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Old 02-25-2019, 10:03 AM
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Looking for suggestions and information on quality non electric teaser reels. Had a pair of Maxels and they are garbage. Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-25-2019, 10:32 AM
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I had a pair of Birdsall pancake teaser reels mounted on the underside of my Southport. High quality finish and workmanship and they look like a million bucks. Easy install through the hard top and finish off with a rubber/stainless washer combination and some stainless finish nuts.
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Old 02-26-2019, 07:15 AM
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Brocraft. Trying them now. They look nice. Non-corrosive material. I was unsure of the quality of the hardware so I changed out every screw and washer. Easy to do and peace of mind knowing that everything is stainless. I simply refuse to spend $1000 on 2 teaser reels. My "cheap" Big Jon teaser reels are 7 or 8 years old and work perfect. I just decided I wanted something a little different. And the Brocraft reels are a little over $100........bro.
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I will be trying Big Jon's Teaser reels attached to removable Sea Suckers mounts for the underside of my T- top. Available from SeaSuckers.
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Brocraft. Trying them now. They look nice. Non-corrosive material. I was unsure of the quality of the hardware so I changed out every screw and washer. Easy to do and peace of mind knowing that everything is stainless. I simply refuse to spend $1000 on 2 teaser reels. My "cheap" Big Jon teaser reels are 7 or 8 years old and work perfect. I just decided I wanted something a little different. And the Brocraft reels are a little over $100........bro.
I got a pair of these and love them. I run them out to a tight, roller release clip hooked to the first section eye on the outriggers. Lets me put squid chains out of the wash and just inside of the bait.
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Originally Posted by JAGSARE1 View Post
Brocraft. Trying them now. They look nice. Non-corrosive material. I was unsure of the quality of the hardware so I changed out every screw and washer. Easy to do and peace of mind knowing that everything is stainless. I simply refuse to spend $1000 on 2 teaser reels. My "cheap" Big Jon teaser reels are 7 or 8 years old and work perfect. I just decided I wanted something a little different. And the Brocraft reels are a little over $100........bro.
I have been using an expensive reel for the teaser because I didn't want to spend the money for an expensive teaser reel. I took a look at both Big Jon's and Brocraft. You mentioned the lesser expensive Brocraft. Which ones are you trying out? Also, on the Big Jons are you talking about the Manual Planer?

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I just use a senator 6/0 for my teaser reels. On my old 31 Cape Horn I just used hose clamps to hold them on the pipe work. I had reel colors on an old boat and hated them, I despised the fact I had to loosen the drag to reel them in.
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Originally Posted by Outboard Fish View Post
I have been using an expensive reel for the teaser because I didn't want to spend the money for an expensive teaser reel. I took a look at both Big Jon's and Brocraft. You mentioned the lesser expensive Brocraft. Which ones are you trying out? Also, on the Big Jons are you talking about the Manual Planer?

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For the Big Jons, it is the manual planer. One of the issues with the Big Jons is that the handle is long and if you try to turn it from the end, you can break the reel. They reinforced that area but it can still break. Unfortunately, in the heat of a bite and trying to reel the teaser in fast, they have broken. To be fair, since they reinforced that area, I have not broken one.

For Brocraft, I am only aware of one. I removed the orange line and use mono.

Respectfully, I don't believe reels work well in this application. Not enough drag, too slow with the small handle and small spool. And every one I have seen on a boat has corroded quickly. The Big Jon and Brocraft are 7" reels and you supply the power. You can retrieve a teaser quickly and significantly faster than a fishing reel used for the same purpose.












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Old 02-26-2019, 05:16 PM
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Jags,
Is there another mount for the Brocraft for mounting to hard top? Can't find anything via Google searches so far...
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Jags,
Is there another mount for the Brocraft for mounting to hard top? Can't find anything via Google searches so far...
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I seem to remember the people who sell them ask me if I needed that mount and I didn't but I think he said they could do it. I would google them and ask. Even if they didn't, it seems like you could remove the top portion of the mount and use the portion attached to the reel and use allen head screws to mount into a plate. Doesn't look impossible at all.
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I always used Penn #49 narrow spool conventional reels (hosed clamped) to the T-top.
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Originally Posted by JAGSARE1 View Post
For the Big Jons, it is the manual planer. One of the issues with the Big Jons is that the handle is long and if you try to turn it from the end, you can break the reel. They reinforced that area but it can still break. Unfortunately, in the heat of a bite and trying to reel the teaser in fast, they have broken. To be fair, since they reinforced that area, I have not broken one.

For Brocraft, I am only aware of one. I removed the orange line and use mono.

Respectfully, I don't believe reels work well in this application. Not enough drag, too slow with the small handle and small spool. And every one I have seen on a boat has corroded quickly. The Big Jon and Brocraft are 7" reels and you supply the power. You can retrieve a teaser quickly and significantly faster than a fishing reel used for the same purpose.
Thanks! I'm thinking to get one of each and see how I like them. I had been using an Avet 30 EXW/2 and I agree that it doesn't quite work as well as what I would like. When I go out alone, I just leave the teaser out and pray that I don't get tangled. When I'm out with others I have see the exact problem you describe. What do you replace the stock orange line with? 200+# mono?
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Just make sure to replace all the screws and washers. Sounds like a lot but it isn't and it should bullet proof that teaser reel. I use red 400 lb mono. You don't necessarily NEED 400 lb mono but I usually have a bunch of it so I use it. It is thicker and easy to handle(grab it to clear weeds etc) and I like red so I can see it over other stuff.
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Thank you again. I ordered a Brocraft this morning and it should arrive in the next week. Once I get it, Ace Hardware for stainless screws are next on my list. Thankfully I have several hundred yards of 400# mono from re-doing the outriggers last year.
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Make sure to put maybe 5' or so of something like 80 lb mono coming off the reel connected to the 400.

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Originally Posted by JAGSARE1 View Post
I seem to remember the people who sell them ask me if I needed that mount and I didn't but I think he said they could do it. I would google them and ask. Even if they didn't, it seems like you could remove the top portion of the mount and use the portion attached to the reel and use allen head screws to mount into a plate. Doesn't look impossible at all.

sent them them an email this morning........thanks.
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sent them them an email this morning........thanks.
Curious of their response.
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Curious of their response.
I hope they respond.......been talking with the guys at Big John as well. They have been very responsive so far. Look forward to a solution shortly.
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Reel colors teaser reels have worked great for me. Have had them for 8 years no issues.
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Old 02-28-2019, 08:54 AM
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I have my life jackets stored under so I had no room....so....I took a clamp and welded a small piece of 1 inch pipe to mount a big Penn reel...it is mounted to my Ttop...works like a champ and sits outside of the walkway...I am 6 4 and need head space...you can adjust it down if you have shorties on the boat as well....I run squid teasers off of these.

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