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dutchy

Rapala R type reel

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Hi Fishoes

I just got my new r type 6500 $89 delivered¬†ūüėĀ¬†with 2 yrs of fishing porn

I was after a beach reel for lures salmon etc

I don't think this is the one..

A heavy beast more suited to deep reefs etc out in the boat I think

Anyone used one before or any opinions?

What reels do you recommend for long casts & high speed lures  

Probably 15lb braid spare spool would be great...

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You'll be lucky to find a reel with a spare spool these days, especially in the general beach reel size range.

Budget will determine just how much of a beach reel you'll get. Most of the decent reels under $100-$150 are more freshwater focused. Would be okay for general saltwater use if given a light hose down after, but less so for sand a heavy splashes from the surf. That Rapala is more of a jigging/offshore reel, I believe.

For around the same as you paid for the Rapala, a Quantum Iron 50 should be lighter, has a decent spool lip for casting and good salt protection (only basic sealing like drag knob, though). Can get them for around $100. Spool diameter is slightly larger than Shimano 5000.

The new Quantum Smoke Inshore S3 is about $170 with a reasonably quick (6.0:1) gear ratio, lighter than the Iron and similar salt protection. Very good drag.

For better sealing, you're looking at probably Shimano Spheros or similar. Also heavy like the Rapala but Shimanos usually cast very well. If you want lighter and/or cheaper, or faster gear ratios then you'll be giving up on sealing and some salt protection and looking at stuff like the Nasci 5000.

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Value for Money you can't beat the Daiwa BG.

Being non mag sealed you can service yourself. And being Daiwas Flagship reel parts will be readily available for the next 6 years which is piece of mind. 

Parts are fairly cheap aswell. 

They also come with carbon drag washers. 

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7 hours ago, dutchy said:

I was looking at the BG's pretty good bang for buck 

 

At my time working in the tackle shop i sold countless Daiwa BGs for guys wanting them for a range of species and had all positive feedback from them customers. 

Only issue i saw was the drag clicker broke but that was replaced. 

Have seen plenty of Snapper Tuna Kingfish even Sharks caught on them. 

Even Alan Hawk gives them a great reel!

Only downside for me was i love power ball handle knobs. The Daiwa BGs handle knob is riveted. There are ways to get around it but other than that they are a great reel!

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I haven't tried the BG (or any Daiwa really), but it would be the Daiwa of choice that I'd go with. I believe that Shimanos tend to cast a little further than Daiwas in most cases, but I obviously haven't tested it myself, so it's just internet hearsay. A metre or two here and there probably isn't something to worry about either way.

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