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Author Topic: Shimano Bantam MGL  (Read 810 times)

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #25 on: June 25, 2019, 05:39:25 PM »

Why mono?

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Because I hate fluorocarbon, and sometimes you wanna change it up from always using braid. Let's call it more of a challenge. I dont need to land every fish, but I want a fight. I figure, I'm not really using thin mono like 8 to 12lb test sizes, but rather a strong mono that's rated at a average 16lb diameter. Its proven me good this Magnathin. On a side note, I have also ordered some Sufix Advance to try out. The line I spooled onto the Bantam is actually line off another reel. Once the Advance gets here, I'm gonna swap it and see which I like more. They are both the same diameter lines. I've been using the Magnathin for quite some time, and want to compare, and also see what the fuss is about.

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #26 on: June 27, 2019, 10:51:41 AM »

Got my Sufix Advance in the mail today. Looks like I'm gonna respool when I get home.

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #27 on: June 27, 2019, 05:44:50 PM »

Ready to go.

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #28 on: June 30, 2019, 06:06:16 PM »

I got a good amount of time with this reel on the water yesterday. Pitching baits was rather effortless, and the reel has plenty of power overall. I'm rather impressed with it, and would consider it to be Shimanos Chronarch if they had decided on a metal updated version. I used it to pitch a 3/8oz weight and creature baits around, and had no issues.

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #29 on: July 01, 2019, 08:24:50 AM »

Yep, I still want one of these. Thanks for the updates LG.
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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #30 on: July 03, 2019, 08:37:24 AM »

So this happened last night while I was tinkering and respooling the reel. This is about as balanced as you can get. The first rod Lee Smith ever built me, found a perfectly balanced home with the Bantam MGL.

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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #31 on: July 08, 2019, 12:32:25 PM »

I got to use the reel and rod quite a bit yesterday pitching around in Lox. Never had a rig that was soo perfectly balanced before. Really made fishing this way effortless. The reel is very powerful and smooth given the high gear ratio. There is little to no resistance with the bait (1/2oz weight, punch skirt, and craw bait). Even when I was rapidly reeling to bring th ebait back to me, it was crazy how easy it was. Shimano really did do a good job with this reel, its impressive.
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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #32 on: July 11, 2019, 11:25:51 AM »

Glad to see you're enjoying it, it really is an awesome reel, isn't it?! Now all you need is a bigger handle  >:D


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Re: Shimano Bantam MGL
« Reply #33 on: July 11, 2019, 11:55:17 AM »

Glad to see you're enjoying it, it really is an awesome reel, isn't it?! Now all you need is a bigger handle  >:D



The 102mm is too big for me. I usually just stick to the 90 or 94mm ones from Hawgtech. I dont think I'll be changing anything on it though. Even though I can get them for next to nothing.

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