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Ahab 16 Spinning Review

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I'm thinking about buying one of the ahab spinning reels , the model is the 16. Anyone know anything about these reels and would you recommend them.my thanksin advance to anyone that has any advice , john

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What are planning to use it for? Bait, big lures, small lures?

 

In a nutshell, they are sturdy reels that are very heavy for their size and in my experience not very braid friendly.

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My wife got me an Ahab 16 for Christmas two years ago.

 

I spooled it with 40# Stren Superbraid.

 

I had 3 major tangles in 5 casts cwm13.gif

 

It effing HATES braid. beatin.gif

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Ditch,

 

That braid is way too thin. I found with my 8a, if I went with 50# powerpro, the tangles went away. Anything thinner and it was wind knot city. For the 16, you may want to go even heavier. Or just get a better reel for braid...

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I have one that's 12 yrs old it weighs 31.0 oz. and it built like a tank solid and trust worthy it still has all of the original parts it's never needed anything but regular maintanince I use 65# PP I use it for plugging,eels on the beach and bucktails.

O after 10 yrs I smartened up and shaved the bail off due to loss of pluggagekooky.gif

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Don't have the 16 but have had a 12 for years and love it. Use it along Hatteras Island for throwing metal and some plugs. Strong, dependable, no problems (knock on wood), easy to work on. I can say nothing but good things about the Ahab line.

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I picked one up at the RISAA show this year and have it spooled w/ 65lb powerpro. I have used it a few time to throw plugs and had no wind not or bail closure issues. It is however very heavy and will wear on you after a while. I now plan to throw it on a 9' rod and strictly use it to throw live or rigged eels.

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