Shimano ULCI45500XSB Ultegra CI4 Plus XSB Surf Spinning Reel
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I gave it 4 stars out of 5 because it is line and casts great but they market it as a surf reel and I dont think it would handle sand as well as say the new Spheros.
But! I wish I had a chance to get better acquainted with the new sensitive drag. Today I hooked a Tarpon about a hundred yards out. Even in Florida hooking a Tarpon in the surf is a real experience that , believe me, doesn't happen every day. The fish took off like a rocket pulling line off at an unbelievable rate. I decided to tighten up the drag forgetting in the moment that the drag goes from basically nothing to full lock down in about half a turn or so. I went from about 20% drag to 100% in a half second and of course the line snapped.
It's a great reel (despite my profanity at the time). I recommend it, but the drag takes a whole lotta getting used to. Some things are better off left alone.
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