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Old 01-28-2012, 07:51 AM   #1
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Has anyone ever used the Fin-nor brand spinning reels for surf fishing? If so, any feedback? I normally use the Penns and was thinking about changing over to Fin-nor, but haven't heard any reviews on them. Thanks...
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:23 PM   #2
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never used fin-nor , but for last year and half have been using shimano's in surf, havent had any trouble or had to rebuild any. And they get fished in the surf about 4 days a week.
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I've used some older fin nors like the Ahab series and liked them OK. I haven't used the newer series of them though. If it were me, I'd get a Daiwa or Shimano. The Exceler T series from Daiwa or the Spheros series Shimanos are hard to go wrong with for surf fishing and won't break the bank as well. Both are good workhorse reels that will hold up to soem stout abuse.
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:31 PM   #4
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Shimano sounds like its worth looking into. Thanks for the reply. I know the fin nor's are kinda pricey, and the old penn's are getting pricey and harder to find. Thanks again...
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I've cleaned, fixed, rebuilt a number of Fin-Nor Off-Shore Series Spinning reels. Simple, big and heavy. The majority with exterior corrosion. Parts are super expensive. More of a boat or pier reel to me. I've had great success with the Penn Conquer. I use the 5000 on 11 foot rods. Strong and light full metal reel. Best drag I've experienced in a spinning reel.
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:42 PM   #6
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Yeah, they felt a bit heavy. Kinda looking for full metal, light and inexpensive. And also the winning lotto numbers... Thanks for the help...
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Look into Daiwa I have a emcast good price light super fast retreave i spent almost as much on the power pro 20 line as the real got like 400yds backed with lile 160 20# mono. Over kill yes but get way more rod action when casting with braid. Also have a higher end Daiwa from over seas not available in US. Very similar to emcast but way tricked out. Both have very good drainage and have no corrosion yet.
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"Full metal, light and cheap" How about the Penn Sargus. I've not fished one, but have cleaned a couple. Sounds like it might fit.
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Thanks Joe, the penn sargus looks promising. Looks worth giving a shot.
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http://jignpopforum.com/forum/88-ala...s-reel-review/

Alan Hawk is a spinning rod guru. Look over his library of reviews and see if the reel you are interested in has been reviewed. If it has a review it will be detailed with pics of the tear down and reassembly. He is thorough and gives a detailed objective review.
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