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Thread: Ming Yang CL90a & War Rod?
03-26-2012, 12:27 AM #1
Ming Yang CL90a & War Rod?
Seen this reel on the renegade tackle site (i do believe?) & was wondering if it may serve the purpose I'm looking for...
First of all its currently on sale for under 50 bucks & it seems to be a pretty large, outstanding reel.
I know a lot of guys on here use the Ming Yangs but I dont know what size?
I currently use a couple of the shakespeare tidewaters & I really like them, but they arent made as well as an Abu, (plastic sides & what not), so the casting isnt as great & even though they are a pretty good sized reel I'm looking for something a bit bigger so I can run a good amount of extremely heavy mono (lots of 40 or 50+) & still cast pretty fair & maybe something with a bit of a tighter drag system.
I had been looking into the Penn Senator series but theyre quite a bit more pricey & maybe even a little toooo large for what I'm going for.
Overall looking for a reel to pair with a rod that would have no problems pulling even the biggest, meanest, most pissed off HAWG of a flathead out of the thickest, most line fraying snag in some pretty heavy current out on the big O-H.
As for the rod, I kind of like what I've read about the War Rods, but would they be up to that task?
I had been looking into Some real heavy Diawa/Shakespeare/&Penn rods between 5'6"-8" length (I prefer 6-7") but they all seem pretty pricey as well, probably because the super heavy ones I'm looking at all have roller tips, or even full roller eyes! Probably a bit too extreme for even the biggest flathead, but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong... I personally would rather be safe than sorry when Mr. State record (or bigger ) picks up that 15" carp I'm using for bait & makes a slow run to a big deep hole in some heavy current or back to the ambush spot in that nasty old snag!
Would a Ming Yang & a war rod be up to the task?
Or would one of the other favor eachother with something different backing it... maybe neither?
Either way if not suited for this purpose I would probably be interested in getting one of these set ups & I've heard some awesome stuff about the new "Tangling with Catfish" rods as well, so there-in lies another liable possiblity.
03-26-2012, 08:40 AM #2
I love the war rods. For what you are trying to do, maybe you would like the stiffer r1 version. I would look at a Penn fathom reel or Abu garcia alphamar. Designed for saltwater and awesome drag capacity and hold a good amount of line like you want. Lots of catfisherman are using them for a similar application that you are talking about.
03-26-2012, 09:50 AM #3
R1 Rod and the Omoto GTR Reel
Unike the Penn and the Abu mentioned above, the GTR has Stainless Steel gears and is a lever drag.
It will hold a ton of heavy mono line, and the clicker is very loud.
For a heavy duty application like you are describing, which would you rather have?
Brass or Stainless Steel?
03-26-2012, 09:52 AM #4
I had not considered the lever drag reel that Paul is suggesting. It would suit your needs well and is a tank of a reel (or so i hear), if you are comfortable using lever drags.
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05-26-2012, 08:17 PM #5
sorry for the late response!
Just seen where this has had some replies & ill check into that reel! I actually went ahead & got two sturdy stiks by shakespeare as the price was right and they are by FAR more heavily built than either my king cat supreme or my catmaxx.
I mounted my tidewaters on them, at least for now & of course when the finances are in place & the budget allows, adding to my arsenal of flathead gear & making a good variety of setups for channels & blues with my other set ups is always awesome! Thank you guys for the input, ill definitely look into the lever drag set ups.. what's the advantage with them? Where are they made?
05-26-2012, 08:21 PM #6
Are the r1 rods still available? How stiff/heavy are they? Looking for another broomstick type with the durability to handle anything to pair with my sturdy stik's. I'm throwing 5oz weight with them & large live bait, its honestly like the weight isn't even there.
Upon retrieval it almost feels like I'm not reeling in anything at all. The rods are ridiculously awesome & cannot wait until I nail a big fish on one!
05-26-2012, 08:26 PM #7
05-26-2012, 08:36 PM #8
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you get a war rod you wont be worrying about handeling a fish. a member has already proven them on amberjack in the ocean,lol. seriously. theres a vid somewhere.
05-26-2012, 09:37 PM #9
So that vid was of the r2 rod? Which one is beefier & heavier of the two? R1 or 2?
05-26-2012, 09:39 PM #10
R1 is beefier.... 7' 6" rod..