Anyone familiar with this reel?

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by 223Smitty, May 18, 2006.

  1. 223Smitty

    223Smitty New Member

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    catfishjohn New Member

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    Looks like a good reel,IMO for the money the ABU 7000 is a hard reel to beat,and you can get it a lil cheaper.It really depends on what you like and feel comfortable with.
     

  3. 223Smitty

    223Smitty New Member

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    I'm already getting an AG 7000 for my new Ugly Stik, I just ran across this one searching around, I like the drag set-up on it, plus being a salt-water reel, I'd think (but could very-well be wrong) it'd have to be alittle tougher reel. My 2nd reel will be a Penn. But I like to plan-ahead :wink:
    Smitty
     
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    catfishjohn New Member

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    ohiohawghunter45067 New Member

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    seems to be ok but its not made for casting just trolling
     
  6. 223Smitty

    223Smitty New Member

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    Why do you think that? I don't know squat about saltwater, but here's a quote from the remarks about the reel:

    Casting: Casting, mooching, and even trolling requires the Charter Special to be set into freespool. This is done by pulling the lever drag all the way back towards you. When the lever reaches the 9:00 position the reel clicks into freespool. Once in freespool the reel casted exceptionally well in our tests, and handled heavy jigs with no difficulty at all. By thumbing the spool it is possible to toss jigs without any fear of backlashes. One of the reasons that the Charter Special casts as well as it does is because the reel features a non disengaging levelwind, this means that when the reel is set in freespool the levelwind continues to remain engaged. With the levelwind tracking back and forth during the cast, the line angle friction is greatly reduced versus the friction normally generated if the levelwind had remained stationary. This simple feature allows anglers to cast weighty lures farther with less effort.
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    Sounds like a caster to me?
    Smitty
     
  7. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Thats what I thought,I read the part about casting.I don't think you'd be one bit sorry if you bought it.If you do get it,let us know how it works.
     
  8. 223Smitty

    223Smitty New Member

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    lol....if I do....it'll be the 3rd reel from now :big_smile:

    Smitty
     
  9. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    You can never have too many reels,well my other half says differently.
     
  10. HARVRAD2003

    HARVRAD2003 New Member

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    Ooch, think I'll have to go after another reel next year. Looks like a pretty awesome reel, especially for crappie or bluegills.
     
  11. 223Smitty

    223Smitty New Member

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    lol.....I'd like to see a pic of your catfish reel then :big_smile:

    Smitty
     
  12. tocold4u2

    tocold4u2 New Member

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    i have a reel like that it`s 10 years older , still works like new , they are decent in my opinion,,i let bigones use it the other day ,,,the only thing is that you have to remember to flip that lever before crossing the fishes eyes or you`ll be sorry,,,,,lol,i watched my cousin do it,,,,what a backlash!!!!!
    they cast really good!!!:smile2:
     
  13. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    I agree,it would be an awesome reel for bluegill or crappie...when their on an 8/0 hook as bait!!!
     
  14. shortshank

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    Hey what ever trips your trigger works for me. I have a couple reels here that I payed that for. My problem is it is New. I personally like that tried and true method before investing. I'm not saying buy a used reel, I'm saying I'd like some more information on performance and castability(?) from other users. About all I use are level winds, and yes I've had my share of "smokin thumb", bird nest makin, casting junkers. But I still Love my level winds. Go for it, if it is what you want, let us know how you get along with it, you are the only one it has to please!:0a14:
    Don
     
  15. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Go for it trapper!! shimano makes some good stuff. The only question I would have is dose it have a bait clicker? some folks like them when fishing Flats and Blues. Good luck Bigcatman0816.
     
  16. 223Smitty

    223Smitty New Member

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    Oh, it wasn't something I'd planned on rushing out & getting....just checking into some info on it. Good ? about the baitclicker though. Cabelas has the same reel ($150 :crazy: ), but their catalog doesn't mention it either.

    I'm following the majority advice (from another post I'd made), and going to start-out with the Abu 7000 for my 1st "serious" cat reel.

    Thanks all for the advice/input!
    Smitty
     
  17. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    yep it has a clicker...

    Lightweight Graphite frame and sideplates, aluminum spool, lever drag, counter balanced handle, clicker, and non disengaging levelwind
     
  18. Gator

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    If it is half as good as there TLD15 there is no way you will be let down. I just don't like level winds.
     
  19. Raypo

    Raypo New Member

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    It seems kind of high for a four bearing reel.... I dont know
     
  20. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

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    Cabelas has it for $119 the $150 is the r&r combo price. A heads up not all penns have a cast brake and I dont believe any lever drag reels have a cast brake. So if your not into using your thumb alot when casting LD may not be for you. I havent got to use my penn LD mutch yet but from what ive noticed backlashes aint fun with them you either have to turn on the clicker (loud) turn on the drag a little (hard to pull) or thumb it while pulling it out (pain). none of witch are fun in heavy current when you dont want to let a bunch of line out>