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Thomasw

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This post spans three different boards. But decided to post it in this one.

I am in the market for a new rod and reel (spinning) suitable to use with braid. At this point in time I am leaning towards PowerPro Micro Filament Line, Daiwa Emblem Reel and Solaris rod.

The Okuma Solraris/Axeon and Axeon/Axeon combos look interesting and are fairly cheap. But have read varying reports over the 'quality' of the reels. I played with one in a shop and they seem to be fairly solid.

My budget is about $200-300 for the reel and maybe a similar amount for the rod. Less is better then more.

The main type of fishing would be any which required long distance casting.

I mainly fishlarge baits for 7 gill and other sharks. That type of fishing does not really require long distance casts. I would probably use my existing 14' Kilwell powerplay GGX rod and Shimano 6500B baitrunner reel for my primary shark rod.

I also own a 3m Tica Proweave Surf Rod which I currently been using with my Daiwa Certate 4000. I do not have a specific purpose in mind for this set.

So, the main purpose for the new rod/reel would be long distance casting into deeper water. Probably targeting fish like Blue Cod and any which are not swimming close to the shoreline.

Any advice?

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Hi,

I was using an Axeon reel filled with 20lb braid during the first half of this year, it worked brilliantly. I believe Okuma have added a specific braid spool for this reel now as well. Cast well and detected bites much better than mono. Long range casting was easy. The braid I was using was Rapala Titanium which is quite stiff and I would definitely rate it. Your chosen rod should have good quality guides on it or the braid will chew into them over time. A solaris would be fine for this I imagine.

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The solaris use fuji guides so you are fine there the other thing to keep a eye on is the line roller on the reel.
Its a very small bearing and gets wet from the line often if it seizes up the braid will cut into it quickly.
Thomasw

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Has anyone here tried the Penn Slammer rods?
SeaI

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I have an Oryx (and a 14.6 solaris) which is a dumbed down version of the Axeon. I played and landed a large stingray last week and the reel performed well except the anti reverse started turning back 1/2 of 3/4 of a handle turn before engaging again. The issue seems to be intermittent.

Personally after purchasing a shimano symetre, I would be going down the shimano/daiwa track for reels, with a stradic the next in my eye. I think you will be well spoiled for cheaper reels with your Certate!!!

Saying that the Okuma VS range get big raps and I have not used them.

A worry with the Axeon is the graphite body which I have heard flexes under heavy load (I have not experienced this with the Oryx) therefore a alloy body may be needed especially if you hook a large 7 gill. Also think that with braid there is no line stretch therefore your rod and reel takes all the hits

The Solaris Rod would be a good choice in my opinion.

And, aren't the Penn Slammer Rods the Solaris rip off with cheaper components?
Thomasw

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I got the certate for a good price so did not pay to much for it. It is a very nice reel but not really suited for surfcasting. One time I accidentally left it on the sand in my rush to release a fish and a wave washed over it, the certate was completely stuck. A reel like the Shimano 6500B can handle quite a bit of sand before it starts complaining.

The main problem I have with the Stradics or the VS is that they do not have long cast spools making them less effective for surfcasting.

As far as I know with the exception of the Big baitrunner Shimano has no surfcasting reels in New Zealand. Penn is in a similar situation. Really only Okuma, Daiwa and Tica have reels with long spools in New Zealand.



I believe the Penn Silverado is the copy of the Solaris. While the Penn Slammer is a copy of the kilwell QTX. But I have little idea on what the action is like between the original and the imitations.


Chad

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type in shamano stella in google!! now this is a bloody awsome reel made to last!

im thinking of buying one myself, very few are avalable in nz but they are well worth the chase
Chad

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the pen slammer is a usless copy of the kilwell SLX ,i would steer clear of the pen rods.

value for money would be the solaris or a kilwell QT6 the qt6 is much stiffer than the solaris and slx and casts etremely well

and reels for money i like the tica cait runner and diawa emcast
Neil

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I thought that I saw in one of the latest fishing mags that shimano were bring in 3 new surf reels??


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I have a couple of Slammers, find that they suit my casting really well - better than the Solaris which I have.  Cheap as, $200 a go.  Can't complain.

SeaI

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ah the long cast reel thing, fair enough.

How about a Daiwa Saltiga it has a longcast spool, now that would blow the budget just on the reel I would think.

targeting sharks is it really about distance tho?
Thomasw

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Certates are better then Stellas.

I have read the Daiwa Saltiga Surf has a few problems. But I do not feel there is any need to spend that much money on a Surf Reel.



Long casts are not required for shark fishing, but it would be nice to have 1 rod in the arsenal which was for long casting. My Shimano Baitrunner and Kilwell rod would probably be my shark reel.



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