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Old 04-13-2018, 06:45 AM
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Default Daiwa SEABORG 1200MJ??? Anyone use it yet???

I'm in the market for a daytime sword reel (Budget minded) And just ran across the 1200 version of the Seaborg. Line capacity...check. Max drag....check. Seems to fit the bill......Question is has anyone used one yet? Very interested in hearing the reviews. It seems like it may be a lil bit larger version of Shimano's beastmaster 9000. I don't want this to turn into a "Just get a s1200" thread. Thanks in advance.
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Just spooled mine up yesterday so no data yet.

I have owned or fished almost every electric out there and I have to say I'm very impressed with the quality of this reel. Can't wait for the wind to slack so I can get out and give it a try.

As for swording my impression so far is that it would be fully capable of getting the job done. IMO it would be a great choice for someone who is looking to sword 3-4 times a year, but if your looking to sword regularly then the reel we are not talking about in this thread would be a better choice.

In full transparency I do own an S-1200 as well that I currently use for swording, but I do plan on trying the 1200MJ for that role and maybe sell the LP who knows.

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I have 2 lp and thinking about going with a Megatwin.. what do you think so far? I am interested in some feedback!
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Old 05-15-2018, 06:08 PM
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I have powered them on and spooled them at work for customers. Its a damn smart reel. It has a line input mode where you can input the exact amount of line to be spooled. It even has a gauge that tells you how much tension is being applied when spooled. Just from turning it on and spooling it I can tell you its Badass compared to a tanacom 1000
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Old 05-16-2018, 04:34 AM
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I ordered the 1200J model from Japan and should get it at the beginning of next week. Same reel...Japanese version with English display...for right @$1k shipped. Super excited! I will give updates.
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I'd love to get a direct comparison from someone on this reel versus the Beastmaster.
I have the Beastmaster. Wondering if the 1200 would be any better suited for the occasional sword trip.
Capacity is about the same. The 1200 says that the motor is "in the same league" as the MP3000. To me, that's marketing speak for "it's an electric motor, just like the MP3000 has an electric motor." What metric are they using to determine "league"?
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I just got a beastmaster 9000 and in my research if read they are very close but the shimano has more balls. Heck, a guy caught a 400 plus pound sword with it in floriFl
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Originally Posted by on deck View Post
I ordered the 1200J model from Japan and should get it at the beginning of next week. Same reel...Japanese version with English display...for right @$1k shipped. Super excited! I will give updates.
From where?
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From where?
there are a ton on ebay. That's how I bought my Beastmaster. Brand new from Japan for significantly less than here. Just had to wait a little longer for delivery.
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Glad they were so original in their numerical naming scheme.
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@on deck that is not the same reel. it is somewhat. the difference is the 2 speed and the j is single speed. thats the difference.
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@on deck that is not the same reel. it is somewhat. the difference is the 2 speed and the j is single speed. thats the difference.
Yes...The "Power" and the "Speed" settings....Other than that same drag, same line cap, etc. It states same "Lifting" capacity as well so I'm OK with a single speed/power setting for $600 less. I'll be giving updates when I get the reel next week.
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what i am interested in is the low gear ratio. This i think with the addition of the bigger motor would make it an option for high speed wahoo trolling possibly. The mp3000 is a perfect wahoo trolling reel. I am very interested in this aspect and i intend on purchasing one to test it out. I can get them wholesale pretty much for $1250 vs the $1699 price tag you see elsewhere.
My questions are.
will it be able to wahoo troll?
will it be able to be a daytime swordfish buoy rod?
deep drop its a legit reel (proven facts)
Also can the reel pull up 10-12 lb leads consistently?

The low gear ratio should be the difference maker if the motor is the way they say it is.
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OK....got the reel today. Paid $999.00 free shipping from ebay. Took 8 days total to get to my doorstep from Japan (I am impressed). Arrived in perfect shape. Took me a few to figure out how to change the display to English but once I did it was smooth sailing. Super smooth and tons of drag. I was able to put 2500 ft. If 65 lb. Braid with a 125 ft. Of 150 lb. Wind on comfortably. BTW I did get the 1200J model. It does not have the power/speed button but you can change it on the display. The digital options in this reel are crazy!
As for power, my son and I took turns trying to both stop the reel (within reason)and heat it up. No dice. Only time that it had a hiccup was when my satellite battery got low on power and the seaborg slowed itself down with a warning light. Very cool feature.
IMHO this reel will handle daytiming no problem. If you are an everyday Joe that will venture out to 1700' every once in a while....no brainer. Zero reason to spend the $5k. I
More updates to come!
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What if you need warranty on these Japanese reels?
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Originally Posted by on deck View Post
OK....got the reel today. Paid $999.00 free shipping from ebay. Took 8 days total to get to my doorstep from Japan (I am impressed). Arrived in perfect shape. Took me a few to figure out how to change the display to English but once I did it was smooth sailing. Super smooth and tons of drag. I was able to put 2500 ft. If 65 lb. Braid with a 125 ft. Of 150 lb. Wind on comfortably. BTW I did get the 1200J model. It does not have the power/speed button but you can change it on the display. The digital options in this reel are crazy!
As for power, my son and I took turns trying to both stop the reel (within reason)and heat it up. No dice. Only time that it had a hiccup was when my satellite battery got low on power and the seaborg slowed itself down with a warning light. Very cool feature.
IMHO this reel will handle daytiming no problem. If you are an everyday Joe that will venture out to 1700' every once in a while....no brainer. Zero reason to spend the $5k. I
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Did you try having it dead lift a 30 lb weight?
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Originally Posted by wugubob View Post
Did you try having it dead lift a 30 lb weight?
Curious why 30 lbs?

A fish regardless of size is nearly neutral buoyant in the water so why the need to dead lift 30 pounds?
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What if you need warranty on these Japanese reels?
it's still a Daiwa. Exact same reel as sold here in the states, just a different language.
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Originally Posted by wugubob View Post
Did you try having it dead lift a 30 lb weight?
I will try it when I get home but I am sure that it will no problem. It is strong.....
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
it's still a Daiwa. Exact same reel as sold here in the states, just a different language.
His point is very valid. Daiwa will not sell parts or provide service for grey market reels.
The excise tax on domestically sold fishing equipment is brutal... Got to protect the US market somehow - you do it with service.
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