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rabbi2
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:58 am Reply with quote Back to top

Why do we spend over 100 on a reel when something cheaper would suffice?
Is it to gain a few extra yards? and if so is it worth it?
I have spent 1,000s of pounds on gear over the years as have a few of you lads and when you come to add it all up, did it warrant the outlay?
I think not. Just to gain a few extra yards on your cast.

I have started to use some of my old and trusted gear such as the Abu 7,000, my Seastreaks and Mitchell reels and to be quite honest I am hitting about the same distance as some of my new stuff.
The same applies to my rods such as the Supercast Paul Kerry MK1.

I have decided not to buy anymore gear ever, and to make do with my existing gear.
Will do a full report on my Scotland trip with pics and gear used as I am having a week up there with some very good mates who know the area.
Cheers
keith big grin big grin


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:54 am Reply with quote Back to top

I understand what your saying Keith but I personally would feel more confident using a well known make rod or reel but as we know they cost that bit more.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:17 pm Reply with quote Back to top

There are some second hand bargains to be had. You can get the well known makes at a good price so there is no need to buy brand new all the time. I for one would never spend 200-300 quid on a rod when i can pay much less winking
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:21 am Reply with quote Back to top

You knew I would back up your thoughts didn't you Keith? I do tend to buy new occasionally but never the top of the range stuff, there just isn't any vaild reason for doing so as you have suggested.
My neighbour and fishing buddy came back to the sport after a gap of several years and bought himself a 17 ft jobbie by a certain well known maker which cost him over 200. Has he caught any more fish than me, can he cast it any further than I do - nope and nope!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:56 am Reply with quote Back to top

Yep, you and me normally tend to think on the same lines, It's not that I have become tight fisted but even when you buy new gear and find out that it doesn't suit your style of fishing, the second hand price is so low that it doesn't pay to post it even as the return is so small.

Buy a reel today for say 150 and you'll get 50 tomorrow for it (If your lucky)
The same applies to rods.

It seems to be the newbies that get caught out with the sales pitch and glittering descriptions that are advertised in the glossy mags.

Funny but true is that when GULP (the imitation bait) was introduced. I tried it and failed miserably. but my mate caught 4 whiting on a black bootlace soaked in pilchard oil!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:00 am Reply with quote Back to top

I love it, reminds me of last year when a little local lad was fishing in the harbour with a bit of bacon rind because he didn't know what else, when much to his surprise (and ours), he pulls in a 6lb bass!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:22 pm Reply with quote Back to top

We're rather spoilt for choice these days aren't we. So much decent quality tackle at very reasonable prices compared to years ago. The difficulty is in distinguishing between the cheap rubbish and the inexpensive good stuff.

In general I think it's sensible to buy the best you can afford, but these days the best is not always the priciest. Probably the mid-price range contains the best value.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:22 pm Reply with quote Back to top

It's not so long ago on here that someone on this thread complained about a cheapish rod they bought being floppy, falling to bits and the rings rusting- my philosophy is you get what you pay for.

The old ABU 7000's and Mitchells were top of the pile at the time rabbi- why did you buy those when you could have bought cheaper?- their longevity is testament to their quality build and components- my first ABU 6500 cost me a weeks wages which i diligently saved up for- it's still going strong- a price worth paying? I think so
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:00 pm Reply with quote Back to top

This was the point of my original post, good second-hand gear can still be had at a fraction of the new stuff now on the market.

I have dug out all my old serviceable stuff and intend to use it on my weeks trip to Scotland.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:10 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Have to agree with RW there. Recently wanted some spares for my Daiwa reels, phoned them up and they posted them free! Admittedly it was only only line roller bits but I fully expected to have to pay at least a fiver for three sets.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:00 pm Reply with quote Back to top

eccles wrote:
Have to agree with RW there. Recently wanted some spares for my Daiwa reels, phoned them up and they posted them free! Admittedly it was only only line roller bits but I fully expected to have to pay at least a fiver for three sets.
Have also had good after sales from Daiwa Eccles,along with Mitchell(freshwater reels)and Shimano through my local tackle shop happy happy happy
 
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