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Jdm Reel Purchases :d (Back From Japan)

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So I just got back from my week long trip to Japan :D  I'll update this post with more details later, but I figure I'd share my JDM purchases while I was over there.  I ended up getting some reels that I didn't think I was going to get, but it was too hard to pass up.  Saw way too many reels, but decided to pass on some good deals like an Alphas Finesse Custom for $110 (it was in mint condition) because I knew I'd be doing some more offshore jigging this year versus bass fishing.

 

So here was my final purchases:

1) Shimano Exsence DC (Brand New)

2) Daiwa Certate 2506H (Used, but in Excellent Condition)

3) Shimano Ocea Jigger 5000P (Brand New, bought two of them :P )

 

Here are pictures:

 

Shimano Exsence DC

 

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Daiwa Certate 2506H Hi Gear Custom

 

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Shimano Ocea Jigger 5000P

 

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Nice reels! I've read where the Exsence is a steal even if you have to pay what we from JDM sources online. 

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You're gonna love the Exsence DC. My favorite JDM reel to date. Also my most expensive reel purchase, but this one was well worth it! Enjoy!!

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Sweet reels! JDM reels always arouse the bait monkey. Lol

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Awesome. That Certate looks sweet!!

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congrats! the exsence DC is my favorite reel to fish with...you'll love it.

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Congrats ......you picked up some sweet reels, enjoy.

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I had no idea the Bait Monkey had a passport!!!

 

You did GREAT!

 

Congrats on scoring some beautiful gear.

 

Good luck using it this year and catch some big ones for us.

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Nice choices, did you play with any conquests or megabass ?

 

I actually couldn't find new in the box Conquests.  They were pretty much all clearanced out in the Tokyo area according to the shop owners in preparation for the new 2014 Conquests.

 

I found two used Conquests at Tackleberry....but I made a mistake and didn't pull the trigger the day that I went.  I found a Conquest 100 in above average condition for $150 and a Conquest 50 for $120 (had a grind so passed on this one), but I went back my last day in Japan to grab the Conquest 100 and the store was closed :( 

 

The Megabass reels were super super nice, but I had to make a rational decision as to what reels I was going to purchase before I went to Japan.  Initially I was going to pick up a Zillion HLC, J-Dream, Conquest, and Certate 2013.  However, realizing that I wanted to try out the DC system, I finalized on the Exsence DC.  I handled the new Certate, but I actually ended up liking the Hyper Custom Certate more.  If the store was open on the last day I would have definitely picked up the Conquest, so I'm kind of kicking myself for not buying the Conquest 100 when I first saw it.

 

I'm really happy about the Ocea Jiggers because I'll be doing a lot more jigging trips this spring/summer and they've been really hard to find.

 

Overally, I spent about 12 hours over 3 days just perusing the various tackle shops and would highly highly recommend anyone visiting Japan to check out the Sansui, Jumbo, and Tackleberry stores.  The prices on used tackle are ridiculous and with the rate of the USD/Yen, I picked up new reels at a really great price too. 

 

I might be visiting Japan one more time this spring so I'm planning on looking at the new Conquests at that time and maybe pick up a PX68R as well.  Who knows though ;P Things always change when you see things in person :D

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How big is the Exsence? Is it big like a Citica 200E or small like a Curado 50E? 

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How big is the Exsence? Is it big like a Citica 200E or small like a Curado 50E? 

Same size as a Chronarch D or Core with a little more weight

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I actually couldn't find new in the box Conquests.  They were pretty much all clearanced out in the Tokyo area according to the shop owners in preparation for the new 2014 Conquests.

 

I found two used Conquests at Tackleberry....but I made a mistake and didn't pull the trigger the day that I went.  I found a Conquest 100 in above average condition for $150 and a Conquest 50 for $120 (had a grind so passed on this one), but I went back my last day in Japan to grab the Conquest 100 and the store was closed :(

 

The Megabass reels were super super nice, but I had to make a rational decision as to what reels I was going to purchase before I went to Japan.  Initially I was going to pick up a Zillion HLC, J-Dream, Conquest, and Certate 2013.  However, realizing that I wanted to try out the DC system, I finalized on the Exsence DC.  I handled the new Certate, but I actually ended up liking the Hyper Custom Certate more.  If the store was open on the last day I would have definitely picked up the Conquest, so I'm kind of kicking myself for not buying the Conquest 100 when I first saw it.

 

I'm really happy about the Ocea Jiggers because I'll be doing a lot more jigging trips this spring/summer and they've been really hard to find.

 

Overally, I spent about 12 hours over 3 days just perusing the various tackle shops and would highly highly recommend anyone visiting Japan to check out the Sansui, Jumbo, and Tackleberry stores.  The prices on used tackle are ridiculous and with the rate of the USD/Yen, I picked up new reels at a really great price too. 

 

I might be visiting Japan one more time this spring so I'm planning on looking at the new Conquests at that time and maybe pick up a PX68R as well.  Who knows though ;P Things always change when you see things in person :D

LUCKY!! I'm very jelly

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Same size as a Chronarch D or Core with a little more weight

Thanks!

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Nice reels! I've read where the Exsence is a steal even if you have to pay what we from JDM sources online. 

 

John,

 

I haven't had extensive testing with the Exsence, but it is DEFINITELY worth the money IMO.  I honestly am surprised the price tag isn't a little higher on the Exsence.  Build quality is solid and having the DC system is an absolute big plus.

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John,

 

I haven't had extensive testing with the Exsence, but it is DEFINITELY worth the money IMO.  I honestly am surprised the price tag isn't a little higher on the Exsence.  Build quality is solid and having the DC system is an absolute big plus.

I have read many posts from guys that say that they can't understand why it is priced as low as it is. It definitely seems like one of the reels to get right now. Congrats again!

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Man, I'm reading way to many posts about the Exsence prices. Shhhhhhh! We don't want anybody to go jacking up the prices!

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