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Well, I noticed my bank account had accumulated a little more than usual. I have not been fishing as much recently for a couple of reasons. One, my luck has been a little lacking lately. Two, the weekend weather has not cooperated much. Three, I've had a few other priorities.

 

Despite all of that, I took the dive and bought a Shimano Chronarch MGL and a Favorite Big Sexy 7' Heavy rod. I'm geeking out and can't wait for them to deliver so I can give them a try. The rod is unfortunately on back order and likely won't deliver for 10-14 days, possibly more.

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I can say I have been disappointed in some rods, but never regretted them.

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4 hours ago, CrankFate said:

If you are gonna regret rods and reels, you picked the wrong hobby.

I'm just concerned about spending that much on a combo when my fishing time has been going down.

 

Went out today. Had a decent day. Hooked into a 3ish lber on about the fifth cast, but he spit my lipless crankbait about half way in. Hooked into an easy 5 a little bit later. Could see him working the shallows as his back kept breaking the surface. Took about 5 casts at him and he finally nailed the spinner. Fought him all the way across the pond, but the bank was too steep and he still had quite a bit of fight in him. Walked him about 5-7 steps down the bank. Lifted his head out of the water and got on one knee. If I said he shook his head, I'd be exaggerating. He just gently nodded his head "no" and swam away. Still kicking myself. Caught a 3 and a 2 later, but somehow, that still doesn't add up to the same thing as a 5.

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You made a solid purchase. 👍🏼 

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BIG MISTAKE!

You are going to wish you had never purchased that reel- HUGE waste of $. No sense in having it just sitting around.

I can dispose of it properly just drop it in the mail to me at you earliest convenience..

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Forget about the favorite and put that mgl on a zodias. 

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You are going to love your MGL and you can fish anything with it.  Really smooth.  Keep a heavy grease on those micro gears like Shimano ACT 2, which is their drag grease.  Mine is on a 7'MH Carbonlite spooled with InvizX 15lb flouro with a D Bomb tied on with a Gammie 4/0 EWG.  This rig is a bass vacuum.

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Never used the rod, but I can promise you won't regret the Chronarch MGL - hands down the best reel I've ever owned. I had some Boca's laying around from another Curado that used them then got sold. Put them in the Chronarch, fished, went home and re-inserted the stock Shimano bearings....they're that good. Smooth, strong, and quiet is how I'd classify the MGL. Worth every penny. I recently watched a casting tutorial from Matt Allen on Tactical Bassin', showing how to set brakes for better casting and such. Now my distances are even further and I almost can't backlash this MGL now.

 

Insane.

4 hours ago, rippin-lips said:

Forget about the favorite and put that mgl on a zodias. 

Agree, I have mine on a 6'10" MH/Fast and it's a killer rig

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I've never fished the big sexy but I have a bunch of favorite defenders I use and absolutely love them. The reel is a no brainer, but the rod you will love if you give it a chance. 

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