deep drop reel advise

 Gday,  so I see the newer black tanacom 1000 for 900 odd dollars, as this reel is for the kids in 80m etc and the occasional deep drop when out with others is there a next model up that I should be looking at?.  Is the tanacom bull that much of a upgrade for a very casual user?  Any other brand suggestions ?

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Wed, 2020-05-27 19:00

I reckon if you can get a Seaborg megatwin 1000 (daiwa as well) , they will meet all of you needs.

had some for a few years now and def got some pulling power.

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Either what oz74 said

Wed, 2020-05-27 21:07

 Or a Shimano beastmaster is a good option too. I myself bought a Shimano forcemaster direct from Japan when the exchange rate was good, and it came with good braid etc. the unfortunate reality with electric reels in W.A is that we just don't get enough opportunity to use them to their full potential (IMO). We would be lucky to get a handful of days per year, where conditions would suit proper deep drop expeditions. 




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+1 for beastmaster

Thu, 2020-05-28 06:04

+1 for beastmaster

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Thu, 2020-05-28 08:03

I don't see how you think tanacom 1000 is for kids in 80m haha Ive had mine for 6 years now and used it hundreds of times both in Perth and Exmouth and havnt had an issue. Snapped the rod on a massive shark but didn't do any damage to the reel.

I still use the tanacom but have just bought the Shimano forcemaster 9000 from Japan for $940AUD. I know we should be shopping local especially in these times but a $400 difference for the same reel is a no brainer.


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Tanacom 1000

Fri, 2020-05-29 16:27

Hi Piggy, I thought the Tanacom 1000 was pretty new.....not 6 years old, but I might be wrong.  I've got one I bought about a year ago as a cheaper spare.  This was from bitter experience when I travelled 40nm out, only to bust off high up on a fish, then the bottom, in 450 meters.  That reel (a Megatwin) then couldn't reach the bottom, so we fished the rest of the day with 4 guys and 1 fun.

My main reels are a Megatwin 1000 and a Tanacom Bull 1000.  These are fine for what I do and have been running for around 6 or so years.  My understanding is that the Tanacom 1000 (as opposed to the Tanacom Bull 1000) just has less bearings and is essentially a cheaper option.

Having said that the Megatwin and Tanacom Bull are OK for what we do, if I was to buy another it would be a Beastmaster.





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For interest sake only

Fri, 2020-05-29 17:48

Six years would be about right.  There are comments on this site dating back to Jan 2014 that indicate the Tanacom Bull and the Tanacom 1000 were separate models. 



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You'd pick the Beastmaster over the Megatwin?

Fri, 2020-05-29 18:46

 I'm not arguing,  just curious. I've used a Beastmaster 9000, first borrowed, then my own . When I got my own, I was using a borrowed Megatwin 1000 alongside it. The Megatwin "sounds" faster, but it has a smaller diameter spool, so the retrieve rate, unloaded,(high ratio) appears identical--you can start the retrieve with both with the same amount of line out, and they arrive at the same time.  I now own both, one of each, and are heading off to Ningaloo on Monday, so I can give an in-depth report later. Best fish on the Beastmaster was a 23kg greyband out of 297m--they both hauled big thickskins off the bottom in 100m. 

Maybe it would be cheaper to have a 1000m spool of braid as a spare, rather than a spare reel? 

I have been told the Tanacom Bull 1000 can be rebuilt with some of the Megatwin parts--don't know what parts are common--which improves performance appreciably.

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Could be correct

Tue, 2020-06-02 16:11

You could be correct. Just checked my receipt and its from the end of 2015 so not quite 6 years


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Fri, 2020-05-29 22:39

Never used a Beastmaster myself, so I'm only going on what others have told me.  I was told it had more grunt, but could just have been a biased opinion.  I've caught Greyband up to 37kg on my Tanacom Bull 1000, so they can certainly do the job.

Your're absolutely right about it being cheaper to carry a spare spool of line, but I figured lots of things can go wrong with a reel, so the totally spare reel idea was where I landed.  I also bought a couple of spare cables off eBay as insurance as well.

Looking forward to the report 

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 Are these tanacom 1000 good

Tue, 2020-06-02 18:08

 Are these tanacom 1000 good for general use. Looking for one as Sandy has a bung shoulder so gotta look after it. 

Do you need a bent butt for them or can you just use a regular overhead od


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i have been using

Wed, 2020-06-03 07:46

the tanacom bull 1000 for around 10 years never had a problem other than the leads craping themselves, upgraded to the seaborg mj 1200 and there is no comparison its the ducks nuts the low speed will winch in anything ,ive been using it for about 2 years now no probs and the cords a way more heavy duty ,plus I love the memory function so you don't have to reset when you loose power like all the other reels

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Will be fine in 80m &

Thu, 2020-06-04 19:51

Will be fine in 80m & occasional deep drop. 

Dynamite on nannies.

They tend to shit themselves when repetitively working in 400-500m water.

True about lead, most possibly the worst connection but they do cop abuse. 

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Sat, 2020-06-06 10:12

 thanks for the advice. I've got a daiwa seaborg on the way. Next sort some braid and rod. 


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Deep drop reel advice

Wed, 2020-06-10 16:45

 My wife has had a Tanacom 1000 for 6 years now, & I use it if she is not on the boat, I believe that a 1000 reel is about the minimum power you should look at, if you have a 100 Lbs braid, with a ninty Lbs top shot leeder then you should loose you top shot before you brake your braid, & if you wish to save on led. cut PVC pipe on an angle, fill it with cement, & drill a hole through the top of the PVC, to tye the bottom of the leeder to. the only thing I have had to do with the Tanacom 1000, is change the drag washer to Carbon Fibre,, go to alantani fishing forum, then to Daiwa, then to electric reels, or tanacom 1000, & you will learn to do it all yourself, best forum to be on, you dont have to be a member, unless you want to ask a question, then you have to sign in, but it costs you nothing, good luck, cheers Don.