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Old 05-03-2006, 01:00 AM
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Hi to all. My first post here, this forum has been mentioned many times on Continuous Wave, a Whaler site.

I was given some old Penn reels. A Surfmaster 200, a Long Beach 60, and a Jigmaster 500 S. Are any of them considered quality reels?

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Old 05-03-2006, 01:10 AM
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All Penn reels are good reels for their INTENDED use, none of the reels you have are good for everything but they are good for a certain type of fishing.
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Old 05-03-2006, 10:34 AM
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How do you intend to use them?
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I have two Longbeach reels. Considering they are about 20 years old, they are fine. I load them up with lead core and let the kids use them. They ran about $70 new...a million years ago.

If you use them for what they were intended to be used for (don't go chasing tuna), they will last forever. They are old, simple, sound, reels but not fancy by any measure.

Like all Penn's from that era....nothing fancy but they still catch fish.

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Old 05-03-2006, 01:43 PM
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I just want to use them on boat rods for fishing chunks in the Hudson for Stripers. Do you feel they are strong enough for that?
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yes. they are fine for that. but you might want to tear them down and clean and lube and replace the drags to start off.

the jigmaster 500 is a classic all around reel that is good enough for tuna too.
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Old 05-03-2006, 02:30 PM
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Sure they will work for that....

I use my Long Beach reels for stripers and blues up by me. It may be interesting if I hook into a 50 pounder. But when I have a chance at that, I use my Penn 113 HSP's and Avets....

But I have caught striper in the mid teens on these without an issue...

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Old 05-03-2006, 03:23 PM
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Speedo66 - 5/3/2006 2:43 PM

I just want to use them on boat rods for fishing chunks in the Hudson for Stripers. Do you feel they are strong enough for that?
Strong enough for anything outside of sharks and tuna! Durn good reels.
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Old 05-03-2006, 09:19 PM
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The Jigmaster says "500 S". Does the "S" signify anything different? A search here also showed a "500 HS" model. I gathered that one had a faster gear ratio.

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Old 05-04-2006, 03:54 PM
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The Jigmaster 500S had red side plates if I recall -- that was the only difference. The standard 500 has black side plates.

The used to be a 505HS. The HS stood for high speed. When Penn came out with the GS series with 5.0+ gear ratios, the 505HS was discontinued.

The 500 and 505 are really great all-around reels. They are perfect for 20/25/30lb mono. The drags are a little on the small side so you'll max out the capabilities with 30lb mono. If you want to improve their performance, Accurate makes 1-piece machined aluminum frames for the 500 and 505. That greatly improves the reel's strength and free spool. You can also buy after market handles for both reels from Accurate. Would not bother with the sideplates.

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Old 05-04-2006, 09:57 PM
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Tom,
Thanks, that's just the kind of info I was looking for.

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