obxer

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  1. Thanks for that scoobydoo. I've always felt my Diawa plugging reels held up better in salt water and I like the external adjustment of a magnet. Opening the reel up to change the spool centrifugal adjustment, well that just doesn't happen does it? I'm glad to see they made the reel a little smaller too. Thur. I got a new stainless ball and socket in my left shoulder so I can kick this one around while I recover. Do you use 50 or 40(braid) on your 400? Thanks again, you seem to know your reels very well.
  2. I'm all for swapping out that reel for something a bit larger. I've decided on a Tranx over the Lexa and Scoobydoo's review helped make that decision. Another contender is an Avet sxj mc. I use sx mc's now and found a "j" that I tried cast further and felt better in hand. Can I get some opinions on casting distance (2oz bucktails) between a 300 & 400 tranx? The 300 holds enough line for my purposes and is smaller which I like but the 400 just looks more powerful and might serve me better if the casting distance is close. Then there's the sxj mc. Can anyone tell me how they compare distance wise against the Tranx? Power wise my Avets are just right but it sure would be nice to have a level wind if the Tranx can match the Avet's power. I'm sure all three would do just fine but can I get some opinions from someone who has used the reels.
  3. Somehow this topic has posted four times. I tried unsucessfully to delete a couple using the edit function. Can someone tell me how to reduce the number of posts please?
  4. I was cleaning out some old reel boxes and found a reel I had forgotten about in it's box. It's a Calcutta TE 250 DC that I got somewhere around 2008ish. I remember casting it from the dock to check it out but I don't remember ever using it. It's a nice reel but it seems Shimano dropped the line sometime while my reel was in hibernation. When did that happen? I'm building a couple of rods for sight casting cobia and drum and this reel might work out for that. A 300 would be better but a 250 is what was in the box! Using 30lb braid I can squeeze on enough line but the advertised 10-11 lb of drag is a little lite. Can anyone tell me how much drag these reels were bumped up to by changing the drag washers? And the 300's, how much drag did they have? Thanks
  5. I was cleaning out some old reel boxes and found a reel I had forgotten about in it's box. It's a Calcutta TE 250 DC that I got somewhere around 2008ish. I remember casting it from the dock to check it out but I don't remember ever using it. It's a nice reel but it seems Shimano dropped the line sometime while my reel was in hibernation. When did that happen? I'm building a couple of rods for sight casting cobia and drum and this reel might work out for that. A 300 would be better but a 250 is what was in the box! Using 30lb braid I can squeeze on enough line but the advertised 10-11 lb of drag is a little lite. Can anyone tell me how much drag these reels were bumped up to by changing the drag washers? And the 300's, how much drag did they have? Thanks
  6. I was cleaning out some old reel boxes and found a reel I had forgotten about in it's box. It's a Calcutta TE 250 DC that I got somewhere around 2008ish. I remember casting it from the dock to check it out but I don't remember ever using it. It's a nice reel but it seems Shimano dropped the line sometime while my reel was in hibernation. When did that happen? I'm building a couple of rods for sight casting cobia and drum and this reel might work out for that. A 300 would be better but a 250 is what was in the box! Using 30lb braid I can squeeze on enough line but the advertised 10-11 lb of drag is a little lite. Can anyone tell me how much drag these reels were bumped up to by changing the drag washers? And the 300's, how much drag did they have? Thanks
  7. I was cleaning out some old reel boxes and found a reel I had forgotten about in it's box. It's a Calcutta TE 250 DC that I got somewhere around 2008ish. I remember casting it from the dock to check it out but I don't remember ever using it. It's a nice reel but it seems Shimano dropped the line sometime while my reel was in hibernation. When did that happen? I'm building a couple of rods for sight casting cobia and drum and this reel might work out for that. A 300 would be better but a 250 is what was in the box! Using 30lb braid I can squeeze on enough line but the advertised 10-11 lb of drag is a little lite. Can anyone tell me how much drag these reels were bumped up to by changing the drag washers? And the 300's, how much drag did they have? Thanks
  8. I have a couple of stx's that are a year old they have done a good but they don't do well casting when I'm using a 1/4 oz jig head and 1/8 is beyond this reel. I have some daiwa sols that I have put a lot of time on and do a much better job with light lures. Nowhere near the drag of the stx but with a set of smoothies it's a tough little reel. If you need to cast light stuff you may want to consider this reel.
  9. OK, this isn't going to go over too well BUT no matter what you do you can't regulate these stripers. They just are too good at overpopulating themselves to the point that they die out. The cycle. Regulating works on a lot of fish that aren't so profuse. Groupers, tilefish, red drum, have at it. But no matter what anyone does, including a total mortorium on these fish, they will go away. When they do the grey trout (weakfish) will come back and they will support the big blues again. Nobody wants to see the stripers go but hey, won't it be fun to catch some of those leg trout again? In a way the cycles are like farmers having to rotate crops. If they don't switch the crop the ground won't support that particular crop any longer.
  10. Well I did some serious computer fishing last night and found black swimbaits at panther martin. Done deal. I've found these replys about color vs profile very interesting. I didn't care much about color till one day on the beach when three of us had been enjoying a nice speckle trout bite which ended. The other guys left and I was walking to the truck and noticed how the tall Pine Island (Longcaster) houses were putting the beach in a shadow as the sun lowered(we still had a couple hours of daylight). Had a thought, put on a plum tail and the bite was back on. So I learned a lesson.
  11. The other night I was throwing some big storms around a bridge and was really wishing they were darker, as in black. I don't know of any large all dark swimbaits. Someone told me about spike it coloring but I couldn't find it in black. Can someone recommend a way to darken them up?