|09-21-2021 11:37 AM|
|Ozark Bob||Premium reels cost more, last longer and work better. I have Shimano Tekota's for the majority of my trolling, Lead core(limited use) the Coldwaters seem to be holding up. Sometimes things are worth a bit more for a reason. I had and repaired many Daiwa 17,27 and 47 reels for many years. Put drag washer kits on and they performed well. Money can come into the decision. I know, I was young and cash strapped as well. Bob|
|09-21-2021 09:59 AM|
|Common Man||Nope not missing anything... The clicker on these suck. I had the clicker turned on and with the bail open and it happened. I contour troll the Mississippi river and lake Pepin so I get my share of snags. I usually close the bail and set the drag light. This can help but it will still break the clicker. I have one that needs to be fixed so I'll take a pic of the process.|
|09-21-2021 08:26 AM|
To complete this thread for anyone reading in the future, I used 12 lb. suffix mono backer, and 5 colors of advanced 18 lb. lead core (Suffix 832) on both of my CW203D reels. It took 200 feet of mono to fill the spool, and there is no way in **** I'm ever going to try again to get the mono inside the sheath of the leadcore for a Willis knot. I broke of 6" of lead, and tied a double uni-knot for the mono-leadcore connection, and I used a 10' 10 lb. fluorocarbon leader on both ends, and used the same knot on both. So far, they are holding pretty strong as I attempted to reel in bumper on my Ram 2500 cummins diesel.
I'll know if this works in action next week when I get up north, on a lake.
Thanks for the knowledge and assistance.
Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but in the past, on Lake Michigan fishing salmon, we always set the reels open with the clicker/drag set to just prevent the line from going out. When a fish hit, the clicker would sing out, and when I started to reel in the fish, the spool/drag would close, and there was never an issue with snags destroying a setup.
Am I missing something? It's been 20 years since my FIL passed, and that was the last time I trolled this way.
|09-21-2021 07:55 AM|
I have 2 of the CW303D and they are pretty good reels. Nice drags but watch the clicker. If you get hung up trolling at 2.5+ MPH and you have the clicker turned on it may come apart... both of mine did. If you take the side panel off you can put them back together and it should be fine until the next time you get hung up.
I can easily get 7 colors with backing on the 303 model so I would think you will be fine with 5 colors.
|09-21-2021 07:32 AM|
|09-21-2021 06:43 AM|
I use the 17 Daiwa reels and love the small size. 4 of my sg17lca reels bit the dust this yr. I contacted tunasreeltroubles.com to get them repaired but was told they were too old. so I'm replacing them with the 203 reels. i just hope they hold 150' of 16 lb ande line and 300' of 65 lb power pro braid.
|09-20-2021 11:10 PM|
|walleyefan9||Well, after trying for 2 hours (I kid you not) to thread 12 lb. backer mono through the sheath of the leadcore, with 6" of lead removed, I gave up and tied a double uni knot. I hope it works, or this experiment will be a failure. I pulled on it pretty hard, and it didn't budge, so we'll see.|
|09-20-2021 09:12 PM|
|Dave in Walker||I do not know that reel, but remember every reel that you use with the linecounter will have to be calibrated, otherwise counter is unaccurate, many youtube videos on how to calibrate|
|09-18-2021 08:17 AM|
Two things, 203 will hold 5 colors with plenty of backing, The Willis knot will not work with many of the newer (thinner diameter) lines. There are many different knots that will work.( online video) Bob
NOTE: Make a note of how much backer you need to fill the reel for when you do the second setup
|09-17-2021 06:22 PM|
Thanks for the reply.
Yes, I was planning on using the same knot to tie on the backer, and to tie on a 10' leader of fluorocarbon.
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