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Pike Lover
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:48 PM 02/23/10 (CST)
Found this for a paltry sum of 3.99 at the Sally today. I was happy to snatch it up, even though I don't really NEED it. Any how, it is not something I would typicly seek out. The reel is probably 80's. It seems to work well. It is a Bantom Mag Plus 251sg by shimano. It is partially graphite with a 5.1 ratio and magnetic birds nest control. The one thing I noticed right off the bat is the anti reverse is really anoying. It works the way it is supposed to, but it doesn stop instantly. The hand crank rolls back about 1/8 of a turn before the anti reverse stops it. The Rod is in fantastic shape. It is a graphite Fenwick eagle. It is a bit short an 5'5, and has a strong backbone. Power rating is "7". I would call it meduam heavy with medium action. The thing that is really throwing me s the pistol grip style rod handle. what the crap is that for? All in all, what would this rod be spacificly good for?


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 08:16 AM 02/26/10 (CST)
Reel is nice and can think of many ways to use it my first would be a put it on a new rod for bank fishing the river. I had a rod like that and it was good for nothing give it away IMO. but 3.99 was a good deal for the reel.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 05:25 PM 02/26/10 (CST)
Agreed. I took the set-up down to the river to give it a few casts. The reel seems pretty nice, but the rod is not good. The quality of the rod is very nice, but that style handle gives you no leverage to cast with. I have no idea why anybody would want to use a rod like this.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 05:46 PM 02/26/10 (CST)
maybe trolling larger cranks. I had a reel like it and it lasted me about 20 years before the bearings went. I agree about scrapping the rod though.
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 11:56 PM 02/26/10 (CST)
Hey Pike Lover,

Nice find on your purchase!

That combo is made for primarily two applications.

1. To flip spinnerbaits, and similar type lures, on relatively short casts. Casting distance in lessened with the short rod but it also gives increased accuracy on those short casts. An example might be using your trolling motor to slowly move along a tree, limb, and stump infested shoreline. The short pistol grip allows you to make short very accurate casts and flips of the bait. You might only be casting 30-35 feet but you would be able to precisely place the bait in holes, pockets, between limbs, etc. The baitcaster reel allows more exacting stops and length controls of casts. The combination of the baitcaster reel with the shorter pistol grip rod shines at that application but is not designed to cast long distances or cover lots of water.

2.The combination will also excel at some forms of river fishing. To be very exact in casting....similar use as descibed in number one above and also in the use of small crank and rattle baits. As an example you might be floating along a shoreline of rock, weeds, and wood casting a small spinner bait or a rattle bait for smallmouths. Again, the precison of the short pistol grip rod with the baitcaster reel will allow exacting casts to small divets, pockets, slack water areas, and small current breaks that are often to small to be successfully cast with other equipment. Again, not designed to make long casts or cover lots of water... but it is perhaps the best option out there for the specific applications I mentioned.

Good luck to you and post a pic for us if you catch a good one on your new rig!

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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 11:23 AM 02/27/10 (CST)
I just love this site... lots of great information here. Kind of reminds me of a radio talk show... enough people that someone will always have an answer to just about any question.


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sauzal1021
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 02:27 PM 02/27/10 (CST)
A closed face reel on their and you have a nice pole for a kid. Nice to have around so their not using your good stuff!!
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 12:54 PM 03/02/10 (CST)
The Fisher, as always, is spot on. I believe Homer Circle uses a combo like this for his spinnerbaits. I read that in one of his books. While I love the Unk; I thought he was crazy! I couldn't do it; but I understand how he uses it for precision casts to tight spots.

As far as the price tag...there's one on eBay right now for $100! That's reel only.




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