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Old 04-01-2019, 10:20 AM
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Default bee's knees line spooler - wanted to buy

anyone have one they'd sell? Just wanted to check before buying new
Old 04-01-2019, 10:23 AM
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If you buy new I bought mine from Wayne at Catch All Tackle.
Old 04-01-2019, 10:27 AM
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just sell me yours, it must be getting old

thanks i'll try them if I cant find one used
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I really like mine. I just wish I can reverse the mount to make it fit my spooling machine better - It's W--I--D--E.
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I'd look at the Penn spooler first. I really like mine it does a great job. If you shop it around it can be had at 1/3 the cost of the one you mentioned.
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Is this the one you’re talking about?

would love to save the money if youve personally used both?

https://www.outdoority.com/tools-pli...IaArqPEALw_wcB
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That’s the one. It’s folded for storage there.
https://www.cabelas.com/product/HD-L...3.uts?slotId=0
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Have you used both ? No major difference ?
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I have not, but the PENN is heavy and seems well built. It is easily adjustable, has carbon drag washers and when I’m done with it I just fold it up and put it away. I can’t speak as to how the other brand works but for 30% of the cost, well built and works great for my needs, I’ll probably never know. Just my .02
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How big of a spool will it hold?
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I can put a 1500yd spool of 65lb braid on it, no sweat. It’ll also hold a 150yd filler spool too. I know I sound like I’m selling these, but actually just happy with mine and thought I’d share.
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Originally Posted by MOTOPGK View Post
I can put a 1500yd spool of 65lb braid on it, no sweat. It’ll also hold a 150yd filler spool too. I know I sound like I’m selling these, but actually just happy with mine and thought I’d share.
Thanks for input I've been looking at both of these as well but didn't know anyone who had experience with the Penn. Have you spooled any braid heavier than 65lb with one under heavy drag (15-25lbs) settings?
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I have a few of the bees knees spoolers.
I literally have 100s of miles of line run through them at high speeds and high drag.
I opened one up over the winter to inspect the carbontex washers - they looked like new. Even after getting hot enough to melt the plastic of the spool! Again, high speed, and high drag spooling for electric reels.
The penn one looks nice, but I prefer the AL / SS construction of the bees knees spooler.
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I have a bees knees too and the thing is...the bees knees...awesome spooler. I've had big spools...2500yd of 200# braid and it fits no problem and you can get more tension than you'd ever want and it's fairly easy to dial in to the right tension. not sure what size spool the penn can hold or the tension range. I do like how the penn folds though. I have the bees knees mounted to a piece of plywood with a line counter and a mount for the reel...and one thing that is a little annoying is that the location of the center of the spool is different depending on the size of the spool you load. with the penn it looks like you can always keep the spool center in the same spot thanks to the folding arms. that's pretty slick if you're going to mount it to a 'station'. I think you just need to find out how big of a spool you can load and confirm it can give the tension you need to load braid properly. the bees knees is designed to pull the heat away from the drag washer that's providing the tension so the tension stays constant even when spooling 100's of yards of line (the drag stack gets hot though!)...this is another thing you'd have to ask about as far as the penn.
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I haven't used it with anything heavier, but it will easily make more tension than I need. Again, I'm not trying to push these, just letting folks know about what has been a great solution for me for a lot less $$$.
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Get half-dumped then cut-off. No problem. Splice and wind. Twenty--thirty minutes and that reel is back in the game. Call Jay at Jayjigs. Super nice guy, best prices https://jayjigs.com/bees-knees-products
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Originally Posted by Youngin19 View Post
If you buy new I bought mine from Wayne at Catch All Tackle.
Does he have them on his website?
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Does he have them on his website?
I'm not sure that he does. Shoot him an email and see what he has in stock.
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There’s a reason it’s called the “Bees Knees”. I don’t even know the derivation of that phrase, but this device is for sure the bees knees as ‘they’ say. Got mine only a year ago and wish I’d found it sooner. As a fishing charter captain I have a constant line up of reels that need respooled. I’ll readily admit that I actually enjoy spooling reels almost as much as fishing itself. No exaggeration, it’s a “moment of zen” for me that I’d have to rank right up there with hosing off the driveway. You either get it or you don’t.

I have both the rod holder mount and a mounting plate for the “Bees Knees” spooler. I seldom use the rod holder setup, but it occasionally goes on the boat during intense mono trolling times or tournaments where I like to be over-prepared. Most of my zen-spooling meditation is done in the comfy chair in my living room. The mounting plate is on one end of a folding table with a flush mount rod holder on the other end. Typically I’ll use a kite rod in the rod holder, but the stripper guide of a spinning rod works just as well for spinning reels. Having the reel mounted in the rod holder on one end and the Bees Knees spooler on the other end allows for a consistent tension. I’ve considered other ways to mount the reel like you would see at a tackle shop, but the rod holder on the table is super convenient. I paid full price for my Bees Knees setup and it was worth every penny. I expect it to last a lifetime. Actually, I’ve considered picking up a second unit so that I can keep it on the boat all the time as it’s one of those things I don’t always carry back and forth but there have been several times I’ve wished I had it with me. The one at home is usually on the table rigged with a spool and not ready to just grab and go. It does however attach/detach fairly quickly and easily, just a couple wingnuts.
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let me tell you.. penn did a great job with these and at a fraction of the price. i have used both. The new PENN HD LINE WINDER is awesome. I spool lots of reels for personal use. And i am impressed with the consistant pressure i get from the penn, veratilty i can use it. It folds up in to a small package i can take with me. I hung bottom the other day swordfishing and had it on the boat. took it out and put a brand new spool of line on my LP in minutes.. cant beat that. its using the same drag washes from the international reels and all really nice sturdy stuff on it. I am very impressed. the others are very good as well and perform awesome.. but at 1/3 even 1/4 of the price of others, you are not going to beat this thing.. got mine while the store had a sale for $40 . cant beat that . i think standard price is $50-55
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