Date: 23 December 2019. Fishing Pole Question (plus no-screw
In the last posted piece,
Spinners restaurant in St. Pete (island chain),
I showed you my spiffy Christmas gift bag hanging from a fishing
pole in my forward cabin. Hopefully one of you will be able to help
me identify the origins of said fishing pole. Also I'm going to show
you my fishing pole hanger-up's. Yes, I do know there are real nice
pole mounting systems sold at stores. Mine is a virtually free
Here is the old fishing pole shown
in the last article:
I am not sure if it is made of wood or fiberglass.
It's hard to tell, at least for me.
Regarding my new-to-me-pole:
In the springtime a fellow boater allowed me the
opportunity to view a house he owned. The tenant had left
behind a lot of stuff. He generously
offered me anything I wanted from said house.
I brought home a fish
vase, the font from an oil lamp, two pads of paper, and an
antique fishing pole.
I grew flowers in the
green fish vase→
I suspended the pole from both the forward
portlight and aft one in my cabin. This is the one closest the
This is the fishing pole ↑ that
first caught my eye. I like older items and this struck me as
something a real fisherman might know more about. Thus, I took it
home. After a thorough dusting the pole was clean.
Next came the
first conundrum: what to do with the new fishing pole.
My original pole was already hung
over my dinette:
I told you about that fishing pole in the
Attaching a Fishing Reel
All boats find a place to stow
their FISHING POLES
↓ just in case they want
to catch dinner.
On Karol Lynn the fishing poles are stored outside,
above the main cabin.
In any event, my new pole needed a home. The original I had hanging
above my dinette in the galley. I did not want to have two poles in
the same spot. In a small boat it is a constant battle to ensure
Seaweed does not become too cluttered.
At Christmas I decorated around
the galley fishing pole.
The vines were a bit too much for liking so they were removed.
The only other long relatively flat surface on Seaweed is in my forward cabin. The
starboard side is extends further than than the other due to the
head being located to port. There's an extra couple feet where the
steps are into my cabin. I could take advantage of that when hanging
my new/old fishing pole.
I do not like storing items outside. The sunlight and
salt can damage gear. Inside is best in my opinion.
A line holds the pole secure to the portlight. This
is the forward attachment point.
The forward cabin on the starboard side offers a long
expanse of nearly flat surface along the bulkhead.
I did not want to drill into my bulkhead due to the possibility that
I could penetrate all the way through to outside and provide yet another way
for water to get in the boat. I've already got an issue with the
portlight on that side, as witnessed by the tray which catches water
under said portlight.
regarding boats: It doesn't matter how fancy
your vessel is, if it is not leaking now there is a pretty good
chance that a drip will develop at some point. All of us would like
to say "my boat is watertight" which is sort of along the same lines
as "I've never run aground" ... fantasies are wonderful though.
And yes, there are
vessels that are totally watertight. I've heard about 'em. More likely
though is the probability that a minor drip is not yet detected. In
the decades I have been in bilges and working in cramped spaces on
is almost invariable that I discover evidence of water intrusion.
I have used some of the contents of this box
↑ at least once per week since I
Because I did not want to drill any
holes in the bulkhead I opted to get out my box of strings. I told you about that
handy container in
Box of Small Stuff (line)
article. I chose a couple of short pieces for the fishing pole
I looped a bit of a shoelace in the hinge of the portlight.
Water-tightness is not impacted by the string. This
is the aft portlight in my cabin. It is the
second of two attachment points. The fishing pole is suspended above
the ports on the starboard side.
When the portlight is opened the fishing pole simply rides up a bit.
There is a wing-nut on that upper hinge. I did twist it a bit
tighter so that the window part stays open even with the additional weight of
the pole on it. The wing-nut is there to adjust the tightness so if
your portlight does not stay open properly, a small twist may
You may have noticed that I utilize sun-catchers
in my portlights. I like them for a few reasons:
They soften the sunlight coming inside, which keeps the boat cooler.
That also helps when I take those lovely daytime naps. A face full
of sunshine is not conducive to sleep.
When on a dock folks cannot see into my cabin. As I dress down
below, I don't particularly want to do it in full view of
I like them. Coming home at night with a light on down below means I
get to see my pretties in the portlights. I have four, and love them
Details on the sun-catchers including how to contact the gal who makes
them can be found in the
Privacy (at Carrabelle Riverfront Festival)
At the start of this article I asked
for help in identifying the brand, and possibly age of my fishing
pole. I can tell you is that the pole is 73" long. The hardware
appears to be brass. Do you have any theories?
There are no marks or writing on the fishing
I would sincerely appreciate any
information you might have about this fishing pole. At some point I
shall find someone out here who collects, displays and loves old fishing
gear. Then I will pass it along. In the meantime, I'd like to learn more
about this one. Thank you in advance.
And thanks too for reading. I
June 2023. The consensus is that this is
an original Penn rod and reel. I did pass along the pole plus a
much larger deep sea reel to a fellow who likes older fishing
gear. I kept the Penn reel for myself as I like it a lot. It is
smaller, thus weighing less. I have it on my favorite fishing
Who made the fishing pole?
Do you have any idea how old it is?
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