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Thread: Early bird gets the trophy tautog (CBBT, Mar 17, 2017)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shady View Post
    BTW, I tried from shore in Owl creek Saturday afternoon and only caught a crab... There were several kayakers out as well and they seemed to be having slow results as well.
    a 7 day long cold days ruined/ and will continuously hurts few more days. I think this coming weekend can be OK, I hope in Rudee and CBBT. I want to try CHSP as long as the water temp stay above 46F for 3 days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yakscientist View Post
    I hear kastking reels have a bunch of false positive reviews, I would be curious to see if they actually have carbon fiber drag. Very nice fish though! The kind of abuse you put reels through, I would imagine like one of the old made in the us spinfishers or a daiwa black gold would be good spinners for those weights. Bug yeah like you said, might be just better to buy a few backup bargain reels for the same price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mchottie View Post
    I've heard the same, there was a vendor selling some at the outdoor section of the MSSA Baltimore flea market this weekend in Essex, and while the 'price was right' I was still hesitant until I see more actual user reviews that I trust.
    We are all hesitant when buying a new brand especially at a low price. Sometimes I wanted to test the new brand by myself. So I am doing it now. I don't cast with bait-casting reels. I gave up. I jig or bottom fish 95% of the time with heavy lure and heavy sinker. I am going to see if this KastiKing can survive for two years of fishing for flounder/tautog/sheepshead. It it does, it is a good reel for me. This reel comes with a spool that can land a 50" plus bull red. (I use 50# test KastKing braided). So I will use this reel from now on until it breaks.

    BTW, I have been using Kasting braided for years. I like KastKing a lot. KastKing braided are thicker than PowerPro. I don't see big diameter differences on 10, 15, 20, and 30# test lines. The diameter of 50# test KastKing is equivalent to 55# test PowerPro if there is 55# test. I have all KastKing braided up to 60# test. I will continuously buy a 1000 yard rolls.

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    Yeah I was curious about the line. I look forward to your review of the reel, and I can attest that sometimes you can get a lot for the money. I have really enjoyed my okuma reel, but the difference in quality between it and the daiwa I just got is crazy. But its very similar to the shimano baitrunner I've had for years, which was over 2x the price, and has certainly held up to kayak fishing and surf fishing too. I really like the old Penn senator reels, or the level winds, but at most price points, today's Penn reels are outmatched by others. I misunderstood your post as saying you ruined a kastking reel, I thought that was the baitcaster you were referring to. What model is the kastking you just got, and are you switching to a spinner or is it another baitcaster? And what rods do you use for those heavy weights? Sorry for all the questions.

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    Nvm saw the reel model on your first post. My bad.

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    I've been using a kastking spinning reel for two seasons, along with all my Shimano reels, and they have held up really well surprisingly (for the price that is). But not all are made the same I have an Orca all metal reel and their bait runner which is part metal part plastic. The orca is really solid but the bait runner feels a little cheap when reeling in a fish.
    I would definitely buy another one of their all metal reels again.
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    yak scientist,

    • Shimano Tescata (tsc63mh) $149.99 (for flounder/striper/Bull red/): 30-50 LB line, 200g/7 OZ jig weight. Backup for Tog/sheepshead rods. Very light for one-hand hook-set,, little too flexible for big Tog and sheepshead in deeper water.
    • Shimano Trevala S Jigging Casting Rod (TVSC63MH) $189.99 (for Tog and sheepshead or big fish): 50-80 LB line, 6 OZ lure weight. Very light for one-hand hook-set, inflexible for deeper water. I can cast 1 +OZ lure for striper


    I also use Basspro graphite muskie rods for tog at $45-50

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    I do have the KastKing Stealth (purchased it for my son), which is almost the exact same as the Royale Legend. The first unit we sent back for replacement as you could not set the brake down enough to keep it from backlashing. The replacement seems to be OK. The drag discs are carbon fiber, or so they appear. I opened it up to reply to this thread and found the drag was drenched in heavy oil or light grease, so if you have one I recommend you crack it open.

    I can't recommend this reel. It does not come anywhere close to my Shimano Chronarch 50E or Shimano Curado 200G in terms of castability regardless of the price tag. The frustration isn't worth it. I really wanted to be one of those reviewers who loved this reel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vhendrix View Post
    I do have the KastKing Stealth (purchased it for my son), which is almost the exact same as the Royale Legend. The first unit we sent back for replacement as you could not set the brake down enough to keep it from backlashing. The replacement seems to be OK. The drag discs are carbon fiber, or so they appear. I opened it up to reply to this thread and found the drag was drenched in heavy oil or light grease, so if you have one I recommend you crack it open.

    I can't recommend this reel. It does not come anywhere close to my Shimano Chronarch 50E or Shimano Curado 200G in terms of castability regardless of the price tag. The frustration isn't worth it. I really wanted to be one of those reviewers who loved this reel.
    Thanks for the warning. I will try to carry an additional spare reel in the tackle bag to make sure I have enough backup reels. I don't cast with bait-casting reels. I gave up and I don't intend to cast at all except when I see feeding stripers - I can cast with a 2 OZ jig head without accuracy.
    I have two shimano reels Curado 201g6 and 301e along with 6 more bait-casting reels. These reels are supposed to be a good casting reels, but I never cast with these two reels, Jigging only so far.

    I am testing the KastKing reel for Tautog/Sheepshead (drag set at 17#), Flounder (drag set at 8#) and bull red (drag set at 8-15#). I will report if I see any issues with the reel.

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