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    <br />Still working; but wish I was retired.
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    Collector of vintage fishing reels and other things that peak my interest.
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  1. I believe all Penn Coronado reels are marked ""Patented"" in their mold plug. The Coronado and Ocean Side models were never in the Patent Pending Category. The reel you have, with the screws holding the inner mount head plate ring is an early prototype, probably a 1934 reel. A few of these were made and released. Your reel should have the wood or hard rubber, Bell Shaped handle knob; but, if you do not, that can simply mean that someone changed the handle. You should also have the hex head handle retaining screw.. The reel pictured here is a very rare, Penn Coronado prototype with a Penn Long Beach mold plug logo on the head plate. Internal parts of early Penn reels may be chrome plated brass or German Silver.
  2. Absolutely the best Spinfisher collectible I have ever seen. I have been looking for this box and reel combination for many years. Congrats on a fabulous find.
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  4. Now that's what I call a Fishin Reel!!!!!!
  5. There is a Mantra in the World of Penn. It was originated by Otto Henze and served the company for well for 75 years, it goes like this, "Make it simple, make it work". The Penn Spinfisher is one the examples of that Mantra.
  6. Sure there is an "In Between". My favorite Surf reel was a Penn 750SS and before that it was a Penn 704. Does that make me a Cave Man?
  7. Quote: thanks for sharing. So let me ask you, were they the good old days? Nope, these are the good old days. Back then myself and my family lived in a Railroad Flat in Brooklyn, New York. If you have seen the movie, The French Connection, then you have seen my house and my neighborhood (parts of the movie were filmed on location in my old neighborhood). Today I live in High Ranch near Jones Beach on Long Island. I do not have to hang out in the "Corner Pool Hall" anymore because I have my own Pool Table in my family room, back in the 1950's I did not know what a Family Room was. I have progressed, not to the point of having a thousand dollar fishing reel, but I did OK. No way would I want to go back to where I was. ""Back in the 50's"", to me, is not a good thing.
  8. You guys slay me.............................................................<) When I was a kid, I used to take the subway from DeKalb Ave in Brooklyn, New York to Rockaway Parkway carrying a 9 foot broomstick surf rod with a Penn 155 mounted to it. You have not lived until you try to rescue your broomstick surf rod after it hit a overhead fan in a subway car. Then I would get on a bus which took me to the Carnarsie Pier, from there I would walk about two miles to the Mill Basin Bridge to fish off the beach under the bridge. Then I would fish off the beach all day hoping to catch enough eels to keep my immigrant Italian grandmother happy and the family fed. Van Stall!!!! Man, there was no such thing as a Van Stall. No one cared about what you fished with, they cared about where you caught something edible. And, that entire trip to and from the railroad was uphill............................................<)
  9. Maybe I know my stuff but more than likely I fall into that """OR WHAT""" category . Hope you enjoy the book.
  10. Quote: thks for the info. what was the intended niche for the longbeach. another question if i may. i figure the wooden handle penns are from the 30's plastci 40's up. i am sure thats not exactly right but is it aprox right ? The Long Beach was aimed at the largest part of the market. The part of the market that the everyday man would be trying to feed his family with. Bottom fishing with bait for food fish, Fluke, Flounder, Porgies, Sea Bass, Whiting, Ling, Blackfish, etc. This model went into direct competition with the Ocean City and Enterprise models that were priced from $10 to $20 and used for fishing from skiffs, piers, beaches and rock piles. It offered all the modern features a fisherman needed, anti-reverse and a good drag, to catch fish and it offered those features at a more affordable price than the competition, hence, a windfall for the new Penn Company. The bell shaped wood handle knob is the first Penn handle knob and was used in the 1930's and beyond for the low priced models. Saying exactly when Penn stopped using wood as a standard production material is hard to say. Hard rubber and plastic handle knobs went into use also in the 1930's. Here is a letter from the American Hard Rubber Company making an sales pitch to Penn about the saving of using molded hard rubber instead of a machined wood for a handle knob material. Hard rubber and molded resin handle knobs were used as early as 1935 on many Penn reels. So trying to draw a line as to what decade the transition from wood to plastic handles knobs happened is really not possible. As it is with almost everything that is "Penn", things did not happen in exact moments of time, they happened as a gradual evolution. The use of wood in handle knobs went on long past the 1930's. Even some Torpedo handles were made from wood and then there are the specialty handles made from furniture grade woods. As soon as we start to make rules about when Penn did what, even though it is necessary to make rules for historical logic, those rules bite us.
  11. The 1933 Long Beach was a bit different than later models. The most obvious difference was that it had three cross bars instead of four. That style would only last for one year. In 1934 and for the next 75 years the Long Beach had four pillars. The top pillar was good for thumb catching.
  12. The Long Beach, when it was introduced in 1933, was called a Surf reel. It could certainly be used that way for meat fishing with bait on the bottom. In the year of 1933, the Depression was at its highest level of Unemployment, so people were fishing to eat. They were not concerned with Sport. The Long Beach fit into that category of a simple and dependable tool to catch fish. It had good torque for dragging in good sized fish but at 2 1/2 to 1 Retrieve Ratio, it was not a good sport fish reel to throw tins or plugs with. The Long Beach was the best all around reel made by Penn. It worked on the beach off a boat or pier and you could have a Long Beach for about $6.00 NIB in the 1930. It was a product aimed to satisfy the masses and it did.
  13. I guess if the 3 1/2 to 1 retrieve ratio is not fast enough, you cold always add a two speed gear box and move from the 3 1/2 ratio to 9 to 1 ratio at the push or pull of a button. More than one person felt that the Squidder was a bit slow causing Aftermarket companies to speed up the reels with these tricky add ons. At the very least, with the Newell cross bars and the Reel Deal two speed gear box you will be the talk of the beach.