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Old 05-31-2011, 01:36 PM   #1
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Default Remove Downrigger Base from Downrigger

Does anyone know how to remove a Penn Swivel Matic base from a Penn Fathom Master 625 downrigger? There is this big yellow knob, but it doesn't move in either direction. Anyone? Thanks
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Old 05-31-2011, 03:14 PM   #2
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The big yellow knob has a screw attached to it. The base has a nut in it.............so you're going to have to turn the yellow knob counter clockwise to unscrew it (sounds like it might be frozen or very tight). It will pop up a little when it detaches from the nut because it has a spring in it. when you loosen it, then slide it off the base.
You might need to use some pliers on the knob to loosen it, when you put it back, only tighten it finger tight.

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It won't even budge using channel lock pliers. There is not much room to work with either. The channel locks keep slipping damaging the knob. I can't get any kind of lube into the area to loosen the nut either because of the tight situation of where it is mounted onto the base.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:40 AM   #4
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You might be able to spray some WD 40 or Liquid Wrench in there and let it soak a while. There isn't much space to work, is there? New knobs are available, so if you've damaged it, don't sweat it. After you've tried everything, maybe put a solid piece of wood on the edge of the knob's knurling and tap it with a hammer to break it loose. Of course, hit it counter clockwise.
I'll try to look at one of mine today and maybe figure something else out.
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99stingray, did you ever figure this problem out? I am having the same issue. Any suggestions?
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The above solutions are your best options.
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had this exact problem then I figured it out.. Grab the boom and tilt it up and back toward the base a little bit (like a lever) but not all the way and you can turn the knob and it pops right off
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had this exact problem then I figured it out.. Grab the boom and tilt it up and back toward the base a little bit (like a lever) but not all the way and you can turn the knob and it pops right off
So in other words it is in a bind or pinch. That makes sense, hasn't happened to mine ... yet.
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had this exact problem then I figured it out.. Grab the boom and tilt it up and back toward the base a little bit (like a lever) but not all the way and you can turn the knob and it pops right off
So I should just lift the boom up and down and turn the handle at the same time? It doesn't seem to be working. Am I doing it wrong?
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yea pretty much thats it..you just gotta find the sweet spot
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:51 AM   #11
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I found a new hold down knob online, so I was thinking of just cutting the head of the bolt off. Do any of you know if this will allow me to slide the downrigger off or will the rest of the bolt still prevent me from doing so? I'm really out of ideas now.
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You wil have to get the bolt out of the nut in the base before the rigger will slide off the base.
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