Boaden, J R V, Marr, Crosskay, Yamba, Nottingham, Centre pin Blackfish reels, updated information by Bernie Ladd March, 2016.

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Boaden, JRV, Marr, Crosskay, Yamba, Nottingham Centre Pin Blackfish reels, reference & information

by Bernard Ladd, 2009.

The Boaden “Nigger“ Blackfish reel enjoyed only a brief period of exposure on the Australian market. Soon after the reel’s appearance (we believe in 1955) some members of general public protested against the racist connotation of the name “Nigger”. As a result of this unprecedented reaction Reg Boaden stopped production and recalled all “Nigger” reels from wholesalers. Only a very small number of “Nigger” reels survived, thus making them extremely rare!

Sometime later in 1956 Reg Boaden produced a new name for his Blackfish reel being “Sportsmaster”, stamped in relief (i.e. embossed) on a brass enamelled disc (Information endorsed by ARCA, 2016).

Boaden cast Aluminium First model nigger Blackfish relase latch centre pin reel. Designed and made by Reg Boaden, Westmead NSW -c. 1955.

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J R V Aluminium Blackfish - Luderick fishing reel.Maker Jack Harvey, NSW -c.1960s.Phosphor bronze bearings; cast aluminium back; marine grade aluminium spool-drum.

MARR 5'' S/S; Black fish - Luderick fishing reel maker John Marr, Gosford NSW.Adjustable bronze bearings; spring loaded tension brake; teflon handle-knobs -c 1980.

CROSSKAY 4 1/2 inch Aluminium alloy, Blackfish - Luderick centre pin reel -c.1960s. Erinoid handle-knobs. Avon Royal similar design. Maker Ron Crosskay, NSW.

Boaden later second model Sports master Blackfish release latch centre pin reel. Designed and made by Reg Boaden, Westmead NSW -c 1956.

Hamiltion NSW Aluminium alloy Blackfish- Luderick centre pin release latch reel. Diameter 4 1/4''; spool-drum 3/4''; ebonite handle knobs. S/S T saddle. -c. 1956.

MARR 4 1/2'' S/S, Blackfish - Luderick fishing reel maker John Marr, Gosford NSW.Adjustable bronze bearings; spring loaded tension brake; teflon handle knobs -c 1980.

YAMBA (FTA1) Cast alloy and Laminex Blackfish -Luderick centre pin reel. -c.1980smade in NSW Australia,.

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