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    Default saltwater reel, okuma slv?

    so i read the thread thats a couple threads down and if i can find the konic cheap then id be more than willing to get it. but i dont feel like spending 139 bucks on something id only use 2 weeks out of the year. i found another reel the okuma slv, it had very good reviews. anyone here have any experience with it? i ALWAYS clean my reels after a day in the bay, i wash them out, soak them in water, wash them again then oil. so i dont think id have a problem with corrosion. just need to find a good cheap reel

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    Default Re: saltwater reel, okuma slv?

    my wife has a slv on her 3 weight. imo, its a good reel for the money. it has a smooth drag and nice tolerances for a cast reel as well as a decent finish.
    as far as a once or twice a year saltwater reel, i think, with proper cleaning and maitenence, it should service you fine.


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    Default Re: saltwater reel, okuma slv?

    What type of saltwater fishing will you be doing?
    The best way to a fisherman's heart is through his fly.

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    Default Re: saltwater reel, okuma slv?

    Quote Originally Posted by swirlchaser View Post
    What type of saltwater fishing will you be doing?
    rat/slot reds, speckled trout, and of course the hard head,croaker, and whiting that bite on occasion.

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    Default Re: saltwater reel, okuma slv?

    You might be able to get away with some of the freshwater tackle you already have. As long as the wind is reasonable and you don't throw huge flies you could probably get away with a 7WT.
    You will be pushing the limits of a 7WT combo in saltwater conditions but it's only for two weeks and if you do any largemounth fishing the rest of the year the 7WT will get plenty of use there.
    Will you be in the surf, on a boat or in a back bay type of scenario?
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    Default Re: saltwater reel, okuma slv?

    Great reel, but not enough backing capacity for salt fishing IMO

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    Default Re: saltwater reel, okuma slv?

    Great reel, but not enough backing capacity for salt fishing IMO
    IMO, for the species you've listed it will work fine. Don't need a reel with a huge backing capacity. But, if you also get into Bonito, or some other species it could be a problem. Of course that's the case with any reel, they all have their limits!

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    I have had an slv for about a month and so far its been a good reel. I looked at the konic and it is a very nice reel, but I couldn't say it was worth the extra $90. I used mine in the salt on a recent beach trip and it did fine. I even managed to drop it in the sand once, and to clean it I dipped it in the ocean, it did just fine. I did rinse everything off after every outing though. Mine has a 9wt wf line on it and 125yrds of 30lb braided backing. The only questionable thing on mine is sometimes the clicker engages when I'm reeling in. No drag, just the clicking sound so its not bad just a bit of an annoyance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swirlchaser View Post
    You might be able to get away with some of the freshwater tackle you already have. As long as the wind is reasonable and you don't throw huge flies you could probably get away with a 7WT.
    You will be pushing the limits of a 7WT combo in saltwater conditions but it's only for two weeks and if you do any largemounth fishing the rest of the year the 7WT will get plenty of use there.
    Will you be in the surf, on a boat or in a back bay type of scenario?
    so ill be fishing in a place called mudd lake, my dad owns property on this lake (soon to be a house there, ike destroyed it) it goes west side of trinity bay, taylor lake, then mudd lake. the big trout and reds dont come in till fall, theyll just be coming around when i get there, maybe a bit later with the drought texas is having. so my guess is ill jut be catching rat reds off his dock and if the evening is nice ill go into taylor lake and catch some slot red and trout off the boat. if i can fit 125yd on my reel im sure that will be enough. ive only been spooled 2 times in my life. one of those was a dolphin, and the other i have no clue but i could not turn the thing, maybe an AJ.

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    i too am looking at that reel

    your description sounds like my home in Seabrook, TX...is that where you are fishing?

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