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I was wondering if any of you guys ever used a Shimano Spheros ,the big one and if so do tell .

I do have a Penn 8500 that I could trade in and get the 9500 Penn or the Spheros


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Jojo,

I'm up in the Northeast, but the Spheros 12000 and 14000 have become a very popular reel up this way for casting to bluefin tuna with poppers and jigs. Typical fish are 30-60# and these reels have no problems whatsoever with them. The spool design is great for braid, and the drags are up to the task. I've had several friends who have had problems with the 9500's while on fish. Others have also done side-by-side casting comparisons and the Spheros will outcast the 9500 by about 20 yards with everything else being equal. I personally use the Thunnus 12000, as the Spheros weren't around when I bought it. I have a Spheros 4000 that I used all season for striped bass and never had a problem.

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The Spheros 14000 will hold as much line as the 9500 and has enough drag to handle YFTs and popper fishing. The drag washer can be changed out with a carbontex washer from Smoothy. Fishermans Headquarters on Ebay has them for $116. Going to try one out next weekend on the Cinco Big E Trip.
 

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I was wondering if any of you guys ever used a Shimano Spheros ,the big one and if so do tell .

I do have a Penn 8500 that I could trade in and get the 9500 Penn or the Spheros


I HATE BEING NEW AT THIS

The Spheros are very popular with the guides in Venice for casting poppers and are about equal with the Penns in durability, castibility, etc. However, the Penns have 2 advantages that I see: availibility of parts (I've rebuilt my 850SS twice) and spare spools...
 
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your a little impatient. your post wasn't up but a little over an hour and you were worried because you hadn't had a reply. relax and give those who might help you a chance to find the post and then respond. this site is still a baby and is growing but it still has a long way to go before you can get instant answers to your questions. beside your wife will by you an accurate twinspin or a stella at the drop of a hat. she really wants you to have what you need to fish with. to bad all of us couldn't have a wife that thinks like yours....lol.. by the way it was nice to meet you and your wife at brandons. welcome to the group and i hope you catch a big yellowfin soon.....rick
 

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Where can I trade in reels? I have always sold them for less than I paid for them or just kept them.
My youngest son loves hand me downs.
I would buy a newer model and keep the old 8500 as a backup.
The Penn 950SSm now includes an anti-reverse roller bearing and a lock on the rotor nut.
 

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mcgolfer you are a wise Master and I'm just a little grasshopper .I must learn not to run down the hill and catch one cow ,I shall walk down the hill and do them all
Thank you Master (lol)

ALL BS aside I know I'm a little impatient and guys please forgive me for that
I just want to make sure I have what is needed to catch these tuna .I would
rather have the items that is needed to get this job done and done right.My wife and I did have a good time meeting all of you Tuna Gods
 

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Rick is correct, jojo. I have had to wait on him on one occasion for over 24 hours before he delivered me some free advice. :)

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FWM: I lookeed up Fisherman's HQ on ebay & they don't list the Spheros. Am I looking in the wrong place? I know, I just ordered the big Fin-Nor & already have a 9500 w/bail mod. I guess I'm a tackle mini-ho in the making ,lol....can one more reel really hurt? For $116, I want one!
 

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no i dont. I sent them mine, and she matched them up as close as possible, then sent me the new ones. She may be able to look up what she sent me by my name... Ronnie Manning. Dallas, TX
 

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Hey jojo you won't get any spinning reel advice from me. I haven't been turned to the dark side yet. Just taken one YFT on a spinner. Felt strange to me and I have stuck with conventionals. Spinning reels are for crappie!
 
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