Ocean City Freshwater Bait Casting Reels

Ocean City Freshwater Bait Casting Reels

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Ocean City Freshwater Bait Casting Reels

On this page you will find Ocean City fresh water bait casting reels.  Here we are trying to stay in some sort of list order.  The first part of this list is in alphabetical order (reels with no model #) and the rest is in model number order. We want to thank Ray Hodges from Australia,  Jeff Johnson from Ohio and  Bob Bittner from MD for all their help.


Ocean City “The Angler’s Pal” Reel – “Striker” or “Pelican”

“The Anglers Pal” is the finest Ocean City level wind bait casting reel and the first for the company. It dates to the mid to late 1920’s. It was sold by many hardware firms and tackle dealers and has been found stamped with a few names like “Striker” and “Pelican”. They are well built and have dark maroon Bakelite side plates. The front plate is held on by 3 screws and the rear plate is threaded into the one piece frame. The handle and spool are German silver and the frame is heavy nickel plated over brass. “The Anglers Pal” is the most valuable and scarce bait casting reel sold by Ocean City.  Below you will see the only known box and several different reels. I don’t think this reel had a model number. Click on the pics to enlarge.

Ocean City “E-Z-2-Part” Reel

The Ocean City E-Z-2-Part was the first non level wind bait casting reel produced by Ocean City and is a fine well built reel that is very collectable. It should be considered scarce and the boxes are rare, Ive only seen maybe 2 boxes in 15 years of collecting. The front and rear plates are screwed into the one piece frame so you don’t need tools to take it apart and in about 5 seconds the reel is in its 4 main parts. The handle and spool flanges are German silver while the frame is heavy nickel plated over brass. A quality reel. The first two reel pictures are of the standard E-Z-2 Part and the next two pictures are of the free spool version. Some models have been found completely unmarked and were probably sold as trade reels by other company’s. These reels are from the Mid to late 1920’s and don’t have a model number.  Pictures courtesy of Don Champion.
Here’s the unmarked version and a pic of the attractive and unique box. Pictures courtesy of Jeff Johnson.

Ocean City No.11 “Banner” Reel,  similar to the later “Junior” No.11

  These are considered  “Dime Store Reels”  or a  “Child’s Reel”  most are made of tin and are unmarked.  The only way you can tell the difference between these and other reel makers reels,  is to know the certain part or mold features,  this one is easy to ID because of the common later OC cranks knobs,  also the crank handle being peened on.
All the early reel makers like Bronson, OC and Shakespeare made thousands of these types of reels and the main difference between them were the crank knobs.  Most were nickel over tin on the early versions and later were just a chrome finish or blued different shades of gray (or as gun metal gray) or darker over tin.  most of the early ones would have painted wood crank knobs,  the main colors were a white or green.  The colors would also help the sale of the reels too,  or to make it easier for the little ones to know who’s was who’s.  Reel shown has a blued finish on it and is most likely has a 80 yd. spool capacity and the only feature would be the clicker button.  Now on some they did not even have clicker,  or some came with a fixed clicker.
Pictures are courtesy of Jonathan Kring.
As Robert stated above the No.11 is an unmarked cheap reel and hard to identify. I did note after 1940 they went from a single handle to a double handle. This unmarked reel below was found in the unmarked number 11 box. The ad to the right is from a 1941 catalog.
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Ocean City No.12 and No.14 “Budd” Reel

Believe to be less expensive reels.  Description out of the 1935 OC catalog says:   Double Multiplying Bait  Casting reel.  Nickle plated, balanced handle,  adjustable back sliding click and has brass bearings
No.12  price 50 cents.  Box picture is courtesy of David Budd.

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Ocean City No.21 General Service Reel

A less expensive reel, if you look in the add picture and click on it, it wll enlarge and you will see a small oil port cap that is not in the pictured reel?  Also ad is from a 1957 OC catalog,  ours is brown bakelite and the ad says that it is black for the 1957 version.  Reel picture is courtesy of Charlie Gano and the ad picture is
courtesy of Jeff Johnson.

Ocean City No.26 “St. Clair” Reel

The ad is from 1935 – we need a picture of this reel.

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Ocean City No.30 “St. Cloude” Reel

The ad is from 1935 – we need a picture of this reel.

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Ocean City No. 50 “St. James” Reel

This description is from the 1938 catalog. “Heavily nickeled – with satin finish. Adjustable click. Beautifully turned handle knobs”. Capacity 80YDS. Price $1.25

Ocean City No.54 “St. Paul” Reel

The “St Paul” casting reel is from 1935 and had “beautiful walnut grained genuine bakelite right side plate” along with a “Graceful S Shaped handle with genuine catalin knobs”. All for just $1.15 in 1935.

Ocean City No.60 “St. Regis” Reel

ad is from the 1935 catalog – we need a picture of this reel.

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Ocean City No. 65 “St. Andrews” Reel

Basic reel,  yet it has the smaller crank shaft nut and the famous OC emblem on the face plate. Click on the pictures to enlarge.

Ocean City No. 66 “St. Lawrence” Reel

ad is from 1935 – we need a picture of this reel.

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Ocean City No.75 “St. Dennis” Reel

100 yd. fresh water LW reel.  jeweled end caps and blue gray marbled crank knobs.
Pictures are courtesy of Ray Hodges.

Ocean City No.79 “Winston” Reel

The Winston was only seen in the 1939 catalog , it is a handsomely designed level winding bait casting reel made of Zephaloy.(a metal alloy which is 3 times as strong as steel and 1/3 the weight of brass). It had “S” shaped handle with Tenite knobs, jeweled spool spindle caps and a thumb adjustable drag. In 1939 it sold for $5.50 which was the most expensive bait casting reel offered by Ocean City at that time. It is considered scarce.

Ocean City No.81 “St. Charles” Reel

Basic reel,  unmarked,  only the boxes are marked,   black bakelite side plates,  blue gray marbled crank knobs.  Ad and picture are from a 1935 Ocean City catalog.  Reel donated by John Elder.

Ocean City No.81 Reel

This new model No.81 came out in 1946-48.Basic LW reel,  black bakelite side plates,  no ABL,  blue gray marbled crank knobs.  Last picture shows a similar reel broke down some,  in all it before being built at the factory,  there would have been 45 separate parts required to put this reel together.  Including the bushings pressed into the side plates.  The ad is from a 1948 Ocean City catalog.

Ocean City No.88 “Smoothkast” Reel

The No.88 reel came in either brown or black bakelite side plates,  with the markings on the LW cover.  This reel came out in the 1948 catalog and was probally available as early as 1946. The Smoothcast dial on the rear plate was used on many other reels starting in 1949 and the No.88 went away. The ad is from a 1948 Ocean City catalog and pictures of the brown reel are courtesy of Richard Braun.

Ocean City “Glacier” No.949 Reel Red Medallion

Reel has the common OC fishing scene stamped is both side plates.  Crank knobs on this one have shrunk and turned darker as seen in the pictures.  Ad is from a 1955 Ocean City catalog.

Ocean City “Indian” No.950 Reel Red Medallion

Basic reel,  no jeweled end caps and a smaller crank handle nut.  Ad is from a 1955 Ocean City catalog.

Ocean City “Contestor” No.955 Reel Red Medallion

As you can see this reel has rust,  it is extremely hard to find one of theses that does not have rust,  this one has a thin satin chrome finish over metal,  so they do attract rust.  This was are last red medallion reel to complete our red medallion collective collection.  Just recently we found a OC red medallion trade reel called a Cyclone, made exclusively for Macy’s,  you can view it in our trade reel page.

Ocean City “Victory” No.958 Reel

Red medallion version,  satin chrome finish over metal construction, white marbled crank knobs.  The crank knobs on these normally shrink due to heat and age and will not spin freely on their pins.  Also the white knobs will turn yellow from oil and age. Some knobs can be freed up by running hot tap water on them individually and try spinning with a rag,  that will normally get them to spin and then applying new oil quickly before they cool.  Ad is from 1941 Ocean City catalog.  Reel was donated by Richard Thomman.

Ocean City “Como” No.965 Reel Red Medallion

One of OC’s red medallion reels,  reel has a chrome finish.  Add picture and description are from a 1955 Ocean City catalog.

Ocean City “Swan” No.966 Reel Red Medallion

Has a stamped fishing scene on both side plates.  Ad is from a 1941 Ocean City catalog.

Ocean City “Major” No.967  Red Medallion

Reel has the common OC fishing scene stamped on both side plates.  Ads are cropped from a 1941 Ocean City catalog.

Ocean City “Nile” No.968 Reel

These are found with the red medallion and also with blue emblem version,  as seen in the last picture. Also both will have either a chrome or a satin chrome finish over “brass” something that different from the rest of the red medallion reels.  Ad is from a 1941 Ocean City catalog.  Pictures are courtesy of Stan Rice and Arne Soland


Ocean City No.970 and the No.970B

  Two versions of these first the No.970 and then the No.970B.  Ad is from a 1948 Ocean City catalog.  Here you can read the reel’s description.  We see some of OC reels of this type have tags rather than the reel being stamped.  It may have to do with money instead of looks,  may have been cheaper for them to make a tag than to stamp the reel,  also they could change the tags but not if the reel was marked?
Some pictures are courtesy of Arne Soland.

Ocean City “Geneva” No.975 Red Medallion Reel

Ads are cropped from a 1955 Ocean City catalog.

Ocean City “Brigadier” No.978 Red Medallion

The red medallion reels are highly collected, this one has some brass where most of the others are constructed of metal.  Ad is from a 1955 Ocean City catalog.

Ocean City No.994 “Amazon” Reel Two Versions

The first version is probably one of the best looking of the red medallion reels.  It has an stamped fishing scene on both plates,  jeweled end caps and green crank knobs.  These are made of metal with a satin chrome finish.  Hard to find with no rust. The inner head plate and the tail plate are riveted together to make the frame.  A product of mass production.  It is hard to even replace the LW cover.  The medallions or emblems are put on from the factory off set?  Also there is another red medallion Amazon version with no engraving and white marbled crank knobs.  As seen in the lower pictures.

Ocean City “Keystone” No.995 Reel Red Medallion

“Caution the crank handle screw is a left hand thread!”  Reel has a star drag.  You will find the crank handle screws bugguered on these,  the main crank handle screw has left handed threads.  A break down is shown below,  to unscrew the screw if hard you may have to lock the spool with a small pin thru the hole in the spool arbor as shown below with another reel.  Ad is from a 1955 Ocean City catalog.

Ocean City “Inter-State” No.998 Reel

Reel is a heavy chrome over brass,  ABL on face plate and blue gray marbled crank knobs,  this reel has turquoise jeweled end caps,  this model is found often. Many versions were sold over the years. Scroll down the page for pictures of the 998.
 Depending on what year your No.998 Interstate reel was made it may have a lightweight  green anodized spool like the reel below. The medallion is gold on this particular reel but probably started out dark blue and the paint was worn off showing the gold underneath.
This 998 has a black spool.
This Inter-State was found with a red medallion.

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This was the last version of the 998 – no medallion – and now just stamped with the model number on the head plate.

Ocean City No.999 Reel

 First shown reel below is made of aluminum with white crank knobs and spool tension knob on the tail plate.  Another version is the forest green anodized reel with white and gray marbled crank knobs as seen in this ad below from a 1948 OC catalog.  First reel shown pictures are courtesy of Jonathan Kring.

Ocean City No.1500

The 1500 was a well built low to medium priced bait casting reel — All metal reel with painted cast aluminum side plates and white crank knobs, it has a nice art deco look to it. The reel is only found in the 1951 catalog and was priced at $4.25. The short production run is why the 1500 is not commonly as found as say the 1600 or other similar models.
These first 4 pictures are courtesy of Arne Soland
The schematics are from Buster Cowton and the next few pics after that are of a few nice examples of the reel with the last pic that shows the box.

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Ocean City No.1520 Reel

The Ocean City 1520 was just another cheap utility reel that has little to no collector value today. Ocean City made several models of this type of reel. Click on the pics to enlarge.

Ocean City No.1529

 Squared off bakelite tear drop design,  similar to many other OC’s of this type.
Pictures are courtesy of Arne Soland.

Ocean City No.1581 Reel

 The No.1581 was a very successful reel for Ocean City and they sold a lot of them. It came out in 1949 as one of the most inexpensive bait casting reels being sold by the company. It lasted for about 20 years in the Ocean City/True Temper Line up and can be found in many colors. To help aid in what year your reel possibly could be : First in 1949 to 1952 it would be Black or Brown with a cork arbor. Then the color changes to copper metallic in 1953 to 1955 still with cork arbor. In 1956 it was still copper metallic but now had a white plastic arbor and that was the same in 1957. 1958 is the last OC catalog we have and now the reel is Tan with white plastic arbor and I assume that lasted for several years since the 1581 Tan reel is a common color to find. The 1966 True Temper catalog still has the 1581 available but now the reel is Green (some with side plates 2 shades of green on front and back)  with a different handle and a white plastic smoothcast control on the rear plate. I’m sure more variations exist but that should help you determine pretty close to what you have.   Ad is from a1948 Ocean City catalog. click on the pics to enlarge.

Ocean City No.1591 Reel

  Less expensive reels,  many were made,  both Ocean City named reels and many trade reels for other retailers.  Ad is from a 1948 Ocean City catalog.

Ocean City No.1600 and the No.1600 Mod.B and a Mod. C Reels

Two versions,  first version is a No.1600 all aluminum with a large arbor,  which normally means it to be a tournament reel.  Next is a No.1600 B a green painted aluminum sided reel,  paperwork says that when you order a side plate to specify what color?  So there are more 1600 B’s out there in different colors.
Polished version aluminum reel pictures are courtesy of Rick Heitman.
The No.1600B pictures are courtesy of Allen Pluck, of England

Ocean City No.1610 Reel

  All metal construction light coat of chrome,  with the plastic spool tension cap.
Reel donated by Richard Thomann.

Ocean City No.1800 Reel

  Chrome reel,  white marbled crank knobs,  spool tension knob on the tail plate.  Large size spool arbor line saver.  Ad is from a 1948 Ocean City catalog.  Pictures are courtesy of Jonathan Kring.

Ocean City No.1810 Reel

These are 24K gold plated brass and when in good condition they look great,  but after being used and the plating starts showing wear they don’t look that nice anymore. They were not a prize or promotion item like many people have thought. They came out in 1956 and were cataloged for only 2 years – 56′-57′. Not a scarce reel but new in the box are hard to find and a great addition to your Ocean City reel collection. You could also buy this as a trade reel from Western Auto Supply and they were called the “Revalation”.

Ocean City No.1825 Narrow Spool Reel

  Reel has a narrow spool and has a anodized brown finish with orange colored crank knobs.  These do not appear very often.  Notice the large spool arbor in the pictures below,  these were designed for tournament casting!
Pictures below show the break down of the brown anodized version,  weight is 4.4 oz. dry, also showing the main drive gear is hollowed out to save on weight. This practice will save up to 0.3 oz. of not needed weight.
Ad picture and description are from a 1950 OC catalog!  Aluminum version is courtesy of Jeff Johnson.

Ocean City No.1850 Reel

The No.1850 has a standard size spool,  yet it has a large abor,  these were designed for tournament casting.

Ocean City No.1950 Reel

  First ad is from a 1948 OC catalog,  this was when we believe that these were introduced? Next ad is from a 1950 OC catalog,  reels price was much higher than most others of its type.  You do not see these often,  very high quaility for OC.  Notice the large arbor,  designed for tournament casting.
Pictures are courtesy of Jeff Johnson. This model also came in a wide spool , 1950W and a narrow spool 1950N.


Ocean City No.1970 Reel

  Common OC design,  has a tag instead of the reel itself marked,  may have been cheaper for OC to make the tags rather than stamp the reels,  also could have been easy to tag a reel if many were already made,  or to switch out a tag if an order were cancelled?

Ocean City No.1999 Reel

  These would be considered a tournament reel,  being made of aluminum and having the large spool arbor.  These pictures are all of the same reel.  The LW was removed from the reel when Charlie found it, probably to lighten up the reel for competition. he got very lucky and a friend of his had the LW parts plus a shorter crank handle, which would be another sign of a tournament casting reel.  Pictures are courtesy of Charlie Gano.
Ad picture and description are courtesy of Jeff Johnson.

Ocean City No.2000 Reel

  Reel is mostly made of aluminum,  tear drop shaped,  they came in two different versions.  First ad is cropped from a 1948 Ocean City catalog.  Next ad is from a 1950 OC catalog.  Has the large spool arbor designed for tournament casting.  Pictures are courtesy of Rick Heitman and Jeff Johnson.