Looking to buy a new reel for yoyo'ing or fishing the surface iron. Any recommendations? Most likely going to go with a Cousins rod because those are quality and a local company in HB.
Thanks in advance.
Thanks in advance.
just trying to educate myself, why is a star drag preferred for surface irons? tiaIf you want a great yo yo AND surface iron reel then I would go with a torium 20 hg or Diawa Saltist 40bg. My favorite yo yo reel is an avet jx but the spool is too heavy for surface iron and you need a star drag for surface iron so go with the torium or Saltist if you need just one multi-functional reel.
Surface iron fishing involves casting relatively light lures a long distance to be effective. Because of the way they are constructed lever drag reels generally have heavier spools and do not disengage in free spool the same way. Some lever drag reels will cast fairly well, especially with heavy lures like yo yo iron and wahoo bombs. They can also free spool bait well that is in the water. However, you will never get a lever drag reel that will cast a lighter lure or bait as well as a top quality star drag. Casting is not just about free spool but also about the momentum it takes to get the spool spinning. That's why if you look at the rods used by the top surface iron guys, it's all Trinidad's, toriums, saltists, Newell's, penn fathoms etc.just trying to educate myself, why is a star drag preferred for surface irons? tia
3/8oz is way too light. You need a tiny Bass baitcaster to move that well. Get a Tady 45 that you don't like, cut off the hook and head down to some local football field.I was just at a tackle shop asking the same as OP. They recommended an Okuma Cedros Star Drag Reel. I asked the shop employee "what are you using for surface irons?" he said an old Newell and he does not know what he will do if it ever breaks and that nothing casts better. So I went and found a NEWELL 229-5 and mounted it to my new COUSINS CJB 80M-CT (holy heck this stick looks amazing and if you ever get a chance to tour cousins go do it its rad). I tried casting with a little 3/8 oz in the alley at my house, but did not have much luck. Either the rod is to heavy or I need new bearings in my NEWELL, or I suck.