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If you look at CV-Z 103 JDM and other varieties of the JDM (105, 203, 205), they used to be quite popular.  In fact, many versions of the 103 have been made including the M-Ito, Ringa, Light, Bay Special, etc.

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On 3/27/2018 at 10:09 AM, fishwizzard said:

However, I cannot figure out what reel I am getting, it looks like either a Luna or a Millionaire, but not exacty either.  Anyone have an idea what it is?

It's clearly a shakespeare reel. The guy bought such an expensive rod that's all he could afford for the reel.  JK that is a killer deal you found on that combo! 

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This classic showed up today and it came with the ZPI GP-R spool!

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On 3/24/2018 at 8:22 AM, roadwarrior said:

OMG!  

 

Beautiful!

 

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On 3/24/2018 at 6:45 PM, lmbfisherman said:

Awesome! Collection!

Thanks.  :thumbsup3:

On 3/24/2018 at 6:52 PM, punch said:

Only got 4 of them?! I'm disappointed. 

:lol: :thumbsup3:

On 3/25/2018 at 5:31 PM, Yumeya said:

18RangerZ520L why did you trade in the Exsence reels?

I just wanted "the best", that's it...  Nothing at all wrong with the Exsence's.

On 3/27/2018 at 7:23 AM, KP Duty said:

I figure he has a prostaff deal based on his conquest post,  so if you can get them at a good price....why not?

No sir, not a pro-staffer.  Wish I was, I could have gotten them even cheaper... :lol: 

 

I did get a good deal on them though along with all my other rods/reels..... :wink3:

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Just a look at my rod/reel collection - be kind, I'm just getting back into fishing after over a decade's absence

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Left to Right

Pflueger 640 on a 4.5' LA/F Ugly Stick - this is my panfish rod, loaded with 4# mono -30+ year old reel, new rod

Cardinal 562 on a 6' MA/M Berkley Enforcer - loaded with 8# mono -rod and reel 30+ years old

Garcia Avocet RZ on a matched 6.5' ML/F Avocet RZ rod - loaded with 8# mono - new purchase

Pflueger Trion 30 on a 6' MA/F Ugly Stick - loaded with 8# flouro - new purchase

Ambassadeur 500r on a matched 6' MA/M Ambassadeur rod - loaded with 25# braid, 12# mono leader - 15 year old pair

 

I know I'm light on variety right now, but remaining money the wife deigned to allow me to spend is going for mods on the canoe as well as a Lowrance and a portable mount for the transducer.

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@MN Fisher Woah that  Pflueger 640 is pretty awesome! Still works and everything?! I've seen them before but they are never in working order.  

 

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1 minute ago, punch said:

@MN Fisher Woah that  Pflueger 640 is pretty awesome! Still works and everything?! I've seen them before but they are never in working order.  

 

I've owned it since it was new in the box. Kept it up and still works like it was new. I take care of my stuff ;)

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On Friday, March 30, 2018 at 1:05 PM, Big-Bass said:

This classic showed up today and it came with the ZPI GP-R spool!

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How do you like that spool?  What is the braking profile most comparable to?  

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6 hours ago, BaitFinesse said:

 

How do you like that spool?  What is the braking profile most comparable to?  

I love the spool...not sure what to compare it to but it has a fixed inductor and is very hard to backlash.  I get great distance out of it with a lot of control.  I guess it could be compared to some version of the SV series but not sure which (maybe Zillion TWS SV).  ZPI just released newer versions of this spool and they are like $140.  I think I got a deal with this already being in the reel.

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I sprung and made my most expensive and hopefully worth it new drop shot rod. I just bought a a new 6'11 megabass destroyer addermine. It will be paired with a either my tatula Lt or my ci4 

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Getting parts installed on the Steez sv tw. Zpi pg spool with Zpi Sic bearings. Upgraded drag star, 90mm carbon handle with rcs cork knobs and hedgehog gold knob caps. Still waiting on my Hedgehog order to get here next week. Some other Zpi and Hedgehog goodies coming for it.

 

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Very nice!!!

 

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10 hours ago, rippin-lips said:

Getting parts installed on the Steez sv tw. Zpi pg spool with Zpi Sic bearings. Upgraded drag star,90mm carbon handle with rcs cork knobs and hedgehog gold knob caps. Still waiting on my Hedgehog order to get here probably next week. Has some other Zpi and Hedgehog goodies for it. 

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Took you long enough to get oneB)

 

What colors did you go with? I went champagne gold on the locking nut, screws, pawl cap, and line guide. Put a black retainer around the nut on the Zillion Type R carbon fiber handle. Really like the looks of it. Steez A is a bit harder. It's more of a gun metal grey and can't figure out a good prom dress for it. 

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50 minutes ago, iabass8 said:

Took you long enough to get oneB)

 

What colors did you go with? I went champagne gold on the locking nut, screws, pawl cap, and line guide. Put a black retainer around the nut on the Zillion Type R carbon fiber handle. Really like the looks of it. Steez A is a bit harder. It's more of a gun metal grey and can't figure out a good prom dress for it. 

I had to wait for the right deal to come along. Same color and parts basically as you. I had the handle bolt in my cart but took it out. Maybe later on down the road. 

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I know, I know.  CC posts another Dobyns rod. Big deal. Show us something really cool for a change. 

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Cabela’s find courtesy of the help from another member on here.  Bargain cave item and looks barely used.  A classic workhorse reel.

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I'm a sucka for daiwa reels. Oops I did it again. Tackle trap has a fire sale going on ,megabass orochi xx  for 190-199. Only a couple left. I picked up a 7' tour versatile. Pics of the destroyer and orochi to come as soon as they land

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All finished up. 

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On 07/04/2018 at 12:52 AM, rippin-lips said:

Zpi pg spool

How are you liking this spool in the SV TW?  I have one the the stock spool isn’t really blowing me away even after a flush/oil. I have a SV 1012 spool I want to try in it, but it’s currently full of 17lb floro and I am too cheap/lazy to respool it to try it in the SV TW. 

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37 minutes ago, fishwizzard said:

How are you liking this spool in the SV TW?  I have one the the stock spool isn’t really blowing me away even after a flush/oil. I have a SV 1012 spool I want to try in it, but it’s currently full of 17lb floro and I am too cheap/lazy to respool it to try it in the SV TW. 

The Zpi pg is a very fast spool in the Steez tw. Brake dial on 6 required some major thumb when throwing a 3/8oz dark sleeper. 7 was a lot more manageable, and 8 required no thumb. I didn’t play with spool tension and try to find a sweet spot though. Definitely not the same as when put in a tdz and you can skip with ease on 3 and loose tension. The stock spool is a good caster from what I’ve heard. I haven’t used mine yet since I went straight to the Zpi. I’ve never owned any sv spool that blew me away. I had the RCS 1012 sv in my monoblock and it casted very well. It’s since been moved to a Steez sv 103 and it’s a good performer in it also. Probably my favorite sv spool so far that I’ve tried. I really dig that spool but I wish it held more line so I could run it with #15 mono or fluoro.

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20 hours ago, rippin-lips said:

The Zpi pg is a very fast spool in the Steez tw. Brake dial on 6 required some major thumb when throwing a 3/8oz dark sleeper. 7 was a lot more manageable, and 8 required no thumb. I didn’t play with spool tension and try to find a sweet spot though. Definitely not the same as when put in a tdz and you can skip with ease on 3 and loose tension. The stock spool is a good caster from what I’ve heard. I haven’t used mine yet since I went straight to the Zpi. I’ve never owned any sv spool that blew me away. I had the RCS 1012 sv in my monoblock and it casted very well. It’s since been moved to a Steez sv 103 and it’s a good performer in it also. Probably my favorite sv spool so far that I’ve tried. I really dig that spool but I wish it held more line so I could run it with #15 mono or fluoro.

Cool, thanks for the info. It sounds like the ZPI PG might be a too fast for me.  I actually have a second RCS 1012 sv that is still NIB that I was keeping that way with thoughts of selling it to fund a ZPI spool, but I like my other one so much that I think I might just keep it and stick it in the SV TW.  Have you tried the stock SV TW spool in a sv103 yet?  That is where my 1012 sv is living now.   Speaking of the sv103, my 7.9:1 model has a new home...

 

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Picked up an FMJ the other day and did a little yard casting with it today.  It, with the sv103/1012 sv, is a pitching machine and will cast a 1/2oz jig further then I would ever need.  I cannot wait to get it out on the water.  

 

The other rod is a XXX Black Themis with an Alphas FC on it.  The jury is still out on it, I need to wait until I can fish it with warm hands to see if it is sensitive enough to replace my current dropshot rod, a XX DS spinning rod.  I also have not found the sweet spot with the reel to let me cast and pitch tiny plastics without fussing with the brakes.  I have found it with other rods, but the tip on the Black Themis is really fast and I have yet to work it out.  I really like the Alphas FC and think I want to send it out for a tune and upgrade as I think it's a "forever" reel for me.  

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2 hours ago, fishwizzard said:

Cool, thanks for the info. It sounds like the ZPI PG might be a too fast for me.  I actually have a second RCS 1012 sv that is still NIB that I was keeping that way with thoughts of selling it to fund a ZPI spool, but I like my other one so much that I think I might just keep it and stick it in the SV TW.  Have you tried the stock SV TW spool in a sv103 yet?  That is where my 1012 sv is living now.   

I put the zillion 1016 sv spool in my sv 103 and it was a big improvement. I don’t have any plans to switch it out. I haven’t used the stock Steez spool yet. Next time out I’m going to compare it to the zillion spool and see if there’s a difference. When put side by side the zillion inductor sits a little closer to the spool base. It’s got me curious to see if it makes any noticeable difference. 

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7 hours ago, rippin-lips said:

I put the zillion 1016 sv spool in my sv 103 and it was a big improvement. I don’t have any plans to switch it out. I haven’t used the stock Steez spool yet. Next time out I’m going to compare it to the zillion spool and see if there’s a difference. When put side by side the zillion inductor sits a little closer to the spool base. It’s got me curious to see if it makes any noticeable difference. 

Cool.  I think I am close to sorting out my reel/spool matchups.   I have a 6.x:1 sv103 on a MB Hyuga 72H (swimbaits, frogs, mag topwater) that will get two sv103 stock spools, one with 55lb braid and one with 25lb Defier Mono.  Next is a Ringa SSS on a XX Tour Versatile (single hook moving baits) that will get a pair of Zillion SV spools, one with like 40lb briad and one with 17lb floro, depending on water clarity and cover.  That leaves the 7.9 sv103 on a FMJ ( jigs/t-rigs) and a Steez sv tw on a mbr783c (everything in it’s range). One will get the 1012sv and one will get the stock sv tw spool, I just need to test them both in both reels.  

 

In non-dawia news, I picked up this combo for poppers/light topwater.

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It’s a Adle50 on a Avid 6’2” M/XF.  I am still warming up to the reel but that rod is quickly becoming a favotate.  It’s great for everything I’ve tried for so far and it’s becoming one of my favorite bushwhacking sticks.  

 

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On 4/7/2018 at 2:16 PM, Big-Bass said:

Cabela’s find courtesy of the help from another member on here.  Bargain cave item and looks barely used.  A classic workhorse reel.

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Wish I would have held on to my Zillion. 

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My local tackle shop had their annual parking sale today, where in addition to discounts they also pay state tax. Essentially an additional 9-10% off. (Yes, our sales tax is that high). Picked up 3 rods and was able to finalize my arsenal

 

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St. Croix Mojo Bass : Lew's Speed Spool : Jerkbait
Brand that shall not be named : Pro Qualifier : Spinnerbait

Carolina Custom RX7 : Lew's Speed Spool: Finesse Jigs
Dobyns Fury 735C : Shimano Curado K : Flipping/Pitching
Dobyns Fury 735C : Daiwa Tatula CT : Frog/Topwater
Lews Custom SS Lite : Shimano NASCI : Drop shot 

Lews Custom SS Lite : Abu Revo SX : A-rig, swimbait
Powell Mistake : Pro Qualifier : Senko, all-purpose
Lews Custom SS Lite : Lews Tournament MB : Football jig
Lews Custom SS : Shimano Curado K : Heavier flipping/pitching

Lews Custom SS : Shimano Symetre: Shakeyhead

Lews TP1 : Pro Qualifier : Chatterbait

St Croix Mojo Bass : Lew's Speed Spool : Crankbait
St Croix Avidx : Shimano Curado K : Punching
Powell Endurance : Shimano Curado K : Texas Rig

 

I guess I'm not a one brand one model kind of guy. I like trying out different combos. A few stand out. My football jig combo is stellar, perfect everything. The Carolina Custom medium heavy fast is great for lighter jigs. The Lews TP1 was recommended to me personally by Lew's rod builder Bob Brown over all their other lines, even more expensive ones. I can confirm it's perfect for chatterbaits. 

Looking forward to trying out the Endurance and Avidx. They feel great paired with the Curados. 

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