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Top 5 spin reels from AFTA

THE recent Australian Fishing Trade Asociation (AFTA) tackle show on Queensland’s Gold Coast featured an assortment of new and exciting gear, including loads of lures, rods, and reels, to accessories and more. Here are just five of the latest spin reels we thought stood out at the show.
Abu Garcia MGXtreme

Abu Garcia’s MGXtreme

The MGXtreme is Abu Garcia’s top-end finesse spin reel with a bunch of impressive ultralight features. Matched with Abu’s Eradicator Real Finesse rod, the MGXtreme would make a perfect featherweight combo for bream, bass, whiting or practically anything which requires a subtle approach.

Featuring 11 stainless steel HPCR bearings + 1 roller bearing, AAMGearing system, Carbon Matrix drag system, One piece X-Mag alloy gear box, C6 carbon body Rocket line management system, compact bent Carbon handle arm with Cork Knob, Always on Instant anti reverse, attached sinker keeper and more.

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Shimano Stella FJ

Shimano Stella FJ range

The Stella FJ range has been on the market a few months and Fisho was lucky enough to play with these before its official release earlier in the year.

The latest from the icocnic Stella range continues the high standard of reel with loads of great features in a high-end reel.

The FJ range features MicroModule II, a unique gear teeth surface design that makes it even smoother and quieter than its predecessors. The new Long Stroke AR-C spool increases casting distance, and the line clip has been improved so that light leaders aren’t damaged during storage. The Tangle-Proof Rotor design means errant strands of braid can’t hang up anywhere either. While SilentDrive further enhances the Stella and creates the ultimate feeling and silence of operation.

Saltwater use is not an issue, with EI Surface Treatment protecting the exterior, while the X Protect labyrinth system keeps water and dirt at bay in key areas such as the line roller, roller clutch and body, making the FJs durable for years to come.

All this is housed in a Hagane Body with 12 SA-RB bearings and one roller bearing, utilises X-Ship bearing supported pinion gear, plus a G-Free Body where the centre of gravity is closer to the rod for increased winding comfort.

There are five reels in the lineup from the 1000 FJ, right through to the C5000XG FJ. Drag power from the Rigid Support Drag is from 3-11kg, while gear ratios are from 5.1 to 6.4:1.

Okuma Azores Blue

Okuma Azores Blue Spinning Reels

THE new upgraded Okuma Azores Blue spinning reel offers anglers a heavy duty saltwater reel and big fish stopper that won’t break the bank.

Designed for saltwater fishing, the Azores Blue has features that include 6HPB + 1RB corrosion resistant stainless steel bearings, a dual anti-reverse system for maximum security, a corrosion-resistant coating process and corrosion-resistant, high density gearing.

According to the manufacturers, the reels have felt drag washers for a dual force drag, a system designed for maximum high-end drag pressure, efficiency and overall smoothness, and which provides maximum drag pressures well above many equivalent size reels. The reels are said to gave an impressive 13 kg maximum drag on the 4000 and 5500 size reels, and 20 kg maximum drag on the 6500, 8000 and 9000 sizes.

The Azores Blue has a rigid diecast aluminium body, sideplate and rotor, combined with a carbon mechanical stabilising system, which stabilises the spool shaft at three key stress points to eliminate flex under pressure, meaning strength, durability and minimal flex, and keeping internals aligned and running smoother. The feature list continues with a watertight drag seal, machined aluminium handle and machined aluminium spool with long cast lip.

Suggested retail prices: 4000 – $179.90 / 5500 – $189.90 / 6500 – $209.90 / 8000 & 9000 – $219.90.

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Penn Spinfisher VI Live Liner

Penn Spinfisher VI Live Liner

With all the features of the new Spinfisher VI, Penn’s Live Liner is a great choice for bait fishos with a unique line feeding drag system. More importantly, the Spinfisher Live Liner has a PX5 Sealed body and spool design, meaning there’s far less chance of water entering the reel.

The Live Liner also features CNC Gear technology, HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers, 5+1 sealed stainless steel ball bearing system, Full Metal Body, Superline Spool and Line Capacity Rings.

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Quantum S3 Inshore Spinning Reel

Quantum Smoke Inshore S3 Spinning Reel

The new Quantum S3 Inshore Spinning Reel harnesses the latest advances in Reel Engine Design 2.0 technology.

At the core of this completely new way to build a spinning reel is an all aluminium uni-body construction, which keeps gears and
components in precise alignment. The end result is a smoother and more durable reel than a standard two-part construction reel.

The Quantum Smoke S3 spinning reels also feature an all-new asymmetric AS PT Gear Design system that is forged and machined from high-strength aluminium. This new design helps the gears mesh with more precision and delivers impressive
durability and smoothness.

All Smoke S3 spinning reels include 11 PT Anti-Corrosion Bearings plus one clutch bearing (11+1), a Dura-Lok Clutch, and a Razor Rotor 2.0 Design for added smoothness. Armed with a strong Titanium Bail arm and Saltguard Protection, the S3 is every bit as tough as it is pretty. The CSC 2.0 Drag System with C4LF Carbon Fibre washers also ensures that the famous stopping power of Quantum reels is as powerful as ever.

The Quantum Smoke S3 is available in four practical sizes for targeting premium sport fish in estuary, inshore, and freshwater habitats, and all sizes feature a versatile gear ratio of 6.0:1. The Quantum Smoke S3 Inshore 25 weighs 227g, has a
braid capacity of 160yds/20lb, and a drag capacity of 18lbs.

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