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Quality Beach Fixed Spool

Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:58 pm
by sparkyman
Hi All,

Would welcome your Fixed spool experience as I need to replace some Chinese junk that's rapidly losing the will to keep up with the sunny day, 5kt, no swell/no current type of conditions that call for 2Oz at 50yds to hook up with the local flatties.

I've bought cheap in May & now regret it - now I want to "Invest" in a quality fixed spool that will be a silky smooth pleasure to use, reliable & dependable, with known spares back up from a UK service centre (if poss ?)

It will be used for light beach work with a Bass rod - i'll keep the heavyweight distance work for the multipliers & bigger sticks - don't need a huge surf reel that will take 300yds of 30lb line, 250yds of 12 or 15lb will be more than enough - would I be correct in thinking 5000 size (not quite in touch with the FS sizing notation ?)

I'm also thinking I'll probably be looking at Daiwa or Shimano.....but are there any other "premium" brands of FS that I should be considering ?

If you could comment on Make/Model so I can do some more research

As always, Appreciate your experiences & valued opinions

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:33 am
by eccles
You might have to hunt around a bit but I have been using a couple of Daiwa BF5500's for the last two or three years - very dependable and not too pricey. Alternatively, go for one of the Daiwa Opus series. Shimano are good too but more expensive.

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:27 am
by conga
eccles wrote:You might have to hunt around a bit but I have been using a couple of Daiwa BF5500's for the last two or three years - very dependable and not too pricey. Alternatively, go for one of the Daiwa Opus series. Shimano are good too but more expensive.
As Eccles says the Opus is worth a look,comes in several sizes,I have two of the 5500 size and they have been very reliable over the last three years.
Shimano very good if you are willing to pay a bit more.
Good luck with your choice whatever you settle on,tight lines,Mick :D :D

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:54 am
by Judgegeoff
I bought a Daiwa BF5500 on advice given on this forum (thanks Keith and Eccles) and have never regretted it. It does everything that I want it to do and is a pleasure to use.

Cheers, Geoff :D :D :D

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:09 am
by redmouse
i got an abu soron 70 a while back for my lighter fishing its i cant speak highly enough of it. i pair it to either a bass rod or a foo fighter and its perfect. ive one reel loaded with braid and the other one with 10lb mono and 30lb leaders. ive had a double dogs on it and it handled it no probs, not exactly a doggie reel so i wouldnt be targeting them with it but it will get them in if needed.
its not the cheapest but the drag is silky smooth and the size is perfect for a bass rod and light fishing.

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:33 pm
by sparkyman
...any comments on the Shimano Aerlex XS and the Penn Surfmaster & Captiva models .....?

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:52 pm
by redmouse
if your thinking about getting a surfmaster then put your money in the toilet and flush, same end result :D
do a search on them, the 750/850 are getting bad reviews from everyone who doesnt write for a magazine.
the older 60/70 models are a crackin reel tho if you can get one 2nd hand. the 60 would be nice on a bass rod. the paint on the handle flakes off badly but the reels themselves are very very good.

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:07 pm
by sparkyman

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:40 pm
by eccles
I still say you won't go far wrong with Daiwa in my experience. I have just had a look at several reviews of the Emcast Evos and all the guys praise them so it's not just me. Don't know if they are chinese made but don't discount them, they are making some good stuff these days as they have learned a lot in recent years. If they get the hang of making cars in the next year or so, it could be quite painful for some european manufacturers.....

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:55 pm
by Iknowagoodplaice

Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 12:24 pm
by sparkyman

Posted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 7:19 pm
by sparkyman
..stripped the new reel down today and the main bearings just fell out - they're a rattling fit in the casing halves.......the resulting rock on the handle when winding is very noticeable and a bit concerning as I suspect the bearings will start to oval & widen the seats in the plastic case halves, not to mention what the rocking main gear & pinion may suffer from all this unwanted movement.

Also noticed a lot of side play in the main gear which explains the excess fore/aft handle movement with a locked rotor - main gear is not correctly meshed with pinion - needs a shim or two I think.

Re-built with grease on the outer races - a slight improvement but not good enough in my view. May try PTFE tape next - don't want to use Bearing Fit as a) I think it's non-compatible with a lot of plastics and b) I'd have problems drifting them out if they ever need replacing.

Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:07 pm
by eccles
Well there ya go, I always advise folk not to buy S/H reels without having a good look at them - you just don't know how the previous owner treated them and there are some right dinlos out there.