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Are all Squidders mono and braid freindly?

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I know that some other models of the Penn conventionals were updated to accept mono ( such as the the Penn N0. 9 ). What about the Squidders? Also, are there any other models that were known as casting reels as opposed to all around or boat reels. How were they compared to the Squidder. As a kid, Squidders were the only reel you saw along the beach in RI. Thanks

 

[ 10-12-2005, 09:17 AM: Message edited by: 1dozenraw ]

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Actually I did know that because when I fished with one on the RI beaches as a kid we used Ashaway 36lb test line which I believe was linen. Mono and spinning reels were a real rare site. What I am trying to find out is which vintage Penn models are the best for casting off beach and jetty and which models are able to use mono and braid. I like using the vintage stuff occasionally and may want to pick up a good reel for casting some bait and plugs.... wondering which model of the squidder is best and which other models are good or better. Thanks.

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When the Squidders were available with the plastic spool, which was considered the "casting version" - the chromed brass spool being better suited for boat / bottom fishing - there was a caution to first lay on a few layers of linen line as a hedge against the tremendous pressure which mono could put on the spool as it stretched under pressure and compacted. With some backing on a plastic spool, and certainly with the newer aluminum spools, Squidders handle mono and braids just fine. Beach casting's exactly what they were made for. If you want to do it with a "vintage" Penn, they're as good as it gets. smile.gif

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1dozenraw,

As you already know the Squidder 140L has a line capacity rating of 350yds of 20# mono (average). The reel works well with 20# mono if you plug with it. Most people who use the Squidder these days use it for throwing 8n Bait, and use thicker mono up to 50#. IMHO a levelwind reel is more suited for braid (less cut thumbs).

A conventional reel dictates that your thumb and index finger be used to manually load line back on the spool, keeping you in constant contact with your line, unlike a spinning reel. When a fish makes a run and you are in the process of loading line there is a good chance that you will get cut using braid line. Also if you plug with braid after a coupel of hundred casts the braid will wear a groove in your left thumb (righty).

A Squidder will work with any type line you want to load on it, but your fingers might not be ready for the consequences.

Steve

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Are there any vintage Penn level winders that would be good users for plugging from the beach or light plugging from the jetties?

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1dozenraw,

If you do decide on a braid line, make sure you get a line which has at least the minimum thickness of 20# mono, and has a coated exterior. 65-80# PP or 30# Fireline generally has that thickness needed to deplete line at a good rate, and will not get caught between the spool and side plates. The point is most conventional reels do need a certain line thickness to work optimally. The smaller/lighter spooled reels can use lighter(thinner diameter) lines ex:Abu 65oo, Penn 525, Diawa 20 shv.

Steve

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1dozenraw,

Penn makes a 209M, which is like a 155 beachmaster with levelwind, and the 9M, both have bushings. Then there was the 210 which had bearings. Penn made the Levelmatic series (920-940), and the International series (955-975).IMHO the better reels for casting from a sand beach have open faces (no levelwinds).

The best casting levelwind reels are made by Abu Garcia IMHO. A 6500c3, or the larger 7000c3 are excellent levelwind reels that won't dent your budget and are tame casters. Penn let that market slip by them.

Steve

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