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  1. I haven't tried Shimano Pitbull braid, but one of my friends likes it. Has anyone else tried this brand? I wonder how many know that Power Pro was bought by Shimano USA.
  2. If Penn made a 12oz rated spinning version of the Carnage 2, I would have gotten one. I don't understand why only the casting version has a 12 oz lure rating.
  3. I have the 15' Sealine and a 3 piece 13' Fiblink. I don't use the Sealine anymore as I have Team Daiwa rods now. It is very thick but casted 6 and 8oz ok for a 6oz rated rod. There are complaints about the Fiblink and broken ceramic rings. I got lucky with my ceramic rings with the shipping. I still use the Fiblink for the jetty and crab snaring. It casts 6oz well but 8oz is a little struggle for a 8oz rated rod. For the money, I am happy with it. I don't care if it gets banged up and it still working for me.
  4. I have a 2018 Shimano Exsence C3000M & a Ballistic LT 3000. The Exsence is definitely smaller. I would say at least like a Ballistic 2000.
  5. I got a new Ballistic 6k this week. I am simply amazed at how light it is just like a toy. I am afraid of breaking it like my Fuego LT. It is about the size of my old Penn Battle II 5k & half the weight. The pic has my Ballistic 3k, 6k and a new but discontinued Opus Plus A 5.5k. The Opus has a 3.4 gear ratio which will be good for crab snaring. I would say that I am becoming a Daiwa fanboy except that I am expecting a Shimano Exsence 3000 2018 which has 9 ball bearings for $227 after eBay's 15% off sale. Can't wait to compare the Ballistic vs the Exsence. I would say that I don't like the sharp spool lip edge on the Ballistics.
  6. Here is a good guide.
  7. I know guys that throw 8+oz on the beaches. I just casted 5-6 oz last weekend on a 4ft swell. I have 12+ft rods rated 8oz MH Fiblink and Team Daiwa 16oz H rods. I would recommend a Beef stick, Sealine or Ugly Stik paired with a 6k or 8k reel.
  8. One reason, I haven't talked much about the Ballistic is that I know Penn & their employees hang out here. I have been told that "customers" just don't know how to read a website correctly when I and another were complaining about a Penn conventional with distance surfcasting on this site. Haven't bought Penn ever since then. The Ballistic beats the Stradic almost stat vs stat unless you want a high gear ratio. The Ballistic also go up to a 6k size. I would recommend changing the reel handle knob. There is Gomexus, but I like the Piscifun version on Aliexpress. Also, check out the 2018 JDM Caldia LT. I think it is just a Ballistic in a different color & a different handle knob on the 6k. If you want a light rod to match a light reel, Shimano & Daiwa are dominating that area with 4-6oz rods that are 10-11ft. As good as handmade rods may be, I love the manufactured beauty found with these reel seats & rod handles. If there is a custom rod maker that can do this, let me know who. That is the 2018 Shimano Exsence Infinity at 4.65oz. I like the rod handle & reel seat. I have the Shimano Dialuna 10.5' at 6.2oz with a Ballistic LT 3k at 6.5oz. I saw TackleAdvisor's Steez AGS rod review. I want to try the AGS guides with a Daiwa Labrax 10.5' & 6.9oz shipping in about a week.
  9. There is a website called ********.com and Ken Jones' xxxxxx. I think you should start with what fish you want to target and go from there for starting gear. Removed link to fishing website per rules. Surf Hunter
  10. Absolutely don't get the squall 30. It has no mechanical braking system like it says on the website other than a weak spool tension. It is a boat reel. Penn shills on here will say it is your fault for not reading the website correctly. Squall 15 & below are distance casting reels which I am guessing are a UK 525 Mag3 copy. I like my Daiwa Mag 7HT ST. You should figure out if you really want a surfcasting conventional vs spinning first. All the distance casting records are on conventionals but they have a learning curve and need a specific setup like a 20lb braid. Not sure about 20lb braid & sharks though.
  11. FG knot with the Rizzuto finish. I also use superglue on the braid end of the knot instead of burning the tag. Just tried the Rizzuto & glue this year but I haven't had mysterious break offs yet.
  12. I think Daiwa is dropping the ball with their magseal marketing. They talk about 60 yrs of innovation and nothing about how waterproof it is except in this video. Here is a video of a Daiwa Exist in 1 or 3 hrs in 1 foot of water. If Daiwa doesn't get itself certified, I hope someone will put some reels through a similar testing like the IPX categories.
  13. 11 lbs drag or 5kg. http://www.daiwa.com/us/contents/reels/millionaire_7htmag/index.html We have similar situations. I got a Squall 30 and backlashed incredibly badly with 30lb mono. The Squall 30's spool tension doesn't help much & there is no other magnetic or centrifugal brakes....so useless. I tried installing magnets when the magnets got clumped together on the 1st tryout, I decided to get the Daiwa 7HT Mag Super Tuned since I had 2 Amazon gift certificates. I am using .38mm braid right now also. I've read in this forum that you should use Carbontex drag washers for the non ST version. http://www.smoothdrag.com/
  14. Since we are talking about the 7HT Mag, what are some websites that offer parts, replacement or high end preferably in the US? I already have the pinion support. These are the websites that I have already found: BlakDogTackle UK Jim's Reel Shop UK Mike's Reel Repair US
  15. I tried to email customer service about getting the upgrade but they never answered me back. I was willing to pay for the part also. Feel like trying other brands with my next reel.