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Ok thanks for the info on visser reels. Now I’m asking about IRT reels. Anyone using them. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks 

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I dont have an IRT, but I'm not sure if these are able to be submerged.  My quick research says..no.

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Consider trying to unhook/release a fish without dragging it up onto the sand.  A sealed reel will be your tool of choice for this.

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If I’m in the water I always release fish from water. It’s when I’m fishing in the edge that waves get you and the sand gets in reel

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Ksong loves them. He carries them in his shop. AFAIK there is no "long cast" spool for any IRT reel, and AFAIK the company doesn't advertise them as meant for use submerged.

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Not sure where you are at but you can go to the shop and see how they are built.   They are nice people.  Out of my budget and needs but they don't seem to make claims they can't live up to.

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I actually got to use my IRT 300xl for the first time this weekend. Feels like a little tank. I believe they are fully sealed but can't remember right now. My one gripe is that the power knob / handle is SMALL. I banged my knuckles on the handle numerous times while cranking and it got pretty irritating. Going to take some getting used to.

 

 

 

 

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4 mins ago, Joe Paranee said:

I have an IRT 5500 DD 

 

nice reel but I would not choose as a surf reel

Tell us more. Why not as a surf reel?

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39 mins ago, BrianBM said:

Tell us more. Why not as a surf reel?

I don't believe they are sealed as well as the other options out there 

 

regretfully I am a spinning rod and reel junkie 

 

i have a bit of fly, casting and heavy conventional stuff but I really have a thing for spinning tackle 

 

I have Vissers, IRT’s, VR’s, VS’s, Stella’s, Saltiga’s, Certate’s , Accurate SR’s etc 

 

If your looking for a surf reel go with the Visser or the VS or VR 

 

I really like my Vissers and I have caught fish on them but only light dunking and spray 

 

i have used a VR150 in the surf and they are great reels and i especially like the VR50 & 75 for light tackle applications and I use them for hard use boat rods. And have landed alot of Stripers , blue fish and reds on them.

 

i also use a Visser #4 as a boat reel and its also a favorite paired on a Zenaq Foketto Longcast and its awesome on Stripers and Albies 

 

If I were looking for a reel to reel under water than I would choose the VS its proven. 

 

If I were looking for a straight up boat reel the Stella’s and the Saltigas as well as the Certate are the ticket with the nod going to the Daiwa stuff

 

The IRT is very similar to the Accurate. Both have a very coffee grinder feel and while they are both well made they are not a refined as the others imho 

 

A Visser and a IRT as well as a Saltiga and a Stella are going to Panama with me in a month. The IRT does not have the fastest retrieve so it will be mounted on a 2-4 PE slow pitch rod 

 

Here is my 5500 DD the day i got it 

 

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