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Old 06-03-2018, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by on deck View Post
Finally got to test my Seaborg 1200j daytiming today. Fished from 1250-1310 and the Seaborg didn't miss a beat! No fish but did 4 drops. Zero issues cranking up 13 lb. lead. I am sure now that this reel will serve the purpose perfectly for what I need it for. Only issue I found was that the dept on the reel wasn't in sync with what my depthfinder was telling me (+ some). Not an issue since once I find bottom I only use the number on the screen as a baseline. Most line out shown on the screen was 1520 and I had plenty of line left on the spool. 65lb braid (2500')
How was the speed bringing up the lead? Did it seem slow or bogged down?

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Old 06-03-2018, 07:27 PM
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Originally Posted by wugubob View Post
How was the speed bringing up the lead? Did it seem slow or bogged down?

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Speed and power were not affected when bringing up the lead. Reel is strong! Only time I slowed the reel down was when I got hung up on bottom. I put it in sunset mode with the boat in gear and did my best to break the lead off. Didn't happen. Weight pulled out when I went manual and hammered the drag. Got the whole rig back......sweet.
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Old 06-04-2018, 05:19 AM
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great read gentlemen. I went fishing yesterday but my j braid didnt make it in the mail until yesterday so unfortunately i was not able to take the 1200mj out. So took out the lp and went 2-3 with a double marker and a 80 lber. would have been a great test for the seaborg but unfortunately the line was not in the mail until i got home last night. sitting there in my mailbox. Thank you amazon prime for being a couple hours late!! Next time the seaborg will be on the prowl
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Old 06-04-2018, 05:32 AM
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Not that I dont like what you post . I like to know how it does on a a double marker. He did it on a lp. If he does it on the 1200mj He can give us a hands on comparison.
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Old 06-04-2018, 05:27 PM
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great read gentlemen. I went fishing yesterday but my j braid didnt make it in the mail until yesterday so unfortunately i was not able to take the 1200mj out. So took out the lp and went 2-3 with a double marker and a 80 lber. would have been a great test for the seaborg but unfortunately the line was not in the mail until i got home last night. sitting there in my mailbox. Thank you amazon prime for being a couple hours late!! Next time the seaborg will be on the prowl
Well done on the 200 lb'r! I've got a feeling that your 1200MJ will get its chance soon. If it can handle a 200 pound sword then I think they will be selling some of these to folks like myself. As I said earlier, I have no expectations that this reel can handle a real big fish. If it will handle the average fish, I'll be getting one.

Thanks again for keeping us updated. This is a big help for me and I feel a little guilty sitting here in the AC letting other people do the testing!
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Well done on the 200 lb'r! I've got a feeling that your 1200MJ will get its chance soon. If it can handle a 200 pound sword then I think they will be selling some of these to folks like myself. As I said earlier, I have no expectations that this reel can handle a real big fish. If it will handle the average fish, I'll be getting one.

Thanks again for keeping us updated. This is a big help for me and I feel a little guilty sitting here in the AC letting other people do the testing!
what do you considered an "average" fish. As I said before, the 1200mj handled a 50lb AJ with great ease. It definitely has a lot of headroom beyond that.
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Old 06-05-2018, 03:09 AM
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what do you considered an "average" fish. As I said before, the 1200mj handled a 50lb AJ with great ease. It definitely has a lot of headroom beyond that.
I should have written that more clearly. By average, I mean ones most likely to be keeper size up to 200 lbs. in my area (NC). Meaning the sizes most likely to be caught. There are very few people doing it around here, but it seems that folks mostly catch up to 200 lbs or so. There have been big ones caught (3-400 lbs) but those are not common at all.

I suspect the true "average" fish caught is much closer to 100 lbs, than 200 lbs.
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Ironman did well this weekend using 100lb braid in the Bahamas.

The high speed retrieve was just fine with an 8lb weight at 1100', never slowing down at all on the way up with no fish.

Handled a snapper or two effortlessly on high speed, with occasional bog downs as they struggled.

On 'power' mode, was able to bring a 3' black tip reef shark straight up to the boat without stopping once. When the 5' reef shark came up the next time, he was able to run out some line a time or two, but otherwise came up to the surface like a champ.

Great new reel - looking forward to next weekend!
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Originally Posted by FLADiverFisher View Post
Ironman did well this weekend using 100lb braid in the Bahamas.

The high speed retrieve was just fine with an 8lb weight at 1100', never slowing down at all on the way up with no fish.

Handled a snapper or two effortlessly on high speed, with occasional bog downs as they struggled.

On 'power' mode, was able to bring a 3' black tip reef shark straight up to the boat without stopping once. When the 5' reef shark came up the next time, he was able to run out some line a time or two, but otherwise came up to the surface like a champ.

Great new reel - looking forward to next weekend!


Righto! Well done.
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going to possibly make a sword trip and a bahamas deep drop trip this weekend . we will see.
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Going to try for a sword and do some deep dropping tomorrow with my 1200J, we will see how it goes.
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Good luck gentlemen.
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Originally Posted by LBSpear26 View Post
Going to try for a sword and do some deep dropping tomorrow with my 1200J, we will see how it goes.
verdict?
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I'm waiting with baited breasts.
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Originally Posted by LBSpear26 View Post
Going to try for a sword and do some deep dropping tomorrow with my 1200J, we will see how it goes.
Performance report? lol...Thanks!
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Well we didn't have any luck on the swordfish so I can't give a review on that yet. We also didn't have any luck deep dropping but I was not too surprised on either result because it was our first attempt at both. It did winch up a bunch of AJs and snapper without missing a beat. Overall so far I am very pleased with the reel. It held plenty of line to get down to 1800 ft and had no problem reeling in everything so far. I guess we will have to wait a little longer for a big fish test. If anyone wants to share some numbers for swordfish or deep dropping in the gulf I would be glad to give it another shot in the near future, lol.
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Well we didn't have any luck on the swordfish so I can't give a review on that yet. We also didn't have any luck deep dropping but I was not too surprised on either result because it was our first attempt at both. It did winch up a bunch of AJs and snapper without missing a beat. Overall so far I am very pleased with the reel. It held plenty of line to get down to 1800 ft and had no problem reeling in everything so far. I guess we will have to wait a little longer for a big fish test. If anyone wants to share some numbers for swordfish or deep dropping in the gulf I would be glad to give it another shot in the near future, lol.
snappers are no match to this beast!
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Old 06-12-2018, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by LBSpear26 View Post
Well we didn't have any luck on the swordfish so I can't give a review on that yet. We also didn't have any luck deep dropping but I was not too surprised on either result because it was our first attempt at both. It did winch up a bunch of AJs and snapper without missing a beat. Overall so far I am very pleased with the reel. It held plenty of line to get down to 1800 ft and had no problem reeling in everything so far. I guess we will have to wait a little longer for a big fish test. If anyone wants to share some numbers for swordfish or deep dropping in the gulf I would be glad to give it another shot in the near future, lol.
Thanks for the report.

Somebody give this man some numbers! :-)
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No sword but I got a nice Snowy on the 1200MJ today. Only did one drop in 875 and I had my limit for the day.

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That IS a nice snowy! I could say something about that being your limit that would completely derail this thread, so I won't say it. LOL
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