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Date: 23 December 2019. Fishing Pole Question (plus no-screw mounting how-to)


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 five-minute project.

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 bow.


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 article.

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.

Side Note 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 boats, it 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 bought Seaweed.

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 the Box of Small Stuff (line) article. I chose a couple of short pieces for the fishing pole project.

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 improve things.


You may have noticed that I utilize sun-catchers
 in my portlights. I like them for a few reasons:


#1) Practicality. 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.
#2) Privacy. 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 spectators!
#3) Beauty. 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 all.


Details on the sun-catchers including how to contact the gal who makes them can be found in the
Portlight Privacy (at Carrabelle Riverfront Festival) article.


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 pole.



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 appreciate that.

Addendum. 14 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 pole.

Who made the fishing pole?
Do you have any idea how old it is?

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