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Advice on Shakespeare SALT FDX Reels & ABU SWi Series

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:15 am
by eldarvanyar

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:29 pm
by Yakdiver
I've got the Shakespeare Salt Surf XDS which I find OK, but nothing to shout about

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:57 pm
by eccles
Seems to have all the desirable features although a trifle large. I just bought a Jarvis Walker (Aussie firm) Aurora 6500 for quite a bit less - looks very similar and although a smaller reel, still holds 330 yds of line (when will you need more?).
For a spinning reel you need a small lightweight job which holds around 120 yds of line or so I think the Abu Cardinal SW's are a bit much so how about a Fladen Maxximus DX Spinning Reel which looks excellent value to me.

Posted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:06 pm
by eldarvanyar
Thanks very much for taking the time to reply.

How much would it cost to buy a decent FS reel?

All my Course Fishing reels are Daiwa, Mitchhell and Shimano which were expensive at the time.


Posted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:08 pm
by eldarvanyar
Sorry, I forgot to add. how do I tell what size a reel is?
You mentioned 4 TO 5 size?



Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:20 pm
by eccles
Size should be about the spool diameter in my opinion (an important matter when it comes to casting in my experience) but in actual fact they seem to vary and I don't understand why - maybe RW can explain. Lets just say that 4000/5000 reels generally seem to hold around 150 yds of 10lb line.
I note his remark about spool capacity but if one uses braid for lure casting as I do and a few others these days too, you can get an awful lot of line on a small lightweight reel.