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for u guys that have a saragosa for popping and jigging let me know what u think, any good? and if so would u get a 14000 or a 18000? i already have a stella 8000fa with a 400g rod, just need something else just incase i need more line
 

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Hey Steven, don't forget that Daiwa is coming out with the new Saltist Spinning reels this year:

Daiwa Saltist Spinning Reels

They look to be made for economical popping/stickbaiting. Check out the 6500H size, would be equivalent to Saragosa 14000/18000 size. Daiwa reels are usually a little more compact for same size class.
 
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honestly - at this point id recommend a saragosa over a saltist. JMO but from what i saw i liked the saragosa better.

time will tell though, this is only my feeling after playing with it at ICAST for 5 min.
 

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Steven, you won't really need more than 24-25lbs of drag for tuna in the Gulf of Mexico man... Try lifting 24lbs of drag and see how it is... :D
 

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Steven, you won't really need more than 24-25lbs of drag for tuna in the Gulf of Mexico man... Try lifting 24lbs of drag and see how it is... :D
It may just be me, but being able to run 20-25 lbs of drag and not be at the cap is important.
The saragosa wont really operate as advertised but I had my buddies Presa Canario.(Big Dog) pull a little over 30 and it was pretty dang smooth.

We need a real world (MrBill) test on this saltist spinning reel.
 

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It may just be me, but being able to run 20-25 lbs of drag and not be at the cap is important.
The saragosa wont really operate as advertised but I dad my buddies Presa Canario.(Big Dog) pull a little over 30 and it was pretty dang smooth.

We need a real world (MrBill) test on this saltist spinning reel.

I completely agree on having a bit of room to push up the drag beyond 25lbs when necessary. We can't discount the Saltist 6500H as it's a new reel. Definitely need real world testing on that thing before we can really tell how well it holds up! :)
 

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I've had good luck with saragosa with tuna up to 100lb and believe Capt Dom up north has also has good luck with them also with tuna in 160lb range.
 

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I landed my 200+ tuna on a Saragosa 18000 and I was very impressed. With 20-25 lbs. of drag I landed her in 15 min. flat and the reel never even broke a sweat. For the money I don't think you can beat them.
 

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I may or may not be wrong, but I remember reading a posting that Capt. Dom mentioned the saragosa 18000 he had seized up on him. :confused: But this might be because he uses it day in day out for months. I was thinking about a gosa for a back up reel as well but am a bit skeptical after I heard that post.
 

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The first run of Saragosa's had a drag cap that would over heat,melt and cause problems. You can call the service dept and get the new upgrade cap free. They told me that it was the first run that had issues.
 

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The first run of Saragosa's had a drag cap that would over heat,melt and cause problems. You can call the service dept and get the new upgrade cap free. They told me that it was the first run that had issues.


Holy Sh!t Bruce. Where and when did you catch that monster in your avatar?
 
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