Best Reels you can get now??

 I used to love the reports on the current "market" leader or best reels we used to get routinely on this site.

But havent had anything I have noticed for ages.

I mostly use spin reels and still have a very good functioning Stella SW 8000 but would hardly use that down here in Mandurah, but it got a hammering in karratha.

Now using Shimano Stradic CI4's in a range of sizes for offshore Demersal, Whiting and YF Whiting flats lure fishing.

Just would love to here some critique on the types again.



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 Not much innovation or new

Thu, 2020-06-25 08:04

 Not much innovation or new products lately. 
About the only interesting development is Penn putting a fair bit more effort into their spin reel range. 


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fishing reels

Thu, 2020-06-25 09:52

 Check out the 2020 daiwa certates. very light but strong. Have knocked over 10kg pinkies no problem. would stop most offshore critters out off perth. next step up i reckon is saltiga BJ reels. Again super strong but light. These 2 reels are top quality. Still cant beat the old Stellas and Saltigas...

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Must admit

Thu, 2020-06-25 10:54

I’ve always been an overhead person . I’ve bought a couple of penn egg beaters lately. Pretty impressed with them ( drags nice ) they feel smooth. Plenty of grunt . And don’t cost a fortune . Landed fair for dhues on them . Time will tell .

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 God I'm ancient I still have

Thu, 2020-06-25 13:07

 God I'm ancient I still have and use my USA made penn 850ss on one of my outfits and it does just fine. I do also have a stella 4000 which is alot more comfortable to use and very versatile. 


 rather be fishing

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 Thats because the hlokks and

Thu, 2020-06-25 15:34

 Thats because the hlokks and tills etc are no longer about. 

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 Alvey have come to your

Thu, 2020-06-25 17:38

 Alvey have come to your rescue with the new range of reels, you can even win a new navara with registering you unique serial number on their site.

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In my opinion

Thu, 2020-06-25 19:48

 Shimano talica. Can deep drop, troll, jig, bait fish, balloon, even surf cast with them. Built tough but also very very smooth. I think hands down the best bang for buck and toughest reel in the last 10 years or so. 




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Hey mate which size do you

Thu, 2020-06-25 20:21

Hey mate which size do you recommend for fishing 100m? Noticed they have 10 year warranty too 

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Fri, 2020-06-26 08:20

I agree Talicas are awesome I have an 8 size, shimano OH have some of the smoothest drag

if you want a reel for bottom bashing then narrow spool is the way to go and tali a size 10 and up are a bit to wide compared to what else is out there

i have tried a 10 and 12 for this but they are no where near as comfortable as my marquesa 20 which has a far narrower spool

there are other options on the market too, most jigging type reels have narrow spools

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 There is too many reels on

Fri, 2020-06-26 18:32

 There is too many reels on the market now days and they all claim to be better . I'm still using an overhead I got 12 years ago and occasionally my old sigma Shakespear that's about 35 years old gets a work it. 


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