Hope they Produce
I have the 440 ( right EC LOL) and let me tell you that reel has some of the best pulling power I have ever had for a 4/0 series type reel.
I had a conversation with someone down here who frequents Tortugas trips and he also uses them for big mutton snapper down there.
If they do start reproducing I would like to see the lever drags come into play, especially for Tarpon.
The 440 can be cranked down to 30 pounds of drag pressure also, so fishing in deep water with a fast retrieve really helps out to keep those critters out of the structure. I also used it in Magdalena Bay Trip and it perfomed with out a hitch. It was used both in trolling and live bait applications also.
I can tell you one thing I have a list of people that are waiting on line if I ever to sell it.
I know this will be discussed in depth in the other forums, but I just wanted to post this here since it is very good news to see a premium American Reel manufacturer re-enter the fishing business.
Most of my other reels are Newells and some Penns although I do have 3 Shimano TLD 25's that I use for tarpon and also used in Mag Bay.
Honestly the 440 ( that also came stock with a power handle )will out fish the TLD's hands down even with the optional power handles I purchased for the TLD's,SEPERATLY!!!
@ 40 bucks a handle which BTW was almost cost for them courtesy of Trophy Tackle, (TunaFishTackle.com) in Deer Park.
BTW myself and another person purchased 9 of them to get that good price like from John, Kudos John
Normally the P/H for a TLD 25 is about anywhere from 55-75 bucks in the aftermarket depending on where you go.
So lets see. TLD 25's 169 (maybe on a good day) if not more, plus 60 for a power handle = 230 bucks for one reel, made over seas compared to about 190 for the 440 NEW with a power handle made in the USA.
Pulled this 24 pound Golden Jack ( Palamentro) in Mag Bay without a problem.
This post edited by baywatch 09:39 AM 03/06/2008