Penn Squall reel with level wind
30 Apr 2017

Penn Squall Level Wind Review

As a charter skipper on board My Way, Gethyn Owen requires hire tackle that will withstand use and abuse over a season and not let him down. Here he takes a long term look at the Penn Squall 20 with level wind which has

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Penn Fathom 30LD2 handle and lever drag
29 Apr 2015

Penn Fathom 30LD2 First Look

Not a review as I don’t publish full reviews after just one outing, however I thought it was worth a quick intro to the Penn Fathom 30LD2 reel.

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Shimano Tyrnos 10 Strip Down Maintenance lever drag
23 Mar 2015

Shimano Tyrnos 10 Strip Down Maintenance

No matter what level of quality of a reel attains sooner or later some problems will occur, even with regular maintenance. Here Des Westmore strips a Shimano Tyrnos 10 to fix a couple of regular problems which crop up.

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Akios Orion 100LD handle
05 Apr 2014

Akios Orion 100LD

Steve Souter tested the eye-catching Akios Orion 100LD boat reel and was impressed by the underlying power which isn’t obvious at a glance.

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Daiwa Saltiga 2 Speed Lever Drag Reel top view
29 Mar 2014

Daiwa Saltiga 2 Speed Lever Drag Reel

Accomplished boat angler Scott Gibson mixes it with some gruelling and fantastic fish to test the Daiwa Saltiga 40 2 Speed boat reel.

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Iridium Stingray Fixed Spool Reel right side
18 Feb 2013

Iridium Stingray Fixed Spool Reel

Iridium is a comparatively fresh name on the UK market but the range has rapidly gained a reputation for quality fishing hardware at reasonable prices.

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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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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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Shimano Talica 2-speed reel from above
30 Dec 2010

Shimano Talica 2-speed reel

The Talica 10 2-speed lever drag from Shimano is smart, slick and carries a price tag indicative of a of a top-end performance reel. Des westmore and the kit-crunching crew took the reel fishing and did their best to soften

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