Helping "Santa" choose an Electric Reel for Christmas

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  1. FishPimpII

    FishPimpII Dreaming about the next boat...

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    So Santa is going to bring me an electric reel for Christmas and I'm trying to decide which one so soliciting the forum's advice.
    Option A is the tanacom 750.
    http://www.daiwa.com/us/contents/reels/tanacom750/index.html
    Seems like that's a pretty basic one that holds enough line and has enough beef to do the job for th halibut fishing we do.
    Price should be less than 450+tax on sale at Sportco this weekend.
    Option B is the Daiwa Seaborg 500J.
    http://www.electric-reel.com/daiwa/daiwa_seaborg500j.html
    Looks to have similar power and drag specs but a much nicer fit and finish I am really intrigued by the power dial in the middle of the reel rather than on the side as that was the only thing I didn't like about the tanacom 750 I used this year. I know it doesn't hold as much line as the 750 but we fish pretty light line on the boat I usually fish on so it should hold enough 50lb power pro to do the job.
    I can find that one on eBay for about 600 bucks which is the top of the budget.
    Any thoughts or alternate suggestions are welcome.
     
  2. KimH

    KimH Someday I'll live the dream.

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    I have a pair of the 750's or they are the Tanacom Bull 750's I think, maybe. There might of been a change in the reels a couple of years ago when the price dropped some. Good reel and seems tough. Isn't the Seaborg a two speed? Personally I feel you don't need the two speed. When I was getting mine I seem to remember someone saying they had burned up a couple of 500's so the motor might have been a bit undersized for our fishery. I think 50 or 60 pound line is enough. I've heard of guys anchoring their boat with 80/85 pound....really hard to break if hung up. I also use lighter mono for a top shot to break instead of losing a bunch of braid on a hang.
     
  3. FishPimpII

    FishPimpII Dreaming about the next boat...

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    There are Seaborg models that are two speed but the 500j isn't and the Seaborg megatwin which is two speed is out of my budget anyways.
    The tanacom 500's have much weaker specs than either of these two reels so am guessing it was just that model that got burnt out and not so much a size issue but that's the kind of info I'm looking for.
     
  4. Chasin' Tail

    Chasin' Tail ~Jumpers!!~ <*)))><

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    I got a tanacum 750 & a tanscum bull 750 a couple years ago.
    My researxh concluded that mechanically they were the same, just a fancier reel handle & plastic case.
    Motor & drags were the same.
    After 2 seasons, both worked well.

    My opinion is get the 750 & save some coin. Load it up with some JB braid, and go kill done deep fish.
    Cut off the alligator clips & rig it to work on a Scotty plug. Great reels for going deep
     
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  5. Lion11

    Lion11 Paul

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    Go Option A... Option A is the tanacom 750.
     
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  6. The Peddler

    The Peddler I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I'm very pleased with my Tanacom 750's.


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  7. DaKanati

    DaKanati Captain

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    I bought my tanacom 750 about 4 years ago used off ebay straight from Japan and it still works flawlessly.
     
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    Barracuda1 Master of None

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    What's the reel for?
     
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    Swede Yachtless

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    Trout
     
  10. Sundodger

    Sundodger Fishing is fun

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    I had a similar situation and went with option A. For my fathers Christmas present this year I just bought him a 750. I think he is going to dig it.
     
  11. Salmonmoocher

    Salmonmoocher "Holding My Own Rod"

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    Go down to Sportco and talk to Duramax/Mike. I would go, I believe on Saturday is the 20% off all Reels.

    And I have the Tanacum 750. Works Great, loaded with JB 65 pound braid. I prefer it over the 80 that stuff won't break when you snag bottom.
     
  12. FishPimpII

    FishPimpII Dreaming about the next boat...

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    Yep. That's the plan just don't like that cheap looking plastic handle on the 750 but I guess that could be swapped out.
    Thanks guys!
     
  13. Duramax2500

    Duramax2500 Well-Known "Member"

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    That is correct on the sale but Duramax is going to be killing some ducks!:2gunsfiring_v1:
     
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  14. FishPimpII

    FishPimpII Dreaming about the next boat...

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    ok so despite all the advise pointing to the 750 working "just fine" I thought about it a little more and tonight (with a little help from a friend) I talked myself into doing something different and ordering the Seaborg 500J... I'll give a report next May on how it works out.
     
  15. Cwillis

    Cwillis Sometimes you're top boat...sometimes you're not.

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    Sounds like I am too late but my vote is keep cranking like a boss! We get three days this year.
     
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    i thought you said "santa." whyd you buy it?
     
  17. Meanwhile

    Meanwhile Member

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    I sold my 2 600fe electrics. Just not enough for where I fish. I have 5 750's. Love em.

    But, the bearing on the left end of the spool can get water. Here is what a 750 looks like opened up. Nothing too dramatic, just don't pull on the wires or you will get to practice solder skills.

    [​IMG]

    I'll take the opportunity to use greased carbon drags and grease the bearings.



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  18. FishPimpII

    FishPimpII Dreaming about the next boat...

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    Found out I'm on the naughty list.
     
  19. Grady226

    Grady226 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Thats a good list to be on...LOL
     
  20. Happy Daze

    Happy Daze Grady Prick

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    Hey Jeff,
    Who's boat are you fishing on for Halibut? There is no way Skin Tag is having electric reels on Juice Box
     

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