My saltwater sized Garcias are some of the big bears; my Dad's old 486 which is in mint condition and still gets fished at least once a season, and a later generation 498 manual pickup. I have used it for species of freshwater fish there is. I have used this reel twice and it is an absolutely worthless piece of garbage!!! We can fabricate some parts. Or was it a 330 I can't remember any more but wish I had one for its collectors value. I remember as a teen once there was a fishing tournament on Lake Livingston, and we were fishing out of that same Marina that weekend. I got my first one in the mid 70's when they were all Black and Pot metal. I have been using 308's since childhood.
Virtually all of the Mitchell spinners for this model year, including almost every version mentioned thus far in this thread, are pictured with clear anodized natural, silver-toned aluminum spools with grey drag knobs. The Mitchells changed little from year to year and pretty much any edition from the sixties thru the early seventies should contain enough info on the various models to turn you into an authority on the topic. I bought this reel 2 months and right from day one I have had trouble with it. I don't know a thing about flourocarbon, would that make a better leader? Unlock additional features, and fewer ads while browsing. My son bought one at the same time and his did the same thing. Stores like Gibsons, K-Mart, Oshmans, Wards and Sears. Garcia Mitchell Reel Repair We specialize in reel repair of Garcia Mitchell reels, Abu Garcia Reels, and Penn reels.
I've got a couple of questions on the Mitchells, if you got the time. It also sports a machined, double-anodized aluminum spool, 8 bearing system includes instant anti-reverse, a powerful multi-disk drag system, and an aluminum handle with a co-molded knob. It took a lot of chores around the house to save for one, and I would always gravitate to the fishing section when we visited stores to look at and try reels like this and the iconic Garcia Ambassador 5000 level wind reel. A non fishing friend took one apart telling me due to the quality of materials the reel is virtually indestructible. I like the loud but not smooth drag. Bucko's parts in Fall River Mass.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rev Dan from Long time fan of the Mtchell 300 and 308 I have been using Mitchell 300's and a 308 since I got one for high school graduation in 1964. I am an ebay junkie and all I have bought have been serviceable once cleaned and greased. Some parts will work on my 302's, but not many. Bryan,Mitchell made a reel on the 300 body with an automatic bail feature. That's an easy one, Anon. Pehaps Ditch Jigger will jump in here and help fill in some of the gaps. Charles Pons' brother's name was Michel.
One thing I really like about them is that they can be purchased so cheap if you look around for them. They don't make them like the old ones anymore. . The Bale works when it's supposed to and that's awesome. I didn't like it because it didn't open as far as the conventional 300. Hard to put a value on how much fun my old friend and I have had together. I fish it every once and a while just for grins.
They had a shallow spool and a deep spool, the shallow spool gave you better casting distance. In 1980 Mitchell was purchased by Browning. Where there any numbers I should avoid, or problems to look out for in those numbers? I have a lot of the big Penn reels but don't care for them much. The problem with the 306 was the tendency for the bail to snap over unless the roller was directly vertical when you opened it. My pops was catching Gafftop catfish one behind the other on squid. It has smooth action, great gear ratio, and reliable parts. I've fished with my 300's all over the States and in the Bahamas.
So I remember seeing some of the fisherman and their boats at the tournament, and several of them were endorsers of reels like Zebco and Johnson, which are great reels I still use many of each today but the pros were carrying Mitchell 300's and red Ambassador 5000's on their rods, not the reels they endorsed. I do have a newer Mitrchell 300 that I bought about 4 years ago. I still have a 402 with a manual bail that I use for pier sight fishing for cobia and King Mackerel. Eventually Penn's Z series became the stalwart of spinning reels on the east coast and replaced Mitchell as King of the Hill. At that point Mitchell became an independent company. Of course today's Mitchell 300 isn't even close to what the original was. Actually I like the Quick better than the Mitchell but it's a little smaller.
And if I'm not mistaken they still distribute them. It's been so long ago since I bought my Mitchell 300 I can't remember the details, but pretty sure it didn't include a box or spare spool. You will not be sorry. Try gettin 50 bullhead with any other reel in one outing and that reel will not go with you the next time. In 1991, Mitchell was sold again, this time to Johnson worldwide. Surprisingly, there's no wiki page for the Mitchell 300, but I did find some good information on them and their history which I'll be posting below, You can go to the links provided to see the whole posts and lots of other good stuff. That same year Charles Pons, Constantine's son-in-law, and the Carpano family formed a new company called Carpano and Pons.
This company manufactured watch gears and related items. Rated 1 out of 5 by Pigg from This is the worst real I ever had. I grew up using the 304 and 308 Mitchell reels. Rated 5 out of 5 by TxTurkeyHunter from The Legendary Mitchell 308 Spinning Reel I purchased the Mitchell 308 Spinning Reel after checking out a few reviews that were quite favorable. I've bought some spinning rods Shimano, Cabela's in the past couple of years and they take my 300 just fine.