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Shimano Sedona FI 4000 a good reel?

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I was looking forward to using a brand new Penn Pursuit IV 3000 arriving for my vacation in mid September - targeting pompano, macs, blues, and puppy reds. Then I got a notice that deliveries will be delayed until mid-Oct. My local BP store carries the Sedona FI in 4000 -- is this a good reel for light surf work?

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IMO, you would be better off with a penn for the surf. No doubt that Shimano makes some awesome reels, I just feel like the ruggedness of a penn in that budget category would be ideal. Just my two cents though.
 

However, if it’s a matter of fishing vs. not fishing, totally buy it if you feel financially comfortable. 

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Yes. I’m an aficionado of cheapish reels. I’ve tried many between $30 & $100. So far, 6 years or so, the Sedona has outclassed them all. $70. FWIW anything under $50, all manufacturers, is generally no so good after a year, and $100 are not any better than $70ish reels. IM opinion, YMMV, etc.

 

decent reel, my 3000 has lasted with very little maintenance 3 years. 

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It is mid September, not much time. The Sedona looks to be a decent reel and Shimano makes a good reel so you'll be ok with it. Truthfully, I'd post a WTB ad in the BST Forum for a 4000 size reel and see what you come up with, the Sedona is $70, if you could scratch up another $30, you might grab something worthwhile. Or take a look at a new Daiwa SS1600, brandy new at just over a hunny. You'd never regret it.

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My 9yr old son has handled fish to 42#s on this Daiwa exceler 3500 from Wally World.  Best sub $40 reel I've ever seen.  Almost 2yrs on it it with very little care.

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Yes, I recommended it to one who has a problem with spheros (sedona 8000 does not have a parallel foot, BUT yess sub 5k...6k model?)...it comes with hex shaft and a low ratio or fast version...similar to the Sahara or Nasci with seals...look A.H.

Don't they have the 5k? or a lethal40.

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14 hours ago, beatonem said:

My 9yr old son has handled fish to 42#s on this Daiwa exceler 3500 from Wally World.  Best sub $40 reel I've ever seen.  Almost 2yrs on it it with very little care.

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That is some really nice line lay for a $40 reel. Definitely will not get that with a Penn Pursuit. 

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Interesting to see how many have given the thumbs up to the Sedona FL for “light surf” useage. Not saying it wouldn’t work but for a little bit above that $70 price point there are a few better options.

 

I have a Sedona FL 2500 for freshwater and love it. Very smooth reel and nice line lay. Curious if the 4000 is beafier.

 

Not sure how it the Pursuit 4 compares to the 3 (I have a 3) but it works for a $40 reel. Line lay is mediocre and doesn’t like 8 carrier braids. Pretty rugged tho, actually has a really nice bail wire which surprised me. Nice they have the HT-100 washers now as well. 

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