Location: Berkeley Pier
|Baitchucker mentioned the wind and that is always a factor at the Gate, but still prefers non mag. Do you feel the magnet will compromise distance as opposed to non-mag? In other words, will non-mag reels get more distance easily?
Sure wish I could try a magged reel before making an investment.
Thanks guys for your input.
Find your comfort zone - and the reels that fit it. My two long-cast favorites are the Penn Squidder and the Penn GS 525. I can also cast my GS 555 long enough to get sturgeon in the deep holes from shore.
I would really say another thing to consider is if you want to flip a lever-drag from shore or stick with a star. The Penn GS's have high-speed (bait and jigging, strong gears, and cast far.
* In a sentence: if you want to buy a reel with a cast-control - it couldn't hoit (said with mimicked Joyzee accent). *
I wouldn't add on any rare earth magnets anymore. Did it; it helped build confidence; but, ultimately, thumb control rules! Ask old-schooler Snookie... breaking the spool with the thumb on the side of the spool rules + of course loading up the rod properly.
Off the ground cast (OTG) will avoid M A N Y backlashes.
Also, with a lever drag, you can adjust the lever drag to slow down the spool (brake) and then adjust a fighting drag. I have a Penn 25 GS leverdrag and an Avet Sx lever drag. Actually the 25 GS (now the 225GD) is too much reel for regular old bay fishing and actually takes some weight to get the spool revolving (not really a long-caster). The GS, Squidder, 20# test, 3 oz weight or up and away you go... My two centavos..
Oh, if you set your mag-control properly, it should not reduce any distance Heard nothing but praises for the Penn-525 mag and my GS 525 does the same thing with help from my thumb(although it is a 15# test reel).
I hate to cast into a S T R O N G head on wind with any gear..period.