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(Unusual?) Penn 49 reel

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I have a Penn 49 deep sea reel that belonged to late Grandfather. He bought it from some fisherman in South Africa around 1965. I recently gave it a proper service by completely disassembling it and replaced all the internals that needed replacement (see last pic below).

While I was looking for information on it, I realized this reel is different from all the Penn 49 reels I saw pictures of online. All the other reels I saw seemed much narrower than this one. This spool is 2-3/8" wide. Also, the shape of this spool is different and this spool is made from molded plastic / bakelite, while others have an aluminum spool.

I read somewhere the #49 reel was first introduced 1941 and the first 49's had a molded plastic spool. Does this mean my Grandfather's reel is one of the first ones from 1941ish?? I would appreciate any input if someone knows.

BTW, this reel is excellent mechanical condition. I would like to fish it, but I am not sure what kind of fishing this would be suited for. Should I fish it or put it on the shelf and remember it as my Grandfather's reel.

Thanks in advance for any input.

Frans.





post #2 of 7
its a penn 49a. wide version of the 49. pretty rare. penn also made a 286. wide version of the 285. just as rare. better hold on to that one.
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According to manuals I have, the first Penn 49 had a molded plastic spool, also early models of the 49 had single lever spool control, later models had two lever spool control and also came with the HT 100 drag system. Interesting in 1989 they sold for 46.95 in 2006 I bought two new Penn 49 and they were 76.00 each. The early models were made before 1941, looks like a Good Mantel piece, with fond thoughts of Grandfather

I have several of 49/149/349 and use them for Grouper digging (100Ft) ,dont need a lot of line for Grouper as they dont run far

Alantani,posted a Penn handle color code (amber was 30-40 red was 50's ,green 60's, white 70's ) , providing your reel has original handle which it no doubt does, you can sort of date time frame of your reel.
post #4 of 7
So, and not meaning to hijack thread here, does that mean, my Surfmaster, model number 200 and a number 85 Penn reel with green handles are from the 60's?
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Originally Posted by Al Sears View Post
According to manuals I have, the first Penn 49 had a molded plastic spool, also early models of the 49 had single lever spool control, later models had two lever spool control and also came with the HT 100 drag system. Interesting in 1989 they sold for 46.95 in 2006 I bought two new Penn 49 and they were 76.00 each. The early models were made before 1941, looks like a Good Mantel piece, with fond thoughts of Grandfather

I have several of 49/149/349 and use them for Grouper digging (100Ft) ,dont need a lot of line for Grouper as they dont run far

Alantani,posted a Penn handle color code (amber was 30-40 red was 50's ,green 60's, white 70's ) , providing your reel has original handle which it no doubt does, you can sort of date time frame of your reel.


Frans reel is pictured with white/yellow marble handle and has two levers. Also his reels side plate does not read Super Mariner on it. What year did they change this?
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post #6 of 7
The 49er was very commonly used in South Africa/Namibia. Just about every reel on the beach was either a 49 or a 140/145 Squidder (which I used to use) It was popular because it had a narrower spool than the Squidders, and was therefore less likely to get tangled up than the Squidders were. I remember the 49er as a solid workhorse
Cheers
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post #7 of 7
Search this site there is a prior thread on the wide Penn 49's.
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