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Centrepin reel

#1
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 £40-£100 and will mainly be using it for barbel and chub any advice would be fantastic

thanks
 
#2
Hi Sean,

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.
 
#3
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 :)
 
#4
Have a look at a TFG classic. You can pick one up for £40, they are a cracking reel to use, I have two of them and would recommend them to you.
 

Mark Swaby

Senior Member
#5
Sean the tfg classic with a line guard Mick recommends would be a great start, a very impressive reel for the money.No point going over the top on expense to start with.
 
#6
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 £50 is that a good deal or a bit pricey?
 
#8
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

Thanks
 
#9
I have no more than 50m on my pins to avoid bedding in with a big fish, I'd take it all off and start afresh with what you know and trust.
 
#11
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.
 
#13
For barbel, 3lb line is on the light side if you're hoping to land more than you lose. 6lb at least for float fishing; 8lb if there's a chance of a larger fish.

The line you've mentioned is fine for chub, however.