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Old 05-28-2004, 11:16 AM
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HELP!!!
I have a Penn Spinfisher 650ss spinning reel that isn't working. I took it apart on the beach one time when it was snagging and from that day on the drag has not been working. I sent in to the Penn repair shop in Philly, but it came back still not working. I called their manager, a real nice guy named Gary who overnighted me a new spool and screw cap, but it still doesn't fix the problem. Does anyone know of a place that fixes Penn reels, perferably in New York City or close by where I can take this reel. I am off to the Cape for a week of fishing, and I really wanted my Penn with me.
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Old 05-28-2004, 11:16 AM
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HELP!!!
I have a Penn Spinfisher 650ss spinning reel that isn't working. I took it apart on the beach one time when it was snagging and from that day on the drag has not been working. I sent in to the Penn repair shop in Philly, but it came back still not working. I called their manager, a real nice guy named Gary who overnighted me a new spool and screw cap, but it still doesn't fix the problem. Does anyone know of a place that fixes Penn reels, perferably in New York City or close by where I can take this reel. I am off to the Cape for a week of fishing, and I really wanted my Penn with me.
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Old 05-28-2004, 11:38 AM
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I have the same problem with my SS650. It's in for the third time for same thing.
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Old 05-28-2004, 05:43 PM
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Is that the 6500SS? I just bought one and now you have me worried.
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Old 05-28-2004, 06:46 PM
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Lori, I had a similar problem with a 8500SS. The problem is compounded by improper maintanence. Here is a procedure that should have it working as good as new.

Make sure you have a parts diagram to help you in the reassembly. Disassemble the reel and soak all parts in degreaser. (Simple Green works well). Assemble the parts back together using reel lube (NOT WD40) on all bearings, sliding surfaces and beveled gears. This is the important part. The anti reverse pawl REQUIRES friction in order to operate properly, so make sure that you get no lube on the friction forks or the gear that they engage. Also make certain that the friction fork is tight on the gear. Once the reel is properly reassembled, it will work fine. As far as maintenance, NEVER EVER spray the reel with WD40, as this will provide lubrication to the anti-reverse pawl, causing slippage in the anti-Reverse. Just rinse the reel with water and put it away when not in use. When the reel is in need of service again, repeat the above process, and the reel will give you many hours of trouble free (almost) service.

Hope this helped you out!
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Old 05-29-2004, 03:12 AM
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Steve, great instructions. Very helpful.
I drove out to Sea Isle tackle in Freeport this afternoon, and they straightened it out. As you suggested, some bad maintainance - the drag washers were not lining up right. The repair guy had the same advice for me, avoid taking off the spool and when I am back from the surf just spray it with water (I had been running it under a hose). It is working beautifully now. I can't wait to take it out.

I did print out the schematic from the Penn site and did some disassemle/reassemble with it. That's how I knew the problem had to be in the cap. Yeah and the Philly shop left it just lousy with grease.

Congrats on your 850 Jim. It's such a great reel. I LOVE mine which is why I freaked when I couldn't get it to work. My suggestion is to try to find a local repair shop if you need one. But is there a smoother, stronger more reliable reel out there under $200? I really doubt it.
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Old 05-29-2004, 10:49 AM
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All's well that ends well! Enjoy your weekend Lori, hope you nail a bigun!
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Old 05-29-2004, 02:08 PM
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No, Jim. It's the 650. The 650 (one zero) is the metal body first generation to the graphite body 6500. I don't think that they originally repaired it. The bill I got for it at the time was $18. Now to fix it right (I hope!) was $40. I guess they misunderstood what I wanted the first time. $18 was probably for clean & oil & line, which I asked for in addition, not the repair.
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Old 05-30-2004, 12:58 PM
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The 650-850 (or 6500-8500) models have two metal washers that are "keyed" (ie, squared-off holes to fit the flat sides of the main shaft). Both have to be aligned with the flat sides of the shaft for the spool to seat correctly. From time to time, the top one will catch on the shaft without fully seating---you think the spool's on correctly but it isn't.
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Old 06-04-2004, 05:32 PM
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Rev. Lori:

Sea-Isle is great for repairs, you went to the right place. I think Kwak's and Causeway in Bellmore are two others both on Merrick Rd. that have knowledgeable staff, lots of penn parts and good repair jobs.
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Old 06-05-2004, 01:50 PM
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I agree Sam. Causeway is "my" tackle shop, they always are helpful and have what I need, with the exception of sputnik sinkers!

They always seem to have fresh bunker in stock during season, and clams are always there, either whole, or what the half bushel bucket of shucked that I usually buy.
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