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Offline Kimbrey

Re: I Love Knucklebusters!
« Reply #25 on: October 10, 2019, 12:08:01 AM »
Mooch,
I have a couple Shimano and one Islander that I use.  Back in the day, early 70's the Penn 109 was the Westport charter skipper reel of choice mainly because we could go single action with it and use our thumb as the drag.  Single actions make it more fun I think.  The only drawback I've seen is when trolling deep, 250' or so it's tough to catch up with the fish when it trips the clip and heads for the surface.  Grind like a mad man with the moocher.  The long rod does act like a shock absorber though.

One question.  I remember getting some Canadian customers when I was running charters at Westport in the early 70's that brought Winonas to use.  Seems as if I remember them as a plastic reel or were they all metal?
Kim
2005 Sea Legend --Sold--replaced with 26' Duckworth

Online Mooch

Re: I Love Knucklebusters!
« Reply #26 on: October 10, 2019, 07:07:44 AM »
Heddon Winonas were stamped steel.  The 105SS and 108SS were made of stainless steel and marketed as saltwater models.   The 105SS did not have full enclosure and seemed to be the most common version used out here as a salmon mooching reel.
2006 Sea Ranger Skip 21, Honda 150, Honda 9.9

Currently accepting hot waypoints from WA MA 2-10

Offline Kimbrey

Re: I Love Knucklebusters!
« Reply #27 on: October 10, 2019, 09:41:56 PM »
Heddon Winonas were stamped steel.  The 105SS and 108SS were made of stainless steel and marketed as saltwater models.   The 105SS did not have full enclosure and seemed to be the most common version used out here as a salmon mooching reel.
My brain must of been muddled last night.  I remember guys bringing Winonas down to fish salmon but I think they were more of a steelhead reel for them.  If I remember correctly the spool width was somewhat narrow.

The reel I was thinking about might have been a Windex or something like that.  More of a wider spool.
2005 Sea Legend --Sold--replaced with 26' Duckworth

Online Mooch

Re: I Love Knucklebusters!
« Reply #28 on: October 10, 2019, 09:56:00 PM »
Yep.  Very narrow spool with wickedly tiny handles.
2006 Sea Ranger Skip 21, Honda 150, Honda 9.9

Currently accepting hot waypoints from WA MA 2-10

Offline GoodDays

Re: I Love Knucklebusters!
« Reply #29 on: October 18, 2019, 08:52:51 AM »
The windex was a popular reel in the early days, still a great coho reel in my humble opinion !  The Shimano 2000 is about the best entry level mooching reel on the market.  I have several as well as many different brands of higher end reels but i still go back to the Shimanos for guests who "dont appreciate" the higher end reels (drop them on the floor).  I prefer my Hardy Longstones for discerning guests and myself.  Really no drag except your palm..  and what could be better than a fine English Reel from the makers to the Royal Family !!

GoodDays Greg