suggest a reel

Hi Fellas.


Im looking to get a medium sized jigging reel for the upcoming sambo season, just need opinions on what to get.

first of im willing to spend good money on it, I do have a Daiwa expedition but I want to go with something smaller and lighter, looking for a 4500 daiwa/ 8000 Shimano. I will be using varvivas big one pe3 (48lb) and the rod is a Daiwa Catalina 5'9 spin pe4.

I have catalina 4500 already but it is the high speed model which i use for Landbased spinning, was looking to get the low speed one but they dont really appeal to me. Ive been looking at a saragosa 8000, stella 8000 swpg and at the Daiwa s-extreme 4500. so far the daiwa gets my vote as im more of a daiwa fan, but id like to hear some suggestions.



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will you be on jigging on a

Tue, 2010-08-17 21:45

will you be on jigging on a charter boat?

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I wouldn't use good braid

Tue, 2010-08-17 21:53

I wouldn't use good braid like varivas on a charter boat, you will just get sawed off by someone with an out of control big fish using tufline.

Fishing as light as 48lb for sambos on a charter .... its going to end in pain. The longer your on the larger the chance the fish will get cut off, or just worn out and release poorly.

Hi speed reels are kind of crap for jigging.


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If your willing to spend the

Tue, 2010-08-17 22:00

If your willing to spend the money id get the Daiwa Saliga 4500Z or S Extreme.. I have a 4500Z, Such a cracking reel!! Cant say i'v used it jigging yet though.


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pe3 is not really a good

Tue, 2010-08-17 22:56

pe3 is not really a good line to be jigging in 120m ... the fish will be dead most of the time . and yeah im not sure how it would be taken on a charter boat (if you head out on one) ... if its your own boat then you will do as you please i suppose, but its not really the best gear to be fighting big sambo's on

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I believe most charters

Tue, 2010-08-17 23:06

I believe most charters prefer that you use 80lb braid, so that you don't spend ages getting the fish in and tangling with everyone else in the process.


I have a 8000sw-pg with  a 10000sw spool for a little extra line capacity (dunno whether it's really worth the expense though!). Although my 20000sw had to be sent back to shimano for repairs after last season, I'm still considering another 8000sw-pg for this season.


I wouldn't bother with the s-extreme given the new range of saltigas is just around the corner.


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sorry, forgot to mention i

Tue, 2010-08-17 23:16

sorry, forgot to mention i will be fishing with my boat and jig from anywhere from 60-120m.

what sort of line should i look at getting then? go for the pe4 (64lb) varivas?

ectopic - i would like the new saltiga range and i have considered it only problem is i have no idea when they will release and how long it will take to bring one in, im assuming they will sell fast.


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I've landed a few fish on

Wed, 2010-08-18 00:06

I've landed a few fish on PE3 gear and brought them up quicker than the guys on 80lb gear :p. Granted I was running PE3/50lb and 8kg+ of drag... but still :p. Though usually only bring out light gear for one or two fish and still up as quick as other people so dont see how it does them more harm (plus I let them vent several meters meters before the surface).

Apart from an overhead or two, I have a 10000SW, but its a little fast. Any GT people out there want one? (then will get an 8000PG :p)


For charters you could just put on some 50lb tuffline or similar. Should get close to 300m on a 4500 I woulda thought? If not, you dont really need more than 200m anyways. Though, that being said, I haven had a problem with charters, though I dont go out with any run of the mill charters. Helps if you have a deckie/skipper that actually explains to people that they cant just all chuck jigs down where they want, when they want. If you stagger jig weights it helps. Usually when fishing light, I go up the bow, way away from everyone else. Never lost any line due to someone elses line.


Varivas is nice line. PE4 sounds good for a 4500 I would think. (check the line capacity but should be fine). Obviously you'd tailor the drag to the reel and line.


I thought the new saltigas were supposed to be out by the end of this year? Considering sambo season is still a few months away, might be worth the wait?

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Actually I do need a

Wed, 2010-08-18 08:43

Actually I do need a 10000SW... What condition is it in?

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"I dont go out with any run

Wed, 2010-08-18 06:06

"I dont go out with any run of the mill charters."



If I spent half as long fishing , as I do reading this bloody forum , I'd be twice the fisherman I am. 

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i run the catalina 4500 in

Wed, 2010-08-18 09:35

i run the catalina 4500 in low speed and i know u said that u didn't really want to go down that line but they are cracker reels and i have stopped some big fish on em and i would recommend them to anyone. if not defiantly wait for the new saltiga's.

cheers carps

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jigging is brutal on spin

Thu, 2010-08-19 10:12

jigging is brutal on spin reels. Stella or a Saltiga would be my only choice if the outfit is mainly used for jigging and targeting big fish. The superseeded JDM twinpowers were great(haven't used the new ones) - I've had an TP8000 for a few years that has been flogged and continues to perform faultlessly- the JDM HG&PG Twinpowers were pretty much a Stella minus a few bearings.
Spend the extra and buy the will not regret it in the long run.