old reels and old fishos

was just wondering with all the new reels on the market these days

what would be your favorite from more than 10 years ago , do you still have them and do they still get used

i personally still have a reel i bought 20 years ago and after a service it had not long ago it works as good as the day i got it, cant wait to give it a burl on a big fish

sigma shakespeer 080 series . cost me $100 back then,not cheap when you compare todays value for the dollar





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Mine would have to be

Fri, 2008-11-14 23:12

Mine would have to be without a doubt the Shimano TLD range... Ive got a 10,15,20 and 25 that i still use!!


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diawa 7700ra

Fri, 2008-11-14 23:17

used to have a couple of these caught me a lotta fish dont have anymore but might get one off e bay just to put on the shelf

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wish i still had my tld 5

Sat, 2008-11-15 03:59

Mine would have to be a 12 T penn had it for years would hate to think how many fish its caught .Will be trolling it for mackies again this year,thanks for reminding me it needs new line ,i am going to get it from the shed now .I think i might get it serviced as well,now you made me feel guilty for neglecting it.


So tell me have you got your info from years on the water or hours on the internet?

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Daiwa BG60

Sat, 2008-11-15 05:33

Sweet reel.
heaps more smooth and polished than a 8500SS, simple as, strong. still making them with a different spool i think. this reel has smashed almost every type of fish i have. mainly used it in Exxy, but also accounted for some Dhus and Pinkies at home. Love reels that are sinple, strong, reliable, reasonable. For that reason i run mainly Abu6500C4's, BG60, TLD25, old school Pen overhead, and Spheros 14000.

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alvey 600 A5 over 35 years

Sat, 2008-11-15 07:04

alvey 600 A5 over 35 years old and was serviced last year. works great but the ratchet is a bit dodgy. many many fish caught on it. best woulda been a 400lb Cobia on moreton island.

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400lb Cobia!

Sun, 2008-11-16 17:12

SurprisedI hope you meant 40lb!!

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yeah typo there. 40lb... if

Sun, 2008-11-16 17:37

yeah typo there. 40lb... if it had of been 400lb it woulda s*at the gear. this was over 30 years ago aswell. would of broken the queendsland record for the line class and gear

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Sat, 2008-11-15 07:16

Have 4 x Mitchell 499s and a 489,still use them reasonably regularly
2 X Abu 7000s and a 6500 get a workout every time the boat goes .
An Alvey 6501 deepspool gets a run if I head up to Quobba to stick a balloon out,
2 of the 499 ,the 489 and the Alvey are over 30yrs old and have not given an ounce of trouble in all that time.Just do a bit of a service now and then.They have certainly paid for themselves many many times over with the fish they have brought in

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Penn 9/0 got one over

Sat, 2008-11-15 07:17

Penn 9/0 got one over 20years old still works fine and use on spare rod, another that I use every day out fishing and a new one still in box unused.

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Mitchell Orca 80S Pro

Sat, 2008-11-15 07:20

I forked out on this beauty after a small insurance payout in the early 90's. I still have it and it works a treat albeit it need a new bail arm. It's a fantastic unit for some serious beach fishing and has handled some nice fish from the boat. I have semi-retired the reel now and use a Shimano 6500 bait runner.

Cheers, Vince



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Daiwa 7000c And GS-2

Sat, 2008-11-15 11:02

both were my Old Mans, and i use and service them reguarly, tho the 7000c is certainly feeling dated now. Built to last tho!


I also use a TLD-15 on my Kayak for a heavy outfit with 10kg line, and its faultless, hardy and reliable. Probably my favourite reel at the moment. 



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I have an old Shimano overhead that I bought at least

Sat, 2008-11-15 12:53

25 years ago. Not as great as it once was but it has helped me catch some great fish over the years and I will never let it go.
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Shakespeare 2430 DC my

Sat, 2008-11-15 16:04

Shakespeare 2430 DC my grandfathers reel which i inherited smooth as clock work still,,,this was his cod reel always attached to a bamboo rod








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Best reel I ever owned was a

Sat, 2008-11-15 17:55

Best reel I ever owned was a diawa 4000c which I don’t have anymore as I sold it.

Would like to buy one if some one has got a good one for sale..

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Daiwa 4000C

Thu, 2009-02-19 09:45

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Still use my ABU7000 every

Sun, 2008-11-16 10:33

Still use my ABU7000 every trip and also have a couple of Mitchell 488 that get dragged out when we go beach fishing. Must admit that the newer gear is nice but

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my old man still has his sea

Sun, 2008-11-16 11:04

my old man still has his sea martins , unsure of which model but they are ugly

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reef masters reels (Bob)

Sun, 2008-11-16 11:29

 and 9 0 penn bloody thing got stolen with 20yrs of gear/ tackle box

albie snapper reel with 15kg game rod bloody good rod/reel, caught many a dhuie baldie and snapper on the old girl





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