I got an e-mail that new Jigging Master jigging reels are finally available. It looks very fancy. They say the max drag is 27 lbs and the size is similar to Accurate 870.
I'll get more detailed info soon.
Looks like the blue heaven reel
Blue Heaven came out after extentive field testing.
They must see some merit of Blue Heaven handles as JM is not new to custom handles and the new reel has similar looks of Bue Heaven handle.
Kil, please let us know how well this reel performs. We all know you are notorious for testing reels to their breaking point.
I am not going to sell before I test it.
I don't worry about strength of the reel, free spool or weight. I'd like to see how they solve the binding problem on high drag. Nobody fish extensively with Accurate 870 or 665 than JM guys. I expect the new JM jigging reel perform better than Accurate 870/665 as they know postive and negative things of 870/665.
i wonder why they put the clicker on the reel....maybe just in case you want to use it with bait?
did they tell you why they made this as a lever drag instead of star drag reel?
As I said, they love Accurate reels for jigging and it is no wonder they make lever drag reels.
I use clickers even for jigging. When I pull some lines out of reel for knot or other reasons, clickers are very useful. Otherwise I get backlash, especially when you use excellent free spool reels.
Here is the description of new JM reel on JM site.
1.Equivalent between 197 and 870N, accessorized with bullet shape T-bar handle, weighted 520g (18.5 lbs)
2.With anti-reverse bearing plus docking system, excellent hand and construction. Accurate molded and highest quality washer, Max.15lb of drag at strike mode, over 25lb at full mode, smooth cranking till 27lb.
3.Remain the smoothness of cranking and drag power even dip the whole reel in salt water for seconds, the most progressive design for salt water fishing. Most unique concept for most severe circumstance
4.Gear ratio 1：4, arm length 93mm. bullet shape T-bar, sophisticated appearing, suit jigging rod from 100g to 300g, ideal for jigging within 80m of depth.
5.Line capacity：PE3 (450m), PE4(400m), PE5(350m)
The price $350, but I expect the price in the US a little higher.
I am going to get one reel in a few days and I can't wait to test the reel.
I just got a JM jigging reel today. It 2/0 size tiny reel, but has 27 max drag.
Do you think it is good enough for 200 lbs bluefin ?
I am going to test the reel for bluefin out of Cape May, NJ to see how the reel performs though there is good chances I can fight only 10 seconds due to line capacity problem.