Jig master 500 and old 90j combo - opinion?

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The jig master is stock, used once circa 2007.

The 90j is the big beefy older one circa 90 something probably.

I have plenty of other “high end” reels and rods,jigstick etc… but does this combo make sense as an old school surface iron set up? Wanted to have something that might feel a little more rustic and an ode to the past… thoughts? Opinions?
 
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marlyn

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    That was my exact setup for years except the jigmaster had a 99 narrow kit and it was flawless for me.
     
    Bradley Martin
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    Do you know where these kits are available? Also, do you have a specific name for the kit? I’ll post a WTB thread, sounds like a fun project.
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    marlyn

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    Bradley I think tiburon engineering still makes the 99 kit which consists of a narrowed frame and spool but their website has been down awhile so you have to call 714-556-7553.
    If that doesnt work email Randy Pauly and see if he might have some old stock @[email protected]
    Good Luck!
     
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    Why wouldn’t you! Always have this handy even w/every Fthm known to man in my quiver. No idea how many tons of fish this little fucker has killed! It’s a 505 but now I’m going to bring it too on my 5 day Vag for shits & giggles. Thx for thread.

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    Bradley Martin
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    Epic! The frame and spool seem necessary. I’ll see what I come up with, excited to put the combo to use for some metal eaters….good luck!
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    surfgoose

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    The Penn 500 worked very well with the jigs that it was casting, because it had a slow retrieve and the old jigs had slow kicks. Come on, newer reels with higher retrieves outfished it since the '70's. You cast your 500 and retrieve a nice JRI 7 or Tady 45 and try to get a yellowtail interested. Then pick up the same rod and lure with a newer design reel (there are two dozen available) and watch the yellowtail chase and pounce.
     
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    Tiberon frame on a 506.
    Of course. I would dump the stock gears for newer, better SS ones, a SS yoke, and add a Bryan Young 5+1 drag stack. Maybe stretch it to the 99 size with an Accurate or Tib frame and spool depending on it's anticipated use. Otherwise, I'd save it for 1/2 or 3/4 day trips and loaner gear. Or as @skrilla suggested... doorstop!
     
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    Of course. I would dump the stock gears for newer, better SS ones, a SS yoke, and add a Bryan Young 5+1 drag stack. Maybe stretch it to the 99 size with an Accurate or Tib frame and spool depending on it's anticipated use. Otherwise, I'd save it for 1/2 or 3/4 day trips and loaner gear. Or as @skrilla suggested... doorstop!
    Well they are not really heavy enough to make a good door stop.

    Your right. Don't spend money on the old "technology" when there are many better options available.

    I am old and grew up with "hot rodding" the old Penn stuff so I still have plenty of gear from those days that I like to pull out once in a while when I'm feeling nostalgic. I even still fish some fiberglass rods 😲.
     
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    Yeah. Those were great times! I was in San Diego last September and didn't want to lug my glass rods with me. I took some, and bought some others when I was out there. I did take a hotrodded YTS though and some Progears...😁 Jim,@titan05 loaned me 6 rods for my Tomahawk trip. Great guy!
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    rancanfish

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    On my last trip out I used a Jigmaster with a super narrow kit that I got thru Randy Pauly @ Vintage. But here in NorCal I'm not going to run into a tuna by accident so all the upgraded old school stuff is still the bomb. Including all the ProGear reels.
    If I go fishing twice a day for the rest of my life I'll never run out of reels, lol.
     
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    A Jigmaster will still work and there will be parts for it available years down the road.Also so easy to maintain.It would probably outlast anything modern.
     
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    Brotha man...Jig masters🤙🏼 KILL FISH!!!! Back in the day when tanking out your Penn's we're all we could really do! I went nuts! I've still got my original 2 tanked out jig masters. And they catch EVERYTIME! I will admit tho I slowly but surly completely accuplated out, My favorite one. The only original part on it, is the star. And an old 90j is a deadly combo! You should be golden Chucking that iron!! Yea the fight might take a bit longer but nothing beats bringing in a big one on the classics tried and true. Now tho my accuplated 500 goes on every iron trip. And is the go to when all else fails the jigmaster catches. Accuplate really made that classic a bulit proof reel. With its slightly narrowed frame. 👌🏼
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    Can you still buy these parts?
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    Yes I believe you can. You can even color swap frames and side plates. For example = silver frame with purple side plates and a gold spool. There's quite a bit you can change if you'd like. Have fun! Honestly everyone who sees it wants to sling it. And after that. They start their own build!
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    rancanfish

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    That's purty Smylee. I have a silver Accurate 501 I bought from Randy that I haven't fished yet. I can't wait to rotate thru my reels after I move.
     
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    SMYLEE

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    That's purty Smylee. I have a silver Accurate 501 I bought from Randy that I haven't fished yet. I can't wait to rotate thru my reels after I move.
    Yea I've been considering building or buying a 501 version as well. I bought this in increments as I could afford it way back in the day. They are killer iron slinging reels! With the ultamite upgrade drag stacks... this thing is built to last. My guess brotha is you're guna love it! Once you get its spool speed dialed in for you Cheery👌🏼. Just got to find your sweet spot with it! Or that spool will spin forever.
    That 501 has always eluded my impulse buy. But I'll snatch one up or build one sooner or later!
     
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