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2007 Reel Guide
Mar 27, 2007
by Rob Pavlick



The new reels added to the Ahab line from Fin-Nor keep the original features that anglers appreciated in the product line, like the well balanced shape and the cork drag systems, but are now made lighter and stronger. There are four models in the series: Ahab 8, 12, 16 and 20. The Ahab 8 holds 200 yards of 8-lb. test and has a 5.2:1 gear ratio. The Ahab 12 holds 200 yards of 12lb., while 16 and Ahab 20 hold 250 yards of their respective line designations. The Ahab 12, 16, and 20 all have 4.6:1 gear ratios. All Ahab spinning reels feature an all-aluminum body and rotor, a forged aluminum spool, full main shaft support and machined stainless steel drive gear, pinion gear and center shaft. And all have five ball bearings and a magnetic continuous anti-reverse. Lighter than before, Ahab weight reductions are due to strategic use of new alloys in critical areas. While Ahab drags are still the preferred cork style, the new reels feature the reliable MegaDrag system. The MegaDrag system is nearly an inch and one-half in diameter, which is up to twice the size of drag washers found in other spinning reels. A drag trend that is starting to pick up some serious steam, the idea is the larger drag allows for increased smoothness.


Okuma's Salina spinning series features their Blade Body Design, which narrows the profile of the reel's frame. This feature also eliminates extra mass and bulk of the reel, giving it a much lighter and compact design with a strikingly sharp appearance. The six Salina models start with a 10.1 ounce model that spools 200 yards/6lb. all the way up to a 21.9 ounce model that can spool 420 yards/15lbs. or 260 yards/25lbs. at 38" a crank. In addition to the body design, the frame, side plate, rotor, and spool are all aluminum, which also keeps the Salina lightweight. The Dual Force Drag System (DFD) incorporates both surfaces of the spool to maximize high-end drag pressure, efficiency, and overall smoothness. Mounted in the top of the spool and protected by the Hydro Block system is a multi-disk felt drag system that works in conjunction with a secondary drag system that is mounted under the spool. Even pressure is applied to both surfaces of the spool for maximum stability. The Okuma High Density Gearing was specifically designed to withstand the brutal punishment that today's super braids can place on a reels drive system.


The Penn faithful will be simply drooling over the new Penn International Torque 200 conventional, which features Penn's patented Integrated Side Plate (ISP). Designed to improve upon the common conventional mount of the gear stud to the main gear, the ISP system includes infinite anti-reverse roller bearing, and a frame, spool, and side plate all forged from a lightweight aluminum alloy. The TRQ200 sports 6.3:1 gear ratio, and can spool up to 450 yards of 50-lb. braid or monofilament. The oversized soft grip power handle makes fighting a trophy much more comfortable. For those craving a Penn spinning reel for this season, give the 750SSm Spinfisher a look. A stainless steel main shaft, sealed drag knob, and corrosion resistant gold anodized handle round out some of the notable features we have come to expect from Penn. The 750 spools 250 yards/20lbs and weighs 26 ounces.

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