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Old 30-12-2017, 11:28 PM
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Larger reel for throwing stickbaits offshore

Hey all,

I've been chasing kings in my kayak over the last few months and have received a new rod just recently that i need a new reel for. It's a heavier rod so I'm looking at a larger reel (compared to my Daiwa 2000/2500s).

Does anyone have experience with the Daiwa Certate HD (current model), Daiwa Catalina (current model), or Shimano Twinpower SW? I haven't owned a Shimano since the Stradic FI first came out but i am tempted by the TP SW.

Anyone got feedback to share on these reels?
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Old 31-12-2017, 12:13 AM
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Hey all,

I've been chasing kings in my kayak over the last few months and have received a new rod just recently that i need a new reel for. It's a heavier rod so I'm looking at a larger reel (compared to my Daiwa 2000/2500s).

Does anyone have experience with the Daiwa Certate HD (current model), Daiwa Catalina (current model), or Shimano Twinpower SW? I haven't owned a Shimano since the Stradic FI first came out but i am tempted by the TP SW.

Anyone got feedback to share on these reels?
Can't comment on the Certate HD, although I have no doubt it would perform. The current model Catalina is near identical to the old Catalina/Isla (with the exception of the drag knob & main shaft being slightly longer) which is near mechanically identical to the Saltiga. The Twinpower is a piece of overpriced plastic trash and belongs in the bin.

If I were you I'd look for a 2012 Isla/Catalina on clearout, they are around $500 for the 5000 size. Second to that I'd look at a Saragosa.
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Old 31-12-2017, 01:10 AM
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Cheers bud. I just read a bunch of stuff on the Alan Hawk site which mirrors pretty much all that you've said. Will definitely keep an eye out for the Catalina
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Old 31-12-2017, 03:29 AM
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Out of curiosity, what rod have you got?
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Old 31-12-2017, 03:55 AM
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Samurai Kestrel 25-40lb. I actually won it last week. It's certainly a heavy rod, especially for yak fishing, but it's quite light in hand. In feels lighter than my 20lb Megabass Racing Condition. Will probably use it for livebaiting also
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Old 31-12-2017, 04:05 AM
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Samurai Kestrel 25-40lb. I actually won it last week. It's certainly a heavy rod, especially for yak fishing, but it's quite light in hand. In feels lighter than my 20lb Megabass Racing Condition. Will probably use it for livebaiting also
Haha! funny story, I won the exact same rod this time in 2015. They're a nice rod, load up really well and are comfortable to fight fish on. A 4500-5000 Daiwa would suit it really well.
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Haha! funny story, I won the exact same rod this time in 2015. They're a nice rod, load up really well and are comfortable to fight fish on. A 4500-5000 Daiwa would suit it really well.
You think a 4000 would be too small? What reel and line did you run on yours?

Haha good to get advice from someone with the exact same rod
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Old 31-12-2017, 06:03 AM
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You think a 4000 would be too small? What reel and line did you run on yours?
I actually ran a 4k Stella on mine which worked fine, but it wasn't quite balanced right and looked a tad awkward. You'd probably be right with a 4k Daiwa, however.
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Sweet, thanks man. I'm thinking a 4k Certate HD or Catalina, but tackle warehouse has 25% off all reels tomorrow so I've now started looking into Saltigas
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If you're going the route of a saltiga, get the expo 5500. I'll just leave this here....
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If you're going the route of a saltiga, get the expo 5500. I'll just leave this here....
Geez... Might be starting 2018 broke
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Old 31-12-2017, 07:02 AM
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Haha! Mate, I couldn't think of a better way to ring in the new year!

The way I see it, there's no real advantage in getting the base Saltiga over the Catalina, they're 99% the same reel so you may as well save some coin and get the Catalina. The expo has an over-sized spool and a radiation drag knob that actually does a really good job of sinking heat from your drag, genuinely offering better performance than the other Saltigas. It's also the sexiest reel out, and a bargain at a sale price of $860
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I have the new saltist ltd 5000 and can't fault it. On paper it's basically a saliga just not made in japan. The expedition 5500's are probably the best looking reels ever made though!
I mean no offence to you Lachie, but whoever told you that the Saltist LTD is "basically a saltiga" is full of sh!t. The Saltist LTD is, mechanically speaking, the exact same reel as the standard Saltist only with an aluminium handle knob which apparently warrants the extra $200 that you pay for it. It has the same cast aluminium* gears and the same plastic rotor as the standard Saltist, absolutely none of it's parts are shared with the Saltigas at all. On top of that it costs almost twice as much as the Saltist Nero, the only mechanical difference between the two is the mag sealed line roller.

*Alan Hawk is adamant that the gears are in fact cast zinc alloy and not actually aluminium as advertised so take that as you will.
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I have the new saltist ltd 5000 and can't fault it. On paper it's basically a saliga just not made in japan. The expedition 5500's are probably the best looking reels ever made though!

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I got a Stella SW5000 on my Kestrel 10-20lb.
So a bit heavier rod, try a abit heavier reel. Maybe Saragosa 6000? its cheap too.
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