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Fixed spool reel for plugging/spinning for Bass

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 3:59 pm    Post subject: Fixed spool reel for plugging/spinning for Bass Reply with quote

I'm on the lookout for a new fixed spool reel to go with a 9' Shimano Exage. The rod is rated to throw 20 - 50gms and I use it to plug /spin for Bass etc.

Ideally the reel should be able to hold around 150 metres of 30lb braid and I would prefer something designed for fishing in the salt, rather than a freshwater model. Wink

The cost is an issue as I expect to only use it a few times a year so I'm thinking of the 30 - 50 price range.

Any thoughts or personal recommendations? Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okuma reels are hard to beat for value for money.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Give Oz a call Alan.
He will be able to help i'm sure.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan,
I have a shimano nexave paired with an 11' shimano forcemaster in the same rating20-50g. Would be in your price range I think from what i remember and it has not let me down and only used in the salt. Was sold to me by the excellent chaps in Veals for bass and pollok fishing.

Will be fishing live sand eels on it week after next down south for the silver surfers....!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll have a look in my garage Al. As it goes I have an Okuma knocking about somewhere in there that may do the job.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For chucking 1 - 2oz lures what about a multiplier.

Noticed this on fleabay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ABU-GARCIA-AMBASSADOR-6000-/251088411273?pt=UK_SportsLeisure_Fishing_Reels_JN&hash=item3a76091a89#ht_500wt_1202

In the days when I fished the Wye regularly I would always use a multiplier in preference to fixed spool especially when you have room to swing your rod (if you will excuse the expression). I found you have much more control and typically don't end up with line twist.

Good luck in your quest.

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ps Mark - silver surfer indeed. You told me you weren't 50 yet Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those Abu's are great reels. I have a left hand wind version and very pleased with it I am! Very Happy

I prefer to use multipliers with trigger-grip rods myself when lure fishing although I don't suppose it's essential. Agree about the control with a multiplier.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the feedback, guys. As usual very sound advice and an unexpected and very generous offer from Rich (Whistlekiller) tonight! Shock Cool

Doug - I have an old 602AP in the garage from my beach fishing days. Fishing in the day with it was usually OK but I soon got tired of trying to unravel birds nests at night in the light of a tilley lamp. Embarassed Laughing I also found it strange fishing with the reel on top of the rod too so I quickly went back to using big fixed spool reels. However a much better angler than me who took me under his wing when I started out had an Abu Ambassadeur multiplier reel and a Hardy Longbow rod (remember them?) and he could cast a 6oz lead half way to France so I know how efficient they can be in the right hands. Smile

Toby - good advice and Oz has some tasty looking reels on his lure fishing site .. http://www.ukbassfishing.com/acatalog/reels.html .

Think I'll have a look at Rich's reel before making my mind up. Very Happy

Thanks again for all your feedback. Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan,

Its got be a little multiplier Very Happy

You don't really want a coffee grinder do you, I use them for float fishing and hate the bloody things.

If you must have a fixed spool look at the Shimano Exage or the Nexave , or an Okuma which I use.

Now for the nice multipliers, I cast down to 10grams with the following, Abu Pro Max Gold, really good value and the 6500 C3 classic.


Abu Pro Max



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Abu 6500 C3 Classic



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the feedback, Bill Cool

The coffee grinder is strictly for back up only because I much prefer to fly fish where I can. In my opinion you can't beat the directness of you holding on to one end of the string with a fish pulling on the other. The only thing I use fixed spools for out of choice these days is for one of my guilty pleasures - float fishing for mackerel from piers or rocky outcrops where fly fishing is not possible. Embarassed Laughing

Fortunately thanks to Rich (Whistlekiller) I am sorted now as far as back up reels go, but I must admit those multipliers do look tasty! Very Happy

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