Surf Reels - Alvey vs Spin Reel.

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Surf Reels - Alvey vs Spin Reel.

Postby Mattblack » Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:39 pm

Hi All,
I need to update the reel on my surf rod (cheap, old Shimano 6000...could go slightly larger). What should I be looking at, a spin reel (like a Shimano Aerlex) or a side cast reel (like an Alvey)? Casting distance and durability are the priority.
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Re: Surf Reels - Alvey vs Spin Reel.

Postby 4liters » Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:37 pm

What's your budget?

This looks the goods if you're looking for a long cast design: https://www.dinga.com.au/penn-spinfishe ... 92947.html
2015/16 Species comp total: 289cm
Brown Trout: 37cm
Flathead: 51cm; Squid: 36cm; Australian Salmon: 51cm; Snapper 46cm; Silver Trevally 23cm; KGW: 45cm

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Re: Surf Reels - Alvey vs Spin Reel.

Postby canned_tuna » Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:55 pm

If you are going to go to a sidecast you will need to be upgrading your rod as well if you want to get the best out of the reel

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Re: Surf Reels - Alvey vs Spin Reel.

Postby colnick » Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:28 pm

I am a great believer in sidecast reels. They are just about bulletproof and can take sand and salt water in their stride but unless you have a low ( 150-200mm from butt ) winch mount on your rod, go with the spinning reel.

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Re: Surf Reels - Alvey vs Spin Reel.

Postby smile0784 » Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:37 pm

Would the type of reel depends on what you catch?

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Re: Surf Reels - Alvey vs Spin Reel.

Postby Mattblack » Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:52 pm

About a $200 budget...didnt realise Id have to modify the rod to fit an Alvey (shame, I just want something that can handle getting dropped in the sand and water) The Spinfisher SSV7500 had good reviews...I've never owned a Penn reel



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Re: Surf Reels - Alvey vs Spin Reel.

Postby dazz999 » Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:12 pm

i bought a alvey when they were in trouble great reels solid as yes you need a low mount rod save up a few more and get a saragossa

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Re: Surf Reels - Alvey vs Spin Reel.

Postby hornet » Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:22 pm

4liters wrote:What's your budget?

This looks the goods if you're looking for a long cast design: https://www.dinga.com.au/penn-spinfishe ... 92947.html


I have one, casts a mile and built like a tank .. just as heavy too ! you'll never kill it !

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Re: Surf Reels - Alvey vs Spin Reel.

Postby DougieK » Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:42 pm

Spinfisher is excellent. Consider a Fin Nor Lethal 100 as well.
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Re: Surf Reels - Alvey vs Spin Reel.

Postby 4liters » Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:29 pm

Mattblack wrote:About a $200 budget...didnt realise Id have to modify the rod to fit an Alvey (shame, I just want something that can handle getting dropped in the sand and water) The Spinfisher SSV7500 had good reviews...I've never owned a Penn reel

I guess you could avoid dropping your reel in the sand and water. Alternatively: https://www.fishingtackleshop.com.au/pr ... -reel.html


Actually I'm pretty sure the SSV Spinfishers have a rubber gasket around the body and some other seals so they're somewhat sand and water resistant, if not up to the same standard as their Slammer III reels.
2015/16 Species comp total: 289cm
Brown Trout: 37cm
Flathead: 51cm; Squid: 36cm; Australian Salmon: 51cm; Snapper 46cm; Silver Trevally 23cm; KGW: 45cm



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