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Re: Shimano Metanium baitcasting reel review
« Reply #25 on: December 14, 2017, 11:38:28 AM »

Hold up now...

Some of y'all are wearing out gears? Please explain how.


He's salmon fishing, not bass. If you've ever caught a fresh 30lb salmon in a freshwater stream, you'd understand why it can destroy your bass gear.
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Re: Shimano Metanium baitcasting reel review
« Reply #26 on: December 14, 2017, 11:48:19 AM »


He's salmon fishing, not bass. If you've ever caught a fresh 30lb salmon in a freshwater stream, you'd understand why it can destroy your bass gear.
Was Mike salmon fishing too?

I've also hauled in bigger cats than that, but maybe a salmon fights harder? I've never gone salmon fishing.
Plus, my round reels have the same or similar ratio as a low profile "winch", so I'm sure that makes a difference too.

I can't help but be at least a little concerned. I don't expect my used Caenan to last forever, although I can't imagine why the previous owner ditched it in a pawn shop likely for pennies.

But now I've got this Curado xg, 8.1:1 and wondering if I need to be concerned about the longevity of the gears. But I've yet to battle anything even close to being considered a big fish with either Shimano.
Did fight a great big gator gar for a minute with the Black Max before it broke my line, and I don't think that's what damaged it.

Is this just an aluminum gear problem?
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Re: Shimano Metanium baitcasting reel review
« Reply #27 on: December 14, 2017, 12:08:51 PM »

Was Mike salmon fishing too?

I've also hauled in bigger cats than that, but maybe a salmon fights harder? I've never gone salmon fishing.

salmon make those long, line scorching, gear busting sustsained runs.  cats, bass do it in short small bursts.

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Re: Shimano Metanium baitcasting reel review
« Reply #28 on: December 14, 2017, 01:48:12 PM »


I've also hauled in bigger cats than that, but maybe a salmon fights harder? I've never gone salmon fishing.

Is this just an aluminum gear problem?

salmon make those long, line scorching, gear busting sustsained runs.  cats, bass do it in short small bursts.

It's well known that aluminum gears are lighter than brass, but they're also a softer material that could have issues under a heavier load. However, all these reel manufacturers wouldn't make reels with aluminum gears if they didn't hold up to standard bass fishing because no manufacturer wants to have to warranty out gears for every single reel.

Yes, a salmon is a totally different animal than any freshwater fish you've experienced. A bass/catfish/muskie will take a 10-20 foot run. But go hook into a salmon in a small freshwater stream. That fish will run 60-70 yards upstream in one burst and think nothing of it. Then once you get that fish back down to you, it will run down stream another 40-50 yards in one burst.

I've only caught my salmon on spinning gear. I couldn't imagine doing it on my casting gear.
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Re: Shimano Metanium baitcasting reel review
« Reply #29 on: December 14, 2017, 05:02:15 PM »

Well you've convinced me. Where the hell do I find some salmon?
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Re: Shimano Metanium baitcasting reel review
« Reply #30 on: December 15, 2017, 12:45:16 AM »

We have five varieties of Salmon from large Kings to Smaller Silvers, Reds, Pinks and Chums. I use my Metaniums with 8-10lb test for the smaller Salmon primarily Silvers running from 4-15lbs. they like to stack up in slack water so there are lots of parallels to growing up Bass fishing! from skipping jigs and small lures back under trees to twitching worms or Senko's, they can't stand it and will pound them. it can be nonstop action to the point you are pulling your gear away from the other species of salmon just so you can focus on the Silvers, it's lots of fun but you find out pretty quick how tackle holds up and my Mets. have done well when using the right grease zero issues at all, I tested "IOS Factory" grease from Hedge Hog Studios at the end of the season and it has worked well in the short time I got to test it but is very expensive  :shocking:. The repeated long fast runs cause the most wear, sometimes after a long fight you'll feel it on the next cast and it's time to switch out reels and do a cleaning when I get home.

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Re: Shimano Metanium baitcasting reel review
« Reply #31 on: December 15, 2017, 08:11:18 AM »

Well you've convinced me. Where the hell do I find some salmon?

You've gotta get into a stream off the ocean or off Lake Ontario or Michigan. We get them around here by going up around the Buffalo/Rochester New York area in October whenever they make their spawning run.
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