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Author Topic: Shimano Bantam MGL  (Read 1376 times)

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Shimano Bantam MGL
« on: June 16, 2019, 07:53:42 PM »

I decided to take the plunge and take on the Bantam MGL as my new pitching reel. After having the Scorpion MGL rightfully taken from me, I had to do as we say in the racing world, build it "faster and stronger". MSRP of this Bantam is $350, and with that comes a strong one piece frame and palm plate construction. This reel reminds me of a BMX frame built by Haro bicycles called the Monocoque. The only removable piece on the palm plate is the round section in the middle that incorporates the braking system. Gears are micro module, and this particular model is the XG that I have purchased. I am not one for super high speed gears in my reels, but I figured I might as well kill 2 birds with one stone in my testing.  First testing is the reel itself with pitching baits with heavy mono. MGL spool, though made to be light and shallow to cast anything, is not being used in such the case here. The main downfall with the Bantam is the line guide being so close to the spool. Some say it hinders casting distance. I'm not really worried about it in this case. If I wanted casting distance I would have opted for the Metanium MGL, but I was looking for rigidity. People have been flipping, punching, and pitching with this reel and have had no issues, so I decided to fork up the money and go for it. And I sit and wait for the delivery...

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2019, 08:06:49 PM »

Whoa!! Sweet reel!!

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2019, 09:00:25 PM »

Whoa!! Sweet reel!!

Someone looking for another hand out.  ~roflmao
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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2019, 09:14:25 PM »

Someone looking for another hand out.  ~roflmao
Hes pressing his luck if he tries this one. Lol!

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2019, 05:29:52 AM »

Someone looking for another hand out.  ~roflmao
Lol!! Handout? Not quite. There was a nice trade made. ;)

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2019, 05:32:06 AM »

Hes pressing his luck if he tries this one. Lol!

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2019, 04:03:41 PM »

I am surprised you did not get the Japanese version. I saw it for about $270 shipped the other day.
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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2019, 04:34:30 PM »

I am surprised you did not get the Japanese version. I saw it for about $270 shipped the other day.
It's the same exact reel. But yes, my reel is coming from Japan. ; )

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2019, 04:48:16 PM »

send it on over here,,i'll break her in  ;)
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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2019, 04:50:29 PM »

send it on over here,,i'll break her in  ;)
This might be a reel even YOU cant break. Lol. I'll bring it with me to Guntersville, amongst many others that are gonna come for the ride.

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2019, 04:51:47 PM »

send it on over here,,i'll break her in  ;)

This is how I ended up owning 3 of his Shimano's  ~roflmao

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2019, 07:41:50 AM »

I've really wanted one of these ever since they came out, but I have yet to pull the trigger. My Chronarch MGL's and 13 Met's have been treating me so well.
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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2019, 07:16:23 PM »

I've really wanted one of these ever since they came out, but I have yet to pull the trigger. My Chronarch MGL's and 13 Met's have been treating me so well.
I almost pulled the trigger on a mint 13Metanium. Then I saw what I could get a new Bantam for, and decided it's now or never. I had the 15MetaniumDC, so it's time to try a different platform.

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2019, 07:45:58 PM »

I almost pulled the trigger on a mint 13Metanium. Then I saw what I could get a new Bantam for, and decided it's now or never. I had the 15MetaniumDC, so it's time to try a different platform.

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2019, 07:48:44 PM »

I got that Metanium of you too...
Yeah. I know. You're like a 2nd hand enthusiast. Like my Luke Skywalker. Lol

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #15 on: June 19, 2019, 07:52:38 PM »

Yeah. I know. You're like a 2nd hand enthusiast. Like my Luke Skywalker. Lol

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Lol!! Pretty much.

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #16 on: June 19, 2019, 10:00:10 PM »

I almost pulled the trigger on a mint 13Metanium. Then I saw what I could get a new Bantam for, and decided it's now or never. I had the 15MetaniumDC, so it's time to try a different platform.

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i do have a very minty metainium you should pick up from me. 
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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2019, 03:08:54 PM »

This reel reminds me of a BMX frame built by Haro bicycles called the Monocoque.

Reminds me of the PK Ripper, which I was very fond of, although I turned out to be a Kuwahara type of guy :)
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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2019, 01:33:35 PM »

Its here!

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2019, 01:41:16 PM »

Wow!! That was fast!! Great looking reel!! Enjoy!!

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #20 on: June 24, 2019, 05:51:06 PM »

I got followed outside, and I think I've lost my reel.

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2019, 06:19:11 PM »

Lmao!! You can't catch a break!!

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #22 on: June 25, 2019, 07:13:26 AM »

I got followed outside, and I think I've lost my reel.

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #23 on: June 25, 2019, 07:32:08 AM »

Lmao!! You can't catch a break!!

Apparently, this is why I fish alone.  ~roflmao
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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #24 on: June 25, 2019, 05:16:21 PM »

Why mono?

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