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Old 10-10-2017, 03:56 PM
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Default Maxel hybrid 25

Has any one used them if so what's the feedback. It looks to be a little tank of a reel. I would want to use it for tog fishing mostly jigging up seabass and pitching to mahi. But mainly for tog battles.
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Old 10-10-2017, 06:09 PM
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I have the Hybrid 20, and it's a great little reel. Not that much difference in the 20 and 25 as far as line capacity and drag.
If it was me, I would get the Maxel OM6 instead of the Hybrid 25, and I have an OM6 and OM8 as well as the 20.

The 25 will be a great reel for what you intend though.
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Old 10-13-2017, 04:16 PM
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What rods would be a good match for this reel, I think I am going to pick one up and give it a try. I was think a m to mh jigging rod.
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Old 10-16-2017, 05:04 PM
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I Use a Shimano jigging rod with mine. Awesome reel an awesome rod.
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I have one with 40lb line on a Jigging World Black Widow slow pitch rod. Awesome ultra light setup with tons of backbone. I can fish it all day and not get tired.
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Old 10-18-2017, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by mouse4x4 View Post
What rods would be a good match for this reel, I think I am going to pick one up and give it a try. I was think a m to mh jigging rod.
Hanta rods - http://hantarodsandlures.com/

I have a Maxel 20 Hybrid on a Hanta hybrid rod, and it's ultra light, but will pull some big fish. Very sensitive. You just can't high stick it.

Demolition is right - you want a light rod.

Also - Star Plasma rod.
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Old 10-18-2017, 03:30 PM
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You boys got more money the me I will be damned if I spent 550 bucks on a rod
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Originally Posted by mouse4x4 View Post
You boys got more money the me I will be damned if I spent 550 bucks on a rod
Priorities.

Look at the new Hanta hybrid rods - $275 range+-. The Maxel 25 Hybrid is in the $300 range new. You going to put it on a $100 rod?

I used to spend less on rods than reels - rods are easier to break than most reels. US based rod manufacturers are years behind the Japanese in rod blank technology.
It's your $ though.
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Old 10-19-2017, 07:28 AM
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I will check it out. I have been using tica wassabi rods and I really like them they are light and have held up great. And they can handle some big fish. Here is a pic of one in action and then cost around 100-150 bucks.
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Tsunami also makes a jigging rod for under $100 that people really seem to like. I'm going to pick one up to try out.

I have several trevalas I have been using that my crew and I really like. Reality is for seabass and tog you could use anything from a $60 ugly stick to a whatever priced high end rod, rated for the amount of weight you need. Been fishing for a lot of years and all my gear continues to work and I didn't spend big money for anything inshore.

FWIW, there is a member on this site who does a shit ton of west coast fishing and he was not a fan of the Maxel after extensive use. In a moment of delusion I actually considered one with the thumb bar at like my Calcutta but changed my mind. Glad I did because I put together two outfits for what would have been the cost of one hybrid.
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That is what leads me to the maxel is the thumb bar and fishing in the cold you can keep one hand warm. I am not a fan of the torium I have right now and prefer the star drag over lever drag for what I am doing. That is why I have steered away from avet.
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I got this reel and love it. Amazing cranking power for a little reel.
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Old 10-19-2017, 05:15 PM
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Good deal thanks for the feedback
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Default Maxel Hybrid 25

Anybody know how to service the thumb bar?Very difficult to press down and similarly when engaging reel to raise thumb bar equally difficult.
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Old 08-30-2019, 03:13 PM
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I have never heard of Maxel reels. Someone tell me about them?
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Originally Posted by swampfoxforeman View Post
I have never heard of Maxel reels. Someone tell me about them?
Start here -

There are some models only available overseas (Asis) that are great.
Maxel used to make reels for Jigging Master, only no one knew it at the time. Maxel has gotten into some larger reels more recently. I have no experience with the larger ones, but the smaller jigging sized reels are awesome.
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I have owned 3 Maxel o8's for three years and the are a high maintenance reel. The Diawa 20 sh is a smoother lighter cheaper better option, imo at $110
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i have a maxel 6 on a shimano j rod, I also have a hanta rod with a small tranidad , they are great combos, BUT not if you have alot of drift or current more than 6 oz of weight is kinda hard to fish, so you still need a trevalia or equivalent, IMO
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Used to be sponsored by Maxel, have tried most of their reels, as well as Tsunami.

That hybrid looks like a cool little reel with the thumb bar, etc. In my experience is does not hold up and when it breaks the service and parts are hard to come by and take forever.
They are just building this network. One I had totally seized and it took so long to get the parts, maybe they did not even have any, that they sent me another months and months later.
I had a clicker problem with the next and that took forever to fix too.
A service guy by me has recently become an authorized repair guy and they sent him HUNDREDS of maxel reels new in the box to repair/re-grease before they even went on shelves. Like a recall I guess.
Some Maxel reels are pretty good, I've been using the 16 for bottom fishing for years with zero issues. The OS10 which is supposed to be a SoFlo high retrieve kite/king reel has such a crappy anti reverse and play
that it's too annoying to use. IMO of course.
There actually are a number of Tsunami rods that are great, particularly for the price and guarantee you get, more popular up north. The air wave series I really like. I have broken tons of the trophy series rods.
These are reels manufactured in china and distributed exclusively in North America by the owner of Tsunami/Bimini Bay.

Hanta: Incredible blanks, I had a reel seat get a crack in it after not much use and the owner told me to put a clamp on it. I stopped talking to them after that.
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Hanta: Incredible blanks, I had a reel seat get a crack in it after not much use and the owner told me to put a clamp on it. I stopped talking to them after that.
VERY surprised by this, especially if it was indeed the owner. I know him personally, have been to his house and fished with him. He is very good about standing behind his rods if/when there is a problem.
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