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Hi guys was looking at getting a centrepin reel for my river fishing but have no idea where to start. Ideally want to spend between Â£40-Â£100 and will mainly be using it for barbel and chub any advice would be fantastic
I've got a fair few pins of various vintage that I use regularly, if I'd have to recommend one in that sort of price range it would be the Okuma reels. I regularly use the K-1002 (Kennet), VT-1002 (Aventa) and Martin Bowler special edition, all are very smooth and bombproof. Lots come up second hand on eBay.
Sean , Gavin's advice is spot on, the Okuma's are well engineered and hard to beat value wise, I have an Aventa pro and it has given me years of solid service despite being bashed about , trodden on etc . Buy with confidence
Sorry for the late reply haven't been able to get out fishing much but have been offered a jw young rapidex reel that is in pretty good condition just a few small chips to the paint for Â£50 is that a good deal or a bit pricey?
Cheers I go it seems good has old line on it and some thicker stuff almost like really thick braid the line was attached to with a water knot is this something I should replace or remove when I out my new mainline on
I have a total of 50m, if you put 100m on you'll probably find that the line beds in after a decent fish and won't run smoothly off on your next cast. Remember that you're not casting to the horizon with a pin so you don't need as much line as you may have on a fixed spool reel.