sends em wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy out there



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Posted February 18 2009 - 12:51 AM

what does "magging " a reel mean ?



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Posted February 18 2009 - 9:57 AM

If you want it to be as good as it can be as a beach casting reel (don't expect it to ever be an Abu) you'll need to make some modifications, all of which have been mentioned already.







Narrow Frame

Aluminum spool

Newell Teflon bearings (this is my backup bridge reel so it has penn steel bearings)

Newell base (stiffens up the frame and removes any torque caused by the Penn stamped steel base)

Mags are nice but if your thumb is well trained they aren't a necessity.



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Posted February 18 2009 - 3:57 PM


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#13 billfishhead

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Posted February 19 2009 - 5:04 PM

got one today from a shopping site thats not bad but still wide. is narrow always better? my 970 unloads almost all the line on it, it would be nice to have some line on the reel after i cast



#14 billfishhead

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Posted February 20 2009 - 1:40 AM

let me rephraise that not bad,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,it rocks. newell foot and crossbars and a metal spool,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,thinking magging it is my answer

and now im looking for a couple more newell conversions

its a pompano killing thang



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Posted February 20 2009 - 1:41 AM

got one today from a shopping site thats not bad but still wide. is narrow always better? my 970 unloads almost all the line on it, it would be nice to have some line on the reel after i cast

If you like the way the 970 throws, why not back it up with 50-65 lb braid?
Are you bait fishing where a knot will be going through the guides every 5-7 min?
Also, premium monofilment is WAY thinner than stuff like Ande or Shakespeare etc.


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