Best saltwater reel for the money hands down!
August 20, 2014
After reading Alan Hawk's review for this reel, I had to get one. Then I realized they stay on an almost constant backorder. There is a reason for that! Be patient and get one! Mine is from the second production run. I was worried as to whether or not fin nor would hold the same quality controls as they did in Mr. Hawk's review since they are working overtime to try to keep up with demand. To my suprise, it was actually better! The reel is every bit as good as the one reviewed, with application specific grease meticulously applied throughout the reel, but they now include a set of shims to adjust the line lay on the spool (which is a big deal when you are trying to keep 300-500 yards of braided line from knotting up). I have landed 2 50lbs cobias, and brought a 7' hammerhead boatside with it so far and it hasn't even broken a sweat yet. I've got it paired with a tsunami trophy jig rod (50-100lbs), and spooled with 80lbs braid, so my entire rig ready to fish set me back $250! That's pocket change for a setup this powerful.
The smoothest and strongest drag I have ever fished on a spinner, and rivals a LOT of conventionals.
manual bail is great for slinging heavy bait
Cons:Hard to get your hands on right now