525 super mag and penn 980

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I purchased the super mag last night on ebay, I found the super mag I was looking for, but already have a mint 980 which I find excellent casting.  My question for those who might know better in this thread, as two distance reels and having no experience with the 525 line, how does the super mag stack up against other in-class reels for distance?  How much better than the 980 and overall durability, drag an maintenance?  Herd alot of good things about these reels....


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The 525 with the mag and spool tension adjusted just right will cast very far. I have two extra mags on mine like the ‘super’ model. It can consistently bring you to the edge of fluff, but if you get greedy with the adjustments you’ll be walking backwards pulling line off the reel :banghd:

  I speed jigged mine on a Panama kayak trip for 5 days and it was awesome with the 6.0 :1 gear ratio. The drags are good, around 20#, and they are adjustable. Maintenance is fairly easy, only one bearing is a PIA to get to.

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