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Am new to the boat fishing game, and have up to now been using ixed spool for fishing, but was advised if i wish to progress to consider a mulitplier. But which one? There are so many types, and having never used one, don't wish to be wasting money on something i'll never get to grips with.
So can someone please help? Do i actually need one? If so what's the best to start with. I very much doubt i'll be deep sea fishing (sea boat is only 17ft so will stick with close shore or the estuary's for now)
I have numerous rods, 12-20lb ones then the heavier type 30-50lb !! ones.
hopefully someone can clear the waters and steer me in the right direction. Xmas is coming so i can always ask Mrs Santa! lol
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I agree. Shimano charter special TR2000 lever drag. It will cope with most types of fish in UK waters, has a level wind so you don't have to worry about "thumbing" the retrieval onto the spool evenly, and lever drag is much easier to control than a star drag. The gear ratio of 4.2/1 is a reasonable compromise and the price is not outrageous. I have two of them.
 

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what about an abu 9000 twin speed or the new big ones?? i have a 9000c twin speed loaded with 30lb braid and it helpes me from bass, rays, dogs all the way through to deep water cod fishing!
 

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Like you said you dont want to waste money if it's not for you so buy second hand. Go to ebay and put in Mitchell 624, there are loads on there and I am sure you will get one for under £20 and they are bullet proof.
I started off with one of these many years ago and they are a good winch of a reel and if you dont like it then you could re-sell it and get your money back, best of luck.
 

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I would say level wind is essential, but you are spoilt for choice, with the number of reels available.
Much depends on your budget, to narrow the field. Cheap reels are good short term, altough having said that all reels need a bit of TLC to keeping the in good condition.
Charter boat I sometimes use has hire rods and he is kitted out with Fladen gear, and seems very good.
My personal choice would be Shimano,Penn or ABU :bye1:
 

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:unsure: i would say level wind is the last thing you want,seen too many fingers jammed,when tackle is snagged and folks are trying to snap it off,by holding the spool

it takes nowt to wind in level,just a wee bit practice
 

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well decent....hmmmm probably not actually. They are just cheap ones, didn't see the point in buying loads of decent fishing gear if i was never going to get into it. However, having spoken to my father, turns out he has an old Penn 85, probably older than me, BUT it's free and it's a start. I will see how it goes, after all if i manage to haul in anything near 20lbs of fish on a 17ft boat around the Medway/Swale estuary's i'd be amazed!!
I did laugh when i was told you might get something big, my response was there's barely room for me, let a lone anything bigger than what can fit on my plate lol
 

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another vote for the shimano charter special - does everything you might want starting out, and if later on you decide to upgrade or specialise, will always make a good back up, or can be sold on. they go for less than £100 now, and its a lot of reel for the money imho. have had one for several years, and always reliable
 
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