Daiwa® SS Tournament® Spinning Reels
Bought this reel for Striper fishing below dams on the recommendation of a Bass Pro worker. The dam I usually fish below would always yield 12 pound average fish with a few 20 pounders every once in a while. Had no problem with the setup I was using at this location....Johnny Morris 4000 with Power Pro 20 pound braid. Then I decided I wanted to start catching the 20 pound plus Striper so moved my location to below Cordell Hull Dam......where the average fish is 20 pounds..or better. But I was warned don't go there with a reel that can't take the abuse of big fish and get one that has a great drag system. Well the SS 2600 fits the bill. It is tough. The drag is smooth as silk. I have not landed any Striper's below Cordell Hull yet but it is not the reels fault. I have had 4 hookups with what I guess to be at least 35# fish that stripped 140 yards of Power Pro off on their initial run. I had all 4 fish on for at least 35 minutes each but the hook straightened on all. I fish from the bank and it was a stalemate. While jigging off the wall for Striper's I hooked some huge Carp that also showed me just how good the drag is on this reel. Of course I got all of those trash fish in...LOL. The only reason I left out a star is no instant anti-reverse. It is really not a problem as I only use this for Striper fishing and one really does not need it. It is just a head thing with me about instant anti-reverse. Great reel.
July 4, 2009
Best reel I have owned
I have had hundreds of reel in my life, this is my favorite on of all. I now have three of them. I have caught more striped bass on this reel than than all of my saltwater tackle combined. I purchased it mainly for largemouth fishing, but it can handle far more than I expected. I have used it in any fishing scenario I came across with no problems at all.
Since I bought my first one. on this reel I have caught pike, pickerel, smallmouth, largemouth, crappie, bluegil, rainbows, stripers, bluefish, tataug, black sea bass, and probably more than that. This is one versatile reel.
May 29, 2009
It just Get's Better with AGE
I own 4 of these reels now. I started useing the I guess 20 yrs. ago. They are super light and a super smooth drag. I have landed 35# and 40# fish on 8 # line. You can get more ballbearing and fancier reels but bottom line these reels last and just get smoother with use. I have had a reel malfunction. Daiwa wouldn't keep making this reel since the 1980's if it didn't work and work good. I am of the opinion don't fix it if it's not broke and why spend more money . These will outlast most fisherman. I recommend this reel to anyone want a super good reel for the lowest dollar.
May 4, 2009
A no frills, everyday workhorse of a reel. Sure, you can spend twice as much for a reel with a hot sauce permeable, twin canooter valve, 12 ball bearing slackblasting, zero contradiction friction spool lip made with the same materials as the Space Shuttles toilet flush handle with an enriched plutonium pinion gear. My guess is, after 5 years, the Daiwa SS will still be catching fish. The same may not be said for todays latest & greatest. When I first used my original SS (many moons ago), I was impressed with the castability & strong bail spring. Roughly 20 years later, the same things are evident, and so much more. If I were a guide, this is the reel I would have at hand for clients to use. I wouldn't be afraid of the little things that could happen to one of todays "stimulus busting" reels.
Buy it & be glad you did many years from now.
March 30, 2009