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Fathom 12
« on: August 25, 2019, 08:44:48 pm »
New little reel for Kes.
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Re: Fathom 12
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2019, 08:46:04 pm »
Filled with 300yds of #20 Fireline

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Re: Fathom 12
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2019, 08:05:13 am »
Very nice!
20lb Fireline? Isn't that equal to 40-50lb actual breaking strain? What was the rationale behind using it - casting distance?

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Re: Fathom 12
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2019, 06:08:02 am »
Very nice!
20lb Fireline? Isn't that equal to 40-50lb actual breaking strain? What was the rationale behind using it - casting distance?


The Fireline you mean? Call it 40lb ABS.
Reason - easy to use on a multiplier - behaves a lot like mono, just without the stretch. Tough too.
That little reel can push out close to 25lb drag

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Re: Fathom 12
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2019, 03:27:20 pm »
Very nice!
20lb Fireline? Isn't that equal to 40-50lb actual breaking strain? What was the rationale behind using it - casting distance?

The reel will be used for some light tackle edible fishing i.e.: stumpie, grunter etc. If anything else picked up the bait like a guitar or a ray, the brakes could be put on it quite easily with the 25lb drag and the Fireline.

A rod will be specially built for this reel so look out for that..


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Re: Fathom 12
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2019, 03:59:50 pm »
It's a lovely little reel - but at 71cm, slow to retrieve!  :vio


 Almost makes you wish you hadn't cast very far with it...



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Re: Fathom 12
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2019, 07:27:25 am »
It's a lovely little reel - but at 71cm, slow to retrieve!  :vio


 Almost makes you wish you hadn't cast very far with it...

Thanks bud. I now own all the star drag models in the Fathom range and this little beauty was in fact the last piece that I needed to acquire.

So initially it was a little bit more of a case of wanting than needing however, there was a conversation between Brandon and I a few weeks earlier where we talked about the alternatives to actually fishing a Abu 6500 and the one thing that was most important when comparing to an Abu, was torque. My personal assessment is that what the Fathom lacks in casting speed over the Abu, and its not much at all, it makes up in torque which makes it a much better fishing reel. So when 12 popped up, I had to have it for a number of reasons.

Now after Brandon fitted the mag and line and tested, some thoughts began to run through my head about what it can be used for and that when I thought, why not edible fishing. South Africans are strung up on big reels. Back in the day and even now, if you don't have a SL50 with 600m of line on it, you cant go fishing. Why would you need 600m of line when you fishing for edibles? Check out the guys in the US, they are using small little reels to catch 50Lb Black Drum.

I'm not too concerned about retrieval because of the species being targeted and that they are predominantly found in sandy flats. The are a couple of places in KZN and EC where you have to fish off rock outcrops and reefs and in that situation I'll flip a coin between Fathom 25 and 30. :)

Anyways you must remember that retrieve is relative to how fast you can turn the handle. :)