Best Rod & Reel brand(s).

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DocProfit
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Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:27 pm

Best Rod & Reel brand(s).

I'm looking at buying a slow jig setup.

However there are so many brands and price points it's almost overwhelming - Shimano, Daiwa, Abu Garcia, Okuma, Penn, Jarvis Walker, Fin-Nor, TiCA, Kilwell...

What do you guys recommend?

I'm looking for a top quality brand around the intermediate mark for price.

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Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:52 pm

It's very personal but I've been very happy with my Shimano gear (several rod and reel combos) and with my Abu reel.
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Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:24 pm

Yea like Mike most of my gear is Shimano.

What i have discovered over the years fishing off the kayak is very very hard on gear and only the quality stuff lasts, I started out like many with the attitude of buy the cheap stuff and replace it often, that worked for a while but you seem to be replacing it all the time or you try to get one more trip out of it and it fails while on the water...
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Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:13 pm

Another Shimano fan boy here, but I like the Abu reels for overhead work. Having said, I just bought two game setups, Daiwa rods/Tica reels because they ticked my boxes. I'm sure the other brands are good, I just haven't had that much experience of them.

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Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:04 am

Ive mainly stuck to shimano or daiwa but would buy any of the more reputable brands if the price was good . The one thing I would say is the more bearings and complicated your reel the greater toll $ in a kayak environment . Would buy a nice more pricey rod though

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Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:42 am

Bearing material matters.

I try and buy all stainless bearings if I can. Most baitcasters have an anti-reverse roller bearing, and it's very difficult to find reels in which these are stainless.

The first thing I do with a new reel is pull it part, oil all the bearings, and grease the other metal mvoeing parts (except drag).

Shimano's corrosion resistant bearings seem to hold up OK.

If you look at the last photo in this thread you can see my 5-8kg Shimano combo under some serious strain. viewtopic.php?f=58&t=22483

The photo was after about 15 minutes, throughout which I lost line to sustained high speed runs. The drag stayed smooth, the bearings ran nicely. A+ for the rod and reel. B- for the loose nut on the end of it!
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Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:52 am

Just started using the Catch pe2 set up and :inlove: it
Been using the Catch pe5 jig set up the softbait set up for a while now and they're going strong :y:
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Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:21 pm

GHOST RIDER wrote:Just started using the Catch pe2 set up and :inlove: it
Been using the Catch pe5 jig set up the softbait set up for a while now and they're going strong :y:
I just got one of those too (PE2). Quite different to my previous set I was using, and it's taking me a bit to get used to the lever drag. Not a baitcaster, but rather a very light jigger. Haven't caught anything decent on it yet
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Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:33 am

MikeAqua wrote:It's very personal but I've been very happy with my Shimano gear (several rod and reel combos) and with my Abu reel.

+2. I'm happy with my Shimano reels so far. I have a stradic paired with a k-labs and a curado with a status rod.
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Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:33 pm

Most of my reels are Shimano with one Daiwa . Some of my Shimano reels I have kayak fished with for 8 years . I buy quality and look after them . :y:

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