Charlieredfish

Stradic 5000 vs 30b King Mackerel

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Sharing pic of King Mackerel caught on a Stradic 5000 at pier...king ran about 200 yards, came back and ran out again 100 yards...Stradic performed beyond expectations...20lb braid was used so I had about 300 yards...although the reel is super light weight it has good power...this was really fun to catch...big fish small reel...

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Very nice catch, Charlie. Todays reels are something else when it comes to big fish on small gear. 

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The Stradics are one of the best buys for the price for a light weight all purpose FW and inshore SW reel.

 

Just keep an eye on the felt drags, too many hard running fish will wear them out. I usually just swap out the felt drags for carbon fiber right off the bat.

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13 mins ago, Beastly Backlash said:

The Stradics are one of the best buys for the price for a light weight all purpose FW and inshore SW reel.

 

Just keep an eye on the felt drags, too many hard running fish will wear them out. I usually just swap out the felt drags for carbon fiber right off the bat.

Agreed with all this, except the 5000 is the only size that comes with carbon drag washers...I had read about it here on SOL...so I called Shimano and got conformation right from the horse's mouth (sizes 1000-4000 do indeed have the felt drag washers)

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1 hour ago, albacized said:

Agreed with all this, except the 5000 is the only size that comes with carbon drag washers...I had read about it here on SOL...so I called Shimano and got conformation right from the horse's mouth (sizes 1000-4000 do indeed have the felt drag washers)

 

The new ones do comes stock with carbon fiber????? Nice!

 

I know the previous generation of 5000FJ's had felt washers and I had to swap them out after they all turned to felt dust.

 

Every so often I hook into some powerful fish on my Stradic 2500FK, it is due for a drag washer swap at this point.

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Great info on the carbon fiber washers...did not know that...

 

using the Stradic 5000 is fun to fish with for Spanish Mackerel and Boniitos too.   

Bonitos make that little scream too...

 

thanks all, 

 

c

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i have 3 stradics--- 2 FJs and an FK ....all 2500-3000 size...my father in law had one felt washer set disintegrate on a 2500 FJ with a 40lb King Mack in the Keys....we had to chase it with boat to keep it from spooling us...ended up getting the fish but retiring the reel until servicing... .....swapped all out to carbon now and they are awesome... i have a 4000 sustain fi and it does have the carbon washers from factory......but i still find myself picking up my 3000FJ more than all of them.

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NICE great job on light equipment. Still can't figure out why Shimano and others don't factory install carbon fiber. They have known of felt failings for years with there bulk buying power i would not think it would cost much more. Sorry to rant great fish.

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