Old Gear that you think is great

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Old Gear that you think is great

Postby corkconian » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:24 pm

What gear do you still use or know is brilliant even though its a good few years old now?

Ill start off with the original Penn MAGs, the US ones. I own some the MAG2's and have tried some MAG 3s but the MAG1 just feels better in my opinion.
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Re: Old Gear that you think is great

Postby mickser » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:19 pm

I have a Garcia Mitchell match reel it is a quick release automatic bail arm wind in what looks a size
2/3000 a very light spinning reel I use it for LRF fishing and have some great sessions with it over the 45 years I've had it a great little reel
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Re: Old Gear that you think is great

Postby corkconian » Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:59 pm

If thats the reel I think it is thats is a proper antique. crazy to think that its still working and being used.
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Re: Old Gear that you think is great

Postby mickser » Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:10 pm

It is the reel you are thinking about.It was given to me by my father on my 16th birthday I am now 64 and because it brings back so many memories of my time with him I only use it on my birthday every year so gets little use oiled and washed each year thats why it still in working order.
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Re: Old Gear that you think is great

Postby corbyeire » Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:20 pm

Great story Mick, what a way to honour him
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Re: Old Gear that you think is great

Postby johnwest » Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:45 am

I have a couple of those Mitchell Match reels too, still in working order. I used to do a lot of coarse fishing, unlike Mickser, I had to buy my own though I won the newer black model in a competition. I used them just a couple of weeks ago to land a few tench, lovely reels for float-fishing.
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Re: Old Gear that you think is great

Postby mickser » Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:05 pm

Great photo's John tried to download a photo of mine but my graphics card is only working in safe mode and will not let publish it .So after looking at your photo's my one is the older blue coloured Garcia one
bringing it out on the 12 september for my birthday down in Courtmacksherry for some mullet fishing.
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Re: Old Gear that you think is great

Postby corkconian » Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:00 pm

Jees these reels just seem to keep going. Id love to see one with good mullet to put it to the test once again
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Re: Old Gear that you think is great

Postby kieran » Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:06 am

I have an ancient Penn Senator 6/0 Multiplier which was a gift from my uncle which still does the job today, must be 50 60? 70? years old if its a day... dumb as dirt but indestructible. If you want the ultimate information on a reel try http://www.alanhawk.com but its strictly for engineering nerds!
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Re: Old Gear that you think is great

Postby corkconian » Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:05 am

kieran wrote:I have an ancient Penn Senator 6/0 Multiplier which was a gift from my uncle which still does the job today, must be 50 60? 70? years old if its a day... dumb as dirt but indestructible. If you want the ultimate information on a reel try http://www.alanhawk.com but its strictly for engineering nerds!

Ive been looking at these on ebay for ages hoping for one at a cheap price.someday I will have one. :D
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Re: Old Gear that you think is great

Postby Sweetwrasse » Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:16 pm

Magic stuff lads...particularly your story Mickser. I have an 8ft fibreglass Milbro spinning rod that my mum bought me in 1990. I've caught hundreds of fish with it and last year my then 3 year old son used it to catch his first fish, a little flounder. Still use it regularly...not a top piece of kit by any means but indestructible and great sentimental value!
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Re: Old Gear that you think is great

Postby corbyeire » Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:39 am

Ive a little trout rod i got off my uncle 30 years ago, dont know the name or if it ever had one, have bought plenty of rods for the minis since but always love catching something on this rod, thinking of my uncle as a child getting little brownies in his local river, which are now sadly long gone.
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Re: Old Gear that you think is great

Postby sea serpant » Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:32 am

Id give anything to get my hands on a shimano speedmaster multiplier other than that i still own what i believe is the best rod greys ever produced the original apollo with the red markings 14 ft still use it today also own an awb from daiwa its banged up but stil a great rod
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Re: Old Gear that you think is great

Postby gearoid mc s. » Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:12 am

sea serpant wrote:Id give anything to get my hands on a shimano speedmaster multiplier other than that i still own what i believe is the best rod greys ever produced the original apollo with the red markings 14 ft still use it today also own an awb from daiwa its banged up but stil a great rod


Plenty Speedies on WSF, have a few with mags fitted as good as any modern reel
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Re: Old Gear that you think is great

Postby mickser » Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:50 am

Hi lads thanks for your sentiments on the reel my father gave me when I was a kid.It got me into fishing and later on in life I progressed into bigger and more powerful rods my oldest one is an original ABU 464
Atlantic zoom 12ft Beach casting rod the one Neil Mackellow made famous when casting over 200 yds that was a record at that time and like Neil both have passed away.This rod is geared up with an original
Shimano Speedmaster super high speed tsm IIc fs Reel both over 30/40 years old and used regularly
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Re: Old Gear that you think is great

Postby Michael+C » Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:43 pm

Love the speedmaster lads, have 3 of them, feisty and a bit on the edge, but made to last with a little care, still a few of them appearing on ebay, best models are IIC and IIC FS, ones without centrifugal brakes are a bit too wild but can be magged.
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Re: Old Gear that you think is great

Postby mickser » Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:31 am

Getting to grips with the Shimano Speedmaster super high speed when casting you reel in until where you want to cast from then you adjust the spool tightness so your weight doe's not drop tight or loosen the centre spool to allow it to just drop slowly this takes a few tries to get right but when successful you can get cast's without birds nests
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Re: Old Gear that you think is great

Postby fisherman59 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:11 pm

Michael+C wrote:Love the speedmaster lads, have 3 of them, feisty and a bit on the edge, but made to last with a little care, still a few of them appearing on ebay, best models are IIC and IIC FS, ones without centrifugal brakes are a bit too wild but can be magged.

still have the 464 and 484 great rods in their day
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Re: Old Gear that you think is great

Postby MAC » Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:31 pm

I like the Speedmasters as well. I have one that I've re-built. New bearings and I've upgraded the drag. I like fishing it for hounds off the boat.

My favorite oldie, has to be my Abu Suveran 4000 spinning reel. One of my first serious purchases for Bass fishing. What a reel.
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