Do It Yourself Squidder Magging
                                  (by Nufo, with thanks to Gowge)

First and foremost you need to make sure that you have an aluminum spool and not a brass or plastic one. You will be able to tell by looking at it. The brass spools are chrome, while the plastic spools are black but easily distinguishable from the black aluminum spools. You can buy the aluminum spools from almost any Penn dealer and they will fit right in and replace the old plastic or brass spool.

Reel Takedown:

On the cranking side of the reel you will see a little round chrome-retaining pin. Unscrew this pin in the counter clockwise direction. It will not come all the way out but once it is loose you will want to pull on it and you will feel it slide back 1mm to 2mm. Hold it in this position with your left hand and then turn the crank in the counter clockwise direction. The whole Side plate should turn and then come free from the frame of the reel. Now slide the spool out and you are ready for business.

Installing The Mags:

You will install two ¼ x ¼ magnets and magnet cups in the side plate opposite from the gearbox / crank side of the reel. Before you glue or epoxy them in be sure to clean the area with lighter fuel. It’s a good idea to clean the backside of the mag cups with lighter fuel as well.


Crazy glue gel works great but if you want a permanent fix then use an epoxy. Apply glue or epoxy to the backside of the mag cups and then install them side by side onto the inside of the plastic side plate. They will be a perfect fit in between the little plastic fins on the side plate. Place them in the bottom side of the side plate rather than the topside as in the picture. This will allow the clicker to function properly. Be sure to not push them up to tight against the round clicker spring. This will make the clicker malfunction. Hold the cups firmly for a minute or two until the glue sets.

Putting In The Magnets:

Once the glue has dried you are ready to install the magnets. You simply place the magnets inside of the magnet cups where they are held in place by magnetic force. By placing one magnet in with the north field facing towards the spool and the other with the south field facing the spool you will achieve maximum mag force on the spool. If the spool is still to fast with the mags in North South configuration then you can take small flat washers and place them inside the magnet cups to shim the magnets closer to the spool.

If the reel is to slow for you with the mags in North South configuration then you can flip one over and put them in so they are both north north or south south. This will create less magnetic force and allow for a faster spool. If it is still to slow then simply remove one of the magnets from the magnet cup.

Putting The Reel Back Together:

Simply slide the spool back in. Then place the gearbox / crank side plate back into the frame. You will see little groves where the side plate lines up with the frame. Be sure and hold up the retaining pin out and then twist the side plate back into place. Once it stops turning let go of the retaining pin and is should drop down into the reel. Next tighten the retaining pin by twisting it in a clockwise direction. It should screw in with little effort. If it feels like it is not screwing in or if is hard to turn STOP! Unscrew it and twist the spool a little bit until you feel it drop into place. Once the Pin is in place and you have tightened it up you are ready to go fishing!

Above is a picture of where to place the mags on the inside of the side plate. CAUTION! It is not necessary to remove the side plate as shown in this picture. It is for cosmetic purposes to show the mags. Instead remove the gearbox / crank side as in the directions. By installing the magnets and cups on the bottom of the side plate rather than the topside as in the picture. You will assure that there is no interference with the line out clicker since the top part of the round click spring is for line out while the bottom part is for line in which is not of importance.

These same directions work with the Penn Jigmaster as well (see below). The only difference is that you will use two 0.375 x 0.10 magnets and flat 0.25 x 3/8 washers.

Magnets and magnet cups or washers can be purchased from Lee Valley Tool at WWW.

Questions?  Feel free to contact me and I'll pass them along to Nufo.


Question: why an aluminum spool?.  It is not magnetic.

Aluminum is ideal BECAUSE it is non magnetic, oddly enough. This works with non ferrous (non magnetic) metallic materials.   A rapidly moving magnetic field comes into close contact with the aluminum and a small electric charge is induced into the metal.  This swirling charge is an eddy current.  It produces a field of energy that has a polarization state that is equal to the polarization state of the magnetic field the magnets have created.  Think of two magnets pushing against each other when the same poles are facing.  In other words a repelling force is created and this is why the spin of the spool is braked.

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