This Page is devoted to Ocean City Big Game Reels 6/0 or larger including all the 600 and 800 series reels.
Ocean City “Orlando” No.106 Reel
Reel pictures are courtesy of Bud Chaddock and John Elder.
Ocean City “Long Key” No.110
Ocean City “Long Key” No.115
Ocean City “Long Key” No.140
The Long Key No 140 was a 600 YD reel and had a neat “Vom Hofe” Style foot. It was the largest of the Long Key reels. The first is a 600 YD 1938 version. The 2nd reel is a 1940 version. The 3rd reel is missing its handle grasp but has good pictures of the foot and construction. Lastly the ad picture is from a 1940 OC catalog.
Ocean City “Balboa” Big Game No.120, the No.121 and the No.162 Reels
Pictures are courtesy of Bud Chaddock, John Elder, Ray Hodges and Ed Miller.
Ocean City “Panama” No.141, a No.142 and a No.153 Reels
No.141 is a 10/0 size reel, the No.142 is a 12/0 reel and the No.153 is a 14/0 size reel. The vintage yardage for the 10/0 is that it held 600 yd. of No.24 line, the 12/0 held 750 yd. of No.24 line and the 14/0 held 900 yd. of No.24 line. The same yardage refers to the Balboa’s also. The Balboa and the Panama reels all have the same plate width of 5 1/2″. The difference in spool widths is the 10/0 is 3″ wide, the 12/0 is 4″ wide and the 14/0 is 5″ wide. The 12/0 reel pictured below has a custom designed crank knob on it, the reel should have the original torpedo shaped knob. 12/0 pictures are courtesy of Ray Hodges. Ad pictures are from a 1941 Ocean City catalog. Last pictures show the No.153 in 14/0 size.
Ocean City Big Game No.603 – No.604 – No.605 – No.6051- No.606 – No.6061- No.609 – No.610 – No.612 – No.614 and No.616 Reels
The No.6051 and No.6061 came out in 1956 and just had a higher gear ratio then their respective counterparts, the No.605 and No.606.
Some of the pictures are courtesy of Mike Stone ,Ray Hodges, John Taylor and Jeff Johnson.
The reel below is a super nice 12/0 No.612 cut away / display reel. The reel is owned by Chris reed and was acquired from the grandson of a former Ocean City employee. Its still fully functional and was precisely cut away to show all internal part movements.
Ocean City No.706 Big game fighting handle accessory
Ocean City Big Game Cradle No.804, No.806, No.809, No.810, No.812, No.814 and No.816 Reels
Ocean City Big Game No.806 Cradle Reel
Ocean City Big Game No.812 Cradle Reel
Ocean City Big Game No.816 Cradle Reel
This was the largest reel ever offered by the company and was designated a 16/0. The example I have seen weighs in at 15 lbs. (with line) and the side plates are 7 inches in diameter with about a 6 1/2 inch width excluding the handle. It was built for the biggest fish and carried a large price tag in the 1950’s – $125 to $150 for the cradle and reel, and another $75 for the rod. It was available roughly from 1948 to 1956.
The example shown below is courtesy of John Warnish of New York state. Thank you John for sharing your reel and family history along with pictures. It belonged to his grandfather, George Warnish, and has caught many large Tuna including a few record fish. This example is shown with the original bag (bag is marked No.814) – it may have come that way or got mixed up, John’s grandfather owned lot of fishing equipment and always bought the best. It was said he paid something like $1200 for a camera in the 1950’s for a special vacation – a ton of money back then. The rod is a No.725 Ocean City Big Game bamboo rod in perfect beautiful condition. Why so nice you ask? It was stored all this time in the original rod sock and shipping box. After the pics of the reel/rod, you will see pics of John’s grandfather George, dad Charles and uncle Russell. Click on the pics to enlarge.
The Penn 16/0 shown below is actually a rare model Penn reel in itself. Its an early 5 o’clock handle reel with the throw off lever behind the 2 top posts. Thanks to ORCA member John Taylor for taking the time to blow up the photo and examine the reel more carefully.