Ed Z

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  1. Jim from Penn is awesome, Penn is sending me a replacement handle. Once I try that, I can report back.
  2. Thank you everyone, this forum is the best. I'm away from the reel for a few days but have made a list of all the suggestions. And Jim/Penn also reached out, great customer service. Best regards, Ed
  3. Jim, you are awesome. Thank you! Best regards, Ed
  4. Haven't tried that, worth a shot!
  5. So here is an odd one. I got my Slammer III 5500 back along with several other reels from my service guy a few weeks ago. Didn't use it as my truck had 6 other rods in it. Went to use it the other day, and noticed the reel handle screw was out. Tried screwing it in, but, it wont catch on the threads. It fits in the handle by itself no issue. It fits in the reel by itself no issue. But when you put the handle in the reel slot, the screw goes in, but wont catch the threads. I can turn and turn and it doesn't go in. Tried a Q-tip in case there was sand, no difference. Had someone else try in case it was me, same issue. I'm 145 miles away from my service guy so I cant bring it in. Any thoughts? Thanks, Ed
  6. My Slammer III 4500 has the same exact issue. Sent it in to the factory in May, last I heard its going to be another 8 weeks. Hopefully a tech will call me and let me know the issue so I can share it with others.
  7. The screw is catching the threads in the third picture. It’s very odd. I will ask in the Penn forum thank you
  8. So here is an odd one. I got my Slammer III 5500 back from my service guy a few weeks ago. Didn't use it as my truck had 6 other rods in it. Went to use it the other day, and noticed the reel handle screw was out. Tried screwing it in, but, it wont catch on the threads. It fits in the handle by itself no issue. It fits in the reel by itself no issue. But when you put the handle in the reel slot, the screw goes in, but wont catch the threads. I can turn and turn and it doesn't go in. Tried a Q-tip in case there was sand, no difference. Had someone else try in case it was me, same issue. I'm 145 miles away from my service guy so I cant bring it in. Any thoughts? Thanks, Ed
  9. PM the location you lost it and the size. Can meet up in East Hampton/Amagansett/Sag almost anytime I'm not fishing, or I am heading to Montauk this afternoon.
  10. How does this work? The tackle store recommended it to me over the packaged 18 inch wire leader, but I passed since not familiar.
  11. How does this work? The tackle store recommended it to me over the packaged 18 inch wire leader, but I passed since not familiar.
  12. How does this work? The tackle store recommended it to me over the packaged 18 inch wire leader, but I passed since not familiar.
  13. Thank you Scoob I appreciate it. It might be above my pay grade but I will check out some YouTube videos on disassembly.
  14. Thanks Scoob, that's a pretty in depth answer! Question though, wouldn't the problem still exist when the reel is off the rod? It reels fine then, its only when its on the rod with resistance pulling a lure through water.
  15. I have a Penn Slammer III 4500 purchased in December of 2018. Its been a great reel with hundreds of fish caught. Recently though, the reel is unfishable. Blues have been in, which requires a fast retrieve. Even a one ounce diamond jig and my arms are burning from the effort. With the reel off the rod, it spins freely, like a dream. I can give a handle a spin, and it will make 2-3 revolutions on its own before stopping. I'm not sure when the problem developed, I was last fishing it in early December, when the water was cold and a very slow retrieve was necessary. I may not have noticed it. I compared it to my 5500, and its night and day. I also put it on a different rod to make sure something wasn't wrong with one of my guides. My Penn service tech serviced the reel last week, and it still has the issue. Could it be the roller bearing? I thought I read somewhere Penn made changes to the Slammer III in late 2018? Is this something that can be sent in to the factory for upgrading? My concern is that without someone actually casting it with resistance, they may not notice the problem. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance. Ed