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Forgot I had this reel. Might it be possible to use it as a back up? its and olllld reel but I didnt know if it was good for anything. Never even spooled it or tried putting it on a rod to cast it. Says its got ballbearings (dont know when they started putting them in). Ive read about people using them for anchor rods on piers but I dont think Ill be induldging in any of that. How might it be with a 'cheap' heaver as a back up rod from the surf?

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... Assuming the reel is in good condition, I'd take the bearing caps off and soak in wd40, then dry off, and give it a little transmission oil. Replace the spool with a newell spool. Replace the stocked handle with a speed crank. Fill it with 30lb. and find the proper rod and you have a great surf outfit. They are older reals, but they have always been good reals. Just slow as hell.
 

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How much would I be dropping into the reel if I did all that....well the Newell spool? Just thinkin about using it as a back up, dont plan on droppin a whole heck of a lot into it seeing as I havent bought my Avet or Daiwa or whichever Im gonna buy, yet lol
 

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There ain't nothing slow about a Penn Squidder.You'd probably get dizzy trying to count the number of fish that have been caught on Squidders on the Outer Banks and elsewhere.It's old fashioned,but loaded with 20# test it'll flat sling 8'n bait and it's one of the finest reels ever made used on a king anchor rod,when loaded with 25# or 30# test and the spool tension locked down.If anything,the Squidder is way too fast for the average fisherperson.I've used'em for many years and once you get the tension adjusted to suit your style it's one heck of a reel.Put some oil on it,load it with good 20# like BBG or Suffix Tri Plus and fish it.The Squidder probably holds the world record for most thumbs burnt ;)
 

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When he said,"slow",Flathead

I think he was refering to the retrieve of the reel..

They are a very hard reel to learn on when first starting,but if you get it "dialed in" and are able to cast it,you'll be ready for about any reel out there that has casting breaks or mags.. ;) It has been,as Flathead said,time tested and proven over many yrs.. I'd soak the bearings in laquer thinner or acitone,lay on paper towel to dry,put a few drops of "liquid greese" in the bearings,and leter fly.. :D
 

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Thanks for all the info guys! I plan on fixing it up and maybe buying a Tica or OM to put it on and use it as a back-up. Sarge over at RDT has me talked into a Penn Guide Series for my primary heaver. Just gotta decide if I want the Avet at the cheaper price...way cheaper (love havin connections lol) or the Daiwa. :D..........Btw...congrats on your boys first paper drum, DD!

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I would go with the OM over the Tica because of the slower action, it is a little more forgiving. The Spool you want wether it is a Newell or Penn is the Aluminum spool The Penn part number is 029L 140 or 029L 146 depending on the Squdda you have. You could have a plastic, shiny metal spool or a aluminum depending on age or model. The plastic spool is good with dacron the metal for boats and aluminum for casting.
 

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TreednNC said:
Thanks for all the info guys! I plan on fixing it up and maybe buying a Tica or OM to put it on and use it as a back-up. Sarge over at RDT has me talked into a Penn Guide Series for my primary heaver. Just gotta decide if I want the Avet at the cheaper price...way cheaper (love havin connections lol) or the Daiwa. :D..........Btw...congrats on your boys first paper drum, DD!

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Order a OM12 heavy and put a slosh 30 on it, you can get it all for about 200. The slosh 30 has the graphite spool. Put the red breaks in it and let'er fly. Be the best outfit for the money you will find.imo
 

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The squidders were my first drum reels. It was a love/hate relationship, but I bet with the grease they have now it would make a fine backup.
I've got two of them around here somewhere, I used them for my anchor rod when I was king feesh'n back in the day. Was sure better than a Penn 209. Once you got use to it you could send an 8oz. lead to China. You could here the little bearing singing when you let'her fly. One of my buds down at hatteras still use's them. Wouldn't put anything on it bigger that 20# on it though.
 

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Got 2 209s as well lol. Tried castinging them with a 2oz Carolina rig catfish and striper rig with no such luck lol
 

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Wow!

Tore the Squidder down, soaked the bearing in engine cleaner, dried it, put a drop or two of 20W-50 (prolly a BADDDDDDDDDDDD mistake) on the bearings....with a screwdriver in the bearing holding it, I spun it and it averaged a 22sec spin. Put the reel together, spooled it up with some cheap 30lb (all I had on hand at the moment)...lobbed it on an old 6ft 6" stump heaver I found out in the shop, that came with it I think...and lobbed her 50yds or so with 4oz....said hmm I got this....Rared back and launched her....ummm last time I seen the weight it was trimmin limbs in a black cherry about 75yds are and still hummin....line didnt break but I had to cut it because some bluebirds decided take up residence on my spool lol. OH YEAH...Id like to thank the fine upstanding citizen that was JUST ABOUT to remind me to use thumb protection :D lol...OUCH I have grooves in the pad of my thumb from the line lol. Stupid I know lol :rolleyes: ....This is gonna be funnnnnnnnn trying to master this thing lol I got the week off, think Im gonna go buy 3000yds of 20lb line and have a heart to heart talk with the reel. :D


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:D Like I said,the Squidder is the champion of all thumburners but one sweet reel(especially for the $$) once you learn it.Take a pair of needle nose and tighten the silver tension knob on the left of the reel.Once you reach that "magic spot" you can sling her without using your thumb.For fishing use the 20# test.For an anchor rod king fishing 25# is much better because the reel likes it and you will lose fewer anchors.
 

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lol yeah I had it tighted as tight as I could with my hands. Reckon Ill go to the elementary school on the way to my grandmaws this evenin and give her one or two more slings as I can without birdnesting it...Gonna pull out some pliers and tighten her on down before I do though lol. This is adactive as playin with a loose tooth when I was 8 or 9 lol. Ill report in tonight how many times I casted before a birdnest or zing pow and how far lol. Thanks flathead!

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... You can even convert your Squidder into a junior. Just a couple of parts, and your Squidder can be the size of an Ambass. 6500. BTW, that's probably the only time you'll want to drop down to 20lb. test. But having the reel brought down to that size might make you more comfortable with it. And always remember to loosen your drags when not in use. The drag washers wear down on those reels a bit fast if you use it often.
 

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246ft and 252ft (woulda gone farther, was using a glove tho and accidently hit the spool)...then a major zing pow....6ft 6 stump heaver, 30lb cheap line, 4oz weight...... Good? Bad? Average?....mind you that I plan on slinging 8 n bait, on a 12fter with 20lb line.......woulda tried slingin 8 but i didnt have anything for a shock leader on hand.

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Get a bottle of water and pour it on the spool that will get it a little slicker and smoother and maybe you want get your thumb burned as quick. Dang I can smell the meat burning now. I wouldn't put no pliers to the bearing on the left side, hand tight is good enough. You can probably hear the bearing singing now when you throw.
 

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sinched it down jussssst a little with pliers and averaging 250ft...keep in mind its a 6'6 rod and 30lb line and 4oz sinker.....took the 30lb off and spooled it with 12, with a 30lb shock leader just for the heck of it and casted it once and pushed it just over 300....didnt measure past 300, but im guessing roughly 310-315ft....cant wait to try it on a 12ft rod with 20lb line and 8oz....might not even buy a new reel if I can throw over 350 with 8nbait on a 12ft rod......4oz just wont load that 6'6 telephone pole lol.
 

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I've fished those squidders for many years and all the king men I fished with,including me, tightened the knob down with needle nose pliers,a little at a time,loaded it with 25# and 30# test,and they threw 6-8 oz anchors every bit as good as my SL30SHVs and my Abu 7000s.The guys who loaded them with 20# test throwing anchors wasted a lot of time and line.I wouldn't tell anybody to do anything that wasn't already tried and proven. ;)
 

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Im planning on throwing 8nbait from the surf flathead. This reel ortta be aight if I put it on a heaver for that shouldnt it? Would it not handle 20lb line or is it too small? Put a shot of 20W-50 in it and it reallllly smoothed it up. Probably shouldnt have used it but its all I had at the moment besides some 40y/o Penn oil.
 
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