EricDice

Overrated reel for a light or ML rod

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put aside balance a moment…
 

Do you ever fish a beefier reel & line than the rod might otherwise suggest? 
 

Like a 6k reel with 20-30 lbs braid & 30 lbs + leader on a L or ML 8-9 footer? Or a 4k reel on a light 7’ inshore rod?

 

Is there any benefit? Fight a decent fish with the butt like a fly rod. 
 

 

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Or just go lighter line / leader & reel then live with the potential drawbacks?

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I used to only use 4k sized reels and up on every rod, even a little 6' medium light rod I used with 1 ounce of lead and pulled up mangrove snapper with (looking back, not the best idea for a rod like that lol). Never had a problem aside from weight on some rods. Got the fish in and if something bigger came along then I had a more powerful reels to get them in easier. Then I discovered the Daiwa LT series of reels, specifically the Exceler and the Fuego in 2500. Now I only use 2500's, 6k's, and 6500's, save for the one SSVI 4500 LL that I have on a 10' 1-5 for lighter chunking and bait. I have a few 4000 sized reels that I will occasionally break out for some more specific tasks or when a 2500 isn't enough and a 6500 is too much. On vacations, I always make sure to take a 4000 sized reel, just in case the stripers are out and I want a bigger reel for that potential moment that I hook into a 20 pounder.

 

I don't use overly powerful spinning gear very often anymore but I do use overpowered casting gear for jigging. I have a lake trout jigging rod that is, in reality, a medium duty largemouth rod. I have 30 pound braid on it and I'm using 2-3 ounce jigs with it, and it's rated to 3/4 or 1 ounce or something around there. It works great. I have a heavier jigging rod too that's rated to 1-5 oz that I use sometimes when I know I'm going to only be using the big stuff that functions a little better with that gear.

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2 hours ago, EricDice said:

put aside balance a moment…
 

Do you ever fish a beefier reel & line than the rod might otherwise suggest? 
 

Like a 6k reel with 20-30 lbs braid & 30 lbs + leader on a L or ML 8-9 footer? Or a 4k reel on a light 7’ inshore rod?

 

Is there any benefit? Fight a decent fish with the butt like a fly rod. 
 

 

I like a 5k size shimano on a 8’6 M-ML. Holds 300yds of light braid (20ish) in case something big wants to spool you. I snag the occasional batray up to 100# and 300yds is enough to handle the long runs. Also, the larger spool size and light braid combo = great casting distance. Similar to LC design reels. 6K size is too big IMO the spool won’t line up with the guide train…usually I see guys fishing those “upside down” LOL

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Forgot to add the light action rods help with keeping lighter treble hooks pinned. And casting lighter stuff further in general.  Great combo for bombing 3/4-1oz spooks and other 4-5” plastic baits. 

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I did for a long time

Why? Cause it was all I could afford at the time.  2 rods. 1 reel with 2 spools.   Line matched with rods. 

 

It kinda stuck with me cause I still like slightly off balance setups with larger reels. 

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