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  1. I just got a vs150xp which gets 30in per crank. Do yall think this is too low for casting at a dam or an inlet/jetty where I need a faster retrieve to avoid getting snagged? I have other reels that I can and do use (5500 ultegra & 6000 Caldia) but I was hoping I could use the VS in faster currents. I'm wondering if it's a better idea to use something else for those scenarios and keep the VS solely for the surf...
  2. I am not a reel wizard,just someone who enjoys and appreciates fishing stuff and likes to be informed. I got a chance to check out the VSX2 briefly at a tackle shop and want to share how I feel about it. Compared to a regular VSX out of the box, the X2 out of the box is smoother and feels more “free”, closer to a typical spinning reel. But a Important thing I realized was it didn’t feel that different smoothness wise to my newish VSX-200 which I only have used for 30 hours (got at the end of the season and used it a bit this fall when I didn’t have class,not alot of time but yeah) and I guess has “broken in” a bit. I found it interesting that the smoothness was a big thing but it really doesn’t seem that different once the reels are used. I suppose the x2 might loosen up more too, but I felt this was important enough to share. The 2nd thing I noticed was the rotor. I have heard alot about the rotor bending but from checking it out a little, albeit not in a shop squeezing the **** out of a reel in someones shop,but pretty firmly trying, the rotor seems sturdy and wouldn’t move. Compared to my 6000 stradic fj and a few other reels which I did squeeze the **** out of the rotor on the x2 is more than fine. I wouldn’t find it hard to believe under alot of pressure being its not the entire cup supporting the line roller just the “stalk” it would bend. But of course these are specialized reels so if you are a person who uses your van staal to its full potential, especially on rocks this is a negative for the loss of protection and on the chance that it does bend lifting a big fish. But if you are just a guy who walks the sand and walks out to a bar in shallow water the x2 is fine. As someone who hasn’t done anything super hardcore yet I am not opposed to the x2 for walking the beaches and getting a little down and dirty.Obviously the only thing we can’t know is how they hold up in time. I hope this is helpful to some people. Just my thoughts,opinions, and experiences.
  3. Hi Friends, I'm looking to sell my VSX 150. It comes with the power handle and is spooled with 30# spiderwire camo braid. This reel is clean, well maintained, but it comes in used condition and has some scratches and dings (see pictures). Still performs well though. Comes with everything in the pictures. I'm asking for $600 or best offer (shipped or available for pickup in West Palm Beach, FL). I am selling so that I can purchase a fly rod for local fish, and no longer need my striped bass slayer. Serious offers only. Thanks!
  4. I understand this is not a major issues but I got new VSX200 (not x2) and the handle is “out of time” as Id like to have the handle be down when the spool is fully extended. I got handle shims but it needs quite a few, 2 .3mm and 2 .1mm shims. The shims correct my issue but the handle is noticeably moved out because of them. My main concern is that the extra length could lead to the shaft snapping. The threads aren't exposed and the lip of the handle hub goes over its just a bit further out. If its an issue I will just buy a new handle hub and hope its machined better. First picture is without second picture is with the shims. I know its hard to see
  5. I understand this is not a major issues but I got new VSX200 (not x2) and the handle is “out of time” as Id like to have the handle be down when the spool is fully extended. I got handle shims but it needs quite a few, 2 .3mm and 2 .1mm shims. The shims correct my issue but the handle is noticeably moved out because of them. My main concern is that the extra length could lead to the shaft snapping. The threads aren't exposed and the lip of the handle hub goes over its just a bit further out. If its an issue I will just buy a new handle hub and hope its machined better. First picture is without second picture is with the shims. I know its hard to see
  6. I don't enjoy striper fishing anymore, so I'm selling everything. Located in Southern Maine. Pickup preferred, will ship everything free, except the Tsunami rod. Tsunami Airwave Elite 9'6" 3/4-3 2 piece. Excellent condition. Has the 'cracked' reel seat, which is common and is cosmetic only. See picture for how small it is. 9/10 condition easy. Applied electrical tape ambitiously at 30/40/50". Purchased new, used maybe 20 times. Pickup in Portland, or you pay shipping. $100 Van Staal VSX 150B. Purchased new this winter. Used maybe 20 times. Never reeled underwater, only occasionally splashed. Rinsed with freshwater after every use. Mechanically 10/10, visually 8/10. Shows some minor marks on spool and body, largest spot is on the handle base (See pictures). Includes Power Knob, standard knob, box, bag, and 30# Power Pro. $675 Daiwa BG 4000. Used maybe 10 times. Visually 9.5/10, mechanically 10/10. Like new. Comes with box and 20# Power Pro. $100 Shimano Terramar XX SE Spinning rod 7' Medium Power Fast Action 3/8-1oz. This was broken when I took a tumble. Broke off the first 2 guides, now the rod is 6'6". I cleaned up the last guide and applied epoxy to seal the end, looks clean and functions fine. $35 FJ Neil Supreme Surf Bag. Medium 5 tube. Very good condition. $30 Dr. Slick Squall Pliers. Includes holster, replacement cutting blades, upgraded carbineer. Like new. $40 Dr. Slick Hook Sharpener. Large. Used once. $10 Tinman Bare Smilin' Bill Jig heads. Unopened. 3/4 oz and 1oz. $1 per jig head, buy a whole pack please. SOLD Free/Donation: I have some stuff that isn't worth selling, but that people could use. If you purchases something and want any of this, just send me a few extra bucks or whatever you deem fair, and I'll throw it in: a few jig strips, new Korkers size 11 Idogrip rubber soles, split ring pliers, white head/red eye jig heads (3/4? 1?), assorted hooks, split rings, quick clips (50#), swivels. PayPal with full coverage only. Or cash/Venmo on pickup. Please add the 3% to cover the PP fees, and I'll cover the shipping costs. I appreciate you looking, and send me any questions!
  7. I am in the process of trying to buy 3 Van Staal's a 100,150,250 USA made Orginal or X-series model no preference. No Vr models. Any color. Would be willing to pay slightly more for gold even with the recent news. Need to able to ship! I have paypal. Needs to be 10/10 Mechanical, recent service would be nice not required. Cosmetics are not a issue, just no dings/scratches on spool lip etc. Orginal box/bag will be viewed more highly then just the reel. I am only currently interested in offers in which someone is trying to part with ALL 3 models. Maybe you have an old set sitting on the shelf or your looking to get out of the game and sell all 3 easily. Maybe I can help. Please do not post to make a single offer post, although appreciated. Not right now! I would like to see if this can work, otherwise for simplistic reasons I would go ahead and make 3 separate post. Once again please only offers in which you have a 100,150, and 250. Pictures are fine, but not required on initial offer to keep it more simple. Only by request, unless its not a burden.
  8. Looking for a mint VSX250 in black with box and bag thanks guys!!! Meet up in Long Island area.
  9. 1st post .. hope it's in the right spot .. what reels r excepted to crank underwater with no worries other than a van staal ... thx
  10. 11 foot genesis ..2-6oz 10 for DNA ..3/4-4oz 10.6 century slingshot ..2-5oz ...... What do yall recommend for vsx size on these rods .. I was thinking a 200 is perfect for all 3 but I've been told I need a 250 for the 11 n 10.6 .. how true is this?? Opions please .. hope there isn't such thing as to many posts
  11. Y go bailless?? I've been into the surf fiishing for a year or 2 .. not like that matters pros n cons please n thank u .. I've heard some I just wanna hear from yall .. tight lines
  12. Listing for a friend, VSX 200 mechanically 9/10, no issues see pics for cosmetics, typical rock rash power knob (no box) 50# PP super slick V2 ~2 years old $475 shipped, PayPal
  13. WTB Van Staal Gold 150. Will pay top dollar depending on condition & box/bag etc.
  14. WTB Van Staal VSB VSB250 X Series
  15. Listing 3 reels, pile is building again and I have some offshore gear I need funding for on the way. 1st is a like new VSX200, only a season old. Function 10/10, Cosmetics 9/10. No marks on the reel but the spool bottom has "surf rash" from sand please see pics. Filled with 300 of 40# SSv2 (Never registered, comes with box and papers can't find bag) Asking $650 shipped 2nd is a BNIB Stella 6000SWC. Picked this one up at the end of last season, been sitting in the box under my desk. Literally new (bigger Saltiga replacing it). $700 shipped --SOLD Last is a reel I know nothing about a Curado 201HG (left hand retrieve?). I won this at a fishing event, rarely fish fresh water but when I do I reel with my right hand. $80 takes it --SOLD Please see all pics. No trades at the moment thanks
  16. I have the following for sale, shipped and delivered. More pics upon request. $365 - Odm Frontier x 9’6” 3/4-4oz Only had for 1/2 the season, perfect condition. SOLD!!! $175 - Odm DNA Back Bay 7’6” 3/8-1.5oz - Perfect condition, had for 3/4 season. SOLD!!!! $50 - Vsx200/250 Black power knob -Excellent condition $750 - 2019 Stella 6000 SWB HG - great condition, knob arm is only part with a scratch from lure hook.....i know, i know, my bad. Shimano platinum service makes this reel great. SOLD!!!! $105 - Odm 2 tube plug bag 2 of the d rings rusted some, ive had this bag for 3 seasons so it is what it is. Great bag, but finally ordered a flatlander. only selling this stuff for a new endeavor, tuna fishing......now thats expensive stuff. Let me know if you have any questions.
  17. Looking to buy a used VSX200 or 250 in good condition. Preferably in silver.
  18. So I've had my Van Staal VSX 150 for about a year now. Ever since I got it though, I felt that the drag was too light. When locked down tight, I could turn the spool without much effort. I didn't return the reel and just fished it with drag locked tight every time - I know I shouldn't have been. I'm currently going through my reels for maintenance. In the process, I checked out the drag for my Shimano Stradic FK 3k and 4k and both have much more drag output than the VSX. I quickly searched to see if I could upgrade the drag on the VSX myself, but it looks like it's not as straight forward, because it is sealed drag. My question is... Has anyone upgraded their VSX drag? If so, how? Currently, I don't think that it has enough drag to handle spring stripers in the 35lb+ weight class - I'd have to worry about getting spooled. I still have about a month until the 1 year is up on the reel, but I'm not sure if VS will identify it as a "problem" since mechanically, it's fine... It just doesn't perform.
  19. Looking to trade BNIB VSX 150 Silver for a Bailed VSX 150...looking for silver bailed VSX 150 must be in mint to excellent condition if not new...thanks
  20. Selling a very lightly used VSX150S. Purchased from Saltwater Edge end of last season, only fished the back bays maybe 10 trips max. Never registered, I usually point out any minor imperfections on my reels but there really aren't any on this one. Its spooled with a little over 300 of 30# Superslick V2. Just funding other projects. Asking $600 firm shipped pp
  21. Looking for a VSX 200 Must be clean and mechanically perfect. Any color. Long Island pick up
  22. Title says it, looking for Vsx200, preferably black, was going to buy brand new but let me know whats out there! Has to be shipped to 94080. PS, also would entertain a Zeebaas z25. thanks
  23. Hello. I'm looking to sell or trade Van Staal VSB X-SERIES Bailed Spinning Reel. The only reason for trading/selling is that I'm not happy with the drag. I just disassembled, put some Penn Reel Grease on the carbontex washers and assembled the drag again. I am currently getting 10 lbs of drag right off the spool. I had a digital scale connected right off of the line roller. So the drag directly off the line roller is about 10lbs when the drag is locked tight and there's a minor scruff on the foot of the reel (you can see it in the picture). Other than that, it's in very good condition. I purchased this reel from Tackle Direct last year on 12/14 for $870 and used it only a handful of times. For trade: The reel $50 Cabela's gift card (if upgrading to a more expensive reel) + Cash (if upgrading to a more expensive reel) I'm not looking to reel underwater. I want a reel that's sand-proof. Zeebaas ZX2 (ZX22RB) Van Staal X-Series 200 (VSB200SXP) Daiwa Saltiga (SALTIGA5000H, SALTIGA6500H) For selling: The reel, bag, and box (all in the picture) for $575 shipped, or $600 shipped if you want the $50 Cabela's gift card as well
  24. Selling a very good condition VS200SX bailess model purchased winter 2016. I am the original owner (still have original receipt). Used for 2 1/2 seasons, has the usual usage scratches on the handle knob and some rash on the bottom(shown in pics). Comes with orignal box, bag, paperwork, etc. Other than that 10/10 mechanically and 9/10 cosmetically imo. $620.00 shipped via pp insured
  25. Want to buy a black VSX150. Show me what you got
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