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  1. I think a 17 oz reel on a typical 10 footer is about at the light end weightwise for me. Most 10 footers I have used had much heavier reels on them. Without a few added oz, the whole thing doesnt feel right to me. A Penn 24 oz 704 sized reel typically adorned most 10 and 11 foot surf rods in years past. Even these days on most rods 10-11 ft I would be eyeing 20-22 oz reels. Lighter than that I start feeling like there is a bit of mismatch. It sounds like this is a pretty accurate understanding of what you are noticing. I would find that annoying to fish with and would elect to change something there. To me a 17oz sounds ideal for a nice 9 footer. I am not suggesting you go out and buy another rod. I am just giving you my assessment. Fish it and you will either get used to it or not. Thats really the best thing to do. Either way you have some nice toys there! This whole balanced outfit thing is either something your tuned into or not. We are all entitled to see it the way we do. Best of luck!
  2. The 9 foot combo would be a better all around choice. I would prefer it with a 5000 sized reel but the 6000 is passable. Persoanlly i would buy a 5000 battle 2 and choose a modest priced 9 foot rod and pass on the combo.
  3. The trade off with paper thin plastic butt caps is that they do little to protect the end of the blank against rocks. A thicker butt cap to me is always a plus. Either way, i can’t see the weight being an issue on a a surf sized rod or maybe I am missing something here?
  4. I never considered lines per inch ratings a significant piece of information. Mostly because how the ratings are given as well as what is considered a full spool. It varies so much that the number really has little meaning as far as accuracy goes. Diameter of the spool and gear ratio are all you need to determine which reel is really faster.
  5. I tried them and I am not a fan of the heavier version but I fish a lot more lighter surf and bay areas. Heavy water situations they may prove to be super. Same can be said for a lot of different lures. The water and conditions can have a big role in how well they perform.
  6. Was thinking the same thing. LOL. Maybe he is figuring with the usual traffic it is more like 2 hrs and 20 minutes away!
  7. I think you were on the right track with the 704Z. All due respect to the Mitchell fans out there. I'm not saying the 704 is a "better reel" (that's another thread) but at this point in time with parts availability etc. The 704Z would be the run away better choice as a better investment as a realistic tough fishing tool.
  8. I cut a lot of prebuilt rods (not talking blanks here) in my day and regretted it 95% of the time. The legend is not a cheap rod obviously. The butt length on many SC rods just does not fall into my wheelhouse. Most are way too long. For some reason they designed the Triumph series 8 footer to be absolutely perfect as far as length goes. At least for me. I know it's a less expensive rod than the legend but its fishes very nicely from 1/2 -2. You can probably sell the legend and buy a couple of the Triumphs. Just a thought.
  9. Funny how the chatter on this reel is like okuma made it! It is on my radar but i have not picked one up yet. It is a completely different reel than the first generation. The 5000 is full sized and light for it’s overall dimensions which is very attractive to me in a 5000 sized reel especially on a 9 foot rod. It not talked about much but I feel within its capabilities it should be a winner.
  10. I can’t say but spiderwire stealth in green generally has been a great line. Maybe you got some from a bad batch? Who knows these days. You can buy same product several times and get mixed results. It happens. Stealth green has been very good to me in a range of line weights for many years. Hard for me to change.
  11. If your a hardcore surf guy the 704/706 makes the most sense. If you spend alot of time in the bay with lighter tackle and some time in the surf the 710 is a better choice imo.
  12. If your a hardcore surf guy the 704/706 makes the most sense. If you spend alot of time in the bay with lighter tackle and some time in the surf the 710 is a better choice imo.
  13. How an older reel handles braid has most to do with the way it lays line, the shape of the spool lip and the diameter of the spool. You can never tell by looking at it IMO. Trial and error through casting is the best teacher. I will say the rod guides (sizing and spacing) are going to play into performance (distance and wind knots). What your casting and how fast it's flying will be a factor. A heavy tin cast with authority and speed will show possible issues with all I mentioned above. You may not notice the same things lobbing a metal lip swimmer or casting rebel type minnow. Both these lures travel relatively slow and don't pull line of the reel as fast. Again trial and error. The only thing you can do to make an old reel more braid friendly is to use Fireline original. This line has proven itself as a perfect choice for all the older penns (Z's, SS, SSG, SSM's) as well as the older BG series from Daiwa. You are on your own with the old Mitchell's. I never tried them with braid. As far as bad things go. Beating up the AR dog on some of these older reels was an issue. The heavy strength and lack of stretch in braid coupled with the lack of and IAR clutch design in older reels can put a lot of pressure on the older AR mechanisms. The 1 st generation penn SS series were the most prone to have AR failures based on my experience. I knew of a lot of guys who were blowing up their AR in those Penn SS reels when they went over to braid. I never had these issues or really heard of widespread issues with Z's and later model SS reels. Also the old BG AR was solid as far as I knew. 15 years ago this all made sense to me. Z series reels packed with fireline etc. Truthfully it took a lot for me to let go of the old reels. New reels and line choices are way better today than 15 years ago. There are some very good lower end reels out there that flat out work well and last a long time. While they might not be as durable as the older reels the ease of use and performance gains are worth taking a look.
  14. If we are talking about minnow swimmers, the redfin has been my #1 for so long. The mambo is a very close second. Somehow the mambo never gained the popularity it deserved. I think it a great all around minnow too. Both of these stay very close to the surface and that is the reason why I prefer them.