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Completed the annual maintenance, decided to post for REEL PORN. 

Lets see how many likes I get :)

 

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15 hours ago, Columbia Craw said:

She asked for a new upright !  No bull John.

Sounds like a set up.

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Added a 90mm handle and drag star from steez sv tw. 76388A17-6D32-4A4A-A087-690E88585035.thumb.jpeg.dd217126ab9c86967332f7a9f48ea042.jpeg

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Maybe you can write up a mini review once you've had time with it on the water. 

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For stripers , catfish and buffalo stradic fk 4000 or 5000? 

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I've read nothing but good things about the Shimano Cumulus rods so when I saw one come available I jumped on it. It's a 6'10" MH Fast in brand new condition minus the tags.  This will be my new dedicated senko rod. I will say the thing is just stupidly light. I'd like to evenyually make it a super light weight setup (thinking a Shimano Aldebaran) but for this year I'll have to run one of my Curado E7's on it.

 

 

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16 hours ago, The Maestro said:

I've read nothing but good things about the Shimano Cumulus rods so when I saw one come available I jumped on it. It's a 6'10" MH Fast in brand new condition minus the tags.  This will be my new dedicated senko rod. I will say the thing is just stupidly light. I'd like to evenyually make it a super light weight setup (thinking a Shimano Aldebaran) but for this year I'll have to run one of my Curado E7's on it.

 

 

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About as rare as a unicorn. I have the same exact rod and have had mine for probably close 4-5 years. I think I paid $250 for mine new from TW when they were closing them out.

 

I can tell you that they are still the lightest weight rods on the market. That 6'10 rod weighs only 3 oz. Pair it up with a 5.5 ounce Core 50 and it will weigh a whopping 8.5 ounces as a combo. What does this mean in terms of your fishing experience? Well, you won't have much fatigue and everything will be amplified even more in terms of feel.

 

I have tried both a Core 50 and an Alphas SV 105 and have settled on the Alphas. Mainly because I have been using this rod for jerkbaits, small poppers that only weigh a 1/4 oz or so and that Alphas casts them a bit better.

 

The rod does have exceptional feel so you can toss your plastics and smaller jigs on it. The only negative is the rods specs are going to be off from any MH rod you have used. I would say it is more of a true medium and the action is somewhere between Fast and Mod/fast. When you set the hook and the rod bends, it flexes quite deeply. I also find it frustrating at times to get a good hook set on with a weightless plastic or bottom contact bait. It just feels more under powered and not as "fast" in action as I prefer those apps.

 

If you do want to use it for smaller plastics and jigs I would say you don't want to push the weight much above 3/8 oz total. A 1/4 oz jig and trailer or a texas rig that starts with a 1/4 oz weight or less and plastic is about where you want to be.

 

If you are wanting something more true to a normal bottom contact rod I would see if I could find the 7'1 model. It is more powerful and has a faster action.

 

Nonetheless excellent score on the rod! I am sure you will enjoy it. If you find yourself tossing jerkbaits or top water poppers a lot, where you are constantly working the bait, I find the length and action absolutely ideal for both of these techniques as well.

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21 minutes ago, kickerfish1 said:

About as rare as a unicorn. I have the same exact rod and have had mine for probably close 4-5 years. I think I paid $250 for mine new from TW when they were closing them out.

 

I can tell you that they are still the lightest weight rods on the market. That 6'10 rod weighs only 3 oz. Pair it up with a 5.5 ounce Core 50 and it will weigh a whopping 8.5 ounces as a combo. What does this mean in terms of your fishing experience? Well, you won't have much fatigue and everything will be amplified even more in terms of feel.

 

I have tried both a Core 50 and an Alphas SV 105 and have settled on the Alphas. Mainly because I have been using this rod for jerkbaits, small poppers that only weigh a 1/4 oz or so and that Alphas casts them a bit better.

 

The rod does have exceptional feel so you can toss your plastics and smaller jigs on it. The only negative is the rods specs are going to be off from any MH rod you have used. I would say it is more of a true medium and the action is somewhere between Fast and Mod/fast. When you set the hook and the rod bends, it flexes quite deeply. I also find it frustrating at times to get a good hook set on with a weightless plastic or bottom contact bait. It just feels more under powered and not as "fast" in action as I prefer those apps.

 

If you do want to use it for smaller plastics and jigs I would say you don't want to push the weight much above 3/8 oz total. A 1/4 oz jig and trailer or a texas rig that starts with a 1/4 oz weight or less and plastic is about where you want to be.

 

If you are wanting something more true to a normal bottom contact rod I would see if I could find the 7'1 model. It is more powerful and has a faster action.

 

Nonetheless excellent score on the rod! I am sure you will enjoy it. If you find yourself tossing jerkbaits or top water poppers a lot, where you are constantly working the bait, I find the length and action absolutely ideal for both of these techniques as well.

I noticed when I put a reel on it and pulled on the line to test the action it does flex quite far down the blank just like you described. I'm hoping I can still use it as a senko rod by using very thin wire hooks.  I can already tell it will require a different hook setting technique vs. what I'm used to.  I'll also need to back off on the drag with such feeble hooks.  I hope it works because I really want to like this rod.

 

Thanks for providing your first hand experience with this stick.  There's surprisingly little info on these rods out there. I guess it was just before the current age where EVERYTHING'S on the internet.

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I am sure you will like the rod. Like I mentioned I like it for a few techniques that require a great deal of effort to work the bait. It also shines as a smaller plastics rod.

 

It is extremely light and rivals anything I have seen on the market even todays rods. And the feel is about as much as any one could ask for.

 

I am sure you will enjoy the rod. Just be careful with the rod. If you break it you will probably get an Expride. And while the Exprides are great rods they don't have near as good as feel and obviously not close on the weight either.

 

If mid micro sized guides would have been either around or more popular when the Cumulus rods were created this rod would be even lighter and maybe 2.8 oz. Some of those guides they used are quite large even though they were top of the line in quality for the time they were produced.

 

Fish the rod, experiment with it and let use know what you think!

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Just came in the mail today. This is my first JDM reel that I’ve owned (got it of TW, they had it labeled as JDM). Daiwa EM-MS2506H

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7 hours ago, SMITTY0045 said:

Just came in the mail today. This is my first JDM reel that I’ve owned (got it of TW, they had it labeled as JDM). Daiwa EM-MS2506H

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Definitely want to stick with braid on that spool. Really shallow. Japanese are big on that. I never really understood their benefit on spinning reels.

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4 hours ago, The Bassman said:

Definitely want to stick with braid on that spool. Really shallow. Japanese are big on that. I never really understood their benefit on spinning reels.

I’m the opposite, I dont understand why most USDM spinning reels have so much capacity, I usually end up filling most of my spinning reels 3/4 of the way up with plumbers tape before I spool line on.  

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6 hours ago, fishwizzard said:

I’m the opposite, I dont understand why most USDM spinning reels have so much capacity, I usually end up filling most of my spinning reels 3/4 of the way up with plumbers tape before I spool line on.  

I'm actually somewhere in the middle. USDM too much, JDM not enough. I considered a Stradic 2000 CI4+HGS but all of Shimano's JDM shallow spools are too much so. Not enough capacity for anything except for low test braid.

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10 hours ago, fishwizzard said:

I’m the opposite, I dont understand why most USDM spinning reels have so much capacity, I usually end up filling most of my spinning reels 3/4 of the way up with plumbers tape before I spool line on.  

 

4 hours ago, The Bassman said:

I'm actually somewhere in the middle. USDM too much, JDM not enough. I considered a Stradic 2000 CI4+HGS but all of Shimano's JDM shallow spools are too much so. Not enough capacity for anything except for low test braid.

Line capacity is overrated. With braided line and high tech graphite rods and super hardened hooks and 9 or more pounds drag, no fish will spool you. Get a shallower spool and use the force, it will guide you 🖖

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13 hours ago, bh91 said:

Y’all making me have second thoughts about my 5000 size reel now 

That’s a huge spinning reel for bass fishing. 

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I've set up plenty of people with 4000/5000 size reels and 50/65 lb. braid or up to 17# mono/fluoro for bass fishing.  For what ever reason, be it disability or inability, they won't use a baitcaster, so to use heavier line, the larger spool diameter works well.  Many times, it's for frogging.  They usually have to look at inshore rods for this.

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4 hours ago, rippin-lips said:

That’s a huge spinning reel for bass fishing. 

Striped bass

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