Fin Nor Marquesa MA12
21 Feb 2012

Fin Nor Marquesa MA12

Fin Nor’s Marquesa MA12 with its 6.1:1 retrieve and capacity for more than 300 metres of 30lb braid is the latest classy reel to fall into the hands of tester Des Westmore. But he reveals that it’s not all peace and harmony, and you might just require ear-plugs to fish with this reel.

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Sea Angling for Beginners - Fixed Spool Reels annotated
16 Dec 2011

Sea Angling for Beginners – Fixed Spool Reels

One of the most widely used types of reel throughout the sea angling word, the fixed spool is a great reel for beginners and experts alike.

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Servicing a Daiwa Saltist Two Speed Lever Drag Reel
04 Dec 2011

Servicing a Daiwa Saltist Two Speed Lever Drag Reel

The Saltist LD Lever Drag series fishing reels are built tough with a rugged “full metal jacket” construction with virtually all components being metal for maximum reliability while most competitor reels at this price point are full of graphite components. Built to handle modern

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Pflueger Trion 66 upgrade
28 Nov 2011

Pflueger Trion 66 upgrade

Resident reel doctor Des Westmore digs into the Pfleuger Trion 66 and replaces a few vitals to ensure years of continued health and faultless fishing operation.

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Sea Angling for Beginners - Multiplier Reels annotated
10 Nov 2011

Sea Angling for Beginners – Multiplier Reels

The multiplier reel gets its name because the spool which holds the line is geared to revolve several times for each single turn of the handle. One turn of the handle can rotate the line spool two to seven times depending upon the size and design of the gears.

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Stillwater Rapid HR300 Reel on bass rod
08 Aug 2011

Stillwater Rapid HR300 Reel

Phil McCabe puts Glasgow Angling Centre’s Stillwater Rapid HR300 fixed spool through its paces and concludes it’s a whole lot of reel for not a lot of money.

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Shimano Tekota 300LC reel line counter mechanism
20 Apr 2011

Shimano Tekota 300LC reel

The 300LC is the baby of Shimano’s Tekota range of boat multipliers and Des Westmore has been using it for several months. Here he offers his opinion on the reel’s performance and the pros and cons of an in-built line/depth

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Shimano Beastmaster BX2030 boat rod main guide
10 Mar 2011

Shimano Torium 16 reel & Beastmaster BX2030 boat rod

Tackle tart Des Westmore comments on the Shimano Beastmaster BX2030 boat rod and the Torrium 16 reel, both of which have seen plenty of front line fishing action over the past 12 months. I have been an admirer of the

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Fisheagle CL50 multiplier reel handle side
06 Feb 2011

Fisheagle CL50 multiplier reel

Decent shore tackle is not beyond the reach of those who either can’t lay hands on mountains of cash, or others who simply don’t want to break the bank. Currently selling for under £40, the Fisheagle CL50 multiplier reel from

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Daiwa Saltist STT30H reel on the rod
18 Jan 2011

Daiwa Saltist STT30H reel

Shore angler Iain Graham was uncomfortable with larger casting multipliers until an imminent trip to South Africa forced his hand. Choosing the powerful Daiwa Saltist STT30H, his verdict is an unflappable reel that eats the roughest rough ground and big

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