That makes sense. You guide so reels get used a lot more than the average guy would use them. All these years I just though I'd bought indestructible reels! Well still think that about my ABU's, First one was a 5000 lasted 30+yrs and house fire killed it! have a Daiwa Millionaire for not sure how many years now and it's doing great. I think a large part of the life of my reels is I seldom ever use the same reel two days in a row. Like them all so keep switching! I wonder how long that first 5000 would have gone had I used it a lot more/ I like to think just as long! Something about those of us that don't fish for a living as Capt Brad does, We really don't need a reel that will last even 10 or 15 years because we, mostly, buy a reel we just want and never really wear one out. I think at last count I have 13 level wind's and one conventional. 13 level wind consists of two low profile's I seldom use! But I got them boy. Really nice for fishing for small mouth bass with light line, that's something I seldom do! I had not one need of either but got them because a fit hit me! Even in my reels I keep trading off I have a Shakesepear 2000! If I was going after big fish, I wouldn't use it. Just seem's like a junky reel to me but just keeps on working! How can you bad mouth something that keeps on working?Not directly related to this video but I judge a good set of 6 reels by if it can survive the abuse of 100 or more hard days on the water and 20-40 thousand pounds of catfish over them. I find that a good reel will wear out at the pawl and worm gear from casting way faster than anything will from reeling in fish.
I prefer people use my stuff as it is easier for me to deal with because I know my gear. I find that people tend to bring their "favorite" rod/reel and it is rigged way to heavy for what we are doing. (OVERKILL) I know that causes missed fish. I also prefer to do that casting to put the bait right where I want it. You lose that line when people bring their own and cast on their own.Got a question Capt Brad, what do you do if someone want's to use their own rod and reel? On a party boat in the ocean I took my own and the captain wasn't real happy about it. He had light spinning rods he wanted people to use and I came on with my ABU 6500! I used it too. Just something about using other peoples equipment that turns me off. About like borrowing someone else's wife on your wedding night!