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Following on from using my mates penn and slosh he said why not give my abu 7000 with levelwind a go over the rough ground.

He reckons I was snagging up a lot because as a beginner with multipliers I was finding laying the line difficult and therefore my retrieve was slow and I was getting snagged. Obviouslu slosh and penns do not have levelwind.

Do you multiplier users reckon for fishing in short over rough ground(70 yards max) with a 30 pound straight through that it might be worth me trying a level wind reel out?

I have got the knack of using a right hand multiplier(I wind a fixed spool with my left) but he could be right that I catch the rough because I am concentrating so much on laying the line with my thumb that my retrieve is slow, prehaps with one of these level wind reels I can get the tackle up quicker? and also avoid birdies because the line will be properly laid on automatically?

This Abu 7000 was quite a big reel but not too big, any advice on similar models, I will probabaly shop around second hand, there are a good few shops locally.
 

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Hi Bluebeard,

I've been using the 7000 reels with levelwind, for uptiding, downtiding and beachcasting, and I cannot fault them in any way. They have been used over all sorts of ground for everything and anything. They have been punished in every way possible.

I think that you must always remember, no matter what type of fishing you do, the rod does all the work.

Cheers

Drew
 

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I thought it wa sa lovely reel, not as big as I thought it would be either.

Dont get me wrong I like the slosh etc but find thumbing the line in a tad difficult, I wonder if they can have a levelwind added?
 

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The 7000 is a great reel (although mine doesn't have the levelwind). A levelwind is a big help with line laying but can produce a lot of other problems such as the levelwind slowing line leaving the spool right down and the levelwind bar stopping you from getting a good grip on the spool, amongst others. :(

One idea would be to fish beaches for a while to get used to laying the line, which will come to you like using your left hand has. Or, if you don't fancy beach fishing just practise your casting there. Not only will you get used to laying line without losing leads, but your casting wil improve as well, for those occasions when you need a little extra distance. You would be suprised what you can achieve in just a few hours,especially with someone knowledgable advising you. :)
 

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I don't think that would be practical ( cost ) on an abu and impossible for the Daiwas - though you can REMOVE a level wind fairly easily.
 

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Bluebeard ,

Given the information that you have provided :

1. Fishing over rough ground.
2. Casting distance limited to approximately 70 yards
3. Able to lock thumber over reel spool
4. Difficulty with laying line at this time of your fishing experience.
5. Desire to have a reliable reel to cover the above .

The following benefits comparison should help.


Reel Diawa 20/30 Penn 525/35 ABU 7000 ( Level Wind).

1. Excellent Excellent Excellent
2. Long range 150+ 150 + 100 +
3. Yes Yes No ( Level line bar impedes )
4. yes yes No problem
5. Yes yes yes

As you can see all of the reel will meet your requirements however the level wind function reduces the need to lay the line down manually.

If you are not interested in long range casting situations then go the easier route of using the 7000. All of the reel are good.


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I've been fishing off and on for the past 10 years or so, all of my multiplier's have had a level wind, the 7000 (get the c3 for the bearings ;) ) is a great reel with 25-30 pound line straight through using a overhead thump you can regularly get 80+ yards.

It's only this year that I have purchased a reel without a levelwind (525 mag) as I want to try to get more distance on my cast though it is a right pain getting used to thumbing the line I've gained 40+ yards on my cast already :D
 

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Also, bear in mind that the SL20SH and 525 mag have a 6.1:1 and a 6:1 retrieve respectively. Whereas the Abu 7000 has something like a 4.3:1 retrieve (I think).

You will need to wind fast with the 7000 to clear the snags as it has the slower retrieve, although you can improve this by keeping the spool full giving you more inches retrieved per revolution.

As the 7000 has a bigger spool than the other models, keeping the spool full will probably equal the retrieve rate of the other models if you wind fast.

For what you have described, the 7000 is a perfect reel for that task.
 

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Hello Nigel, didn't know you were on this forum as well.

I have been saying very nice things about you on this board.

See the thread called "Second Hand reel dealers".

"As Big fish Said The Reel Doc (Alias Nigel) is the man to speak to, I believe he specialises in ABU's but could well have others for sale.

Nigel is well known on other forums and I have never seen a bad word said about him. In fact you only ever see high praise. I believe all the reels he sells are reconditioned and in top notch."

When can I expect the cheque

Bob
 
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