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Multiplier or Fixed Spool

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I have always used fixed spool reels for my beach casting, I am thinking of going down the multiplier route for my next purchase, the only time I used multipliers was for boat fishing, a long time ago, all I remember was the bird nests that used to plague me, could be because my reels were always the cheapest ones available, I fish the Essex coast and dont have to cast miles, is it worth considering multipliers or should I just stick with fixed spools
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As the saying goes "if it ain鈥檛 broke don鈥檛 fix it", even as a multiplier user myself i don鈥檛 really see the advantage now days, longer European rods and better fixed spools will give you the distance without the bird's nests, cold wet thumbs in the winter are a liability even with a "thumbie" and a lot of fishing time can be wasted sorting out a tangle as you know, also fixed spools are easier to clean and look after. You will find a lot of the old multiplier users that have changed over will say it鈥檚 the best thing they have done and others will disagree.All i say is give a borrowed one a try first and see how you go...Alan
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As above I wouldn't bother. Personally I haven't fished with a multiplier for years. Not since I started using braid
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Stick with FS, multi's only really have a cranking advantage and even that is debatable. There are some very good FS reels around these days and as @valleyboy says, you can use braid which is the way to go. Haven't used a multi for years myself.
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All my beach gear/bait rods are multis,they are all 10-12 years old but in as new condition as I left the hobby for a while,if I was to replace them now/start again,I would be going down the fixed spool route for sure
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After 45 years of using multi's, a few years ago i moved accross to fixed spools and braid. Ive never looked back. I sold all 15 of my multi's.
Thousands of anglers on the north east coast where we all used multi's and frowned on fixed spools, Now only use fixed spools and braid.
If your sticking with mono then a multi is best but if your intending to use braid then a fixed spool is best.
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Get a decent fixed spool reel you,ll never look back
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Multiplier for me.
Nothing like standing on the beach, cradling your rod, reel out of gear waiting for that fish too pull.

If you sit on a chair with the rod in a rest don't see that it makes much difference.
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Fixed spool all the way from light spin class to bigger game.
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Multiplier for me.
Nothing like standing on the beach, cradling your rod, reel out of gear waiting for that fish too pull.
But you can do that with a fixed spool. Something we do for bass regularly
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But you can do that with a fixed spool. Something we do for bass regularly
But you can do that with a fixed spool. Something we do for bass regularly
Of course you can.
A multi is still a better fishing/winching tool than a FS though.
Never seen a trawler with a massive FS bolted to the rear deck.
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Of course you can.
A multi is still a better fishing/winching tool than a FS though.
Never seen a trawler with a massive FS bolted to the rear deck.
Gee, what are you targeting in the UK that needs such a multi winching reel for!!!!!...I was once a 99% multi user when I lived in the UK but swapped to 99% fixed spool after moving to Australia targeting bigger species, simply because those multi's I brought out here couldn't handle decent fish.
What multi's are you using ?
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Gee, what are you targeting in the UK that needs such a multi winching reel for!!!!!...I was once a 99% multi user when I lived in the UK but swapped to 99% fixed spool after moving to Australia targeting bigger species, simply because those multi's I brought out here couldn't handle decent fish.
What multi's are you using ?
Smaller 100/200 size Abu's and shimmy's for all my freshwater lure fishing (Heavier than 5grms)
Daiwa 7's and a shimmy Speedmaster for anything from the (Sea) shore or the odd foray against wels.
I'm land locked (Switzerland) so don't get much opportunity to sea fish unfortunately :(
I grew up using multi's, learnt to cast with a mitchel 600 series with delrin side plates.
I do have a few FS/baitrunner reels that I use on rivers for Barbel and co but much prefer the feel of a multi.

Too old to change probably.
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Around 6 or 7 years ago on my local venue everyone used mults but now almost everyone uses fs, in fact I think Im the only one that still uses a mult, I can get far better accuracy with a mult though I suppose if I persevered with a fs accuracy would improve but no need really as I rarely have any problems with nests etc.using a multi.
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Around 6 or 7 years ago on my local venue everyone used mults but now almost everyone uses fs, in fact I think Im the only one that still uses a mult, I can get far better accuracy with a mult though I suppose if I persevered with a fs accuracy would improve but no need really as I rarely hav coaste any problems with nests etc.using a multi.
On the Holderness coast 8 out of 10 anglers use fixed spool reels.
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On the Holderness coast 8 out of 10 anglers use fixed spool reels.
Same up on the North east in the very snaggy ground.
Greater distance compared to a similar strength mono.
90lb braid, thinner than 30lb mono in the rough so more gear back
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Smaller 100/200 size Abu's and shimmy's for all my freshwater lure fishing (Heavier than 5grms)
Daiwa 7's and a shimmy Speedmaster for anything from the (Sea) shore or the odd foray against wels.
I'm land locked (Switzerland) so don't get much opportunity to sea fish unfortunately :(
I grew up using multi's, learnt to cast with a mitchel 600 series with delrin side plates.
I do have a few FS/baitrunner reels that I use on rivers for Barbel and co but much prefer the feel of a multi.

Too old to change probably.
Funny, I had a couple of mitchel 600 but had red and silver multi's before those modern 600 reels came out but can't remember the name of them (could of been sea strike or something like that). Never to old to try something new!!!!!...most of the spin reels I use are able to apply 3 to 4x the drag of the multi's I used to use and modern braids allow me to fish close the max breaking strength of the line. I will happily use 15lb drag with 20lb braid or even higher on stronger lines where we need to do dead pulls on big stubborn stingrays and sharks.
I do still use multi's but they are lever drags with pre set drags mostly targeting fish on line class.
This was a recent capture using a Shimano rod just over 8ft casting lures and an old Shimano twin power 10000 spin reel. I will use this outfit from the shore and rocks on an upcoming trip in two weeks as its so easy to use and cast over and over. I would guess it casts an easy 100m even for such a short rod.

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I still love my multipliers and can鈥檛 give them up. I keep giving fixed spools a try but they always feel so cumbersome, big, heavy, and just unbalanced on the rod. I鈥檝e been using 80lb to 100lb braid on my multis for years in the rough stuff, but was always disappointed with stretch and lack of feel with 15lb to 20lb mono on cleaner ground or in deep water (up to 200ft). 15 years ago I tried FS for a few years, but I never really liked them and ended up going back to my multipliers as I just didn鈥檛 like them. Over the last year I have been trying FS again, hoping that the newer ones would be better, and while the super slow oscillation gives better line lay, and with big conical spools they do cast a bit further, they still feel unbalanced and awkward to me. Most of my fishing is at night, so while FS is 鈥榮afer鈥 in that respect, I still prefer my multis. I鈥檓 now using 0.3mm braid on them in the deep water, with a little more braking to keep them under control. So I loose a little in distance but that鈥檚 a trade off I鈥檓 happy to make for the better handling. If it鈥檚 150ft at 100yds then it鈥檚 still well over 100ft at 90yds!
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On the Holderness coast 8 out of 10 anglers use fixed spool reels.
^this.
The other 2 out of 10 are myself and @x525 馃ぃ
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