Reel for wicked weasel

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Reel for wicked weasel

#1 Post by clutch » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:53 pm

I am thinking of getting a Daiwa Wicked Weasel to target larger bass, tailor and salmon. Any thoughts as to a suitable reel? Do you think a Certate 2013 2500 would be suitable, or too heavy?
YAK PBs... Flathead 75 cm, Silver Trevally 55 cm, Tailor 50 cm, Australian Salmon 50 cm, Wild Bass 44 cm, Bream 32 cm, Estuary Perch 32 cm, one squid, one pike

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Re: Reel for wicked weasel

#2 Post by Paulioq » Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:08 pm

I have a daiwa airdx 2000 on mine. can fit 150m of 10lb so is plenty for the style of fishing I use it for, flicking topwater and plastics. it is well balanced and light. 2500 will make it bit heavy I think and be chunky on the rod. keep it light to let the rod feel beter unless you want the extra line capacity

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Re: Reel for wicked weasel

#3 Post by pdfarrell » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:14 pm

I have a first gen wicked weasel, and I shortened the butt.
I like Daiwa rods in that general price range (vs Shimano) but not a fan of the reels.

I run 3 or 4 different 2500 size Shimano reels on mine.. Sustain, Stradics, or a Rarenium...

This video taken throwing cicadas at Lake St Clair has it cleaning up with the Rarenium rigged. (from 6.00m in)
https://youtu.be/mJD6-YTO-yg

3-10kg of "smooth" drag in a small light reel.

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Re: Reel for wicked weasel

#4 Post by mouse » Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:17 am

Second the Rarenium, I use a Ci4 1000 FA with 4lb Fluro for bream, flathead, whiting, etc (bread and butter species) & occasionally on bass if I want a finesse session.
Having used the Certate 2013 2500 on a similar weighted rod, I found it unbalanced and fatiguing after several hours casting. Opted for a Luvias 2004 and haven’t looked back, lighter, smooth efficient drag and rod/reel balance is almost perfect.
Another option if your looking at Daiwa is a Sol.
I would recommend taking your rod to a tackle shop and trying a few different reels for balance, feel, etc. What I and others find works may not work for yourself.
Enjoy the new outfit, always exciting getting new toys :wink:
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Re: Reel for wicked weasel

#5 Post by clutch » Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:27 pm

Thanks guys. I bought a Daiwa Phantom X rod and bought a new LT Series Exceler 2500. This only weighs 210 g, it is compact, and has the new Daiwa sizing, more like the Shimano size 2500. The spool lip has been tweaked which will help with casting. Should be a cracking outfit. Will give feedback when used.
YAK PBs... Flathead 75 cm, Silver Trevally 55 cm, Tailor 50 cm, Australian Salmon 50 cm, Wild Bass 44 cm, Bream 32 cm, Estuary Perch 32 cm, one squid, one pike

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