Does anyone have any opinions or reviews of the Shimano Sustain? I am looking at getting a good reel for throwing poppers and jigging, but not interested in paying $600 for a Stella...at least not right now. Thanks for any info.
I own a few Sustains. They are very nice. The next best thing to a Stella in the Shimano line. In fact, the only problem is the largest size is the 8000. I thing the only reason that Shimano doesn't make it in the 10K and 20K size is the fact that the Stella sells would be hurt. As far as I'm concerned, the Sustain is only surpassed by the Stella's and Saltiga's.
The Sustains are very smooth reels. The 8000 does get 24 pounds of drag out of the box. The line capacity of the 8000 is 12/325, 16/250, 20/185. (Mono). I have a 8000, but have yet to fish it. I have used the 5000 for inshore fishing many times. There isn't a kingfish in the ocean it can't handle. I think my 6000 has caught over a 100 kings without ever going in for new drags. In fact, I've never had it serviced. I prefer conventional reels, but some of my guest need a spinner. I always pack up the 6000 sustain if going inshore fishing. I trust it 100%.
I would rather have a Sustain any-day over those new Cabo's, and Fin Nors. The capacity might not be as large, but the quality is excellent. There is absolutely no reason not to use the 8000 for throwing poppers and jigging. I just wouldn't buy it if your main goal was to use it all night long at the floaters hunting for tuna. It probably would work, but I think using it over and over for 75-110 pound fish might shorten it's life.
As a jigging reel, it is excellent. The 8000 is 20 ounces and very strong. I would not hesitate to pull it out for any reason from the jetties to 60 miles offshore. It should last a very long time before service if you target fish 50 pounds and under.
You might look at the Shimano TwinPower 8000 - it's about the same price. It's supposed to surpass the Sustain in quality and performance. More line capacity and drag with a High and Power gear model. I tested the drag to 26 pounds and found it to be very smooth. Potential risk: it's a Japanese model.
On my last offshore trip I caught about a dozen BFT and it performed well.
Line Capacity (LB/YDS): 20/250, 25/180
Ball Bearing: 10 Anti-Rust Ball Bearings + 1 Roller bearing (A-RB)
Weight: 570g (20 oz)
Gear Ratio: 5.7:1
Max Drag: 15KG
Made in Japan
the sustain doesnt have a barring on both sides of the handle. kind of weak if you ask me. the twin power has barrings on both sides plus one extra on the drive train. the pg(power gear) has a deeper spool, but not by much. overall the twin power is the real to beat under the stella. no one in the us will fix it however. you can order parts directly from shimano. you wont get the spare spool but i thnik its a much better deal than the sustain.
I got my Sustain SA8000FD two years ago and I also got a Stradic ST8000 as a backup for medium/heavy jigging. The problem is I've had so much good success and much fun with the Stradic I have yet to try my Sustain, it's still sitting in the box brand new and waiting for some serious action.
The Stradic has taken a 70lb+ YFT and held its own on mobey size Groupers and AJs. So for you cheapos like me who refuse to pay the ridiculous kiss my a$$ kind of monies Shimano wants for their Stellas, check out the Stradic for dependability and value.
Eventually when the need arises, what a formidable backup reel I'll have in the Sustain. Good fishing all. Keep up the challenge...spinning...a way of life...