lads i'm looking to buy a new uptiding reel i was thinking of maybe the abu 7000, does anyone have any other ideas? i need a reel for fishing rough to slight ground. The 7000 is about £140, I would be greatfull for any advice. cheers doggy
The Abu 7000 or 75000C3 both at £107 from Poingdestres of Southampton are excellent reels. They can be used for uptiding - downtiding and beachcasting, although they are a little heavy for the latter. However these are the best on the market and if looked after will last you at least 20 years. Just ask anyone in the business.
Have a look at the adverts. in the Sea Angler and you may find them going a little cheaper.
Whatever you decide, please please please don't buy a cheap reel.
I maybe slightly bias toward some of the gear that I use but I just got to agree with the above.
Ive had my Diawa SL30SH for around 8-10years and it has always worked faultlessly 100%.
Probably the best thing I have ever brought, you will not be disapointed with this purchase if you go ahead with it. In fact if your not truely satisfied I'll buy it off you cos I want another one.
You will come to like that reel. I got one 2yrs. ago I use it for casting bucktails & swim baits. there is nothing like knowing exactly what your drag setting is. With a star drag when you set it with a scale and go to to fish what do you do after casting out and are waiting for a strike? Do you put the reel in gear, or leave it in freespool with the clicker engaged? With the LD after the cast the drag can be advanced just enough to prevent line unspooling and know exactly what drag preasure you have when the lever is advanced after a strike. If you loosen a star to do the same thing their is only an educated guess as to what the setting is when it is tightened to start fighting to fish.
From the other side of the pond
"If you loosen a star to do the same thing there is only an educated guess"
An Educated Guess. Educated is what counts or should I say experience.
Again there is no answer to this thread, it is all down to what the end user prefers. Who is right, or who is wrong? I dont think it really matters.
An earlier posting from Pixybasher states that he prefers a Daiwa Rod coupled with a Daiwa reel and that he is 100% happy with it, I have a Gemini Uptide rod coupled with a Abu 7000 C3 and I am more than happy with my set up. I even use it for light beachcasting, and it is fantastic, i.e. in my opinion.
I always say buy the best that you can afford, but don't buy rubbish. Save your money for a few weeks longer and buy something decent that will last and that you can be proud of.