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  1. For fish up to 100 lb range and with that rod, you most likely do not need the diawa 8k or shimano 20k size reel, though for these less cost reels, you may be better with a larger reels.  In a perfect setup, id pair it with a 5000 catalin/saltiga.


    id still look at the okuma metalod in that price range though. The stainless drive train is a pretty good deal for a reel under 200$

  2. looks common.....was an old thread about going bail less     any one else?  out of warranty......ive heard a new bails expensive......im kinda pissed..... i hadn't even noticed it until a friend pointed it out   ....not like i dropped it....


    Did you call the daiwa service department?


    I havent had a bail go on any daiwa I own, i dont own a saltist but have daiwas in quality classes above and below a saltist. Could be a quality issue on a run of reels or something else going on. Id just send it back to daiwa and hope they just replace it. The prices for parts from daiwa are really reasonable, you have to call.

  3. The terez waxwing (200$) rods are nice , as are the teramars. the 7'6" teramars (130$) are popular.


    I picked up a TFO surf rod this fall. I am really impressed with the rod. Im going to be checking out the TFO inshore rods (180$), Im hoping to see them at a saltwater expo sometime this offseason.


    gllomis pro blue or pro green (275$)  or greenwater rods (250$), they will be up at the top of the price range.


    Make sure you actually hold the rod before you buy it. Id probably go for something in the 7'6" - 8' range with a fast tip and med- med hvy power

  4. The Isl;a / Catalina is a JDM reel. I don't expect it to be released here. I'd like one myself, but won't take the chance of parts being unavailable.


    i would not consider this as a reason to get it over a different reel. The catalina's are a really good deal when you get them from overseas.


    Just send it to daiwa, the majority of the reels internals are shared with the saltiga, they will fix it and can do the maintenance on it. You shouldn't have to worry about it too much, the reels are pretty much bullet proof, and the only maintenance it may need is mag fluid, which will not be a problem to have done at daiwa usa.


    Yo can also just send it back to daiwa japan yourself. If you buy from digitaka, send it back  to them.


    it would probably be quicker to send a daiwa to japan and get maintenance, then to send a shimano back for maintenance domestically, especially for bearings. 

  5. Very helpful information. Thank you Space for sharing!


    I bought deadly dicks, Gotcha plugs, Mirrolures and Bucktails. Have not used them on the piers, actually never done pier fishing before. Mainly casting from the beach. Again, for the few times I tried the lures, no catch. I know people using the cut bait next to me are hooking up the blues. Are you saying from the beach, you can not catch the Drum run due to the shallowness?


    if you're fishing from a pier, stick with the gotcha plug. usually the blues and spanish move thru in schools at the end of the pier.  generally piers are not the greatest location for lures because of the height and structure.


    on the open beach, find the pockets and cuts. fish those spots at dawn and dusk.  mirro lures, jig heads with gulp and gulp teaser will get you most anything that is around.

  6. Always on the front side of the bridge too. They never really seemed that spooked about much. I could ride my kayak right over top of them and have the lure 15 feet back get slammed every time.  Specifically  in the fall, they are so zoned in on fish or crabs getting flush by. Its like my dog when you have a treat in your hand and someone steps in front of him, he just pokes his head around slobbering on the floor.

  7. can you explain to me how you are lifting the fish with those monster fall blues with the 6'6 MH rod? it really does bend a lot and im wondering if its suppose to be like that because its a jigging rod? so you are saying the teramars dont bend as much even if I get a MH in a teramar?


     its just the action of the rod. the trevala lineup is more parabolic,meaning it bends thru out the rod, it keeps bending and there is still power. Ive never maxed out a 6'6" mh trevala, so i  coulndt tell you what it can handle, but 20 lb blues shouldnt be a problem. I usually catch them in 120" of water vertical jigging. I actually have used an 8" shimano tirlejo and lexa 100 on the same fish. that setup is alot lighter than the 6'6" mh trevala, so these rods can handle the stress. 


    A teramar and certain terez rods will have fast, extra fast, to slower parabolic actions. So the teramars and waxwing terez will turn off higher up on the rod and give you what seems like more lifting power, the overall weight a particular rod can handle will depend on that individuals rods strength.


    check out some youtube videos of Japanese style parabolic jigging rods, like the black hole rods.

  8. Ive gotten blues 20 lbs maybe a little bigger on this rod with no problem. Ive had stripers up to 30 lbs on this rod with no problem. It does bend a lot, but the rod is suppose to., and there was plenty of power to lift fish.  I think it just makes the fight alot more fun.  I have fished the heavier models, and they eventually become way too stiff for anything inshore.


    If your not into the rod being so parabolic, look at the teramars or terez lineup. I like the waxwing terez rods, the 7.0 heavy rod is a great all around rod. Im not sure if it is made anymore in that size/ strength. It has no problem with anything inshore, doesnt feel too heavy. When you have something large on, it does bend.  Should be able to do tuna to the 60 lb range and a little larger if you play it out.

  9. Connman, Thanks everyone for your input. I was looking for a smaller reel in the 3500 but if the 4000 is practicly the same reel, Then thats the way I'm going. If you know anyone selling reel good used one let me know. Thanks Mitch


    There is a 4000 catlina 12 on digitaka under old reels tab for like 375. It ships from japan and to your door in like a week. Ive gotten two catalinas from them.


    they have a 4000 low gear

    and a 4020h, which has less line capacity than the 3500


    I have gotten isla spools directly from daiwa, order by phone , for 50$

  10. I have a 4000 , 4.9 gear ration.  It is a great reel. I suggest the lower gear reels for all around. Plenty fast for topwater, more power for jigging. less stress on reel and yourself.  I suggest the 4000 lower gear over the 3500h. They have almost identical retrieve rates.

  11. Seven inches per crank does not sound like much and if it only took one crank to get my jig back retrieve rate wouldn't matter. Now, if I am cranking 100 times that 7 inches turns into almost 60 feet.

    yea but 100 cranks is like the length of a football field. If you had to crank a jig that length, the easier effort to move the jig by mechanical advantage, would allow you to crank the reel several times more in that period of time and be less fatiguing. You would make up the line loss by moving the crank faster.  I get my jigs in faster since I switched to a lower gear, and I can fish all day.


    If this was for topwater, id say get the high gear, but when moving heavy jigs, the lower gear will be more efficient.

  12. My next question was going to be if the saltiga 5500 is the same size as the Stella 14000?

    Yes they are comparable reels. They both will do about 400 yards of 50 lb braid. In reality they are still overkill.


    I think the point everyone is missing on the slow vs fast gear is that they imagine the daiwa will not be able to get the lure moving as fast as needed, that is wrong, it has the range and less effort per spin, letting you  crank the handle at a faster revolution. Its 7 inches per crank difference, or about 1/6th the turn of a handle difference.  I own the lineup from 4000-6500. The 6500 is way overkill

  13. Jigging the canal is much different than vertical wreck fishing. Getting your jig up in the water column and in fast is more important in the canal, specially if you regularly drift into the "danger zone" along the riprap. 

    I guess what I am saying is that the low gear that daiwa offers is plenty fast enough to rip the lure in, and plenty fast enough to get the jig moving fast in the water. It isnt so slow that you cant get the jig moving. It actually has very good range on the speed you get the jig moving. You will be able to go faster than needed. You will notice you still reel pretty slow to get the lure working faster than needed.  The thing you will notice is that using the lower gear reel, it will be less fatiguing on you. It will also be easier on the reels gearing while reeling in, and when a fish is on the line. You will have less chance of gear failure.  Being able to move the jig easier, you will find you can get the jig in just as fast, and you will not notice the extra couple cranks vs the higher gear.  


    just food for thought, and if you ave the chance try side by side to feel the weight difference in your hand when reeling

  14. I want a faster reel when jigging the canal. When my drift is over I want to get my jig back as fast  as possible. 


    Its like the difference of 1 crank of the reel in 25 feet of water.

    You will notice that the jig feels lighter reeling up quickly, less fatiguing with a lower gear. I wreck fish in 120' with a 4000 low gear and I know what you mean by getting up quickly as the pieces that I fish are small and you may get 2 drops per drift. Same size reel, high gear really becomes a pain, and ends up taking longer because the force to reel is more and my hand moves slower. 

  15. The difference is about 7 inches per crank.  For jigging the lower gear ratio will make the jig lighter in the hand. The reels gear itself will be stronger with a lower gear.  You dont need anything super fast, except for whipping topwater really fast, but the line per crank on the 5000 is enough to still do fast topwater. If throwing plugs, it will be easier to reel slower.   The low gear is not like fishing a small capacity baitcaster where you  are reeling as fast as you can just to get the lure to move at a decent speed. You can reel faster to get it going if you like and  feel like you can go alot faster.

  16. Why not the 5500, it is all the reel you need. The 6500 is a huge reel and way overkill for the ccc.  The newer saltigas are no less a reel vs the older z models. They are better reels, as they are really just upgraded components around the older drive train.  Id still buy a catalina though, and get a 5000 low gear from overseas. Some may say dont touch JDm reels, but the main parts are identical to isla's, the parts are not hard to work on despite the people out there that say it is hard. If you can tie sophisticated knots, rig lures, hold a fishing rod unlike a LL bean model, you can open a Daiwa mag seal. If you truly cant, or have enough money to send in every year, well thats on you. Its not like you cant send it back to japan.  Daiwa will replace the parts and do work, just send your reel in.  You can get parts from daiwa unlike trying to get a part from shimano's site, which are always sold out.

  17. Bernie definitely appeals to the younger generation and why not? Most have huge student debt and Bernie is the perfect person to move to absolve them of that debt and and out free stuff like free medical paid for by someone else.


    Bernie is the perfect President for the smoke weed all day and hang out at Starbucks and cruise snap chat and tinder crowd.


    Obama promised free tuition too back in 2008, it only went up every year he has been in office, atleast for those not getting the gvt handout. The democrats just use the gullible younger generation by promising them free icecream and no homework. Somehow the democrats are also on the side of the teacher unions and college institutions raising the cost. They are are bunch of bait and switchers.

  18. From what I have read. Cold forging is essentially a form of work hardening.


    Cold forging is work hardening. You are making the part stronger.

    The main benefit from forming is actually in the grain flow of the material. When formed, the grain flows from the tooth, compressed at the root, and back up the other tooth. You do not have cut grains. This improves the shear strength of the teeth, as well as other attributes. 


    You could take a blank, cold work it to the same tensile, and cut the teeth, but have an inferior product. Most aerospace fasteners are roll threaded for this reason.


    The strength of the gear tooth has many aspects playing into it. A cold formed aluminum alloy (40 ks tensile) may not be as strong as a cut aluminum bronze gear (90 ksi tensile).  A cast aluminum gear with a better class fit may be stronger than a formed aluminum gear with crap fit.


    Shimano uses the aluminum alloy so it can be cold formed. A material mechanical properties will determine if it can be cold formed and how much force it would take.  It would be much harder to do with different alloys. The fit is good, and they have found a way to make a really cheap aluminum gear hold up to the design loads.


    Yo can do some pretty tricky things with forging and precipitation hardening to make extremely strong materials.