fin-nor Ahab reels
Posted November 18 2008 - 11:32 AM
Posted November 18 2008 - 11:44 AM
How do you plan to use this reel, for the surf or on a boat? If you are going to use it in the surf, I suggest you look at just about anything else. I have an older 8A and it is not tolerant of splashes and sand. It has agreat drag and excels as a boat reel though.
Posted November 18 2008 - 12:48 PM
Posted November 18 2008 - 1:00 PM
Being a light tackle reel that sees general use on shore, boat and kayak, it seems to be holding up much better than the others.
The only negatives I can point to are that they are generally heavier than most reels in their size range. Being a smaller reel to begin with, this doesn't bother me at all. And, they are not the most "braid friendly" reels going. Managable, but they do better with mono or Fireline over braid.
Posted November 18 2008 - 1:38 PM
John B is right, they don't take water well, although the newer ones are better than the old. A lot of guys I know just use them from boats, but I'm not one of them. If I know I'll be getting wet I grab my VS.
Off the top of my head I would estimate that he new ones are about 20% or so lighter than the old.
Personally I don't care much for the 8, not a big drop in either size or weight from a 12, and with the 12 you can put on much more line. It is the same reel with a different size rotor and spool.
Posted November 18 2008 - 1:57 PM
Posted November 18 2008 - 2:01 PM
Posted November 18 2008 - 2:16 PM
Have you considered reels like the Quantum Boca and Cabo? They are very nice boat spinners.
Posted November 18 2008 - 2:35 PM
Parts are not a problem now that Fin Nor has been bought by Zebco - it is the same parts department as Van Staal. Most parts are interchangeable with the exception of the anti reverse. I laid in a supply this spring, the price is very reasonable, and replacement of the old parts with the new ones is desirable - they are made of better materials (pot metal vs stainless alloys in most cases).
Posted November 18 2008 - 2:41 PM
Originally Posted by goinfishn
So to the guys in this thread that know, what's the best for the surf?
Not claiming that I know, but....
I replaced my 8A with a Penn Slammer. The Slammer handled braid better, was a little lighter (even though it was larger) and the drag was just as good. And the slammer didn't mind getting splashed by saltwater.
I've since relegated the slammer (and the rod it is on) to backup in favor of a van staal on a similar rod
Posted November 18 2008 - 3:58 PM
Posted November 18 2008 - 9:32 PM
Posted November 18 2008 - 9:48 PM
Posted November 19 2008 - 9:22 AM
If you order any parts I would recommend replacing the oscillating slider gear assembly ($1.15) and the oscillating slider assembly ($1.60) at the same time. The new handles were $27. These are the parts that go the most.
If you have a problem with the part #'s pm me, I have a new schematic.