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The simple answer is yes (sorry Graham).
The shimano is a very good reel and has a great reputation in the LRF/HRF world especially in the smaller sizes.
The problem is (if it is a problem?)they are very light and may not balance too well with your rod etc.
I have like others had Shimanos for years and they are generally great BUT,,,,,I dont like the gearing on them and they do seem to grow a large ammount of backlash within the gears very quickly.
I have been running the Branzino this year and even though expensive its amazing.
Things to die for:
Amazing waterproof clutch.
Brilliant and smart bail arm system.
Gearing thats perfect for our sort of lure fishing(you get what you pay for)
Wonderful build quality(gearing should out last everything but VS)

They have lots of protection from saltwater but obviously not to the same degree as the submergable VS and ZeeBaas reels.
It takes 30 seconds to rinse off the reel with warm water as you would any other reel,including the VS etc to prevent the build up of salt deposits etc.
I am so so impressed with mine,the only down side is that as with other 'top' end reels of this quality you only get one (1) spool which I do think is pathetic.
 

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The simple answer is yes (sorry Graham).
The shimano is a very good reel and has a great reputation in the LRF/HRF world especially in the smaller sizes.
The problem is (if it is a problem?)they are very light and may not balance too well with your rod etc.
I have like others had Shimanos for years and they are generally great BUT,,,,,I dont like the gearing on them and they do seem to grow a large ammount of backlash within the gears very quickly.
I have been running the Branzino this year and even though expensive its amazing.
Things to die for:
Amazing waterproof clutch.
Brilliant and smart bail arm system.
Gearing thats perfect for our sort of lure fishing(you get what you pay for)
Wonderful build quality(gearing should out last everything but VS)

They have lots of protection from saltwater but obviously not to the same degree as the submergable VS and ZeeBaas reels.
It takes 30 seconds to rinse off the reel with warm water as you would any other reel,including the VS etc to prevent the build up of salt deposits etc.
I am so so impressed with mine,the only down side is that as with other 'top' end reels of this quality you only get one (1) spool which I do think is pathetic.
Shimano anyday, used a certate couple weeks back nothing great, cant comment on the branzino never used it,have used shimano stella fe 2010 this reel cannot be beat, have a shimano twin power sw 4000 xg coming from the states at christmas should be good.
 

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The simple answer is yes (sorry Graham).
The shimano is a very good reel and has a great reputation in the LRF/HRF world especially in the smaller sizes.
The problem is (if it is a problem?)they are very light and may not balance too well with your rod etc.
I have like others had Shimanos for years and they are generally great BUT,,,,,I dont like the gearing on them and they do seem to grow a large ammount of backlash within the gears very quickly.
I have been running the Branzino this year and even though expensive its amazing.
Things to die for:
Amazing waterproof clutch.
Brilliant and smart bail arm system.
Gearing thats perfect for our sort of lure fishing(you get what you pay for)
Wonderful build quality(gearing should out last everything but VS)

They have lots of protection from saltwater but obviously not to the same degree as the submergable VS and ZeeBaas reels.
It takes 30 seconds to rinse off the reel with warm water as you would any other reel,including the VS etc to prevent the build up of salt deposits etc.
I am so so impressed with mine,the only down side is that as with other 'top' end reels of this quality you only get one (1) spool which I do think is pathetic.
I have fished with the Brazino(italian for Bass) and must admit i was not keen at all,,i have had a shimano rarerium for 6months now and i like it,,much cheaper and a spare spool its again a rip off paying 400 plus for a reel with no spare ,,
at the moment the shimano is going ok ,it is cleaned after every session it is been well looked after ,,but i will be first on when it starts to fail,,and shimano uk have a very good service service ,that i must look into,,
having said that the VS is still turning after 5 yrs no worries there,,,,

we have been through this reel thing on here before and it is as i have stated in the past only time and use will tell ,i am still sat on the fence with the reliability of high end Japanese Spinning Reels

gee
 

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I have fished with the Brazino(italian for Bass) and must admit i was not keen at all,,i have had a shimano rarerium for 6months now and i like it,,much cheaper and a spare spool its again a rip off paying 400 plus for a reel with no spare ,,
at the moment the shimano is going ok ,it is cleaned after every session it is been well looked after ,,but i will be first on when it starts to fail,,and shimano uk have a very good service service ,that i must look into,,
having said that the VS is still turning after 5 yrs no worries there,,,,

we have been through this reel thing on here before and it is as i have stated in the past only time and use will tell ,i am still sat on the fence with the reliability of high end Japanese Spinning Reels

gee
Good posting......
What do you think of the new ZeeBaas reels,now that is 'reel porn'.
Would have to say that I have spoken to the Shimano service centre on several occasions and found them to be compleatly useless and extreemly un helpful.
 

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The simple answer is yes (sorry Graham).
The shimano is a very good reel and has a great reputation in the LRF/HRF world especially in the smaller sizes.
The problem is (if it is a problem?)they are very light and may not balance too well with your rod etc.
I have like others had Shimanos for years and they are generally great BUT,,,,,I dont like the gearing on them and they do seem to grow a large ammount of backlash within the gears very quickly.
I have been running the Branzino this year and even though expensive its amazing.
Things to die for:
Amazing waterproof clutch.
Brilliant and smart bail arm system.
Gearing thats perfect for our sort of lure fishing(you get what you pay for)
Wonderful build quality(gearing should out last everything but VS)

They have lots of protection from saltwater but obviously not to the same degree as the submergable VS and ZeeBaas reels.
It takes 30 seconds to rinse off the reel with warm water as you would any other reel,including the VS etc to prevent the build up of salt deposits etc.
I am so so impressed with mine,the only down side is that as with other 'top' end reels of this quality you only get one (1) spool which I do think is pathetic.
Like you I have used and abused Shimano's, how do you find the line lay on the Branzino? in comparism.
 

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I have fished with the Brazino(italian for Bass) and must admit i was not keen at all,,i have had a shimano rarerium for 6months now and i like it,,much cheaper and a spare spool its again a rip off paying 400 plus for a reel with no spare ,,
at the moment the shimano is going ok ,it is cleaned after every session it is been well looked after ,,but i will be first on when it starts to fail,,and shimano uk have a very good service service ,that i must look into,,
having said that the VS is still turning after 5 yrs no worries there,,,,

we have been through this reel thing on here before and it is as i have stated in the past only time and use will tell ,i am still sat on the fence with the reliability of high end Japanese Spinning Reels

gee

Interesting which VS would you recommend, and whats the line lay like in comparision to the Japanese reels?
 

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Ok is the BRANZINO 3000 worth the extra over say Shimano Rarenium Ci4?
after using joes rarenium , its my next reel for sure , got a older model twin power at mo , last legs after 2 years :thumbdown
thats why if its not salt water proof , could never part with 4/500 pound for a reel , 150 is my limit , happy to bin it every 12 months for that or less , if you get 2 years its a bonus
 

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I brought this reel and the 2050CU about 5yrs ago, for my saltwater spinning, at the time it was sold as a high end match reel. still going strong it's been abused in Florida for snook and drum and Cuba for bones. Would never part with this reel. If anyone has one for sell please pm me. They also come with spare spools........sorry about the photo's had to use my phone can't find the camera (wife pinched it)
 

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Like you I have used and abused Shimano's, how do you find the line lay on the Branzino? in comparism.
The line lay on the Branzino is super as you would expect for the money.
If you were to ask me the million pound question;Would I buy another ?
The answer would be no,and I say this only because the 'All New' Certate is virtually the same as the Branzino and a lot cheaper.
These new Daiwas are 'off the scale',,,,,seriously.
Check out the line lay on My avatar...........
 

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Interesting which VS would you recommend, and whats the line lay like in comparision to the Japanese reels?
The line lay on the VS is well known for being utterly shocking,,,,,BUT does that matter ?
I dont think it does,if you are after a reel that you can 'skish' with then you simply have to go for one of these tools,nothing else will do (apart from zee baas) .
As we all know the line lay on even cheap shimanos is very good (well sorted) as is the line lay on the Daiwas.
 

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I brought this reel and the 2050CU about 5yrs ago, for my saltwater spinning, at the time it was sold as a high end match reel. still going strong it's been abused in Florida for snook and drum and Cuba for bones. Would never part with this reel. If anyone has one for sell please pm me. They also come with spare spools........sorry about the photo's had to use my phone can't find the camera (wife pinched it)
I think you will find that your reel is a saltwater lure fishing reel from Japan that is marketed all over the world as 'that',,,,,but in the UK its marketed for coarse fishing.
 

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Why not spend £50 and bin it after a year then spend the £100 on petrol?

I see fixed spool reels as consumerable. I'm using a Shakespeare Supreme Magnesium its a Pleuger rebrand but does the job well and is super light. But I'll have to replace it next year.

http://www.tacklebargains.co.uk/aca...agnesium-Front-Drag-Reels---Special-Deal.html
you are prob , right Flyguy , i only pay a little bit more , because i like a really nice smoth drag , cant stand , rough , stop /start drags you get on cheaper reels , but if some one knows a light reel with a smooth drag cheap im your man :1a:
 

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The line lay on the Branzino is super as you would expect for the money.
If you were to ask me the million pound question;Would I buy another ?
The answer would be no,and I say this only because the 'All New' Certate is virtually the same as the Branzino and a lot cheaper.
These new Daiwas are 'off the scale',,,,,seriously.
Check out the line lay on My avatar...........
Yep the new certate rocks (more features than branzino for fraction of cost) - I fully expect Mark333 to buy mine when he sees it if this bloody easterly ever disappears ...
 

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Interesting which VS would you recommend, and whats the line lay like in comparision to the Japanese reels?
Line lay is notoriously bad on VS reels. But you don't buy a VS for line lay, you buy it because you can abuse the hell out of it and it loves the salt.

Not my cup of tea but I wouldn't ridicule anyone for getting one.

Daiwa are making some absolutely stunning reels at the moment.
 

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I use a shimano stella because I travel a lot to places where there are actually a lot of fish to catch- BC, Canada (salmon in salt) and NZ (anything in salt)- and you never quite know what you might hook- the 4000 stella can deal with a lot of fish. Plus the travel for work means I get to buy stuff at non-UK rip off prices. If I was only going to use a reel in UK for bass- where a ten pounder is a fish of a lifetime on lures really- I would never spend over two ton on a reel. Its just tackle tart stuff really- no problem if you can afford it but is it needed?? Is it b*****ks. Quantum, Shimano and Daiwa all do fantastic reels at sub £200 that will last a lifetime with care against UK fish. I would always spend less on the reel and more on the rod if I needed to make a choice.
As others have said- save two hundred quid and get a cheap flight somewhere and fish somewhere new.
 

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Yep the new certate rocks (more features than branzino for fraction of cost) - I fully expect Mark333 to buy mine when he sees it if this bloody easterly ever disappears ...
I have been tempted btw

Do you know if Daiwa in Scotland would service the new Certate you have? Or would it be off to Japan ? I have just had a quick look at the Shimano UK thread and it made me think. Dont know if I would have a go at a new Certate myself.

Its also about time we had them in the UK officially and a price drop on the old Certate.
 
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