Discussion of Sea Fishing Reels, multiplier and fixed spool reels.
Boxerman wrote:I have two Abu 6500s, an old one without mag braking and a newer one with. I also have a Daiwa Slosh which does not have mag braking. Apart from the mag reel being immediately adjustable, I cannot notice any vast difference when casting. Then again, I cannot cast 200yds + so perhaps my opinion is not worth anything?
Right handed people wind with their left hand when using a F/S reel but their right hand with a multi. I cannot see why a Left handed person cannot adapt in the same way, you will be severely limiting your choice if you are looking for a left handed multi.
The Penn 525 / 515s are brilliant reels but expensive, the Daiwa Sloshs are virtually bulletproof but don't have mags and are about half the price.
I like my Abu's but they don't have the winching power of the 525s or Slosh's (Not that you are supposed to use a reel as a winch, but sometimes ...) so they are used on clean beaches only.
If I was buying a reel now and could only have one, I would go for a Penn 525, if I could afford it, if it was out of my price range I would get an SL20SH
Original Diawa 7ht two used and abused every year in Egland and ireland and keep coming back for more. Quick tip with any multiplier until you get used to it dont overload it with line saves on birdsnests. My reels get serviced and cleaned every four weeks minimum and if they get alot of salt spray after every trip. Only spare part i have ever bought is the roller bar on them