Info on a Megabass Lin 258 needed please

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Info on a Megabass Lin 258 needed please

Post by Datbasstho » Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:53 am

I’m in the market for a Megabass Lin 258 and was wondering if anyone has some feedback on it.

I’ve read Megabass spinning reels aren’t as good in general but the Lin 258 would be the best offered.

I only use my spinning gear for drop shots and light finesse and would be pairing it up with an Orochi XX Whipsnake I currently have.

Would the reel be too heavy for that rod?
Is this reel not as good as a finesse reel considering the power?

What’s your take on it guys?


Thanks!!

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Re: Info on a Megabass Lin 258 needed please

Post by Polkfish1 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:29 pm

Datbasstho wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:53 am
I’m in the market for a Megabass Lin 258 and was wondering if anyone has some feedback on it.

I’ve read Megabass spinning reels aren’t as good in general but the Lin 258 would be the best offered.

I only use my spinning gear for drop shots and light finesse and would be pairing it up with an Orochi XX Whipsnake I currently have.

Would the reel be too heavy for that rod?
Is this reel not as good as a finesse reel considering the power?

What’s your take on it guys?


Thanks!!
I bought one used from this board without box, etc. intended for using not admiring. I have mine on various rods including st croix leg. Tour 71 medium, X7 simoon, and evolution c14 shabler. It felt best with the third one. I’ve gone as finesse as I know how to go with this reel. It’s ultra smooth and casts just about as well as a spinning reel can, imo. It’s a solid build, super smooth, great drag, and just a little tank for as dainty as it might appear. I’ve brought in some donkeys nice and slow on light line with it. Before that reel, the best I ever had in the spinning department was sustains, and this is of a higher class, IMO. I’ve yet to try any of the stellas and exist models, even though I’ve been thinking of scratching that itch for oh about 20 years. Someday. It’s a great little reel. Some regular modest maintenance and the thing has just held up very well.

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Re: Info on a Megabass Lin 258 needed please

Post by Datbasstho » Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:40 pm

Polkfish1 wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:29 pm
Datbasstho wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:53 am
I’m in the market for a Megabass Lin 258 and was wondering if anyone has some feedback on it.

I’ve read Megabass spinning reels aren’t as good in general but the Lin 258 would be the best offered.

I only use my spinning gear for drop shots and light finesse and would be pairing it up with an Orochi XX Whipsnake I currently have.

Would the reel be too heavy for that rod?
Is this reel not as good as a finesse reel considering the power?

What’s your take on it guys?


Thanks!!
I bought one used from this board without box, etc. intended for using not admiring. I have mine on various rods including st croix leg. Tour 71 medium, X7 simoon, and evolution c14 shabler. It felt best with the third one. I’ve gone as finesse as I know how to go with this reel. It’s ultra smooth and casts just about as well as a spinning reel can, imo. It’s a solid build, super smooth, great drag, and just a little tank for as dainty as it might appear. I’ve brought in some donkeys nice and slow on light line with it. Before that reel, the best I ever had in the spinning department was sustains, and this is of a higher class, IMO. I’ve yet to try any of the stellas and exist models, even though I’ve been thinking of scratching that itch for oh about 20 years. Someday. It’s a great little reel. Some regular modest maintenance and the thing has just held up very well.
Appreciate all the great info here!
Seems like it’s an all around solid reel that carry’s it’s name.
But one question, if you had to buy one super finesse spinning reel, would you buy this, or is this more of a do everything good but not one thing the best reel?

If that makes sense.

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Re: Info on a Megabass Lin 258 needed please

Post by Polkfish1 » Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:21 am

Question does make sense. In my mind it’s more versatile than specialized for ultra finesse. You might get an another opinion because I would not consider myself a finesse specialist.

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Re: Info on a Megabass Lin 258 needed please

Post by q1w2e3_89 » Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:04 am

Personally, I'd advise against Megabass spinning reels if you're looking for a more functional piece. You're paying a premium for the name and pimped up looks of a moderately upgraded Daiwa. For that price, I would prefer a Shimano Vanquish or Stella. Both excellent performers in every department and have superior bail arm rollers IMO.

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Re: Info on a Megabass Lin 258 needed please

Post by Datbasstho » Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:01 pm

Polkfish1 wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:21 am
Question does make sense. In my mind it’s more versatile than specialized for ultra finesse. You might get an another opinion because I would not consider myself a finesse specialist.
Got it!
After researching and trying to get opinions from people who have or had one, they all lean towards more versatile all around reel than a finesse one.

Appreciate the help dude!

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Re: Info on a Megabass Lin 258 needed please

Post by Datbasstho » Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:03 pm

q1w2e3_89 wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:04 am
Personally, I'd advise against Megabass spinning reels if you're looking for a more functional piece. You're paying a premium for the name and pimped up looks of a moderately upgraded Daiwa. For that price, I would prefer a Shimano Vanquish or Stella. Both excellent performers in every department and have superior bail arm rollers IMO.


I was told that I would be paying more for the name than the actual reel itself.
There’s obviously newer better options at the same price point, you’re right.

I appreciate your input and help!

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Re: Info on a Megabass Lin 258 needed please

Post by q1w2e3_89 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:41 am

Perhaps I'm a bit biased at this point after a streak of disappointments with Daiwa spinning reels. This reel will make you stand out from the crowd, which could be worth more than the Megabass premium to you. Personally, I'd take a 2019 Vanquish 2500S HG. It is a whopping 3 ounces lighter and comes with more of the latest technology. The weight difference will be a big factor in finesse applications.

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Re: Info on a Megabass Lin 258 needed please

Post by Cal » Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:15 pm

I think the Lin 258 is too much reel for the Whipsnake... If you want to spend that kind of money, I'd look at the latest Stella of Exist ... Or if you're heart is set on the Lin 258, get something like the NRX 822DSR ....

If you're set on Megabass with Megabass, match the Lin 258 up with the Orochi XX F4.5-74XXS Enforcer - now THAT would be a hot combo...
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Re: Info on a Megabass Lin 258 needed please

Post by Datbasstho » Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:52 pm

q1w2e3_89 wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:41 am
Perhaps I'm a bit biased at this point after a streak of disappointments with Daiwa spinning reels. This reel will make you stand out from the crowd, which could be worth more than the Megabass premium to you. Personally, I'd take a 2019 Vanquish 2500S HG. It is a whopping 3 ounces lighter and comes with more of the latest technology. The weight difference will be a big factor in finesse applications.
I was just told to look at the Vanguish by someone else too lol
The 3 ounces lighter is crazy and would be a huge factor considering how light I’m trying to go.

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Re: Info on a Megabass Lin 258 needed please

Post by Datbasstho » Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:55 pm

Cal wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:15 pm
I think the Lin 258 is too much reel for the Whipsnake... If you want to spend that kind of money, I'd look at the latest Stella of Exist ... Or if you're heart is set on the Lin 258, get something like the NRX 822DSR ....

If you're set on Megabass with Megabass, match the Lin 258 up with the Orochi XX F4.5-74XXS Enforcer - now THAT would be a hot combo...
Yes, I assumed the Lin 258 would be too beefy for the very light powered whipsnake.
I’ve been looking at a Vanguish as well as the new Daiwa Luvias LT set to be released this year.

The Enforcer would be perfect to pair up with the Lin 258 but I really only use my spinning gear for light presentations so I wouldn’t find myself using it often but man does it look sexy!

Appreciate the input Cal!

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