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Old 09-14-2017, 05:42 PM
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Default Old Ocean City reel

I just picked up an old boat rod and reel - $10 for the rig.
The rod is custom built and 8 ft long with a nice bend and great backbone.
The reel is an Ocean City 250, and cleaned up nicely. It appears to be ready to go.

Questions:

- what kind line / backing would work well for not too far off the Jersey shore? (Think Brielle where my friend has his boat.)

Is this going to make me miserable?

I've had almost no experience with this kind of rig. When we went out before I used my plugging rod with a modest spinning reel. We didn't do anything but fluking. I imagine this rod and reel were somebody's joy in 1960 or so. I'd love to make it work again.

I'm only into it for $10, and don't mind investing in a spool of braid if that's the right thing.

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Old 09-14-2017, 07:41 PM
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Default Re: Old Ocean City reel

1st, I'm guessing the retrieve rate will be very low.
2nd, I'd start with Mono if your going to use it from a boat. {30lb test}
3rd, I've found from the few older Penn reels that look similar to what you have the drag wasn't worth a dime.

Let us know how you make out.
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Old 09-15-2017, 07:44 AM
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Default Re: Old Ocean City reel

My father in law had about half dozen ocean city reels, there were very good "back in the day". Looks to have a star drag and for light inshore fishing will probably do fine, easy to test. I mean, you won't be taking this out for tuna or shark, right?

Agree with Jess on using mono, 30 lb test will probably be around the best.
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Old 09-15-2017, 12:29 PM
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I find it entertaining going back in time catching w/ age old equipment occasionally , but for no more than that .

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Old 09-16-2017, 10:40 AM
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What's a modern equivalent that would do the job without breaking the bank?
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Old 09-17-2017, 08:36 AM
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There are a lot of conventional reels out there, and many in the $100 range or sub for basic, levelwind, reels usable from a boat.

For the surf, which is a lot less popular but still very good for throwing large bait, I'm really in love with a Shimano Calcutta 200B.

For boat, I typically use a conventional or bait caster for a variety of inshore needs, have half a dozen of various types.
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Old 11-15-2017, 08:25 AM
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Thanks!
I got a nice little reel for about 50 bucks and have used it a few times from a boat. The rod turned out great with new guides. I have only caught fluke and some rough fish with it so far, but it feels more than likely to serve me well when I get into some heavies. (There's optimism for ya.)
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My favorite rod for kingfish was a $10 fleamarket no name rod, 8' med light action. I gave that away with an old reel to an acquaintance to use for fishing with his grandson and have regretted it (but never, and won't, asked for it back).

Picked up a $15 basspro rod that has turned into a very capable replacement (though kingfish have been harder to find the last 2 seasons).

There is a lot of very capable old, new or otherwise relatively inexpensive gear out there nowadays. I have 3 old Penn spinners, 3 Penn conventionals of various sizes, each of which are more than worthy for the right application. Doesn't mean that expensive new reels and rods are worth it, but just that you don't have to break the bank to catch a fish!
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