And Another surf gear question

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  1. Gabemorales

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    Haven’t been minding using my syncopate in the surf, but there’s something about it that I’m not really enjoying. It does the job But I feel like the handle is way too close to the reel, Not to mention the plastic knob...

    So I was wondering what cheaper reels do you guys like for perch and corbina? I know the Safina is mentioned a lot and it feels nice in hand for the money but the 35 only has about 7lbs of drag? Has that been an issue for you guys? And anyone have experience with the Penn wrath?

    And yes I’ve looked at the other surf reel threads but didnt feel like I got much out of them :emoji_grin:
     
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    7lb on drag on the safina is more than enough for perch or corbina, considering most guys fish light line for them. At 50% line strength you could fish 12 or 15lb line which is way overkill. Some people fish 4lb line for corbina.
    In the surf I use a safina, kk sharky and shimano fxb. All are solid. I would vote safina. The shimano fxb is only 18$, I've had a pair in duty for about 2 years. Not going to impress anybody being a fancy reel, but I've caught plenty of fish on them with no issues.
     
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    I don't think 7# drag would be too much problem for your targets. Have you ever actually tied 7# to the tip of rod and tried to lift it? Way harder than you will likely pull on the fish you're after.
    Everybody will have their 2 cents, but I like a smooth drag over a higher rated one. I have been happy with the performance of my Penn Battle II: smooth drag, fairly smooth crank, higher gear ratio for when the current is booking.
    PM if you might be interested in one, BNIB.
     
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    okay good to know, I’ve found the Safina for under $25 and feels nicely built. I’m not looking for anything nice tbh, just something that feels better than the Syncopate lol.
     
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    The Battle is awesome, just got rid of mine as it wasn’t getting much use. Really appreciate the offer!
     
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    I have to say I have been impressed with my Kastking sharky reels. I really thought they were garbage when I got them, but two are still going with two years of service, with the way I fish, I think that's pretty amazing...
     
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    Maybe I'm being a reel snob, but I got a Sharky3BF, and not loving it so much. Feels grind, drag is not smooth, and the BF lever is trying to break on me. Big "meh" from me. For $55 I feel like I could have done better.
     
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    That's what I hear from other people.. maybe I am not picky about my reel. I grease the drags on every reel, even my cheapie spinning reels. Also, I got mine for closer to 35$ each with an eBay coupon as well. With what I put mine through, I find they are a good deal.. then again, maybe I got lucky. One thing I know for sure is I will never buy another Shimano for most of the fishing I do...
     
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    That’s my thing, a surf reel is prone to go to crap faaaast and I’m definitely not willing to spend too much over $30 for a reel lol.
     
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    As others have said, 7 lbs of drag is plenty for the surf.
    I have had a couple of the Penn Sargus 2000 (discontinued) and Fierce 2500 reels. Great surf reel, can occasionally be found on ebay under 50 bucks. I would offer to sell you a NIB Fierce, but my inner hoarder won't let it go.....
     
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    I got my Shimano Sahara used from a member and it's been great in the surf. I did a tear-down for maintenance when I first got it, put in carbon drag washers with some grease and it's the smoothest drag, I highly recommend it. It was $40 used, so unless you find a killer deal, may not be what you're looking for. I think you should keep it in mind in case a cheap one comes up. Don't drop it, rinse it after each use, and it's well worth $40. You'll be stoked with the drag performance when you land a toad corbina. I fish 10# mono on it.
     
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    Believe me I love my Shimanos, I just can’t see myself using my Sedona in the surf... as I know it won’t hold up well... I think. Maybe I should just buy another one? Lol I got it nicely priced
     
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    Just be diligent about the cleaning and Maintenance . it should be fine I have Shimano bait casters that are in use weekly after 25 years in the surf . WR
     
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    I think I should shut up, wait for my surf reel to give out, then buy something else. Pretty good excuse to do so lol. The Penn Wrath is pretty enticing for $30
     
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    I have a 1000 size KK Cadence for 4-6lb test and I love the little thing. Even with my big paws no issues with the handle or bail, very smooth drag and it landed a 30" leo with out a glitch. I am impressed with it. But as Coach mentioned drag maintenance is key with any reel to keep them smooth
     
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    Hmmm okay, good to know. You guys are definitely easing my mind on these cheaper reels.
     
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    That’s not too bad to be honest. Really considering jumping the gun... only thing stopping me is I feel like I need to try something other than Shimanos and Daiwas..
     
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