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Just picked up my first Shimano... Casitas 151HG and as an Abu guy I’m a little overly excited to get to try it out and see what all the Shimano love is about. I paired it with a Cabela’s Tournament ZX Jerkbait/Topwater rod (6’9” M) and plan on using it for those along with shakyheads and drop shot. (I’ll leave the heavier lifting to the Abus)

 

In reading about it I came across the MGL version and noticed Shimano talks about how the MGL spool on their other reels make it easier to cast lighter lures. Would the MGL spool work on my reel and would it be worth getting if it does?

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The difference isn't really noticeable unless you're throwing lighter baits. Besides, you would have to source it from Japan. Casitas was actually discontinued a few months ago and replaced with SLX but is certainly an adequate reel. Combination of composite frame and lack of second pinion support bearing makes gear mesh a bit audible. It does cast well and gets the job done.

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If you don’t plan to use a lot of 1/8-1/4oz Lure a lot I don’t think it worth it. The mgl spool might cost you 80-100 bucks. Another option for you is to get Ray’s shallow spool, around 50 bucks.

I think you can cast light lure with original spool by using lighter line 6-8 lbs and fill only 50-70 yds. You can use braid backing if you want spool full, use plumber tape if you afraid of slipping.

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