mooching reel review?

Discussion in 'General Open Forum' started by islander55, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. islander55

    islander55 Well-Known Member

    hey there im wanting to buy a new tophy reel or a northcoast repela reel for mooching, i thought ide be best to ask some questions and do some research on them before i purchase but does any one on this forum have any of those reel?, do you like them?
  2. Bows Up

    Bows Up Well-Known Member

    Honest, Search is your friend. Lots of reel opinions in previous posts.
  3. Karma-Kazi

    Karma-Kazi Active Member

    A "North Coast Seal Attractor" LOL Trophy is a good score for the Buck!

  4. Dave S

    Dave S Active Member

    Depends on your budget....If you are not looking to spend lots, I'd look at the new Amundson reel. Checked it out at the boat show and it looks nice. I had the North Coast reel. Nothing special. Upgraded to the Amundson Trend TMX4. Much nicer.
  5. Whole in the Water

    Whole in the Water Well-Known Member

    I would go for the Trpohy over the Rapala any day. I had a Rapala and it had serious line creep issues and a very loud clicker so I got rid of it.

    As Wolf, he likes hes Trophy reels. Like Dave S. says also check out the Amundson too.
  6. firelight

    firelight Active Member

    I have 2 trophies and I like them fine, the Amundson looks nice. These are all good mid priced reels.
  7. Big Green Machine

    Big Green Machine Well-Known Member

    What hand do you like to reel with?
  8. wildthing

    wildthing Well-Known Member

    well i have given my amundsons 3X a fair bash since the boat show (nikka) when i got them $199+ tax
    have had a few issues but have been able to sort them out
    mainly the out going clicker coming loose or very tight to let go when resetting the drag for the down rigger
    other than that and a buddies loose handle they have performed well
    fish to tyee size this year with them so thats my take
  9. islander55

    islander55 Well-Known Member

    ok thank you guys for the post!
  10. Olde School

    Olde School Well-Known Member

    Peetz, fun, enough challenge to enhance the experience.
    Guides have different needs than rec fishers.
  11. scott craven

    scott craven Well-Known Member

    Save your money and pick up a couple old school Shimano 4000GT. (if you can find them)
    No maintenance, great product
  12. Pippen

    Pippen Well-Known Member

    I have a couple of Trophy's and they aren't bad but I will be upgrading to Islanders at some point.

    Have had a bit of frustration with them and the drag, especially when "newbs" are trying to use them putting down the riggers; drag type control.

    I don't mind them but have had the handles fall off a few times while fighting fish and despite using different adhesives to keep them from coming loose it is an occasional issue. I have had mine for 3 years or so and they may have addressed things with the spring/drag sensitivity and the handles but I am not sure.

    I have used a Rapala and from my personal opinion I would get a Trophy over one of them.
  13. GDW

    GDW Active Member

    Trophy makes a good reel but you won't like the small handles or super sensitive drag.

    I'd be patient and save up for a MR3
  14. hambone

    hambone Well-Known Member

    X2, probably the best mooching reel ever made for all round value and performance.
  15. chris73

    chris73 Well-Known Member

    I bought 2 of the new Amundson moochers and for just under $200 a piece I find them an even better deal than the Trophys. Also you can change them to left hand cranking which I need. They are certainly not as tough built as an Islander and are not anodized but painted but the mechanics are smooth and they are the best of an MR2 and MR3 (left/right hand and free spool).
  16. jeffywestcoast

    jeffywestcoast Well-Known Member

    X3 i have had a 2000gt for years and love it, this year i added a 4000gt and am having just as much fun with it, the one way clutch is awesome and IMHO you cannot buy a better real for the same money.
  17. Saxe Point

    Saxe Point Active Member

    Save even more of your money and get the Daiwa M-1 mooching reels. Excellent and about $60 new if you watch. We find them to be very reliable.
  18. islander55

    islander55 Well-Known Member

    Yes craven the Shimano reels are good I have a few but I want to buy a more fancier reel haha
  19. scott craven

    scott craven Well-Known Member

    After using all of these reels excepting the Amundson, I'll still vote Shimano.
    all the aluminum reels I've used have had some degree of line creep, as well as drag issues.
  20. Saxe Point

    Saxe Point Active Member

    Mooching reels in a boat take such a beating, by me and friends that I fish with, that I just can't see spending 10 times the cost of my Daiwa on an Islander. And while I've never fished with an Islander, I just don't see it being that much better performing (if it is at all) to justify ten times the cost. My son and I have battled and won against some monster springs with our Daiwa's. We've also lost a few, but I feel certain that having Islander's wouldn't have changed anything. But it's your money....

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