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Looking to replace a real on a Med/F rod, This rod will be used for shakey heads, weightless worm, smaller jigs, chatterbait, spinnerbaits, an topwater.

For the bottom contact presentations I am thinking about 30#Braid with fluoro leader. An for top water stuff same 30# Braid with copoly leader.

Is there something flawed with my thinking on changing leader for bottom/top water stuff?

With this train of thought brings me to my next question with a kicker.

The kicker is this reel will most likely be moved on to a pitching/flipping rod when I acquire one.

Requirements have:
Must to be able to cast lighter lures.

Want something smaller easier to palm, as I have smaller hands I wear Med.~large.  glove depending.  

Have a higher drag for its later use.

Gearing 7.5:1 or more. (all these reels meet)

Really like to stay at the $100 price point. Curado an SV are $160 on fleabay which I would consider but it would have to be a super night/day difference.

 

Which now brings me to my "reel" question... LOL.. I have been looking at the Diawa Fuego, Tatula Ct, Tatula 100, Tatula SV, Shimano Curado 70XG, Curado 70K, SLX,  Lews Mach Crush SLP, Quantum Smoke S3.

 

#1 on my list is the Tatula Ct. Pro's I have heard about the casting ability of these reels, plus it has 13lbs. of drag, Lighter than Fuego. I have heard some people like the Twing for flipping pitching.

Con's: I've heard the Twing don't make much diff. in casting, as well don't play nice with braid to leader knots. I USE A FG knot IDK if that makes a diff. or not (knot)lol ?


#2 would be the Tatula 100, OR Fuego. Pro's for 100 is the spider on the side, lighter than others. (Yes I'm like a coon an a sucker for the shiny things.) Pro. for Fuego is the Drag at 13lbs. again. Price is great! on the Fleabay.

Con's: 100 Same as Tatula Ct plus only 11 LBS. drag. Fuego Heavier of the bunch, No Twing haven't decided if that's a con or not yet.

 

#3 Quantum Smoke S3. Pros: its on par with Tatula 100 Price  and weight. Has the most bearing's of the bunch, And has 25lbs. of drag! Most of the bunch!  Con: Looks to be a bigger real as it holds 170yds of 12lb. test. I cannot confirm since I have no where to go fondle such reels. Have to be honest this real has me pretty intrigued. But I haven't heard much on casting lighter stuff or much in general on this reel.

 

#4 would be the rest of the reels the Lew's first since it has coon appealing colors. Rest of the field to follow, Tatula SV, Shimano's,

 

Would be open to other recommendations as well! Side note I am trying to "dip into everyone's pool" an then decide what water I like the best. With that said I have a Shimano Citica from 2015, An a Abu Garcia revo X, So I would favor a Diawa, Lews, Quantum, Over said Shimano an Abu Garica recommendations.

 

Thanks for letting me take 1/2 your day to read this!

 

Shifty

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I think you are on the right track with your line choices. You don't want to use the fluoro leader for topwaters because it sinks. I might even go with mono instead of copoly but I'm sure either will work.

 

As for the reels, I would go with the Tatula CT or the 100. I've never had any issue with t-wings but I don't fish braid much and never with leaders. I wouldn't worry about the drag pressure, 11 lbs is more than enough.

 

If you're going to be casting a lot of really light stuff the SV would be my first choice but you're only going to be able to cast as light as your rod allows so it probably won't matter. 

 

I am partial to Daiwa and have had really good luck with their reels, that's why I am recommending them. All the reels you have listed are good and should suit you well.

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I'd go Fuego, no chance the leader knot would hang up, which can happen on T-wing reels.  

 

Your braid to leader idea is good.

 

Buy 2 Fuegos so you don't need to swap...  even if you don't like, you can recoup nearly all the $$$.

 

 

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5 hours ago, Jrob78 said:

I think you are on the right track with your line choices. You don't want to use the fluoro leader for topwaters because it sinks. I might even go with mono instead of copoly but I'm sure either will work.

 

As for the reels, I would go with the Tatula CT or the 100. I've never had any issue with t-wings but I don't fish braid much and never with leaders. I wouldn't worry about the drag pressure, 11 lbs is more than enough.

 

If you're going to be casting a lot of really light stuff the SV would be my first choice but you're only going to be able to cast as light as your rod allows so it probably won't matter. 

 

I am partial to Daiwa and have had really good luck with their reels, that's why I am recommending them. All the reels you have listed are good and should suit you well.

Hey thanks this is just what I was looking for! 

 

4 hours ago, webertime said:

I'd go Fuego, no chance the leader knot would hang up, which can happen on T-wing reels.  

 

Your braid to leader idea is good.

 

Buy 2 Fuegos so you don't need to swap...  even if you don't like, you can recoup nearly all the $$$.

 

 

I thought about this as well 2 Fuegos would be almost same $$ as 1 tatula 100. An changing reel would be just as easy as tying another FG knot. Some good food for thought. 

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If you notice your surface lures not acting right, especially the walk the dogs and poppers which rest a while, then change copoly to mono for the leader.  FC specific gravity is about 1.5, meaning it sinks pretty fast.  Mono about 1, so it doesn't sink, it just stays where it was put.   Copoly logically would be somewhere in between, which means it most likely will sink.

 

Daiwa reels really work well.  I'm with Daiwa from now on.

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44 minutes ago, MickD said:

If you notice your surface lures not acting right, especially the walk the dogs and poppers which rest a while, then change copoly to mono for the leader.  FC specific gravity is about 1.5, meaning it sinks pretty fast.  Mono about 1, so it doesn't sink, it just stays where it was put.   Copoly logically would be somewhere in between, which means it most likely will sink.

 

Daiwa reels really work well.  I'm with Daiwa from now on.

Hey thanks for that information! That was something I didn’t know. 

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Just so I understand.  Are you considering using 1 reel for 2 rods on a continuous basis?  If so, don't.  

 

Get a reel for each rod.

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4 hours ago, LionHeart said:

Just so I understand.  Are you considering using 1 reel for 2 rods on a continuous basis?  If so, don't.  

 

Get a reel for each rod.

No I was talking using 1 rod 1 reel for now an spooling with 30lb braid an changing leaders, Depending upon Topwater or contact bait.

 

With the other reel comment I was thinking about just swapping reels depending upon what I was doing. Another M/F action rod is out of the question for now as I have other rod needs before I start buying duplicate rods, or rods that are close in spec. to each other.

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