Replacement Reel -Calcutta 400B

 I have a calcutta 400B that has survived many years, but I think the time has come for it to enter retirement.

I am going to replace this, but need to work out what reel to use. While the calcutta performed well, the slow retrieval speed was a pain in the ass at times, especially when in 40m of water.

What it will be used for:

  • 6-10kg braid
  • baitcaster (used occasionally to flick lures around)
  • jigging (20-50m)
  • Ligh bottom bouncing (KGW etc)

It spends most of its time on a demon blood, PE2-4, jig overhead 90-280g.

I know its a big ask, but any recommendation?


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 I just got a Daiwa Catalina

Mon, 2017-08-21 12:18

 I just got a Daiwa Catalina Bay jigger 200SH for exactlty this duty. Sensational. 

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 Still keepinmg my venerable

Mon, 2017-08-21 12:19

 Still keepinmg my venerable 400B after about its 3rd rebuilt though. Love that reel, but hate the slow retrieve......

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Mon, 2017-08-21 18:53

 

Thanks John,

I'll keep the 400B, but it will probably sit proudly in the bar "hall of fame". It must be nearly 15 years old i think, and has seen/needed only minor maintenance over that time.

I'll check out the bay jigger. From a quick look, it looks the goods.

 

Blair

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shimano ocea jigger is a nice

Tue, 2017-08-22 10:28

 reel but if you want save some cash nothing wrong with the newer  toriums imo

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Used Bodies OJ1500 on Sunday.

Tue, 2017-08-22 13:10

Used Bodies OJ1500 on Sunday. Great little reel, probably more a PE2 reel but very nice.

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I have a saltiga 15h, the

Wed, 2017-08-23 20:02

I have a saltiga 15h, the oj1500 is also really good.
What swayed me was how the 15h felt better in hand compared to the oj, so id suggest you feel the reel in hand before making your decision.
This is just from memory but i think the oj is Japanese, the 15h is Korean or something like that, and the oj has better warranty.
The 15h also suits pe2 really well, but can certainly handle pe3 no problems.

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Thanks

Sat, 2017-08-26 03:52

thanks guys, I'll head down and check these reels out. Unfortunately some bugger just broke into my car, so the money I was going to use to buy a reel will now be used to replace the stuff that was stolen. Bastards!