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    Posted: 24 October 2017 at 8:42pm
Hi Guys
My old ABU 7000 that I use for uptiding in on its last legs and getting very rattley so time has come to replace it with something new.
I use a Penn Rampage uptide rod so am looking for all your expert advice and recommendations on what would be the best reel.

Many thanks Dave 
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When. My. Last. Reels. Disintegrated. I. Bought. A couple. Of. Avet. Reels. There Yankee. And. Pretty. Bomb proof Hugh. Followed. Suit. Soon after. Seeing. Mine. Lol
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The Penn 525s are excellent for uptiding and shore fishing.
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I have avets, 525 both good but very different...personally feel the 525 needs a better handle. Have custom made myself a power handle for mine.
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The Daiwa SLOSH, 20 or 30 are excellent for uprising and won't break the bank.
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Dave, I prefer a lever drag, level wind and fast retrieve for my uptiders. I bought a penn 32d for £100. ERly. Ew off eBay, five years later I bought another, very impressed although not as fast a retrieve. The new penn reels warbirds I think, feel a bit cheap. I have a daiwa saltiest and love it, light and fastretrieve although nearly £200.

I also own an Abu 7000c, bought a year ago and still like new. Bullet proof although this may reflect the lack of fishing trips this year 😁

New Abu and top up freezer with bait gets my vote 👍
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Forgot to mention my wife has bought me all my expensive gear.
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yer sloshs do me fine i use 20s and 30s loads of line capacity and plenty of power if you need it ,i use to use penn 525s but they didnt seem to have the power .
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Cheers for all the advice guys

Use the penn 525s on my beach gear and like them but felt slightly unsure if they had the grunt for uptiding shame they didn't still make the 535

Have looked at the AVETs nice pieces of kit and lots of shiny colours just right for a tackle tart 

Daiwa SLOSH could be worth a look any views on the penn fathom lever drags or are they built on the same frame as the 525.

Last resort have to be the old 624 or sea streak  LOL
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In my opinion and a view shared by many others, especially shore anglers:

The Penn fathoms cast very well and can be magged.  Both the Penn 525 and the Fathom are better distance casting reels than the SL20SH.  The Penns are also a lot smoother.  The retrieve on the SL20SH is faster retrieve however, it does not have the power of the Penns.  When used for shore fishing I have had 2 burst spools on SL20SH during 2 years of use.  I have 6 x Penn 525 slidey mags.  The oldest of which are from 1998 and given to me by Neil Mackellow before production models were on sale in the UK.  My friend Ian also had 2.  These reels are still being used today nearly 20 years on.  My other 525s are the Mag Extra version, same as the original but with upgraded bearings (ceramics) and optional additional magnets and won as prizes about ten years ago.  All of these reels have been used and quite frankly abused for both shore and boat fishing with very little maintenance, they have never failed me.  They have dragged in lots and lots of weed, treble shots of dogs, up to double figure cod, smoothounds and congers.  

A 525 loaded with .32 (15lb) quality mono and a 60lb leader is capable of throwing a whole clipped down sguid on an impact lead of 170g over a hundred yards from a boat using a quality uptider and a brighton (or similiar) cast from the stern corner.  A lever drag without a braking system simply will not achieve this.  In my experience the further uptide you chuck it the easier it is to hold and more effective as well away from any scare area caused by the boat and anchor rope.

The Fathoms are rated highly by those who have them.  The Penn 525 Mag 2s and 515s are considered inferior in build quality.  If you want something that will last a long time and you don't want to spend much source a secondhand Penn 525 slidey.  If you want a new reel buy a Fathom 12 or 15.

The vastly more expensive reels such as avets etc may be appealing and do look and feel nice.  However, they don't cast as well as the others and in my opinion not worth the extra.


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