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Old 03-17-2017, 03:01 PM
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That series reel has no magnets nust the knob to loosen or tighten the spool.everybody that has ever fished for pike or muskies has had one or two of these reels and there very good.they just gave way to modern technology.i still have a bunch of them and yes i use them for ice out lake trout trolling.most models were either 5.4-1or 6.2-1.most muskie reels are somewhat lower geared on some models to bring in the bladed big baits in easier.in any way you look at it there goid reels and shoulb be put on at least a 6'6" rod or up to a 9' rod.mine always had 80# braid on for muskie but 50# would do just fine and casts great.chouce of rod maker is yours and your wallet.but nothing wrong with the st croix premeire series or there eyecons.
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Old 03-17-2017, 06:59 PM
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Thanks everyone again. I'm pretty novice, but can cast a bait caster. My motivation was to piece together a set up that could be used to sling for pike on our trip as I maybe have one spinning set up that would do OK with heavier spoons. Again, I really don't know what to expect up there and not sure where the spirit is going to move us.

My wife does this to me....buys a "can't miss" clearance rack dress and THEN has to figure out where to wear it.
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Old 03-17-2017, 07:49 PM
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Thanks everyone again. I'm pretty novice, but can cast a bait caster. My motivation was to piece together a set up that could be used to sling for pike on our trip as I maybe have one spinning set up that would do OK with heavier spoons. Again, I really don't know what to expect up there and not sure where the spirit is going to move us.

My wife does this to me....buys a "can't miss" clearance rack dress and THEN has to figure out where to wear it.

The way I see it, you are a lucky man.

Have fun with those $9.00 reels. You will have a great time casting for pike with them. I paid a lot more for mine back in the 1990's....LOL.

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Old 03-27-2017, 07:37 PM
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Hello all. I was able to pick up a brand new Abu Garcia 6500s baitcaster for $9 on clearance yesterday and I am trying to determine what rod to pair it with to maximize its functionality on my first trip to Canada after a long fishing hiatus. I will be responsible for entirely outfitting my group of 4 (son, Dad, brother and myself).

I already have an assortment of L to ML fast action (6' to 7') spinning combos with nice reels. One for each of us and a back up. I have these designated as jigging rods?

I also own 2 rod and reel line counter combos: equipped with Daiwa Sealine SG17LCA reels on Daiwa Heartland 7'6 ML trolling rods. I have had them for years but they are literally brand new and maybe used once. I was thinking I could use these for bottom bouncing?

I have one spinning set up that could probably serve a function. A G.Loomis GL2 HSR 9000s 7'6. Casting crank baits or small spoons maybe?

Which leads me to the Abu Garcia 6500s. I saw at Gander Mountain a St. Croix Triumph 7' Medium-fast and a St. Croix Triumph 7' Medium Heavy. If I went with the medium, could that rod serve different purposes than if I went with the Medium Heavy? I think I sort of envisioned this rod also being used to pitch spoons, bigger baits for pike?

I am not adverse to picking up additional combos to ensure we have what we need up there (and for the future). Canada has been a very long time in the making and nice to know some of the rods will tasted the drink again. Just really rusty in trying to figure it all out.
Daiwa, St Croix make them in a few models, if you can still find an innerline from Diawa, get it.
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