Egg beater for bottom fishing

My brother in-law is looking for a bottom bouncing outfit. He would prefer an egg beater!!! I suggested Van Staal, as I would but, his missus heard the price and that was that !!!! Suggested a Stella but don't know what size, price or Rod to fit it to !!!!!

Any help would be great


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Acquired Taste

Sun, 2008-10-26 16:53

Horses for courses, I guess, but to me a spinning reel for bottom bouncing is too hard...I like to use the least amount of weight possible (for ANY type of fishing) and if there's any kind of drift at all, I'm constantly letting line out to keep in touch with the bottom.

With overheads, this is simple. Just leave the reel out of gear and gently release the line as required, controlling the spool with my thumb. If something good grabs it, the spool whizzes around under my thumb, pop the reel into gear, there's your fish!

Unless the eggbeater has a "baitrunner" function, to duplicate this exercise requires constantly flipping the bail arm back and forth, and if that 30 kg sambo makes off with your bait, your liable to get your finger(s) tangled up in fine diameter braid and losing the fish becomes the LAST thing you're worried about!

Again, JMO, but it may be something your brother-in-law may not be aware of. 

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Agreed, overheads are much

Sun, 2008-10-26 20:17

Agreed, overheads are much better for drift baiting. I do like using my tiny spinning reel offshore though. Instead of opening the bail arm, flick the rotation switch, then use your thumb on the handle shaft (or wind the reel backwards). Not quite as good as the baitcasters, but still useful for things like octa jigs. I dont know how it would scale up to bigger weights like with paternosters.



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Sun, 2008-10-26 20:22

Don't know how that would go when a freight train sambo grabs hold!!! putting it back in might smash the mechanism!!!!!!!!!! Or your fingers when the handle spins in reverse at light speed!!!!!!!!!!!!




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True, but I only use it for

Sun, 2008-10-26 23:57

True, but I only use it for my 8lb so it doesnt hurt (the mechanicals or whatever the handle could hit). I dont let go of some part of the handle until I re-engage and I only use it to get down to the bottom. Works better than flipping the bail arm on that combo at least. But I doubt you could do the same thing running 50lb (hence the disclaimer in the post :p)



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Rod I know some of the guys here use Penn eggbeaters for

Sun, 2008-10-26 17:10

their bottom fishing.
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I use 50lb braid on

Sun, 2008-10-26 18:53

I use 50lb braid on a Saltist 4500 with a monster mesh rod almost exclusivly now for bottom fishing up to 20oz of lead.  Max of 9kg's of drag is plenty

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i use a spheros 14000 for

Sun, 2008-10-26 18:55

i use a spheros 14000 for all my bottom bouncing and jigging matched with a t-curve 200 and im really happy with it

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Go the Saragosa 14000 to

Sun, 2008-10-26 19:20

Go the Saragosa 14000 to 18000 with 20kg of drag pressure not to be sneezed at!!

You will always beat the boys to the bottom with the eggy over the overhead as you dont have to thumb the spool and just leave it in the holder till it gets there.. 

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Thanks for the suggestions fellas

Sun, 2008-10-26 19:55

He was fishing with my TLD30 on live fibre and swapped with his mate who had my baitrunner on an uglystik and prfered the eggy(has arms like a twig HEHE). Which makes me think he couldn't handle a Staals 45lb drag preasure anyway!!!

Didn't think the stella was that exspensive!! They aren't as BLINGY as a STAAL

Anymore suggestions on the rod??




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I know he wants an eggbeater

Sun, 2008-10-26 19:55

I know he wants an eggbeater but the saltist is a hard reel to beat for the money.


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Sun, 2008-10-26 19:59

Wasn't a Saltist that went swimming was it !!!!Yell

And you wouldn't happen to have the co-ords so I can do a few drifts over it!!! You never know!!!!




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Err yeah, I should've

Sun, 2008-10-26 21:17

Err yeah, I should've pressed the MOB button. At least they're good AND cheap =)


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Eggbeaters are OK

Mon, 2008-10-27 06:52

I use my Penn 8500SS if i have it with me or my 330GTI - easy enough with both. My brother uses nothing but his old Mitchell 499 and it has accounted for more fish than Cicerellos.

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Have another NIB Speros

Mon, 2008-10-27 07:43

Have another NIB Speros 12000FA if you are interested.



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Mon, 2008-10-27 08:15

 Cant go wrong with a Penn 8500



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I bought my old man a

Mon, 2008-10-27 08:27

I bought my old man a Spheros 1400 with a t-curve 200, nice outfit the sphreos, was prolly around $450 all up. I would still go an overhead, but for the fisherman that aren't that dedicated I can see why they would prefer an eggbeater.

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I have two okuma axion reels

Mon, 2008-10-27 15:02

I have two okuma axion reels mounted on 8kg sabre's , big reel with a life time warranty

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like the look of the axeons

Mon, 2008-10-27 19:17

like the look of the axeons feral how do they preform
do you have the ax90s?
thinking of buyin one to match with the su400
been lookin at the spheros but not to keen on shimano
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