View Poll Results: What is your favourite rod and reel brand?

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  • Shimano

    228 51.70%
  • Diawa

    102 23.13%
  • Okuma

    10 2.27%
  • Pfluger

    10 2.27%
  • Alvey

    23 5.22%
  • Penn

    17 3.85%
  • Abu garcia

    15 3.40%
  • Quantum

    3 0.68%
  • Sage

    2 0.45%
  • Other

    31 7.03%
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  1. #46

    Re: Who makes the best fishing tackle?

    Quote Originally Posted by PinHead View Post
    shimano grea all the way..and to find the fish definitelt need a humminbird sounder..and if you are pushed along by a ETEC, what more could you ask for?
    A Suziki

  2. #47

    Re: Who makes the best fishing tackle?

    Quote Originally Posted by .:::stotty:::. View Post
    This is also what I thought at one point Chris.

    I used to own all daiwa products, zillions, alphas r's, blacksheeps ect. But they are all great reels until you fish an entire season with one, I have broken 3 zillions now and 2 alphas's. 2 zillions the main gear started stripping itself or something like that I was explained and it had so much backplay. The alphas r's where just terrible after a while.

    Now I own a 200calcutta dc, core 100mg, core 50mg, stella 3000 and soon a 5000stella. The core's are amazing, they are light, they would be the best casting reel I have ever used, out performs the DC anyday. They are great to use all day.

    The calcutta 200dc is a big reel, but it so powerful and solid I dont mind pushing it or throwing it around on the boat or on landbased sessions, matched up with a megabass destroyer broom stick of a rod it is now my favorite jack combo.

    Everyone should feel and consider a Shimano core before looking into something else, I would buy a 3rd one if I ever need another bc.
    That's a bad run on the Zillions & Alphas ..... not good at all. I did destroy my HLC when I engaged the gears just when a big barra charged off after free spooling it ( just bad timing I guess) - but every other Zillion have gone fine
    I had a Metanium Mg - (which is the the JDM version of the Core) ...... It was a pretty decent casting reel though I noticed a lot of wear & play after some solid bass sessions . I got rid of it when I bought my Steez 103. (shame it is not a salt water reel)
    I've gone right away from drum type baitcasters - but have used a couple of Conquest DC & Calcutta DCs ...... they were ok but just felt too heavy to use all day ( I feel the same about the Daiwa Pluton).

    Anyhow always good to hear of someones personal experiences with tackle .

    Chris
    Give a man a fish & he will eat for a day !
    Teach him how to fish
    & he will sit in a boat - & drink beer all day!
    TEAM MOJIKO

  3. #48

    Re: Who makes the best fishing tackle?

    Quote Originally Posted by davo View Post
    I have a lot of Daiwa stuff but hate their baitcasters has I don't like the drags. I own all Shimano baitcasters but it will be interesting with the lastest models being built cheaper.
    I've got quite a few baitcasters for bass
    12 Daiwa and 3 Shimano in fact, but my fav to use by far is my Shimano MG50.
    I prefer it over more expensive models from both brands and very glad I picked up a spare (still unused) while there were still a few around. I recon they're a fair bit better than the Shimano "Core" that replaced them too.

    I've got quite a few spinning reels as well, can't afford anything high end, just up Sol and Sustain. I must say I do like my Sols, also have 1 Tierra 2000 that would be the smoothest reel I own. It's a bit of a mystery as the 3 other Tierras I have are very average reels but I guess that can happen.

  4. #49

    Re: Who makes the best fishing tackle?

    Quote Originally Posted by NAGG View Post

    I would defy any rod builder to build me a baitcast rod that would match my Daiwa Zillion 631 for under $300 ...... let alone the $210 that I paid for it .

    Chris
    Hi Chris, if you compaired apples with apples and consider your Zillion 631 came out of a factory in China, I recon if you found a custom rod builder over there you could get 4 rods of at least the same quality (and made to your specs) for your $210 Aus.
    Don't get me wrong the 631 is a great rod, but apples with apples.
    Cheers
    Mike D

  5. #50

    Re: Who makes the best fishing tackle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Delisser View Post
    Hi Chris, if you compaired apples with apples and consider your Zillion 631 came out of a factory in China, I recon if you found a custom rod builder over there you could get 4 rods of at least the same quality (and made to your specs) for your $210 Aus.
    Don't get me wrong the 631 is a great rod, but apples with apples.
    Cheers
    Mike D
    Actually , It is apples with apples Mike ....... forget the labour componant , I couldn't buy the blank (or similar) plus the other componants for that price. I think the kit for a NV7 Samurai is about $200 & that only comes with alconite guides..... not the stainless steel Fuji Sics that come on the Zillion - blank wise as a minimum standard you would be looking at a Samurai , IMX Loomis but more like a United composite blank. (That's what I'm referring to). I think there is an Aussie version of the Zillion & it retailed for over $400
    If a local rod builder was to build me something along the same line , I reckon I would be up for something fast approaching the $500 mark ......... but it would only be as good.

    Here is the tackletour review of the Zillion baitcast rods - http://www.tackletour.com/reviewdaiwazillionrod.html

    Chris
    Give a man a fish & he will eat for a day !
    Teach him how to fish
    & he will sit in a boat - & drink beer all day!
    TEAM MOJIKO

  6. #51

    Re: Who makes the best fishing tackle?

    Quote Originally Posted by NAGG View Post
    I'm not saying that they produce anything exceptional (barring the Steez range ) - but what they do produce are functional rods that meet a pricepoint .
    I would defy any rod builder to build me a baitcast rod that would match my Daiwa Zillion 631 for under $300 ...... let alone the $210 that I paid for it .

    Chris
    So now the comparison is a Chinese factory made Zillion against a custom rod that has to be locally made using locally purchased blank and parts , well yes of course you're right Chris it won't get near your $210 Daiwa. But do you really believe thats apples to apples? I don't but we're all entitled to our opinions so it's all good.

    BTW can you tell me who's making the Zillion blanks for Daiwa, I think St Croix were making the Steez blanks.
    Cheers
    Mike D

  7. #52

    Re: Who makes the best fishing tackle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Delisser View Post
    So now the comparison is a Chinese factory made Zillion against a custom rod that has to be locally made using locally purchased blank and parts , well yes of course you're right Chris it won't get near your $210 Daiwa. But do you really believe thats apples to apples? I don't but we're all entitled to our opinions so it's all good.

    BTW can you tell me who's making the Zillion blanks for Daiwa, I think St Croix were making the Steez blanks.
    Cheers
    Mike D
    What I am trying to say is that for $210 - I can buy a rod that would be better than any $300 locally made rod (probably $400). -I'll qualify that by Having made my own rods over the years & having had custom rods made for me - or bought semi custom rods ( millers , howard , Egrell) - I can look any one in the eye & say - "this is a awesome rod" ... . not just because of the price but of the blank design , build quality & componants used. Even sourcing componants globally from the likes of acid rods - I would struggle to get the guides & grips / winch fitting & decent blank.
    I might do the exercise ($190 ish - no freight)

    Chris

    PS - Not sure about the Daiwa blanks - but I thought they built there own in several factories around the world
    Give a man a fish & he will eat for a day !
    Teach him how to fish
    & he will sit in a boat - & drink beer all day!
    TEAM MOJIKO

  8. #53

    Re: Who makes the best fishing tackle?

    I have mainly Shimano but also have Diawa and Abu - I prefer to have Shimano reels as they have never failed me. However I have two Diawa Spinning reels and they have handled use and abuse for over five years without complaint. The Abus I have had for over 20 years - yes they were made in Sweden and whilst they have not failed they are getting dated and the newer reels run rings around them. I still use them for Live Baiting but little else.

    Rods I have many and varied and generally don't look for a particular brand, I looks for what I need.
    Stan

    I am not addicted to buying fishing gear - I just need more than I can afford

  9. #54

    Re: Who makes the best fishing tackle?

    Despite appropriate care after use e.g. warm water wash, dry, spray with anti corrosion agent such as inox and a regular service regime , all my Shimano reels have corrosion on them at various points and to various degrees.This after only a couple of years of low to moderate use.
    To me, that is a crap piece of machinery and reeks of designed failure.

  10. #55

    Re: Who makes the best fishing tackle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Freshwater Tragic View Post
    Just brought a new combo yesterday , ( Daiwa ) ,could not tell you the model number of reel or what the rod was branded with . It just " felt " right for me .
    Plus the reel was red , so automatically that makes it go faster .
    Shawn
    Has it got a wireless too?


  11. #56

    Re: Who makes the best fishing tackle?

    Last weekend had a sleep over at Bribie and dragged the 10ft Jarvis Walker fibreglass surf rod with the fold down first guide out of moth balls, fitted the 600B Alvey side cast, a bit of lead, 3 gang an pilchard and it cast just as good if not better than the new rod with an egg beater on it.
    Now, how do I get it back off the missus
    The rod is about 36 years old and in top condition.


  12. #57

    Re: Who makes the best fishing tackle?

    Who makes the best tackle? thats easy I do. Dont belive me then ask my mum.

    Stu

  13. #58

    Re: Who makes the best fishing tackle?

    followed closely by me, just ask stu,s mum

  14. #59

    Re: Who makes the best fishing tackle?

    I had an Okuma Aquios for many years.

    Turned out to be quite a solid reel, catching me large Jew, Threadfin and a large number of bloody huge rays.

    I will be looking at them for my next bait reel.

    I also have a Shimano Fireblood 2500 that over the years has turned out to be quite a tough little reel, punching well above its weight on many occasions.

  15. #60

    Re: Who makes the best fishing tackle?

    Shimano for my trolling outfits and diawa for spinning and jig kit.
    Life is short fish hard!!!
    21,6 Sea Fox WA Pro ....

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