Brim Gribley

Converting 710z to bailless

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Hello Everyone, 

 

Is it an easier route to attempt to convert an old 710 to bailess yourself or search for a conversion kit? any thoughts?

Thanks

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It’s been several years but I believe this is a Mitchell 306 manual bale bracket and roller readily available works great

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I have a throw a 

17 hours ago, oldwes said:

It’s been several years but I believe this is a Mitchell 306 manual bale bracket and roller readily available works great

56BD65A9-C6E7-492D-AC46-786B35034F76.jpeg

Any idea if this will fit on a 712Z?

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I have a getup I put together for my 712Z. It works... but it needs improvement. I'll post pics of what I came up with so far when I get the chance, it will probably be tomorrow. 

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Any of the old Penn spin fishers can be converted to manual by cutting off the bail with a hacksaw. File the stub smooth and dress it up with emery cloth. Balance was not critical on a reel with 1 bearing. Put the Crome nut back in the side opposite of the bail roller.

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21 hours ago, Brim Gribley said:

Nice! Do you prefer it bailless? Did you have to balance it out? Thanks 

Yes it’s Superior Bail less, Balanced it out with a stainless steel metric hex bolt cut down and ground flush.

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3 hours ago, PistolPeteFL said:

I have a throw a 

Any idea if this will fit on a 712Z?

Sorry but I’m not familiar with the 712 Z

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8 hours ago, tristate said:

Any of the old Penn spin fishers can be converted to manual by cutting off the bail with a hacksaw. File the stub smooth and dress it up with emery cloth. Balance was not critical on a reel with 1 bearing. Put the Crome nut back in the side opposite of the bail roller.

This is easy and it works fine.

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10 hours ago, Brim Gribley said:

Any thoughts on a good rod to pair it up with? not breaking the bank but in the 150-200 range?

penn z's were/are heavy and therein lies your dilemma, Most modern are too light to balance well. Fwiw i use an old  Abu 8.5 ft rewrapped for braid , an original 7.6 ft ugly stick rewrapped for braid, and a discontinued St. Croix premier surf 8.5 ft. 2 pc.

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