Daiwa Freams J 4500

Discussion in 'Tackle and Rigging' started by WilliamH, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. WilliamH

    WilliamH Junior member

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    Hello All,

    Anyone here have any knowledge of this reel?

    This is the reel for beginner jigging enthusiasts to try out before
    investing in a better reel.
    Some use it as a backup reel.
    It is definitely a value for money with its powerful features.

    Features:
    Super metal body(aluminum)
    Super metal cover(aluminum)
    Aluminum machine cut power handle
    Air bail
    ABS
    Cross wrap
    Twist buster 2

    Daiwa Freams J 4500 $110
    20lbs. max drag
    4.9:1 gear ratio
    line capacity PE4/300 (assuming feet)
    PE4 = ???
     
  2. Minnow

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    No experiance with this particular spinning reel.

    From what I have read from some asian fishing forums. this reel is not bad at all for smaller game fish, but most people on the other side of the world don't recommend this reel for tuna.

    I think this reel will be able to land a tuna, but how long this reel gonna to last will be the question.

    Why spend $110 for reel you gonna replace in near furture? I would suggest buy high end quality reel, and if you don't like it sell it on the forum or on Ebay. High end reel will hold the value better. JMO

    Btw. PE4= US spectra 40-50#

    http://www.japantackle.com/PE_braided_lines.htm
     

  3. Anglers Pro Shop

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    No experiance with this particular spinning reel.

    From what I have read from some asian fishing forums. this reel is not bad at all for smaller game fish, but most people on the other side of the world don't recommend this reel for tuna.

    I think this reel will be able to land a tuna, but how long this reel gonna to last will be the question.

    Why spend $110 for reel you gonna replace in near furture? I would suggest buy high end quality reel, and if you don't like it sell it on the forum or on Ebay. High end reel will hold the value better. JMO

    Btw. PE4= US spectra 40-50#

    http://www.japantackle.com/PE_braided_lines.htm

    I agree with Minnow.

    Freams J was quite a hype when they first appeared like a year or 2 ago and I got one but it didnt last 2 trips, got rid of it after one. Felt like a toy.

    For entry level Daiwa reels for jigging, go for the Caldia Kix, its the cheapest reel in Daiwa range with Real Four Concept. Some changes to the handles should do the job.

    Buy a Stella for 750, after a year you can probably still sell it for 600, but a Freams J, after a year shipping will cost more than the reel!
     
  4. Ragman

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    Hi WilliamH- Welcome to the site and glad you joined!

    For only about another $30-$40 (retail no less!) you could get a Penn 9500 that would be a lot more of an entry reel.

    Look around on the boards and you might find one that's had a few upgrades done (drags, spectra included, etc.).

    Let us know if you have any other questions!
     
  5. WilliamH

    WilliamH Junior member

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    Thanks guys. Nice site Minnows!

    The Stella - I have to talk to myself for a few more weeks to drop the coin on that one!!

    How do y'all feel about the mid-level Shimanos? Thunuss I believe? See, I am already a couple of hundred $$ more!!

    I will keep an eye out for a Penn 9500. I do know a couple of places that still have them.

    Maybe I should just get better with my Avet lx!??
     
  6. FWM0103

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    Another website has a post stating Penn's 9500 replacement is going to be out at the ICAST Show next month. Price is supposed to be around $199, hope it's true.
     
  7. Minnow

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    Thunuss will works, just don't put too much drag on it instead use your palm as an additional drag. I used to have the first version thunuss, the bait runner system lock up few times other than that it was good reel. Sold mine after that LOL.

    If you can cast with conventional reel, I would highly suggest you take a good look at Shimano Trinidad 40, Daiwa Saltiga 40 and 50 for half the price of high end spinning reel.

    Much better than spinning reel (did I just open a can of worm?), I have tested 3 Highend spinning reels and 2 conventional reels for the purpose of see how these reel disperse head created by high drag settting.

    I will post up how the testing went later,
    got to go now
     
  8. Ragman

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    Very big can of worms!LOL

    Got to hear how the testing went, especially what drag setting!