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TOPIC: Old Style Pistol Grip Fishing Rod Reel Seat Mount

Old Style Pistol Grip Fishing Rod Reel Seat Mount 1 week 13 hours ago #136666

I have two of these old style pistol grip fishing rods and they both have a problem with the reel seat. The old style has a screw on the bottom under the reel seat that pulls a small plastic tab down onto the reel foot and locks the reel to the rod. Well, I have a South Bend rod that the tab broke off but the screw is still in place and I have a Diawa rod that still has the tab in place but the screw is missing. I really like these rods and I want to fix them but I cannot seem to find replacement tabs and screws for this old style of reel seat. Does anyone know where I would find these parts to fix my rods? Thanks for any help. I wanna go fishing!!!

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Old Style Pistol Grip Fishing Rod Reel Seat Mount 1 week 2 hours ago #136668

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Sometimes in areas where there is a lot of fishing going on, there may be a person working out of their garage or home that does rod and reel repair either as a side job or even a full time business. Can you ask around your bait shops? Sometimes word of mouth can help you find them. I have seen people on vacation that were in a pinch take a small metal hose clamp and a wood wedge if needed and temporarily clamp that down. Have seen them cover it in electrical tape to smooth it out. They just didn’t have vacation time to waste and just needed more fish in the boat so they could eat fish for camp supper. I am sure other more experienced fisherman will have better answers for you and maybe even a name and number of their own local repair person that could send you those small parts. Sometimes I buy something broken from a flee market just to get my missing part. Good fishing to you!

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Old Style Pistol Grip Fishing Rod Reel Seat Mount 6 days 13 hours ago #136677

Thanks for the tips, I was thinking of hitting some thrift stores to see if I could find a junked out rod to get the parts from.

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Old Style Pistol Grip Fishing Rod Reel Seat Mount 5 days 17 hours ago #136686

Not a bad idea. If they're what I'm thinking they are, it shouldn't be too hard to make suitable replacements for them. You might also check your local Craig's List for rod & reel repair places too.

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Old Style Pistol Grip Fishing Rod Reel Seat Mount 2 days 15 hours ago #136739

I was able to remove the plastic tab from one rod with a punch and hammer, and removed the screw from the other rod and was able to fix one of my rods. Now I just need to fix the other one, but at least now I can fish with my old Zebco 33 classic!!! I bought that reel back in 1993 and it still casts great, that thing zings!!!

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