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#10940063 - 06/25/15 02:41 PM My first Penn reel!

Registered: 02/21/08
Posts: 447
Loc: Telephone
I found a super clean jigmaster 505hs on eBay last week. It finally came in today. I don't think it has ever had line put on it. And it came with the box,wrench, and paperwork. I have done a little research on these and seems as tho I need to upgrade the drag washers. Any one have any suggestions on which ones to get? I can't wait to reel in a fish with it.

#10940693 - 06/25/15 09:01 PM Re: My first Penn reel! [Re: KRAPPIE KAT]
TheFluke215 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/16/11
Posts: 546
Loc: Texas
What do you plan on catching with it? The only reels I've upgraded the drag washers on is my 6/0's and 9/0 due to them being used for big fish. I own 4 jigmasters and they are great reels. I use them on my surf rods. You can cast them a country mile and they stand up to big fish. Biggest fish caught was a 5' bull shark along with numerous bull reds. It's never a bad idea to upgrade the washers but I only do it with my big reels. Mine are upgraded with carbontex. Check eBay for them.

#10940743 - 06/25/15 09:28 PM Re: My first Penn reel! [Re: KRAPPIE KAT]
Redfisher27 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/07/14
Posts: 1226
Loc: Rockport TX
great reel, hope you have a good experience with it. Good luck man!

#10977825 - 07/15/15 01:06 AM Re: My first Penn reel! [Re: KRAPPIE KAT]
Rockdodger00 Offline

Registered: 11/05/14
Posts: 121
Loc: Coastal Bend
that's a good lookin reel. good job finding it. Good luck on the first outing.

#10978684 - 07/15/15 01:47 PM Re: My first Penn reel! [Re: KRAPPIE KAT]
Skavatar Offline

Registered: 01/08/04
Posts: 216
Loc: Houston, TX, USA
nice, you plan to mag it?

#10978962 - 07/15/15 03:35 PM Re: My first Penn reel! [Re: KRAPPIE KAT]
Uncle Zeek Offline
Perry Mason

Registered: 09/26/05
Posts: 20868
Loc: Lewisville
If you're using 20-40# mono, there's really no need to change out the drag washers. But, if you're gonna spool up with heavy braid, then it might not be a bad idea.

The first fishing reel I owned was a Penn 500 with a red anodized spool (I think my brother may still have it), back in 1981. Used it for everything from Pacific bonito, lingcod, calico bass, and even the occasional monster-sized batray off the local piers. I've always had at least one Penn 500 in my tackle since I was a kid. Great value for a solid reel.
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#10978964 - 07/15/15 03:37 PM Re: My first Penn reel! [Re: KRAPPIE KAT]
Day0ne Offline

Registered: 01/26/07
Posts: 300
Loc: Rowlett, TX
Go to and you will find more upgrades to jigmasters than you can imagine. Carbontex is a must and if you want to increase the drag, a 5+1 drag stack is available. Nest, consider a SS gear sleeve. BTW, the 5:1 gears in the 505 are known to be weak and can be a problem if the drag is increased.

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#10981077 - 07/16/15 12:57 PM Re: My first Penn reel! [Re: KRAPPIE KAT]
jtluongo Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/16/15
Posts: 8
Nice reel! You will enjoy it


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