Shakespeare Neptune Baitcaster reel

17 08 2009

Couldn’t resist bidding on a very low priced Shakespeare Neptune at the weekend. At the time of bidding, it was priced at £10, with less than an hour to go – so I stuck on a max bid of £16.02 (£0.01 bids are common, so thought the extra penny would help out bid anyone doing that). The final price was £16 and £3.99 p+p. The description says the reel is in good working order, and also comes with a box.

Shakespeare Neptune Baitcaster

Shakespeare Neptune Baitcaster

My reason for the interest in the Shakespeare, which is a departure from the usual Abu’s, is that I remember it being released, I’d say around 1998 (don’t quote me on that!), as a very low cost casting multiplier – I think they RRP’d at £39.99. Despite this, they very closely resembled Abu multipliers, and shared the 5.3:1 retrieve. The original box is always a welcome extra. So I thought I’d take a punt on it, and won! Borrowed the picture from Ebay again, will stick a new one up when I get the reel.

New Abu’s..

17 08 2009

Received the Abu 6500 GR on Saturday, so as is tradition, I decided to take it apart, have a little look inside, and give it a service.

The reel was a bit crusty with salt etc, but a good old clean up with a toothbrush etc and it actually polished up pretty well. It turns out that this model was built in 1985, and the first thing I noticed upon dismantling the reel, was that the spindle was built in to the spool (much like a Daiwa Millionnaire 7HT, or at least the Millionnaire 2, one of which Nigel used to have) and the bearings mounted in the side plates.

Having cleaned up, oiled and greased the right hand side plate, I set about taking the left one off. This turned out to be a bit of a mistake – I didn’t realise that the slider for the magnetic brake adjustment was attached to a component which sits next to the spool (the magnet holder?), by the fiddliest spring known to man! I put the reel back together after cleaning it up, and promptly realised that the spool wouldn’t turn!

Abu 6500GR and 6500 CS Rocket

Abu 6500GR and 6500 CS Rocket

This was due to the spring not having been positioned correctly – queue about 3/4 of a hour trying to get the thing to go back together, which I eventually managed, in the process gleaning an insight in to the workings of the reel. Once the old line had been replaced with new, clear 15lb line, it really looked the part! It also had a proper CT conversion, as per the Rocket.

I meant to have a few casts with it in my session on Sunday, but the fishing took precedence and I didn’t get a chance – hence it’s casting ability (and that of the CS Rocket) are as yet untested. Will get around to having a few casts with them, perhaps over grass rather than in salt water, just to get a feel for them, before considering them part of my “collection”.

I took a few pictures of the reels, but most of them turned out to be a bit rubbish, apart from this one.

Abu 6500GR

13 08 2009

Won my second reel on Ebay today – an Abu Garcia 6500GR. This is a magnetically braked reel, released in 1985 and on sale for only a short time, apparently. Like my Abu CS Rocket, this one has been CT converted. This was a penny more than the Rocket, at £31.02 including P+P.

Abu Garcia 6500GR

Abu Garcia 6500GR

I got my Rocket home last night (couldn’t resist taking it to work to have a look), and gave it a partial strip down, oil, greased the gears up and also fitted one of my spare centrifugal brake pads, because it didn’t have any.

Looking forward to taking it on a fishing trip to see how it casts. It polished up quite well, but I still had problems retrieving the bearings from the spool – any ideas on how to do this would be gratefully received. I’ve tried inserting pins at an angle, to try to get purchase on one side of the bearing, but this hasn’t worked. I think the pressure needs to be equally spread around the bearing. It has been oiled with 3-in-1, and then Abu Rocket oil last night; hopefully that, in conjunction with a few casts, will loosen them up a bit.

Will be interested to see what the GR looks like inside; the Abu’s I’ve dismantled in the past have all been of the same basic configuration, and none of them have been Mag braked.

Abu 6500CS Rocket Arrives

12 08 2009

Took delivery of my 6500CS Rocket, bought from Ebay, this morning. Initial impressions are that the reel is pretty much as described, so not in perfect condition, but I was glad to see that the CT conversion used a proper replacement bar, rather than the other method I’ve often seen, where the level wind bar is removed and the holes sealed, but the top bar is left in place. That negates one of the benefits of a CT cage, which is to be able to get a better grip on the spool for casting, due to the open cage.

Partially dismantled the reel, and realised that the bearings are stuck in the spool, so popped out to buy some 3-in-1, and applied it, to make them easier to remove once I get home. also bought some lighter fluid to soak the bearings from all my reels after the next fishing trip.

Also noticed that the instant anti-reverse is not instant any more, and when you spin the handle fast and hold on to it, the gears slip round inside the side plate. So will have a look inside and see what needs to be replaced.

Servicing Abu Garcia 6500C3CT Elite Multiplier

12 08 2009

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Servicing an Abu Garcia 6500C3CT Elite Multiplier 

1. Reel before dismantling

Servicing an Abu Garcia 6500 C3 CT Elite

First Ebay-bought Abu!

7 08 2009

I bought my first reel from Ebay today, an Abu 6500CS Rocket, converted to CT cage. Buying price was £31 including postage. A combination of the description, and the buying price, show that the reel is not exactly going to be a masterpiece when it gets here! The description mentions chafage on the side plates etc but states “good working order” so I’m expecting a functional, if not pretty, reel. Hope the seller doesn’t mind me putting up a picture of the Ebay listing!

Abu 6500 Rocket

Abu 6500 Rocket

I still have my eyes on two other reels, which pretty much look like bargains (will disclose the model once I decide whether to buy or not), but was gutted to miss out on an auction for two CT-converted Abu’s, one a 6000 and the other a 6500. Again, not great condition, but working and potential for fixing up.

Apart from that, the 650+ I talked about in my previous post has been re-listed. This is, however, a similar price to the above mentioned reels which are more desirable, so I’m holding off for a while to think it over properly. Considering visiting some car boots again tomorrow, and will hopefully have a mid-day fishing session Sunday (although Saturday night will be my first clubbing session in 6 weeks – I’m envisioning a cheap night out, but a *slight* hangover on Sunday ;-)). We’ll see!

Abu Garcia Reel Oil

23 07 2009
Abu Garcia Reel Oil
Abu Garcia Reel Oil

Finally took delivery of the reel maintenance oil I ordered online a few weeks ago from Angling Direct.. it took so long to turn up that I’d bought some rocket oil on my last visit to the fishing shop and used that to service my reels, but as there are only 4ml in each tube I guess having two’s not a bad thing.

It contains two tubes, one “reel oil” which looks like the one you get with new Abu’s (certainly with multipliers anyway), and a tube of “reel lube”. I assumed this would be grease, but will be interesting to find out what it actually is.. maybe a heavier weight oil. Cost was about £10 including postage.

I’m a keen mountain biker, and I’m doing the “South Downs Way Randonnee” on Saturday, which involves riding 100 miles off-road, over the South Downs, for the British Heart Foundation. This usually takes me 14+ hours, so am knackered by the end of it – no fishing for me on Saturday then ; (

I’ll be more likely to get out on Monday, when I have a day off (recovery from the bike ride!) – according to the BBC there’s a 6.5 metre tide, at about 15:00 – perfect!

On a different note, I can’t believe that although this blog is only two days, the content has already been stolen by another site, probably a content harvester. It hasn’t copied the images as well though, which makes it look a bit strange considering the text talks about them! Thieving gits.