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Old 07-24-2020, 12:54 PM
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I recently started and enjoy South Florida deep dropping. Iím in the market for a second tanacom 1000 mainly because after going out to 1000í and prepping the boat with ice, fuel, bait , ect .. I donít want to rely on just one set up. At minimum Iím going to get another tanacom but should I consider the Seaborg 1200 ?? $1000 more is a lot but if I decide to dabble in swords or just want a better quality reel Is the one to get??? What do you more experienced guys think ? Thanks for the input!
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Old 07-25-2020, 09:05 AM
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Do a search to here to see the full spectrum of answers. Lots of good advice but you need to sort through it. Short answer depends on how bad you want to get into swordfishing. Your tanacom is just fine for DD, as is the Banax 1000 that is highly regarded here. If you’re thinking of some serious DD in the Bahamas or possibly trying your luck swordfishing then the Seaborg or the Banax 1500 would be a good choice. If you are constantly dreaming of swordfishing then start saving your pennies. There are plenty of options, but LP will dominate. I wouldn’t hesitate with the Seaborg or Banax 1500 tho as if you get one and later decide to upgrade to a full service sword reel they will be easy to sell.
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Got a 350 lb sword on the Seaborg 1200 last week. 4.5 hour fight and the reel performed very well. The drag radiator did get hot a few times and was cooled down with some water. Reel did not overheat. We fought the fish nearly the whole time with the motor, switching between high and low speed. End game was hand crank. I think it performed better than the Beastmaster we used last year.
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I personally have a BM9000A and it's treated me OK so far. Having said that, I've heard REALLY good things about the Seaborg 1200 and Banax 1500. Those are decent options for deep dropping.
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Shimano Beastmaster 9000 has a upgraded version for 2020 (9000A) and I just purchased it for the same reason , OP has mentioned. On the paper it looks good but not sure how it compares to the Seaborg. If someone has a updated 2020 version of shimano BM, may be chime in and can tell the performance difference.
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Originally Posted by H2O Tripper View Post
Shimano Beastmaster 9000 has a upgraded version for 2020 (9000A) and I just purchased it for the same reason , OP has mentioned. On the paper it looks good but not sure how it compares to the Seaborg. If someone has a updated 2020 version of shimano BM, may be chime in and can tell the performance difference.
I have one but don't have anything to compare it to. It seems good. It pulls up a 6 lb deep drop swordfish weight from the bottom no problem.
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My BM9000A has been excellent for deep dropping for tiles & barrelfish. Have not put it to the test against a swordfish. I also have a BM9000 (older model) and I found their performance to be very similar. They are both silky smooth reels and very fast compared to the tanacoms I have fished with.
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Originally Posted by Southern_Fish View Post
My BM9000A has been excellent for deep dropping for tiles & barrelfish. Have not put it to the test against a swordfish. I also have a BM9000 (older model) and I found their performance to be very similar. They are both silky smooth reels and very fast compared to the tanacoms I have fished with.
We hooked 2 swords 2 weeks ago. The reel didn't just winch them up from the bottom. Rather, we worked the fish with lighter drag. We unfortunately pulled the hook on both but I don't have any complaints about the reel.
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Originally Posted by 052520 View Post
I recently started and enjoy South Florida deep dropping. Iím in the market for a second tanacom 1000 mainly because after going out to 1000í and prepping the boat with ice, fuel, bait , ect .. I donít want to rely on just one set up. At minimum Iím going to get another tanacom but should I consider the Seaborg 1200 ?? $1000 more is a lot but if I decide to dabble in swords or just want a better quality reel Is the one to get??? What do you more experienced guys think ? Thanks for the input!
Unfortunately there is no real "dabbling" in swords in Pompton due to the conditions. Neither reel mentioned is a viable option for swordfishing here.

Seeing as you live in Pompano Beach, RJ Boyle Studio and Custom Rod and Reel are in town and are incredible resources for local tackle and rigging. RJ especially- you don't get more experienced than the best sword fisherman on the planet's store in your back yard.
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I have both a Seaborg Megatwin 10000 and a Beastmaster 9000. We don't fish swords, but we do fish out past 300m ( 1000 ft) for bottom fish. I'm not in love with the Megatwin--(bear in mind both reels are the just superseded models) The 2-speed option sounds good, but it is actually a disadvantage for what we do. The reel automatically drops back to Low when it warms up, meaning retrieve speed drops right away--usually right in the zone where the sharks are active , making your fish an easier target. Happens on every retrieve with a half-decent fish. You cannot over-ride it, if you want to keep the speed up, you handcrank flatout until the green light comes back on. The Beastmaster, on the other hand, just keeps ripping them up. Retrieve speed, unloaded by fish, is pretty well identical--the Seaborg "sounds" faster, but, as it has a smaller diameter (and wider) spool than the Beastmaster, motor spins faster to get the same actual rate. The spool friction knob setup on the Megatwin is more accessible with a larger knob. I've caught greybar cod ( type of Australian grouper) to over 50lb on both from these depths.
The new Beastmaster 9000 is next level compared to the other two, I am told. A user claimed they could all hit bottom at over 1000 ft, all hook up immediately, similar size fish, and he would have his catch on board, unhooked, re-baited and the line on the way back down before the others had theirs on board.
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I have a seaborg 1200 . Love it!!!!

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