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||Posted: May 29 2007,17:49
Well it finally happened. Sue Sea and I spent three days in Key Largo doing Largo Sound each day. The third day we were halfway there when I realized I'd left my favorite spinning rig back in Lauderdale.
Figured I'd just pick up the cheepest useable rig I could find at Wallyworld at the end of the turnpike and save the day. Here's what I found:
Didn't plan it this way but it was all Shakespeare:
1. Reel: Shakespeare "Excursion": holds 145 yards of 8 lb, both stainless and composite spools, 4 ball bearing, nice handle. $18.95
2. Rod: Shakespeare "Durango": glass (blank through handle), 6 ft, 6-10 lb, "medium", two-piece, five Fuji-like guides (SS with aluminum oxide inserts), EVA comfy grip. $6.95 (yup, you read it right)
3. Line: Shakespeare 8 lb clear mono, 700 yards. $2.95
I figured what the hey, it's only for the day and I can throw it away. Boy was I surprised!
The reel was/is smooth as silk, smooth drag, very comfy handle and relatively light in weight. Infinite stop, quiet and positive bail action.
The rod has a nice medium action, great for lobbing bait and the topwaters I like to skip cast. I found I had great control with this rod and was reliably skipping long casts under the mangroves like a guide.
The line was, well mono, soft lay and held knots well, and except for the fact that I prefer hi-vis green, was fine.
Total cost: $28.90. And this rig performs just as well as most of my expensive Redbone/Shimano rigs! I actually like it. Strangely I had more accuracy at longer distances. And the darn reel is the smoothest one I own. It's gonna be my go-to rig for awhile and is perfect for yakfishing - drop, break or soak it - so what!
Amazing... it really makes me wonder why we spend so much $$$ on everyday rigs. I plan to use the heck out of this rig and report on just what happens to it...
Anybody else have some cheeep thrills to offer?
Edited by Capn Jimbo on May 30 2007,20:31
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