Seigler Small Game Conventional Lever Drag Reels
|Max Drag||Mono Capacity||Braid Capacity||Hand|
|6:1||13.2oz||38in||28lb||20lb/275yds||50lb/500yds||Left||Select Color||$275.00 USD|
|6:1||13.2oz||38in||28lb||20lb/275yds||50lb/500yds||Right||Select Color||$275.00 USD|
- Strike button
- Rod clamp
- Crankarm assembly
- Improved AR system and bearing
- Drag lever detent system
- Ceramic spool bearings
- Carbon drag washers
We went offshore targeting amberjack. While vertical jigging we hooked about 30 and landed 15 AJs in the 16-24lb range (they were holding very tight to the structure). I had the reel set at 9lbs of drag at strike, 15 at full. I quickly learned that that wasn't going to be enough so I tightened the drag up some more to around 15lbs at strike, 20 at full. The drag stayed at full for the duration of the trip. I put this reel through its paces and it ended with a catastrophic failure. The spool bearing on the left side (opposite the handle) failed. It started making grinding noises while fighting an AJ. Shortly afterwards the reel lost its drag. I turned the "drag dial" as much as I could and the reel would put out about 6lbs of drag at FULL. Needless to say I was extremely disappointed. We continued catching the AJ's on our Chinese made Spinfisher V's without issue.
After disassembling the reel I came to the conclusion that the "play" in the bearing allowed the spool to move further left which reduced the drag on the reel. Now I will admit that I did remove the shields on the spool bearings. I cleaned out the bearings and put a few drops of Reel X (corrosion x) in them. This increased my freespool by about 10 seconds. Did that have anything to do with the failure. I HIGHLY doubt it but who really knows.
This would make a good reel to fish with 30lb line but I wouldn't fish it much higher than that. You can read my entire review on thehulltruth. Search seigler sg review. Unfortunately all of my pictures were lost. They were very detailed and showed everything I was experiencing.
It's a very light weight reel with a lot of drag for it's size. The body design is more forgiving if you get into fighting a fish and don't pay attention to leveling the line as it bulges in the center for any extra line buildup in the middle area of the spool. It's a feature I've needed but nice to know it's there.
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