Russ57

Seeking saltwater capable UL spinning reel recomendations

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Reel will likely be used mostly in fresh water but I'd prefer something that can handle saltwater.  I could see it used for catching bait and maybe flats/inshore fishing.  Mostly fresh water exotic panfish/peacock bass.

 

Would like low weight, great drag, and reasonable/low price.  I was thinking Fuego or Nasci.  Kinda like something along the line of what the old Daiwa 1300 ss was just a bit smaller/lighter.  200 yards of 6# mono would be nice but I could live with 150 I guess.

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I picked up this reel Daiwa GEKKABIJIN EX 1003-RH from another person, it's JDM daiwa design for both fresh and salt but heavily focused on salt 1000 size reel. It's mag sealed, essentially a 1k size saltiga since they don't make saltiga that size

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1 hour ago, Russ57 said:

Reel will likely be used mostly in fresh water but I'd prefer something that can handle saltwater.  I could see it used for catching bait and maybe flats/inshore fishing.  Mostly fresh water exotic panfish/peacock bass.

 

Would like low weight, great drag, and reasonable/low price.  I was thinking Fuego or Nasci.  Kinda like something along the line of what the old Daiwa 1300 ss was just a bit smaller/lighter.  200 yards of 6# mono would be nice but I could live with 150 I guess.

Why not get the daiwa 1300?    They are just short of bullet proof.  If not 1300 there was a smaller one. 700?   

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2 hours ago, Stryper Snyper said:

Why not get the daiwa 1300?    They are just short of bullet proof.  If not 1300 there was a smaller one. 700?   

Seriously, this is the ticket. Those reels were so far ahead of their time for light line applications. 

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The last light reel that Scoobydoo recommended, before he took a new job, was the Battle III DX. I got a 300, haven't gotten it wet yet.

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Penn 430SS if you can find one, bulletproof. Also the Diawa Tournament 1300, or 700 mentioned above, saltwater ultralight has a different definition from freshwater ultralight. Saltwater being closer to a med light to medium freshwater rod. The Diawa 1300 has been a respected steelhead reel for decades.

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I’ve use a Shimano Sedona 1000 and 2500 in the salt for 2 years.  Backbay and surf, maybe 2-3 times a month.  Still good as new with rinse afterwards and occasional oiling.  The Sedona, Sahara, and Nasci are essentially the same reel.  Nasci has more bearings and is sealed.

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I use a Shimano stradic 1000 and 2500 on a noodle rod in the surf and have landed some decent bass and blues on both..

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I noticed a  lot of guides in the Keys use A Shimano Stradic.

Anything comparable to that would work just fine.

Here's a UL Stradic 4 to 8 spooled with 6 pound mono and

matched with a Shimano GLF rod.

 

 

Here's a UL Daiwa 2 to 6 spooled with 4 pound mono.

 

 

 

2 pound Braid with 10 pound Fluorocarbon.

 

 

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I have 2 Fuegos, 2500 and 3000.  I use them all the time on my light Lamiglas 8-15# outfits.  Love them, caught a lot of schoolies on them this year up to about 25".  They are not as nice as my Stradic in terms of stiffness, but for the money I think they are great reels, very light and smooth.

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13 hours ago, BrianBM said:

The last light reel that Scoobydoo recommended, before he took a new job, was the Battle III DX. I got a 300, haven't gotten it wet yet.

 

So you were able to keep it dry while fishing with it?:D

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