Can anyone suggest a mid-priced saltwater baitcaster reel that would suit a 6ft 6in 70g rod. Am looking to do a little shore or rock fishing while on holiday in Mexico this year
I agree. A 6.6 ft 70g is starting to get well into jerkbait rod territory.I used an ABU ambassaduer 5600c3 for years for all sorts even light uptiding originally bought for piking (jerk baits) it did all i wanted it to.
The ryoga (not bay jigger as it doesn't have mags) is a nice saltwater baitcaster would be very suitable for kayaking and maintainence wise not overly complicated just solid, smooth and strong they aren't cheap mind you. Some of the calcutta models are well equipped for salt too, the dc is especially good for casting lighter lures.I agree. A 6.6 ft 70g is starting to get well into jerkbait rod territory.
For over an ounce, a 5500 will be fine. However, I'd underfill the spool by some 2, even 3mm.
I use lots of baitcasters for saltwater. From shimano core 50mg's to abu revo premiere and inshore.
Non are what I would term, saltwater proof and despite the sales patter that shops use to sell these salt baitcasters, wait until you open the box where the manufacturers have carefully placed a disclaimer against saltwater use damage. You have to constantly be on top of maintenance. In use, they are worth it. I use little else for kayak topwater plugging as it's way superior IMHO, in this role.
He is not kayaking, he is fishing off the rocks!The ryoga (not bay jigger as it doesn't have mags) is a nice saltwater baitcaster would be very suitable for kayaking and maintainence wise not overly complicated just solid, smooth and strong they aren't cheap mind you. Some of the calcutta models are well equipped for salt too, the dc is especially good for casting lighter lures.
Maybe, but it is vital for anyone considering the baitcaster route to realise that the reel size and overall weight of the reel matters nowhere near as much as the spool weight, line weight and start up speed / flywheel effect of a crap, heavy spool.
I spent 2 days with a mate trying to find the best BC reel to go with his Savagegear travel rod. Tried everything from a Curado 51E, 201E, 301E, Revo Premier gen2, STX gen2, Inshore gen1 and 2, Winch, and both Toro 51 and 61 both early 6pin brakes and the upgrade pitch and cast brakes.Myfish. I think we are talking at cross purposes. I wouldn't argue with anything you have said. The point I was trying to make is that the savage gear rod is quite stiff and not the most pleasant thing to be throwing anything under a ounce. With heavier lures and the stiff rod it feels more matched to a reel with a bit more leverage on the retrieve that you get on a slightly bigger reel . There are of course exceptions with some small spooled reels that still have a high power retrieve but most of those are expensive and not mid priced.