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Old 11-16-2018, 05:44 AM
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Buy something used. Lots of people upgrade gear all the time. Buy a top quality reel a few years old, send it to Rick for a refurb and he will have a good reel that will last years.
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Old 11-16-2018, 07:00 AM
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I see that you are in Texas, but are you fishing inshore/saltwater, largemouth bass, or both? I'm sure these reels are fine for freshwater largemouth bass fishing. I'd be dubious about using them as dedicated saltwater reel unless your just going to ditch them when they need parts.
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Old 11-20-2018, 10:36 PM
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^^^Straight salt water use, and I maintain my stuff^^^
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Old 11-23-2018, 06:35 PM
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Academy had the H20 Mettle reels on their black Friday deal for 39.95 so I ordered 3 of them. Al frame and supposedly 10 ball bearings, yada yada. They should be here in about a week and will report back. I have a pile of 30# J Braid and will spool them with that.

One peculiar thing - to me anyways - made itself known in my reel shopping, 15 - 18# of rated drag is now a selling point and derigueuer in baitcasters. As a guy that has spent his life offshore tussling with bigger stuff the idea of 18# of drag on a "trout rod" is pretty laughable.
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Old 11-24-2018, 03:53 PM
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You can buy discontinued diawa emblem pro 5000 for around $50 when they used to sell these 13 bearing reels for $200 at tackle direct. But like all spinning reels you need to pull the rod and wind on the down stroke as a their gears are smaller and weaker than those in a conventional. Winching them will destroy the hem in less of than a season, even a Saragosa 8000.
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Old 11-26-2018, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by HTJ View Post
Academy had the H20 Mettle reels on their black Friday deal for 39.95 so I ordered 3 of them. Al frame and supposedly 10 ball bearings, yada yada. They should be here in about a week and will report back. I have a pile of 30# J Braid and will spool them with that.

One peculiar thing - to me anyways - made itself known in my reel shopping, 15 - 18# of rated drag is now a selling point and derigueuer in baitcasters. As a guy that has spent his life offshore tussling with bigger stuff the idea of 18# of drag on a "trout rod" is pretty laughable.
Maybe you can use your trout rod offshore now!


I will say that while a lot of these reels are rated to put out large amounts of drag they don't seem to be built to actually handle regular use at high drag settings. You can tell all the gears and frame are deflecting when they're really locked down.
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Old 11-26-2018, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Jim311 View Post
Maybe you can use your trout rod offshore now!


I will say that while a lot of these reels are rated to put out large amounts of drag they don't seem to be built to actually handle regular use at high drag settings. You can tell all the gears and frame are deflecting when they're really locked down.
No kidding. I had a collection of TLD 25's with carbon drag washers for a while and 15# of drag was a very practical maximum.

Pretending you could get 15 - 18# of drag from one of these little reels I truly wonder what purpose would it serve. Things must be rough in Bassmasters these days
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Old 11-28-2018, 01:50 PM
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FedEx brought the goods today and I am thus far teetotally pleased. I spooled one up, tied on a 3/8 oz jig head and was comfortably getting 120' casts almost from the start with no hint of over run.Reels are smooth as can be and seem well built.

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Old 11-28-2018, 02:48 PM
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Reminds me a lot of older Citicas or even some Pflueger branded reels. Wouldn't surprise me at all if a handful of factories were producing reels for a bunch of different manufacturers.
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Reminds me a lot of older Citicas or even some Pflueger branded reels. Wouldn't surprise me at all if a handful of factories were producing reels for a bunch of different manufacturers.
I stumbled across some internet scuttlebutt where some cat had the schematic for this reel and a somewhat spendy Daiwa laid out side by side and claiming they were identical. I can't imagine Academy has their own 3 man reel factory tucked away in the low rent district of Hong Kong.
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Old 11-30-2018, 12:28 PM
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Yeah all these big sporting goods stores pay big name manufacturers to label their products. I think some of Bass Pro's reels are actually relabelled Penn reels.
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Originally Posted by HTJ View Post
FedEx brought the goods today and I am thus far teetotally pleased. I spooled one up, tied on a 3/8 oz jig head and was comfortably getting 120' casts almost from the start with no hint of over run.Reels are smooth as can be and seem well built.

I'm curious when and what you use a 3/8 oz jig for? inshore?
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Old 12-03-2018, 09:13 AM
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Originally Posted by fijon View Post
I'm curious when and what you use a 3/8 oz jig for? inshore?
I have a collection of 1/4 to 3/8 oz jig heads to suit current, water depth etc. Standard issue Texas inshore trout/redfish/flounder chasing and of course my never ending pursuit of a state record hard head

My kids were pestering me to hit our local fresh water impoundment so Saturday we picked up some 1/4 oz beetle spins form Academy and had at it - The Mettle reels worked flawlessly and I was soon getting the same ~120' casts the heavier jigs gave, or maybe even a tick more.
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Old 12-03-2018, 10:16 AM
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not all "cheap" products are poorly made, but I can say the products from custom / higher end companies have lasted me much longer than the cheap buys I have bought in the past. It really depends on the type of fishing you're doing. looking to catch something small and toy around? sure a cheap twig will take care of you. want to catch marlin or grouper? get something that will hold up and you can have on your boat forever.
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