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Lew's Tournament Mb 8.3:1...odd Choice?

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Lew's has 2 new hyper speed reels this year...the Super Duty in 8:1 and Tournament MB in 8.3:1.

 

Looking at the tournament bass fishing industry from the outside-in as a bank fisherman...I see the Tournament guys needing a product...the wannabe tournament guy's using the same product because that's what the big boys are using...and marketing a product to the hoardes of small time guys because that's where the money is.

 

So what's up with the Tournament MB? Who is it designed to please?

 

I hear most of the house boys are switching to the Team Lite for the next tourney season. 7.5:1 is plenty for pitching and flipping. Heavy cover pitching and flipping will be no doubt handled by the Super Duty in 8:1.

 

So why make the MB in 8.3...and why not also make the Tourney Pro in 8.3?

 

 

 

 

Thoughts?

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The MB is a lower priced reel so therefore lower priced components.

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I wish they made a tourney pro in a 8, but I have the super duty in 8.0:1 and I love it for flipping and pitching, helps me get more pitches out in less time and be more efficient. I have a team lite, but I'll stick with my tourney pro's as to me they feel much more sturdy and fit better in my hand. I use the team lite in 6.8:1 for squarebills and shallow cranks, the tp in 7.1:1 for everything else, and the super duty for heavy cover flipping and pitching. I have not used the tournament mb, but might pick one up later down the road just because I like the really high gear ratio's. If Lew's made a tourney pro in a 8, then I would definitely buy some

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I wish they made a tourney pro in a 8, but I have the super duty in 8.0:1 and I love it for flipping and pitching, helps me get more pitches out in less time and be more efficient. I have a team lite, but I'll stick with my tourney pro's as to me they feel much more sturdy and fit better in my hand. I use the team lite in 6.8:1 for squarebills and shallow cranks, the tp in 7.1:1 for everything else, and the super duty for heavy cover flipping and pitching. I have not used the tournament mb, but might pick one up later down the road just because I like the really high gear ratio's. If Lew's made a tourney pro in a 8, then I would definitely buy some

I would hold out. I'll bet next year they make a TPro in 8+

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The MB is a lower priced reel so therefore lower priced components.

I get that...and it's a great reel for the blue collar fisherman like myself...but if 8+ is going to be the new candy...why only offer it in the SD and MB? Conversely, if 8+ really doesn't matter and it's just preying on the "faster is better mindset"...maybe that's why they offer it in the MB instead of the Pro. Maybe the Pro's actually know that 7.5 is plenty fast enough and 8 is overkill and does more harm than good.

 

I don't know that there is any real wrong answer to the question...just perspectives.

 

It's just an odd pair to be the only 2 in the lineup for 8+ ratio's. You'd think they'd offer it in the Pro or the Team LITE as well.

 

 

 

Side note: What do you think component wise is better in the Tourney Pro over the MB besides the obvious. (handle, levelwind bearing, spool, gears) Are any of the other internals different? Drag? Yolk? etc?

 

Also...if the MB has brass gears and aluminum handle...and the Tourney Pro has Duralumin gears and carbon handle...why are they both 6.7oz? New LFS format on the MB, I suppose.

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To me ... it's all a marketing scheme ... lets add something new and watch everyone go nuts over it because it might be just a little more in terms of IPT or give a little more speed or give whatever you want to call it.

 

7.1:1 has always and will always be more than enough in regards to IPT for me. I don't see much, if any, advantage in purchasing and using a 8:1 ratio reel. When you break it down, it ultimately comes down to personal preference for me. If I felt the need to use a 8:1 ratio reel I would, however I don't.

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I own the 8.3:1 mb and I use it for pitching. When working docks, it is awesome to be able to hit a spot and get the lure back in so fast for the next cast. Also, it doesn't take much to reel down for a hook set. Gives the fish less time to spit the lure. Its a sigificant difference from a 7.1 reel.

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