Originally Posted by High Plains Drifter
Don't forget the Tica GX Scepter or some of the Okumas.
But, if you don't have other requirements (like blazing hot retrieve speed, snob appeal, or "this is the last reel I will ever buy") get the Daiwa Emcast Plus. It has a very long casting spool design and it is "THE MOST WIND KNOT RESISTANT REEL AVAILABLE"!! Why? Because it's got a cross wrapping spool. It's got an outstanding bail design that guides the line into the roller very well. And it's got a low profile drag knob with rounded ends so the line can't catch on it when the bail flips closed. I have had relative newbies plug with this reel all day long using 30 - 50# braid in all conditions without a single problem. While I like the Daiwa Emblem, the Tica Scepter, the Satiga, and others for various reasons....the Emcast Plus stands above for "fishing itself" and being resistant to operator error. - HPD
PS - As with all large spinning reels with large handles, remove the auto bail closure mechanism and close the bail by hand. If you don't, the bail will occasionally close in mid cast causing the line to snap. This is because the reel handle will revolve during the cast and it's inertia will sometimes trip the bail.
HPD i took your advice when i read how you like the SCEPTER. i bought a pair for a pair of rods for my friends.
they just started surf fishing so they dont know what gear is good or not yet. but when i tried it.
i found that reel SUPERB!!
the drag is OUTSTANDING. 35mm spool. very good line lay.
my friend wrestled his first striper on one. and it is flawless.
for its price, id definitely buy one for myself.