Penn Fathom braking blocks or mag?

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Penn Fathom braking blocks or mag?

Postby m.b3 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:08 pm

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Re: Penn Fathom braking blocks or mag?

Postby beachbuddy » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:42 am

Hi Mark,eventhough im not fishing as much as id like these days I cant sing the praises of the fathoms high enough.Ive both 12's and 15's fitted with Chris Macey mag kits and Blackdog mag kits.Really sturdy and very controllable .The Chris Macey reels were bought magged from new but other reels were fitted after a few months of usage.
If you dont want hassle of worrying about blocks then Chris Macey magged reels would be a solid investment.The 12s are 515 size,capacity and 15s are 525 dimensions.I mainly use the 12s and they hold more than enough .35mm mono.
You won't go wrong with them.
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Re: Penn Fathom braking blocks or mag?

Postby m.b3 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:28 pm

cheers for the feedback. i have heard nothing but good things about them. the post in the link suggests that fitting new brake blocks is a cheap alternative to the mags. how good it is though i dont know? hopefully more fishing this year!
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Re: Penn Fathom braking blocks or mag?

Postby gearoid mc s. » Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:04 pm

Recently got one, seems very well built I am a big fan.

Will keep an eye on the block setup for sure, the above seems a very logical solution and the comments in the thread back it up.

Adjustable mag conversions are costly and overrated for fishing unless hyper distance is essential.
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Re: Penn Fathom braking blocks or mag?

Postby m.b3 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:55 pm

it would be nice if it was a quick fix-let us know how you get on with it!
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Re: Penn Fathom braking blocks or mag?

Postby ste c » Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:54 pm

Iv a pair prob the last 4year still going strong on 2 brake blocks bullet proof reel not far off a saltist
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Re: Penn Fathom braking blocks or mag?

Postby m.b3 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:08 pm

cheers Ste just wanted to know if the mag offers much in the way of casting over fitting new blocks. the mag conversion has a nobby thing on it and i am enough of a nob on the beach as it is!
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