BST Users
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About nfd27

  • Rank
    Senior Member
  • Birthday October 31

Profile Information

  • birthdate

Profile Fields

  • Gender
  1. Not sure how you feel about genaric brands but the TackleDirect Silver Hooks are suprisingly good. Meet your critera also $70. Bought it in a pinch when I snapped my Star Stellar and really enjoy it and use it reguarly.
  2. Baby thresher I don’t have a picture of surf fishing on Hatteras. Second would be parrot fish on a fiddler crab.
  3. I got two packs I’m going to give them a try this year back bays and out front
  4. I wouldn’t even waste my time going anymore. Both Hamburg and Christiana are a joke.
  5. Disappointing results as I was literally just looking at getting a spool of 20lb. Do like the gray color though hopefully it improves.
  6. Haha that’s what I thought you meant. I’m surprised it’s better then the Trinidad. Ive been dying for shimano to go left handed for them to own one. But I posted the same thread on a west coast site and I had an overwhelming amount recommend the Saltiga. Surprised to hear it’s made in Korea I was told Japan but that person obviously didn’t know what they were saying. But the Maxel is light enough so those two ounces wouldn’t even be noticed on a Black Hole Challenger. I was originally worried the pictures I saw the gear box looked oversized. After seeing and holding it’s honestly not much bigger then the Maxel. Out od curiosity where did you get your Saltiga services at? Heard the sealed bearing needs to be serviced by Daiwa.
  7. Little confused if you’re saying it’s not the next best thing or is?
  8. I fish primarily shimanos and accurate (since they’re leftie friendly) and comparing the Maxel to them it felt like a cheap reel. I did like how small it was and weight but I really thought engaging from free spool either the thumb bar and handle would break. And like I said just giving it a few cranks it felt rough and not smooth like a shimano or accurate. My biggest issue is the amount of negative reviews versus positive. The negatives outweigh the positives by a lot. I’d love a Trinidad but shimano doesn’t make lefty models so I’m going the next best Thing with the Saltiga. Its tough with the Maxel price tag when the better Saltiga is $100 more and 10x more reliable. Also I’ll take Japanese made over Chinese any day of the week. Talking to another guy that fished montuak for flounder this past year said he saw either Saltiga or Trinidad’s on the boat. Said there was one Maxel and the guy fishing it had replaced the reel once and broke the nut holding the arm last year. I just can’t justify all the issues with Maxel. Very glad I was able to get both these reels in my hand happy I will be going with the quality proven reel.
  9. Little update on this. Hit the show in Edison had both the Saltiga 15 and Maxel Hybrid 25 in my hand. Have to say one felt like the best reel I’ve ever touched the other one absolute junk. Got hands on the Saltiga first and was impressed with small size and how smooth it was. Just felt like a well engineered reel. Also liked the spool lock that will come in clutch when I snag something. I then held a Hybrid. I don’t know what it was but it just felt cheap. My biggest issue was when engaging the push bar for free spool to re engage you really had to crank on the reels handle. I’m used to a smooth Calcutta the Hybrid I borderline felt like something would snap. So I went to another booth to try theirs and same result. The thumb bar was tough to engage from free spool and while reeling felt minor grinding. Made my mind up looks like a Saltiga 15 in my future.
  10. After receiving a message about the out of the box reel drag on another website my suspicion was true. Person stated it was 12lbs of drag directly out of the box and the reel comes with 5 1” by 1/4” drag washers. The gear shaft is approximately 3/8” so the guy cut his own carbon washers but thicker. He now gets 22lbs drag. Ive received recommendations on the Diawa Saltiga and Ocea Jigger which I’ve explored before. Would like to get hands on the Saltiga but probably will explore the JDM Ocea Jigger again.
  11. Honestly since I’ve done that my catch numbers have sky rocketed. Obviously it isn’t always bigger is better and sometimes the smaller bucktails are the ticket. Also I’ve read a bit about the presentation with the smaller line. Obviously less line drag in the current and keeps everything a vertical as possible which I’ve found is key.
  12. My bad if I came off a little hostel. Didn’t want people thinking I thought you needed that much drag to do some simple bottom fishing.
  13. Relax. It was merely a question as I know a lot of reel manufacturers advertise a reel with a certain drag poundage and when tested it’s a fraction of that. The reel will be used primarily for flounder and sea bass so no I don’t need 28lbs of drag I was only curious if this number was put to the test. And yes it’ll be spooled with 30lb JB braid possibly even 20lbs. I’ve found the lighter braid suites me well and my numbers have improved to show.
  14. I’m hoping to get one and use it primarily for fluke/sea bass/tog with the occasional use on stripers/bluefish. It’s funny I posted on a west coast website as well and got nothing but negative reviews on it. Seriously considering it now especially since The Reel Seat is a dealer. I’ll probably match it with 30lb Jerry Brown. Any one actually see if it dishes out 28lbs of drag? I had a few recommendations to go with the Accurate Tern. I’ve seen a lot of them used for sale which concerns me considering it just came out. Not sure if somethings wrong with them or people just don’t like them. I have a Boss Fury which I like but the lever drag is a PITA trying to slow pitch jig sea bass.
  15. Anyone else with any input?