Shimano TLD25 – The best lever drag reel ever made


There are many reel manufacturers and so any models of reels to choose from made from different materials and using different technologies.

The Shimano TLD 25 is a basic and simple reel with a graphite body and an aluminium spool.

There may be stronger and higher technology reels on the market but there is no reel on the market that can give you so much for the small amount of money that a TLD 25 costs.

The TLD is bullet proof, reliable, lasts forever and maintenance is low, whilst spare parts are available they hardly ever break and just keep going and going year after year, fish after fish even when they are abused and not cared for.

So the reason I say it is the best lever drag ever made is because you get so much reel for your money, simple, reliable, longevity and low maintenance for a very long time along with good performance fish after fish. No other reel on the market can give you so much bang for your buck.

Shimano TLD 25 is best spooled with 600m of Sufix 15kg Big Game mono filament line. Mine are paired with the Shimano 7ft Beast master boat rods.

The TLD Single Speed series has 3 models, all equal in what is said above, the 25, 20 and 15.

Shimano_TLD_2_FB_2017 2Written by Mike Laubscher

Club competition for Primrose Angling Club.

Date: 2nd June 2018

Venue:  Rawdah Fishing Vaal dam.

Weather:  Min Max temp:  -2 to 18

Wind: light to no wind.

We arrived at the gate at 06H30 and getting out my Toyota the grass under foot was frozen solid.  Winter is truly upon us as Jack Frost was at work this weekend.  After the payment for gate fees and comp fees number are drawn and then the person who had number 1 left first they have first choice in where they want to sit on the venue. I had the highest number so I set the cars off on their way. Being last in the queue has its advantages and disadvantages all depends on how many anglers are on the venue. This one has 1.5km of water so we are spoiled for choice.  I chose my spot for the day and started to prepare my feed first then set up the stand.

Filling a bucket with dam water for the feed gave me a good idea of how cold the water in the dam is and how soft to make my feed.  Looking at my fishing area i had decided I am going to fish with my 11ft vengeance rods with my 5000 XTA one at 65meters and the other at 75 meters. I set all my equipment up as we are fishing from 08H00 to 16H00 for the day. My start up plan was floats and dough and earth worm and dough.

I loaded my trace with Spitfire float and Almond dough behind my other hook an earth worm and a half garlic white bullet behind it. Dips on the ball was as follows a thin stripe G-Fox next to that a thin stripe of Jinx. My other rod I loaded the same took the Jinx away and changed it to Bass+.


My first pull was 25 minutes and landed a carp the next one followed shortly after. Two fish out in the first half hour and I though this is going to be a very productive day at the water.  Then the equalizer came into play those snags that you are not able to see beneath the water.  I would get a solid pull strike and be hooked up solid. Some time I would get a fish out but most of the time I would lose the fish and get my trace back minus a hook link or two. With the dam water so high the grass was never cut and the small bushes just add to the snags not to mention some of the tree stumps that litter the bank.


I tried to fish at 95 meters with a long waiting time and still had to contend with snags. I found the best distance for the day was 75 meters and 80 meters respectively.  With losing two out of every three fish on the line was a trying day to say the least. However I knew everyone had the same conditions to contend with. The only other change I had made to my hook baits was I swapped to a white garlic float other than that my method stayed the same.

Fishing with a light rod like the vengeance range and being able to put pressure on the fish I tried to get the off the  fish off the bottom as quickly as possible thus increasing my chances of landing the fish. We also had a period in the day with little to no wind and the fish went off the bite, as soon as the light breeze showed up again I started to get some action on the line with the fish picking up the bait on offer.

As the winter takes hold the fishing is going to slow down and patience is going to be the order of the day. I ended the day with 19 fish weighing at 8kg of fish for the day. I had an awesome day at the water being able to be out and in nature is a privilege to behold.

Yes it is cold but dress up and have the gear for the cold conditions. Being part of the angling family and spending time at the water has its own rewards. My advice to you is go out spend the day or weekend at the water it is good for the body and the soul.

Conoflex dips and baits work for me and it will work for you.

Enjoy your next trip to the water and have a Conoflex day.

P.S. Some pictures of my day enjoy.

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Written by Jeff Eekhout


My Transkei Trip 2018

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On my recent trip was to the Transkei there were two setups that I took with me. My first setup was my trusty Technium Surf Elite (medium) and my Saragosa 20000, loaded with 40lb Sufix 832 braid. My second setup was my Technium Surf Elite (medium) with my Trusty Torium 30, spooled with 600 meters Sufix 832, 40 lb as backing, with 0.55 Sufix mono, top shot.

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On my throw bait setup I was targeting Hammerhead and Grey Sharks. I was throwing Mackerel baits. With this Saragosa and Technium setup, I managed to get great distance with my cast.  It didn’t take long for me to get my first bite and shortly after I hooked a beautiful HammerHead Shark. I managed to get the fish to the rocks in about 10 minutes. With Sufix 832 I managed to put a lot of pressure on the fish and I knew that the braid could handle some foul rocks. Once landed the fish was quickly measured and sent back unharmed. I caught two hammers this morning with the biggest being 122cm (25.4kg).

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I also got a lot of pleasure, helping young Nathan, to fight a Hammer that I had hooked. His enthusiasm and excitement is what fishing is all about.

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On my sliding setup, (Tourium 30 on Technium) I was sliding a whole Bonnito. I managed to hook into a good size Blackfin Shark. After fighting it for about 20 minutes, and with numerous jumps, it managed to cut me off on the rocks.

With the correct tackle, such as the Torium 30 and Saragosa 20000, paired with my two Techniums I was very confident in handling any fish the Wild Coast could throw at me.

Written by Craig Bashford

Winters Coming

As the season changes into our winter months on the KZN South Coast we get our crispy off shore winds in the morning with very low temperatures which at times leave your fingers ice cold and blue and your bottom lip vibrating like a Rapala!!!! Never the less the ice cold mornings should not stop your motivation for fishing it’s an exciting time of the year for fishing on our shorelines. This time of year we get many good species of fish moving up the coast like the shoals of Shad, beautiful Kob, Garrick, Brusher and fat Bronze Bream feeding in the shallows which makes winter fishing so much more exciting. As the winter months can be challenging at times with big rough sea which can put a lot of anglers off but I’ve been a firm believer not to be a fair weather fishermen as you will find yourself disappointed many times, I’ve learnt to adapt to sessions change and different weather patterns as there are my skills to learn and many different ways of finding good quality fish on artificial lures and good bait presentation.
As the years have passed by, targeting Garrick from the shoreline has become so exciting for me, my knees get knocking as they chase and smash your artificial lures on top of the water there is nothing more exciting. My choice of equipment for targeting Garrick this season is going to be a little bit lighter as I enjoy the challenges of fishing but testing the great quality of Shimano equipment, my first set up is the new Shimano Technium spin fishing rod matched with my old favourite Shimano Symetre 4000FJ reel, my second set is the Shimano Vengeance 8foot rod and Shimano exage 4000FD reel, both of the reels have been topped up with 20lb Sufix 832 Advanced Superline braid which is extremely strong and reliable and has proven it’s quality time and time again.My leader line is is generally about 1.2 meters in length using 40lb to 60lb Double X Super Shock fluorocarbon leader to join my braid to leader line i use the PR knot which I found is perfect to join these two lines as your knot is able to pass through your guides of your rod.
Garrick are a sucker for a artificial lure skipping and splashing on top of the surface as they can put up an awesome show at most times,my choice of lures are going to be the Storm Sea Bass Thunder minnow 170mm long 34 grams in weight, Williamson Surface Pro 150 and Rapala X-Rap long cast shallow 140 all of the lures I’m going to be changing the treble hooks to VMC good quality inline singles as they do less damage to the fish and have a better hook up as I release these awesome species of fish.
As the the ocean swell can change and get a bit rough and nasty it’s the perfect time for me to do some gully fishing also known as scratching, lots of fun can be had finding the perfect white water and deep holes between the rocks, all types of fish can be found in these conditions from fat Bronze Bream, Brusher, Kob, Rockcod and Stumpies. For this type of fishing i just enjoy using my Shimano Exage Surf 110H matched with the shimano Spheros Sw6000 and topped with 20lb Sufix 832 Advanced Superline braid which is the perfect combination for this type of fishing not heavy and not to light. VMC have a wide range of good strong, extremely sharp quality hooks, I’m currently using VMC Chinu eyed 7136 no’1 perfect size for smaller baits like crayfish and prawns for bronze bream for the bigger baits and many different types of presentations I’v really enjoyed using the VMC Sunset Circle 7381 no’4/0 and the VMC Sport circle 7384 no’3/0 as these hooks will find there way into the corner of a fishes mouth without damaging any bone structure or stressing the fish out as we can release the fish for another day to come.
Written by Justin Alborough

Gearing up for Winter Fishing.


The Eastern Cape winters can be some of the harshest along the coast of Southern Africa with cold front cells moving up further North during this period they brush our coast line more often than in the Summer months and bring Gail force South Westerly winds, swells upto 6 meters and a severe drop in ocean temperatures with estuaries often having an average of 12C to 14C during the peak winter period.

Although years ago the average estuary angler would merely just service and pack ones tackle away during these cooler months most anglers now fish harder during winter  as often the colder water brings better fishing and by far some of the largest local estuary species are present.


The estuaries like Gamtoos and Sundays have good showings of dusky cob of which can be caught spinning and trolling. Tidal phases play a massive roll in the feeding habits of the dusky and when the right conditions present itself it can be game on with a short window period producing great fishing.

When targeting these fish in deeper water  I often take 2 to 3 outfits with me to cover all the lure sizes making sure the lures can get to the optimum depths at the right speed.

Fishing 1/4oz to 1/2oz jigs I would use a 6.6ft to 7ft fast action rod. My 2 piece 6.6ft crucial does this job perfectly matched with a 2500 sustain and 15lbs Sufix 832 performance braid.

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My medium outfit would cover the 1/2oz to 3/4oz jigs and plastics range from the 5inch to 7inch sizes. For this I use the 2 piece bassterra 7ft rod. Matched with a Sahara 4000 or similar make reel its an outfit that can land any sized estuary fish with the capability to fish lighter lures as well. The reel I spool with 20lbs Sufix Pro 8 braid and with fishing mixed coral to red bait structure if one does get snagged you often will be able to remove the lure with the heavier braid.

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My heavier outfit consists of my Terez Wax Wing which is fitted with Fuji K series guides allowing braid to flow through the guide easily in tough windy conditions. Seated to it is my Shimano Socorro 5000SW spooled with Sufix 832 braid which any angler knows who has fished it is remarkably strong braid.This outfit is used when the wind and tide is rather strong and fished with 7 to 8 inch plastics on 3/4 oz to 1oz jigs.



Its crucial that when big fish are around to be able to present a lure to them in the right area where they would be holding and for the lure to drop into the zone through the current correctly and this outfit does that and once a hook up happens the fast action allows a good hook set and plenty of back bone allows the hook to set through any hard facial bone.
Even a 20kg plus fish with the right drag tension will be landed with in 10 to 15 minutes and larger fish who would demand more attention one can turn and lift fish towards the boat to he netted.

Best of luck with the winter fishing and be prepared for a good fish every cast.


 Written by Chris Schoultz

Shimano Crucial Rods – Bass



The new Crucial series is one of the most versatile rod series ever created. It has both split grip and full grip handle designs. These rods feature Shimano’s C4S-HM blank which delivers unbelievable strength with extremely light weight. Each rod was tested to cover a wide variety of today’s best fishing techniques.



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As seen in the pictures these rods are not just great fishing rods to use but they are great to look at to! Just to run you through the rod: Shimano Crucial rods have always had a really good reputation for being tough rods from when they first came out about sixteen years or so ago. The new Crucial has been built not to disappoint this long standing reputation. The new Crucial is lighter and stronger than the previous model. On average it’s 28% lighter and yes you are hearing me correct it’s also 22% stronger on average! How is this possible? Well the new Crucial C4S-HM blank is made from carbon which is what the C stands for in C4S-HM and the 4 is for the four layer process. The S stands for slick carbon tape which is used on the inside and outside of the blank which is what plays a huge role in strengthening the rod but still being able to use minimal material to keep the rod lighter. The new Crucial has returned to cork handles as the earlier models had which more anglers preferred. It also has a custom reel seat to minimize the weight of the rod. To end off the overview the new Crucial has Fuji Alconite Guides which finish off the rod! All in all the new Crucial is a beast of a rod that’s not going to let you down!

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My Rod Selection

  1. 2x 6.8ft Medium Extra Fast- My light worming rod (8-10lb line)
  2. 1x 7.3ft Medium Extra Fast- My medium worming rod (10-12lb line)
  3. 1x 7.3ft Medium Heavy Fast- My medium-heavy worming rod (12-16lb line)
  4. 1x 7.11ft Medium Heavy Fast- My heavy worming/pitching rod (20-25lb line)
  5. 1x 7.2ft  Medium Heavy Extra Fast Spinning- My drop shot, wacky rod (10-20 braid leader with 6-12lb leader)
  6. 2x 6.10ft Medium Heavy Fast- My reaction bait (small cranks, jerk baits, underspin and small spinnerbaits) rod (10-12lb line)
  7. 1x 7.6ft Medium Heavy Medium Fast- My reaction bait (medium-deep cranks, 1/2oz lipless and bigger spinnerbaits) rod (10-14lb line)

*Fluorocarbon line used on all above rods

Personal Experience

I personally have a full set of these new Crucials and have fished for more than a season now with them. I have caught large mouth, spotted and small mouth with these rods and they just don’t disappoint! I have fished six consecutive days with these rods and because they are so light you really don’t get tired of using them! The feel of these rods are just great. Pulling fish from cover is made easy! Feeling reaction baits and detecting bites because of its sensitivity is also incredible. If you’re in the market for new rods I would highly recommend the new Shimano Crucial range. You will be pleasantly surprised!

Written By: Gareth Potgieter


Shimano Curado 70


Shimano Curado 70 XG

The Shimano Curado for 25 years now, continues to be the go-to bait casting reel for bass. It is now offered with a new compact Hagane body and a new model size perfect for light pitching, light flipping and throwing smaller baits, the Curado 70 also features an enhanced SVS Infinity braking system designed for finesse and light flipping techniques. X-Ship Technology provides even more smoothness and durability – just as anglers have expected from Curado reels for more than two decades.




  • 5+1 Bearings
  • 10lb Drag Power
  • 6.5oz Weight Range
  • 28-32 Inches Retrieve Range
  • X Ship Technology                                      Curado70XG-1-2
  • Paddle Handle (Like the Aldebaran)
  • Hagane Body




The new Curado 70 XG also has a new braking system. Which means…

  • Easier To Use
  • Smoother
  • Quite
  • Less Maintenance


The Curado 70 XG is one of my favorite reels in my reel collection. The reason being is that it’s just so light and has a really great feel to it. I use it as my light rig. I use 8lb line on it and use weightless and very light weights using this reel. The smoothness of this reel is incredible. This is a high end reel priced really affordable!

Written By Gareth Potgieter


Persistance is Key

The start of 2017 had been a really frustrating one for me on the fishing front. I had fished in 2 league events and a couple social sessions and yet to get a bite. I was feeling rather despondent as there were some awesome fish being landed by others. Although during the week and me being busy at work, I was still green with envy.

Eventually a weekend was about where the weather played along and I called up a mate and said we are going fishing to one of the spots on the upper south coast that had been producing some fish of late. We checked the tides and decided on the perfect time to get there. We would only be able to fish for a couple of hours before we ran out of water on the beach.

Upon arriving at the area I just had that feeling in my bones that today I would get the monkey off my back. The water was perfect. We had some color and a good formation. Didn’t take us long to put the rods together and get a bait in the water. We were expecting fireworks as every angler does when conditions are perfect. Unfortunately things were rather slow and we had to work hard for the fish we eventually landed.

Mike was the first one to get a bite, sticking to his roots and using his trusted Shimano Trinidad 20DC with 0.47 double X he went on with what seemed to be a smaller fish, with a rather tricky shorebreak to negotiate he waited for the perfect moment and we grabbed the juvenile sharpnose brown skate and pulled it up for a quick picture and then released the little guy tIMG-20170211-WA0007o fight another day.

Thinking this could be the change in our luck we quickly put out some fresh baits and it wasn’t long when I got an enquiry. The fish ate very funn
y and eventually pulled me flat and the line started to peel off my Shimano Stella. I was now confident that my VMC 9/0 tournament circle had him properly and I started to apply the brakes. I didn’t pull it too hard, for once I was going to enjoy fighting this fish. After all, it was now middle of February and I’ve just had my first bite of the year. A few minutes later we had the fish in the front and again waited for the right moment and pulled a beautiful female guitarfish out the water. Quick picture and a ORI tag, the fish was released safely.


We called it quits after that as a rather large storm was rolling in and we had decided a early start the following morning before a South Westerly front hit us would be a good idea. Alarm bells rang at 3:45 and I packed the bait box and headed off to a new spot this time on the middle north coast of KZN. Seems I was late to the party, when I arrived Mike was already on. This wasn’t for long tho as the fish managed to find a rock in the deep and cut him off.

With a big bait in the water and with the sun now starting to peek up on the horizon, I picked up my spinning rod in the hopes of catching a queen mackerel or a Bonnie I could use for bait. Another friend had joined in on this and he had the first bite on the spoon. He unfortunately got bitten off, now we know the queen mackerels AKA snoek are in the area. A couple winds into my next cast I felt the big thump, I was on! Line peeling off my Shimano Stella 5000 and my 10ft shimano speedmaster bending. This was a decent fish. I took my time and waited for the right moment to pull the fish over the ledge. As it came over Craig was there and grabbed it by the tail. First snoek of the season landed! Or maybe not…It managed to wiggle itself loose and fell into a rock pool. Luckily for me the 8117ss VMC hook was firmly in the corner. Second time round we did not let go! Lovely specimen of 83cm which was a treat on the braai that evening!


While this was happening, the guys fishing with baits were getting smoked. Two proper fish on and both cut off. Seems like the big sea we had the week before scoured out the reef a bit. Landing fish just became a lot harder. While I was getting my big stick ready again, Craig managed to hook a Bonnie on the spoon. I didn’t hesitate one second cutting its head off and letting it go on the Shimano Stella with 40lb power pro. Within minutes I had an enquiry, an extremely slow bite. I knew from word go it was one of 2 species and I locked up on the Stella and started to pull as hard as I could from word go. The fish didn’t take much line, it did however look for every stone it could find  and had me running in all directions to avoid getting cut off. I had pulled the fish to the front and it came to the surface on the back of the ledge. Our suspicions of the species had now been confirmed. It was a beast of a ribbon tail. How this fish hasn’t cut me off up to this point was rather surprising and I’m just hoping that it doesn’t do it. With a lot of pulling and me squealing in pain I managed to get the fish over the front ledge with a bit help from a few waves.


The fish however still needed a bit of convincing to get into the shallows and it took a fair amount of swimming to help it miss the rocks on the way in. Eventually we had this beautiful fish in an area safe enough for us to handle her with the care she deserves. A couple pictures and an ORI tag she swam off strong to go torment another unsuspecting angler one day.


Written by Stef Germann

Upside-down Fishing

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It is the season when the sun stays above the horizon the longest – summer! This means that the days are longer and hence giving us more time to spend on the water. As an early riser, I love summer and one of my favourite summer activities is fishing for spotted grunter with surface lures. I call it “upside-down fishing” because it involves enticing a fish that usually has its snout tucked in the mud (blowing prawns out of their burrows) to change its behaviour and grab an artificial lure off the surface. As bizarre as it may sound, it is undoubtedly the most exciting top-water fishing one can do. At times it can be very visual and you will see the fish come up behind lure, with its back out the water as it inspects the lure. The best strike occurs when it engulfs the lure off the surface with a huge suck. However, most hook-ups come from a strike I call the “smooch” as it rises to the surface and gently sucks the lure in! The dominant strike, called the “kiss”, can get very frustrating because as the fish comes to look at the lure it plays ‘hard-to-get’ and disappears after giving it a little kiss.

This type of fishing requires patience and perseverance but once you master the technique you will become hooked! Herewith answers to questions I have asked myself over the years of upside-down fishing.

Why in summer? Although grunter can be caught throughout the year, they appear to be more active and far more willing to take surface lures in summer. It is most likely in response to temperature, as warmer water speeds up their metabolism and they feed more frequently…… and more aggressively.

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Where and when to fish?  To best place to target grunter on surface lures is over mud banks in shallow water with depths ranging between 0.5m to 1.5m. High tide fishing is best, but as long as there is water on the mud banks you have a chance of catching one. Look out for tailing fish to get an idea of where they are feeding. However, often they will be in very shallow water on the edges of weed beds. The best time of the day is very much tide dependent, but definitely early mornings and late evening (with the right tide) are the best.

What tackle to use? Spotted grunter are strong fighters, which is amplified when hooked in shallow water. Light tackle with a good drag is essential. My rig consists of a 2-piece 6 foot 6 inch Shimano crucial road, a Shimano Sustain 2500 reel equipped with 10 pound SUFIX 832 braid and a 0.45mm nylon leader.

tn_Grunter on Storm Wake Crank

What lures to use? This is the secret to success. The typical “walk the dog” lure equipped with rattles are the best lures to use, however I have also caught them on a range on small very buoyant lures, including my old balsa wood RAPALA bass lures. With time I have learnt that lures with built-in rattles are by far the best. I have tried and tested many “W-t-D” lures with rattles and the results proved that the RAPALA X-Rap Walk was dynamite. Other good lures include the STORM Chug Bug retrieved with at a very slow pace. However, the new RAPALA Skitter-V is making waves… and probably the best lure currently available for “upside-down fishing”. Recently, I have also been successful with the STORM Arashi Wake Crank, which at slow retrieve speeds produces a rattle with a frequency that the grunter cannot refuse.

tn_65 cm grunter taken on RAPALA XRap Walk

So get out there and get addicted to “upside-down fishing”.

Written by Paul Cowley

Shimano Ultegra Ci 14000 Reel


I was very fortunate to get my hands on the new Shimano Ultegra CI 14000 XT-B reels.   These big pits are considerably more expensive then the XTC and XTD models but are worth every cent once you have had the privilege of fishing with them. They are the truly in a league of their own.

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I do not want to bore you with the technical specs that you can get that from the web and would like to simplify it so we can all relate to it.

Let us start by the weight of the reel which has been reduced by 100g.  This has made the reel extremely well balanced and suitable for almost any make of rod on the carp market currently.  They have by no means sacrificed any strength as the CI4+ is 2,5 times stiffer  than the original CI4 material.

As I am not one for ratios but it is simple to relate to the line retrieved.  For every complete turn of the handle the line retrieved is 103cm (1.03m).  So it is very simple to work out how far every cast is when retrieving the rig to re-bait if you are clipping up or when you fill the spools with line.  Talking about spooling the line, for all the tackle tarts out there they also come with 3 line reduces spools ( sizes 3500, 6000 and 10000).  These reduces eliminates the use of backing line as a filler and seats perfectly around the spool without any slipping.  So you have the option to only fish with +/- 200, 300, 400 or 550m (without reducer) of 0.35mm mono depending on the size of water and what range you fishing.  I use the 0.30 14lb Double  X Extreme abrasion and it fits 600m on comfortably without any spaces and has plenty of space left for a leader.  These spaces are best suited to those using braid and do not like filling up the entire spool with braid when only 250-400m is more than sufficient.

These reels each have an impressive 2 Spare Cold forged Aluminium spools that are all identical and are designed with a patented angled lip which enables the line to leave the spool with a lot less friction that will increase the distance of the cast.  The spools are also tapered to aid with the casting for increased distance and less drag.

When it comes to the line lay it has to be the best I have ever seen in any reel that I have ever used.  Line lay is imperative when it comes to casting as a lot of energy is lost due to this during a cast.  Shimano has achieved this by the super slow Oscillation of the spool compared to the speed that the handle turns per cycle.  They achieved this with an Aero Wrap II worm gear which is considered to be one of the best line lay systems in the world.

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One of the most impressive features of the reel is that the front drag that has a bait runner feature incorporated into it.  It allows the drag setting to be switched from a pre-set free spool to a pre-set drag by a simple ¼ turn of the front drag.  It is this function that convinced me to change as I have been fishing with a bait runner since day one and have always shied away from the Ultegra range due to the continuous cranking and loosening before and after every cast to get the tensions right.

Lastly, we have all opened a reel before to try service it and been surprised by the spare parts after ‘fixing it’ and it never being the same again or the complexity of the internal components.   The XT-B has an easy maintenance port that enables direct lubrication to the inner workings of the reel that is really user friendly without any spares lying around.

Please go and have a look at the impressive list of features I have not mentioned in this article on the web as I tried to simplify the very basics for easy reading and have not mentioned MANY other important characteristics that sets this reel apart from the others.

Please note that the above mention views and opinions are based on my own personal experience of using the reels.

Good luck and tight lines to all fishing.

Remember to practice catch and a safe release.

Peter Niemand.