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Old 03-07-2015, 09:47 AM   #11 (permalink)
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No worries Saw, this is going to be a bass rod as the masses have steered me in the right direction.

Once I have this one done though I'll start on a new setup for trout and salmon.

Thanks SNick, I'll be sure to give them a look. Do you know if they make them lefthanded? Years of using a spinning reel make it feel strange whenever I have a handle in my right hand.

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Old 03-07-2015, 09:55 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Zebco.. Omega... The 33 (classic spincast), the 808(heavy duty...
Johnson Century...
Daiwa Goldcast
Abu Garcia Abumatic (holds 140yds of 12)...
I personally use a Daiwa ul/6lb on a 4foot rod for fishing the DPR (because of the overhanging crap), and I have a Zeb 808 on a old glass shakesphere rod I use for carp/cats n the Fox...
You can find a left handed model, or an ambi handle switcher one if you hunt real hard...
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1. Reel handles UP when castng (if right handed, lefty straight down)...
2. NEVER reel on a slack line... Use you fingers to keep constant tension ...
3. Use cheaper mono because the pick-up mechanism is just a little pin that pops up when you start to reel... Lots of abrasion and you'll change line more often if you use it a lot and the "slick" lines won't catch the pin like mono...
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Old 03-08-2015, 02:03 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Catfishin' would be my choice. Or any other application where you need a cheap rig for bigger fish and there might be concerns of breakage. All I can say is don't every buy a St Croix as you will be SPOILED!
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Old 03-10-2015, 11:57 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I'm leaning on the Omega and Goldcast, I'll have to go to Cabela's soon and check them out.

Thanks for the tip on using Mono, I was going to just slap some green Firewire on it but the Omega comes with Cajun line and I may give that a shot as it's not something that I've used before. I'll respool though since I have no idea how long it's been on that spool.

Another day and a bigger wallet will see me with a Croix set up for trout, it'll just take some time.
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So I decided on the Omega Z03, and all I can say is wow. It's surprisingly a lot heavier than I would have imagined but it's also built like a tank so that makes sense.

I was able to switch the handle to the left side using a nickle, literally a nickle that I had lying on the table, without issue. The fact that it came with a spare spool is really great. I respooled with some 8lb line on one of the spools and with 10lb on the other.

Now all I need is for some better weather!
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Tie on a lure without hooks and throw it outside on the lawn... Remember to point the reel handles up (or down) so you cast with a "flick" rather than trying to overpower it...
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