|red fish wrote:
| look at the surfcasters on the east coast, where conventionals rule and 99% of their gear is spooled with mono. Makes me think. (So did the heat on my thumb, and I was using tape)
I'm going to switch it back to some 20# big game to feel the difference, but what is your view or experience with it?
Also, I gotta admit, it's an old reel from 1978 and the side spool adjuster probably doesn't work so well anymore, plus the gear ratio is slow as a crockpot recipe. Maybe I should invest in a penn mag or avet sx.
What Mav said. It's the whole package: i.e. 7' rod or 11' rod ; how the spool spins: not so fast, super-fast.
Okay, here's my actual example: I fished a Penn 225LD and an Avet SX two days ago, both on 7' 270 Saber rods. The 225--65# PowerPro, the Avet--50# Powerpro. I was casting 8-14 oz of weight on a short Carolina for sturgeon. Outcome: The 225 is almost fool-proof casting because the spool doesn't spin very fast and starting off needing around 4oz just to get that thing to move adequately. Now, the small SX: I have to adjust the drag on this leverdrag to tighten the spool tension to create more tension on the free-spool (everytime I cast and loosen it for fighting drag). Granted, this is to accommodate heavy weights and a lot of friction! When I failed (forgot) to do this, I snapped off that expensive lead!!
So, conclusion: A reel with magnetic control or a reel with a leverdrag can balance the amount of lead casting out and prevent if not stop all overrun (of course unless you really make an operator error).
Final note: I casted the hell out of my 525GS (not mag) with 50# PowerPro with up to eight-ounce weights (but at the time I had glued in rare-earth magnets). I did however cast very far (about a buck-30) in the casting contest with Dan-the-Fisherman using 15# mono, a four-ounce weight, and NO mags.
So, yeah, it depends WHICH conventional reel! Other than that, WAY easier to just longcast a "coffee-grinder" with braid on it for sturgeon or shark if you need higher capacity of line or a higher # rating.
Hope I made myself clear in my examples/explanation...
Yea, I don't like to throw lead over 6 oz for what I do, so that won't be much of an issue. Now let me get this straight, you were using the drag as anti backlash control? I never do that and use my thumb, but I think Avet was doing that before they came out with the magged version. The bait setting was originally the "cast-control" setting.
I'll keep the braid on my spinners, sho U right on the "easier" casting but conventional gets more distance if done right and more versatility in the fight.
Thanks for your input.