Biggest fish on a Penn Jigmaster 500/501

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  1. Rayhawk

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    Just checking who is out here still fishing Old Penn reels. My go to reel locally is still my Penn 501. I mainly use 25 pound line backed up with braid, also have a backup spool with 30 pound(love the quick release to change spools).

    Anyways whats the biggest fish on your old school Penn jigmasters...
     
  2. YANK N CRANK #2

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    501.. 55lb Bluefin on straight 25#, fought it for almost an hour...
    500.. 60lb Yellowfin
     
  3. REELKING

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    there bullet proof reels i still love them just dont use them anymore

    25lb YT using str8 20lb mono @ catalina
    with a penn power stick got the combo @ BIG 5 :D

     
  4. skrilla

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    I still fish em. They're my go to reels for the local stuff. Nothing big but many days landing paddy yellows back to back without a hitch. Like they say, a lot of maintenance goes a little way. Or something like that...
     
  5. BiggestT

    BiggestT I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    A good friend released a black sea bass that taped out at 476 lbs at Anacapa. Took him 2 hours on a Penn 500 filled with 20 lb and on a Silstar rod, party boat no less.
     
  6. Fishybuzz

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    92# amberjack on a Accurate 500....
     
  7. alantani

    alantani I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    50 pound yellowfin. kicked my ass, also shredded a set of gears.
     
  8. rick marin

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    125 lb yellowfin on a 500 with 30lb. Small compared to a lot of guys I know. It was back in 1980 on the Mariner. Reel needed new drags after the fish but I actually still have it, and very occasionally fish it. I just wish some reel manufacturer still made reels of that value and quality still.
     
  9. mike garrahan

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    About 10 years ago I had a 75 to 80 lb. YFT hooked up on a jigmaster with straight 30 lb. mono. Fought it for about an hour and a half. Almost got spooled several times. Had him up to the surface a couple of times but never close enough to gaff. The line finally wore through and he got away. I still have the reel but I don't use it anymore. Two years ago I watched a guy land a similar fish using an avet mx two speed with 65 lb spectra and a 30 lb. top shot.. Took him about 10 minutes.
     
  10. fishcrazy

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    Back in Sept 2003 on the Queen in Morro Bay the trollers went off, I dropped a bait back on the slide on a converted 99 with 40lb got bit & went around the boat once,damn near got spooled twice,I was on that fish for about 30-40 minutes,it finally came up & Bill stuck it,as he lifted the fish over the rail he yells out what the fuck is this, that fish weighted 72 lbs. After that fish I went straight to a 4/0 & 60lb. We where in that stop for 3 hours, fish averaging 30-50lbs. I got beat out of the JP by a fish that went 77lbs.These fish where big & mean. We ended up with I think 150 fish for 13 guys.
     
  11. TurdRoller

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    Pulled the hook on a 100+lb BFT at color with 30lb Ande and a palomar knot. It was actually a Pro Gear Pacifica 2500, but it's essentially the same thing. That fish still haunts me, won't forget watching that thing swim away slowly like nothing happened
     
  12. Sherm

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    A bunch of 80 to 110 pound sailfish in Costa Rica.
     
  13. Bill A

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    265lb Black Seabass in 1973 on the Pacific Queen at the Coronado Islands. Took 1.5 hrs on 25lb Ande Line. It ate a flylined mackeral on the surface during a yellowtail bite.
    The head is mounted and hanging on the wall at Angler's Center in Newport Beach.
     
  14. proyotehunter

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    I use a 535GS and love it for YT,WSB, and cudas.
     
  15. af dreamer

    af dreamer I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    my first marlin was on a 500 with 40lb.Just too many other nice fish to remember.Its a shame to think how many fish have died at the hands of such"inferior" equipment!Dont know how we could catch anything without our machined frame,lever drag,87 ball bearing "modern" reels!Tom
     
  16. Rubberhook2

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    How about all of the cow tuna landed on single speed Penn 6/0's long before twin drags, 2 speeds, spectra, flourocarbon and everything else....
     
  17. el capo

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    Many striped marlin were taken on that reel by me in the 80's.
     
  18. brian468

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    jigmasters have been what I always use, seems like the west coast guys have dozens of rod and reel combo`s, i`ve taken big dolphin, tilefish, cobia and lately sailfish and tuna on my 500`s.
     
  19. maxfishon

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    Back in the late 90's I bought a new straight out the box penn jigmaster 500 filled it with 40 pound maxima and an upgraded penn power handle (large torpedo). Mounted it on a busted up medium penn power stick 7 foot rod. The rod was actually 6 foot due to it was missing the tip. I ended up cutting a foot off and just gluing a new tip to it. Anyways. It was a classic trip because I fought 17 albacores ranging in 30 to 40lb that day. Hell I was beat and bruised up, literally. Only thing I noticed was that the screws were working themselves out. No problem, simple tightening. Thats why I still use them. El Nino in the late 90's was awesome!
     
  20. Stanley

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    My brother and I went on a 1.5 day sponsored trip on the Legend and everyone had a variety of Pro-Gears with matching fishing shorts, gloves, shirts etc. My bro took the JP with a 500 half spooled with pink 30lb. Ande. Great all-time classic reel.
     

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