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Old 01-15-2009, 08:30 AM   #1
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I currently have a penn 7500 that I use for throwing poppers and flylining while bottom fishing, but I would like a new reel. I have been checking out the fin nor OFS 75 and 85 spinners and it seems that for the price you get a lot of reel. I will be using it for a combination of flylining, deep jigging, and throwing poppers for tuna. The website claims 520 yds of 100 lb braid which is more than enough to tackle any tuna at the floaters. Who has any direct experience with these reels? How do they perform and hold up? With a stainless main and pinion gear I would imagine they would hold up pretty well. Thanks for the input.
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I have the OFS 75 and love it. To me it is a lot of reel for the money. I have yet to test it out on Tuna but from what I can tell fighting big stripers it will do just fine.
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Old 01-15-2009, 12:15 PM   #3
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I have two OFS75's and just sold two new OFS85's on this site for $125 each. Purchased four and really only needed 2! I only have a little time on my 75's thus far but have been quite impressed.

I also purchased 4 of their new inshore series called MegaLite at a very good price but have not decided if I'm going to use them or sell them as I really prefer Daiwa for inshore.
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Old 01-15-2009, 01:32 PM   #4
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I have two OFS85's and like them. Check out my post on trouble avoidance. I think they've corrected the bail roller problem per First Light's reply. It's worth checking anyway. If you get one that's been on the shelf a while it may not have the fix.

http://www.thehulltruth.com/forums/t...sts=8#M2278325

BTW... I replaced two older Penn 9500's with the FinNors. The 9500's were solid but I like the FinNors much more.
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Old 01-15-2009, 03:39 PM   #5
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Check out a Quantum Cabo before you buy a fin nor. The ceramic drag on a Cabo is the real deal. I looked at the fin nor also but when I held them both side by side there is no question which one is the better reel. I've had my Cabos for two years, other than yearly cleanings I have never had to put them in any kind of repair shop. I've caught anything from snapper to cobia to tarpon with it and the drag will whip any of them in a heartbeat.
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:47 PM   #6
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I have a pair of the OFS 75's and use them for throwing popper's to tuna and jigs to ling...they are great reels for the money!!
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Love my OFS 75 for b-fly jiggin' rat tuna. Great reel, great value...

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They are now made in China. Also check out Shimano Saragosa 18000F.
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Great reels for the money! Mine have ben flawless!
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:31 AM   #10
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I bought a 95 this past fall, used it on two tuna trips. The last time we went i was reeling in a small blackfin and the reel started slipping. Contacted fin nor they said theres a 1 year warranty and to send it to them with the sales receipt and they would fix it. Just wish i could find the receipt. hopefully i will and they'll get fixed. On another note my Penn 8500's have never let me down.
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I have an Ahab!
I love it!
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We have a 65 that we use for BFT...works great!
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They are now made in China. Also check out Shimano Saragosa 18000F.
So ya think a $300 reel would be better than a $150 one.
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:21 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the input. I think I will probably go with the 85 for what i need.
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Baitwaster,

Yea, don't you?
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Old 01-20-2009, 06:51 PM   #16
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The Fin-nor Offshores had been very popular with both our customers and guides fishing Bluefin in Cape Cod Bay.
They are alot of reel at a very reasonable price point. The 75 has been the most popular - we've been loading them with 100yds of 40lb mono backing with a top shot of 350 yds of 50lb braid or slightly less 65 lb braid.

We're betting 65 lb will be absolutley neccessary next season.

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We're betting 65 lb will be absolutley neccessary next season.
Good luck.
I just had my OFS85's respooled with 80lb braid. If I remember correctly they took about 400 yds. each ...
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:00 PM   #18
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Door3 - that might be the right call. We just spooled an OF75 with 80lb for one of regular customers - he busted off a really big fish after a long battle last season and wants revenge.

We've been talking about bringing the momoi diamond braid into the shop as well - the 65lb seems to have a small diameter, but is said to significantly overtest.
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Baitwaster,

Yea, don't you?
Blinding flash of the obvious
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