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NewBass




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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:42 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Hi All
New to this forum and am looking at getting into spinning for bass, as opposed to boat fishing due to health reasons , sad anyway's am going to use Shakespeare Salt Bass, and Shakespeare Alpha X bass rods, now for reels, don't want to spend a shedfull on reels and have been told that Shimano Exage and Catana reels are good vfm for getting started on spinning to see how things go and maybe move up if I and my body are happy with it worried can anyone give any opinions good or otherwise on these reels.... confused all info / advice gratefully received... Wave many thanks

Sean.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:54 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I've got an Exage 4000. It's a compact reel, smooth running and beautiful line lay. Haven't used it a great deal so far but I find it a very good reel. Difficult to improve on I'd say.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:55 pm Reply with quote Back to top

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:45 pm Reply with quote Back to top

ive got the rear drag exage and its a fine little reel. probably a little small on the salt bass tho, fine if just for spinning but wont be any good with leads and bait
 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:24 am Reply with quote Back to top

Hi and welcome to the forums.
The rods you,ve named are a bit on the heavy side for spinning, more like light shore bait rods and the Exage / Catana reels are not really strong enough for that sort of job.
The general opinion on most sites these days is to go for an 8-10ft rod rated to cast 15-40g for spinning or plugging. These weigh only half as much as the salt bass rod and match perfectly with 3000/4000 size Exage /Catana reels, though personally I,d spend 15 pounds more and get the Seido. Use 15lb mono or 20lb braid for a good balanced outfit that is light enough to use all day.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:39 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks all for the advice, any particular rods in mind....not lots of 'ss though.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:46 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I only use baitcaster combo,s now so not sure what are the best for FS reels now but have a look at the harrissportmail site and also veals.co.uk.
Grauvell Teklons get a lot of good write ups as do the Savagegear Bushwackers. Also worth a look at the Abu and Berkley ranges.
You should find something very good for 45- 60 . I,d avoid cheaper as the actions can be a little floppy.
Try the lads at North Devon Angling in Barnstaple, They are all keen pluggers and lure users.
 
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