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Originally posted by 2muchweed2fish 2muchweed2fish wrote:



The surfmaster has always been £50ish. That £100 RRP is a load of twoddle!

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Thats what i thought. Kinda makes me think that Tarpon offer is a load of bollocks too.

I'm going to pop into Poingdestre's on saturday to get my hands on both reels. Hopefully trhat will make my mind up for me.

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still can't get that quote thing to work!
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Burt,

If you haven't got your reels yet  check out Hermit's post in the For Sale forum,

you wont be disapointed with those Emcasts for £50

Hermit,

I don't want comission

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Have any of you lot ever used the Tarpon 9000 reel? You can get them for £29.99 at the minute and I'm seriously considering grabbing a couple. The spec seems pretty good and closely matches the more expensive Penn Surfmasters and Shakespeare Salt Surf reels that I am also considering buying. But for £29.99 I think we may have a winner.

 

But I'll of probably changed my mind again in a day or two


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Originally posted by Burt Burt wrote:

Have any of you lot ever used the Tarpon 9000 reel? You can get them for £29.99 at the minute and I'm seriously considering grabbing a couple. The spec seems pretty good and closely matches the more expensive Penn Surfmasters and Shakespeare Salt Surf reels that I am also considering buying. But for £29.99 I think we may have a winner.


 


But I'll of probably changed my mind again in a day or two



To be honest mate, I would steer clear of the penn surfmasters... I have had my 850 for less than a year, and it's already starting to give up when it has to reel in heavy loads (weed not fish ).
It sounds like the gears are slipping / breaking... It let's out horrible noises - more and more regular since my last post in this thread.

I had a go with a big shimano baitrunner carp reel on the weekend and it was well nice... Very smooth.. even in a heavy tide flow with weed and fish on the end.. I think they cost more than even the Penn though..    Will have to try and upgrade before the smuts arrive!
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To be honest mate, I would steer clear of the penn surfmasters... I have had my 850 for less than a year, and it's already starting to give up when it has to reel in heavy loads (weed not fish ).
It sounds like the gears are slipping / breaking... It let's out horrible noises - more and more regular since my last post in this thread.

Are sure you are pump and winding rather than winching

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Originally posted by ekyone ekyone wrote:

To be honest mate, I would steer clear of the penn surfmasters... I have had my 850 for less than a year, and it's already starting to give up when it has to reel in heavy loads (weed not fish ). It sounds like the gears are slipping / breaking... It let's out horrible noises - more and more regular since my last post in this thread.


Are sure you are pump and winding rather than winching

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Yes mate. I'm a great pumper and my winding is second to none. I only winch on my flattie rod!
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Did you get your reel Burt?
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I did. I spent all that time pondering whether to go for the Penn or the Shakespeare and then went and bought Shimano instead.

I went into Poing's a couple of Saturdays back and spent about an hour just playing with reels. I looked at Shakespeare's, Penn's, Daiwa's. Okuma's and even a few brands I've never heard of. Then I bought the first one i picked up. You should have seen the sales assistant's face!

I'm now the proud owner of two Shimano Aerlex 7000XS's. I haven't fished with them yet but from just loading the line on last Sunday afternoon I think I've made a good choice.

They feel really smooth and I'm pretty sure that I'll have a hard time breaking them. Plus they came with a 2 year warranty. They were the same sort of price as the Penn and the Shakespeare reels but unlike those reels, Poing's have never had an Aerlex returned to them because of a fault.

I'll write a mini review once I've caught a few fish with them. Oh by the way....I have 2 new rods as well. I bought a couple of 14ft Salt Long Surf Rods at the same time I bought the reels.


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Nice reels mate! You can test them and your new rods on the smoothies soon!
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