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  1. Anybody made a trip down to Cabo since March 2020? Was suppose to make a trip June 2021, but I'll wait another year and hope for the best....can't wait...
  2. It will throw anything, but it is not optimal for anything below 2oz. The action is pretty fast so it might be difficult and or demanding to master trowing lighter stuff.
  3. RedGreen, are you using the 4500 or 6500? ...if 6500, is it the SSV or SSVI bailess? I have a SSVI6500BLS and did not use it yet... Bought it to put on my Okuma Cedros CSX 11' 2-5oz Reading this thread scares me a bit on what to expect...
  4. Which is nothing but the drag knob. The BG it a much faster reel when comparing line retrieve to the Battle, at least the second generation. Fast retrieve is sometimes good, further south. For stripers, supposedly not so much. Goog point there! I think that is about right. That was probably the case with the Spinfisher V and the Battle II. Although the sizes offering where different and retrieve rates where not the same for comparable sizes... if the numbers where not bogus.
  5. That applies for a lot of things in life
  6. Hehe, I know. Sorry about that, I got all worked up during my second coffee. Funny you say that, I just un-spooled and hung my Mitchell 300 on my wall, first reel I ever got.
  7. Hi everyone, Don't know how many of you checked out the advertised new Penn Battle III reels on J&H's website, but looks like they will have sizes ranging from 1K to 10K including 3 models with high speed reels (4K, 6K and 8K). Seems to still feature all metal body and HT-100 drag, looks like it's 5+1 sealed bearings and the newest feature their CNC gears, probably aluminum main gear from 1k to 5k and all brass from 6k and up. Apart from the high speed versions, looks like a blend on Battle II and Clash first gen....? I now understand why they dropped the 6k and 8k for the second generation of the Clash. The 6k and 8k Clash from gen 1, were all metal (unlike the 5k and below that featured a RR30 rotor?) and featured all brass CNC gearing, BUT they also had 8+1 sealed bearings, light handle with comfy EVA power knob, some sealing under the drag and above et AR clutch AND more importantly: Leveline slow oscillation which is one the Clash first gen best features. So yes, they were better than what is the new Battle III, but they were also more expensive than the advertised MSRP for the new Battle. Since this Battle launch coincides with the liquidation prices of the Clash 1, why preorder a Battle 3? I mean The 8k Clash 1 is on sale at around 150$ and the new Battle III 8k is 145$ I'll let this sink in... I don't know, I'd still get a Clash 1 first gen over a Battle 3, for the 6k and 8k sizes if you want or need a metal rotor.
  8. Even if I promised myself I'd never buy reel made by these companies, I'm looking forward to get some feedback on this 300 size Alijos, mostly the faster retrieve speed one. I suspect the gears are identical in the 2 retreive speeds but the faster one has a tiny pinion... I'm worried about medium or longterm term use. Don't know if it is based on their Thunder bait caster reel they had before but Ish with Fish on YT seemed to be very impressed with this older model.
  9. Haven't forgot about you HH. I will find this 30 min Epoxy and finish these plugs...
  10. There is a resemblance. I googled the Sea-Bee, the front treble is oddly placed, way back there.
  11. Some more pics to see the full profile and shape
  12. The story of my Maria La Segunda swimming plug ...from Sardinia to Florida... Hi, sit down and grab a beer. A bit more than 10 years ago, long before I started fishing the surf, I found a lure on a northern rocky beach in Sardinia, Italy. I did not recognize this minnow style lure and the finish was a bit beat up from being washed up in the waves, rocks and sitting in the sun for a while. But on it's back I could still read La Segunda (S). Did not know if it was an italian, spanish or japanese lure. That was in 2009. I did not do any saltwater fishing at the time so I stuck it in my bag thinking I could put new hooks on it and use it for pike or musky over here in Canada. Fastforward to 2014, I was visiting my girlfriend's parents at their condo in Florida. During my stay I fished the beach with a 7' rod and got some sort of revelation that I really like fishing the surf even if I had no clue what I was doing for the most part. I fished at least 10 hours per day. The year after i tried an offshore charter, did not enjoy it. In 2016, I was prepared with a Penn Fierce II 6k matched up to a 11'6'' Rapala Magnum Baja travel surf rod but with very few lures, as it was very difficult for me to buy saltwater lures here and I did not know what to look for really. But I had my beached La Segunda lure with new trebles and was ready to conquer the surf. I casted it in the waves the best I could but could not get any distance, it seemed like I was aiming at the sky. I was dragging bottom, did not know how to read the beach... So anyway, during that stay, I had a chance to go offshore with a guy who had a 25' boat. On a clam day we headed out offshore for a good 15 miles an then just started trolling because we thought it could be a could area to fish (!). So I rigged up my 11'6'' surf rod with my La Segunda minnow and started trolling with 3 other cheap rods with cheap lures. My rod was the only one that had a chance to put a fish in the boat. It took 10-15 minutes for me to be startled by the line peeling off my reel and the drag screaming. I threw my sandwich in the bottom of the boat and grabbed my long inconvenient surf rod. It felt like I had no chance of bringing it in. It was my first proper fish on proper equipment and still felt like I had no idea what to do. I took us 35-45 minutes to get that fish in... At first I called it a barracuda, then a tuna, but I quickly recognize it from the fish chart. It was a 48'' King Mackerel. It had hit my recovered beached lure and that put a smile on my face. That summer, back in Quebec, I casted this lure in a pike infested lake and broke the bill from hitting the side of the boat... that was a sad moment. I shaved away the rest of the bill and turned it into a stick bait (see picture below). But I was not satisfied. I quickly check up the internet trying to find where I could buy a replacement for this Maria La Segunda 140mm sinking. The only place I found some was eBay and they were used, the lure is discontinued. I think Maria, the japanese lure company still exists. I first ordered two of the 115mm floating version because it had the same sardine pattern than the one I found. Then I ordered two more of the 140mm sinking version in a red head and bronze colors. It also exists in a 90mm version. You can still find these lures on this same site today. To me it looks like this lure is the predecessor of the Yo Zuri Mag Minnow, i resembles it very much. The Yo Zuri is more hi-tech for sure. And this lure has a weight transfer system so it does cast very well now that I know how to cast properly. So, you know this lure?
  13. Be careful when shopping (if online) not to get the JDM version. It has a weaker main gear and the drag washers are felt. Probably other differences also... The American Shimano Corporation version has the cold forged aluminum coated main gear + carbon drag washers. You can mainly recongnize the JDM version with the hole in the handle stem. Check Alan Hawk's review for examples and details.
  14. Spheros SW is ''fully sealed'', I think the Ultegra XTD only has a sealed drag? If it matters, the 5500 Ultegra has much more line capacity (360yds of 30lbs braid) than a Spheros SW5000 (225yds of 30lbs) I have a Spheros SW5000 that balanced very well on a 9' Tica UEHA 1/2-3oz. That is a tight and smooth reel. But why not go for a SW6000 for extra line capacity (290yds of 30lbs. I think they are the same body but deeper spool on the 6000? Fun fact: At 17oz, the XTD5500 is just 1 oz heavier than both the 5k and 6k Spheros SW.
  15. Thank you! I think I've read your exact review on Amazon :), that's possible? cutting the butt, catching red's and ray's, etc. Thanks for the lure rating sweet spot, I'll try that and feel it out. What happens at 2 oz? I will definitely try and cast larger 165mm mag darters and 170mm hydro minnow, which are both 2oz plugs. Maybe 1.5 and 2oz GT Ice Cream's too. Happy to know it can land a big one. I'll probably just fish open beaches with this setup (on trips to the North East or Florida). I know the 6k conflict longest is a big reel, but it's very light and balances perfectly, the spool diameter is large but so is the first guide, so it should work fine, I hope.