Maxel Hybrid 20

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  1. nfd27

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    Looking to get this reel to match with a black hole challenger for a light weight jigging setup. Doing my research I’ve seen a 50/50 split on good and bad reviews. I personally like the release bar along with 28lbs of drag and tiny profile. Seems either people love them or they fall apart/break. Any input would be appreciated.
     
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    My dad has one. He bought his a year after they came out. He had to send it in because of the clutch bar. They sent him a new one. He hasn't used it much since he got it. A couple of times but not his go to. I spoke with a guy who was using one this past December while we were of shore sea bassin. He loves it. Hasn't had any issues. But like you said, he also said the same. 50/50. I love the fact it's a star drag, it's smooth, compact, and powerful. But that 50/50 is what has prevented me from getting one as well. If maxel would put an update stating that this issue is completely resolved, then I just might get one. Their rage and ocean max series are phenomenal reels. Just gotta tidy up the hybrid
     
  3. nfd27

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    I’m not sure if it’s quality control or just like buying a car sometimes you get a dud. Unfortunately I’m looking for a star drag reel as I have an Accurate Boss Fury for my lever. One thing is on a couple quick google searches I haven’t seen a ton of newer reviews/comments. Most negative comments look like they’re from 3-4 years ago.
     
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    Not the Maxel 20 But I have a couple Maxel Transformer 40's. Love them and held up well but getting them serviced locally is an issue as most shops dont have parts for them or know what they are.
     
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    Yeah I think it was a hot commodity when they first came out and died off after the issues came about. I've only seen two fished this year. I have the transformer 30. Awesome reel. I'll send it overseas for service when that time comes
     
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    High drags but too geary for my liking. Saw my buddy broke his while jigging. Lost the IAR maybe due to corrosion or too much grease. The Transformer is too pricey more than a Saltiga SJ or Ocea Jigger. Can't justify paying top dollar for a Chinese made vs Japanese.
     
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    Really wanted a Ocea Jigger just not comfortable with the lack of service in the US
     
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    Jigger/trinidad or Saltiga are excellent star drag choices....
     
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    Maybe look at the accurate tern
     
  10. nfd27

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    I have been looking at that I’m between the Tern and Hybrid
     
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    You can get them on here for a decent price or buy new they start pretty low are made in the USA and have the right gear ratios, light and nice drags
     
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    I would definitely 1,000% recommend the Saltiga if it's within your price range!
     
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    For what it's worth, I fished Nantucket fluke this year with a lot of very fishy guys from New York and Jersey. Hands down the two most popular reels were Saltiga's and Trinidad/Ocea jiggers. Only one Maxell and it had been sent in twice, replaced once, and the nut holding the handle arm broke on the last trip. In my opinion the best deal going is the Saltiga 10 JDM at Jigging World for $299. Even though its a JDM, you get full warranty at Daiwa USA. Good luck.
     
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    Posted a similar topic on another website and got mostly positive reviews on the reel. After reading the response here I'm going to look at the Saltiga and Ocea Jigger again in LH models. Thanks for the input.
     
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    Anytime bro!
     
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    I vote saltiga star drag .. SA or even the new ones . I also recommend the Ocea/Trinidad ... I just truly wish they would come out with a Trinidad PG :( .... I don’t get why the torium got the nod but not the Trinidad but I have a feeling that will be coming to the us in the next 2 years .
     
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    I fish a hybrid 20 on a black hole tai special.
    It is a decent reel, but not anything super special.
    It is smooth and has tons of drag, but I feel like the drag capacity is overkill for the build quality of the rest of the reel....

    I rarely crank down too much on the drag, but then again I am using it on a pretty light rod...
     
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    How do you like that rod? What do you use it for?
     
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    I absolutely love it. I have both the spinning and conventional models.

    I literally use them for everything.

    All sorts of bottom fish (grouper, snapper, porgies, etc.)
    Sheepshead, they are awesome for this, even though they are not really intended for this use.

    Small tuna up to 15 pounds.


    I used the tai special rods exclusively on a week long trip to islamorada fl. about a month ago.

    I never felt underpowered and I landed some nice fish. Could not keep the grouper, but they were fun to catch.

    I have used them with 6oz. of lead in fast current without issue....
     
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    Awesome. I've seen videos of the tai putting in work. I was wondering how much lead it could hold comfortably. Thanks bro!
     

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