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Finesse spinning reel (Daiwa Certate 1500)

This is my first ever enthusiast level spinning reel. Got it 'new in box' through an exchange with a nice and honest guy who also happens to be a tackle enthusiast on TackleTour forum from the Tennessee, USA. The reel that I let go for the exchange was one of my 'supertuned' limited edition 2004 pearl yellow Daiwa Liberto Pixy, minus the carbon handle (or some call it the Pixzilla on TackleTour).

I finally realized that the spinning reel is probably the better choice for finesse lures. Although some baitcasters can handle small and light lures, they just do not have high enough gear ratio for finesse jerk or rip baits to be retrieved fast enough. The Pixy which is only one of the few truly finesse baitcaster has a line retrieval rate of 21 inches per turn. The Certate 1500 however can do 24 inches. Although it's only 3 inches per turn faster, just imagine how much faster you can retrieve when or if you retrieve fast. Take for example, if you cast your lure upstream, I don't think a Pixy is fast enough for you to bring it downstream. The flow of the current downstream is probably faster than the retrieval rate of some finesse fishing specific baitcasters.

I got the reel stock and it came with a spare spool which was kind of nice. Didn't knew that the Certate comes with a spare alunimum spool. I didn't like the stock handle and replaced it with a 'Spin Double Handle' aluminum/carbon fibre from Bassart with a pair of Daiwa RCS compressed cork knobs.


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From a stock Daiwa Certate 1500 to...


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This... viola! Spooled with 4lb Spiderwire Fluorocarbon line and all ready for action on the water.


From what I found personally, the Certate 1500 is more suited for trout fishing than bass or perch fishing. I'm sure it'll make a good Indo-Pacific tarpon fishing reel. The Certate 2000 is undoubtedly more suited for lures such as finesse jigs, skip jigs, weightless soft plastics. Also, it has slight increased spool diameter to prevent those dreaded line coils and twists better than the 1500 size spool reel. However, the 1500 is more suited for ripping finesse minnows up and down the stream. This comes as no surprise. Daiwa's recommendations fall in line to what I've found out myself. For best results, use 4lb (or below) fluorocarbon lines. Anything above 4lb, be prepared to mend those twists and coils. If you're looking for a reel to fish finesse reaction baits, this is one to consider.

Thanks for reading.
[ 2011/01/09 00:13 ] Category: None | TB(0) | CM(0)
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