Rod/Reel Advise

escapee

Well-Known "Member"
Jul 8, 2011
99
21
marysville, wa
Name
barak rabel
Boat
23 north river seahawk "hattie nicole "
If I did that to my islander I might cry. No I didn't run it over, just put the line on too tight. Fished it 2 days while the islander went back to factory for rebuild, then the shimano sat in the boat for 2 weeks. Next time I saw it , it was broke.
 

kallitype

big liar
Jun 29, 2010
691
59
Vashon WA
Name
TER ROTH
Boat
LIvingston 14, Hobie Adventure kayak
My fishing buddy and I both bought left-hand retrieve Okuma Coldwater reels, loved them until they both failed within a year---the lever that makes freespool stopped working on both our reels. We replaced them with Daiwa Lexa line-counters, which seem to be MUCH better made, smoother and more robust. Have caught a number of kings with the reel, very very smooth drag and fit the hand very nicely. Holds plenty of 30# braid. As for rod---we pretty much run downriggers 90% of the time, so have gotten a couple cheap 10 1/2 ft Shimano TDR rods ($40 at Sportco) that are heavy but seem to do the job just fine. I also use the 10 1/2 foot Lamiglas G1312T rod with good result---swapped a Kenai Killer for it, there are no 50-60# kings around here, so the Killer was superfluous.
 

LJB

Down Fur-Lined Avenue
Jan 18, 2013
1,427
617
Tacoma
Name
ain't no cunthead
Boat
68 Bellboy
My fishing buddy and I both bought left-hand retrieve Okuma Coldwater reels, loved them until they both failed within a year---the lever that makes freespool stopped working on both our reels. We replaced them with Daiwa Lexa line-counters, which seem to be MUCH better made, smoother and more robust. Have caught a number of kings with the reel, very very smooth drag and fit the hand very nicely. Holds plenty of 30# braid. As for rod---we pretty much run downriggers 90% of the time, so have gotten a couple cheap 10 1/2 ft Shimano TDR rods ($40 at Sportco) that are heavy but seem to do the job just fine. I also use the 10 1/2 foot Lamiglas G1312T rod with good result---swapped a Kenai Killer for it, there are no 50-60# kings around here, so the Killer was superfluous.
The KK I paid $50.00 for LOL
 

Team Sency

Fish!! Or be Fished!!!
Jan 6, 2012
2,824
2,602
Black Diamond
Name
Chris
Boat
JuiceBox2
I just told my wife they were lifetime rod/reels for my kids. Don’t tell her otherwise!
They really are something special to be had for a very long time.

My only concern on the rods....and not much we can do since cork has gotten extremely expensive...but those Winn grips will wear out, where cork would last forever(obviously if take care of).

I keep searching and researching best options for cork and alternatives and is just amazing how perfect cork is for a fishing rod. I still use it on my builds, but the extra fine cork handles end up adding a ton to the cost of these rods!
 

escapee

Well-Known "Member"
Jul 8, 2011
99
21
marysville, wa
Name
barak rabel
Boat
23 north river seahawk "hattie nicole "
Well yeah, that's a Shimano. I was talking about the Diawa's :finger:
I gotta know though, how did that happen?
I put the line on, fished it a couple days, then parked the boat for 2 weeks. Next time I got in it ,the reel was broke, I put the line on too tight apparently