An alternative to the Penn 850

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An alternative to the Penn 850

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Okuma EZ-65 if you can get one.
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Have a look at the Diawa's, I have found the BF5500's to be most reliable and smooth over the last three years but you may have to search around to find them. I also agree with rabbi2 that the better Okuma's are worth having.

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http://www.nimpopo.com/acatalog/Shakesp ... .html#a114


Don't know if this is of any interest to you...............maybe ???

JOLI

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To put it in a nutshell anything is preferable yo the Penn850 lol :D :D >:) >:)
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I like the look of the Shakespeare - I feel my reaching for a credit card.

As for the 850 - I am amazed at the number of bad reports I have found for this reel. I thought Penn were a good make - what on earth did they do that made it so bad - or was it a case of buying in cheap and nasty and badging it as a Penn?

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Not sure but my mate had one and within about 15 months, the drag adjuster screw was completely knackered resulting in the spool top parting company with the spool never to work again. In other words a major quality problem. Incidently, whatever you decide to go for, make sure the spool skirt is fairly deep. Some are very narrow these days (a design fault IMO) which means that the line can get trapped underneath the spool - not a pleasant experience especially in the dark when you can't always see exactly what is happening.

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The 850 had a weak bale arm return spring, the gearing was plastic as well as the probs eccles had, all in all a shody piece of gear. perhaps they knew Shakespeare were taking them over and it was aimed at the cheaper end of the market.
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Didn't know Shakespeare had bought out Penn.
The only thing holding me back from the Shakespear reel is that it looks like it has a shallow skirt - I would prefer a deep skirt.

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You didn't read the man's post RW he doesn't want to pay for a high price reel and he doesn't need to IMO. The oldest of my Diawa BF5500's is now three years old and goes out virtually every week. It also has a hard plastic coated spool so no problems with corrosion - someone suggested that said coating soon starts to get a bit rough. Well, I haven't seen it yet - still as smooth as a baby's bum.

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Post by geordiesandman »

i had a vey similar issue, and went for an okuma distance surf rather than the penn, (for a penn rod incidentally). i cant fault it afte many hrs of abuse its had no problems at all, and it looks good too

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Anything by Daiwa !

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