Zebco Hawg Seeker or 808 reel


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    JT

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    Default Zebco Hawg Seeker or 808 reel

    Are either of these reels suitable for fighting cats? Most situations I'll be in will be with channels from eater to 10-15lb and the occasional flathead.


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    I know the hawgseeker can handel what your after all day long.....not the smoothest reel out there but they work...bought my son the rod reel combo and it will haul in large cats and striper


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    The 808 magnum is a good reel for channels. I have 3 of them. Never had a problem with them. Had one Hawg Seeker. If thats the one with the bite alert then I wouldn't waste your money. Cool concept but they really are junk. They will last a little while, but first, the bite alert goes to chit and then the plastic cover starts to fall apart. Mine lasted for maybe 6 fishing trips. Then I threw it away. If you get an 808, be sure it's the magnum version. They have a metal front cover. I hope this helps.

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    James .N

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    Wow thats to bad Randy , My son had his probaly 3_4 years now i changed the battery twice and the reel never failed him yet . Yes its the one with the bite alert too lol He must of got one that was made on a monday when the workers were feeling good

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    i got a hawg seeker.seems smooth and strong since last fall

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    i have a hawg seeker with the bait alert and it hauled in a 20 lb blue i was runnin 15 lb mono ..with a 4 ft 25lb leader ....it has let me down i have had it 2 years and the original rod(which right after i bought it i wrapped it ) and i throw 4 ounce sinkers with 5/0 up to 10/0 circle hooks on it and it is a good reel not the smoothest but as long as it gets the job done thats all that matters to me ....drag is perfect on mine...and yes i tore out the bait alert guts ...no need for that...sending the sound waves down the line :)

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    Well Piss. Don't that just figure. If there is a lemon on the shelf, I'm the guy that gets stuck with it. I won't buy another one but, I sure do like those 808 magnums.

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    I had an 808 Boss Hawg for years just gave it to my little bro last year-reeled in plenty of cats and bass with it-biggest cat caught on it was a 20LB Channel when one of my buddies went fishing with me from the bank in Va. I also have a Hawg Seeker that I use for channels on a lake however I have the spinning version-its loaded with 40LB PP and casts like a dream and has handled anything I've tossed at it-decent reels in my book-50LB Cats? not on the 808 but I dont think I would have a problem with the hawg seeker

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    Thanks for the replies. Looks like I may be picking a couple up. Wally world has an 808 magnum combo for $30

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    I like the 808.


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