Back in the day, before all the new sexy little aluminum lever drag reels, the latest rage de jour - high-modulus "double-helix" graphite rods and micro-diameter spectra lines, all there was were Penn Squidders (for the really bux-up fishers), Delmar 285s, Baymaster 155s and Surfmasters of various sizes. Those are what the "Sharpies" used. All there was.
Well even before that there were Penn Monofil 25 and 26s, Silverbeach 99s, the famous 259s and of course the Penn 60 Long Beaches, and such. But believe me, those smart, savy bass never could tell the difference between the guys fishing the Squidders ($69 each) and the Delmars ($29 a pop). They bit well no matter what reel you used. Pretty much still will, though don't tell the tackle manufacturers that, they'd probably stroke out.
The Levewind 9, 109 and 209 were somewhere in there with the first group of reels I mentioned, and they caught mountains of fish. All kinds of fish.
We didn't get so **** sophisticated regarding using the exactly right rod and reel for each species - based on specific techniques - 'til later on.
MUCH later on. But hey what did we know back then - how totally "wrong" those reels were for what we were doing?
The real answer is that they all worked back then, and worked well.
And still will, of course.
I think there's a pretty interesting post that needs to be written on this subject - sometime soon, if I can get a few minutes to get into it.
This post edited by Leprechaun 07:03 PM 05/08/2008