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Grado SR325e, duh!
And just after wrote this I begin thinking was question the best reel for bass or was it the best bass reel?
Everyone has different criteria for determining.
steez a tw is right at the top , bantam mgl is right there also , but a slight penalty for weight , just my opinion.
Exactly. One of my criteria for putting a reel into my collection and rotation of use includes the type of screw used to hold the side plate on. I work on these reels almost daily at a shop so I get to see them all, and have to disassemble, clean, lube and rebuild them, and some are made well for perpetual tear downs, while others, even high end reels have screws that can strip out fairly easily and makes servicing and maintenance a pain in the rear over the long haul.
I got a reel the other day that had 3 different types of screws for the side plate and the schematic was not clear to me on what went where, and if it is not clear to someone who does it professionally, what is the situation for the DIY at home end users when they do it at home? We get reels in all the time with screws in the wrong places, stripped out, wrong screws used and worse, some can not be removed and have broken off usually due to severe corrosion and sometimes just the wrong screw in the wrong place.
A quality design would also include simple straight forward use of screws that can be removed, and replaced over and over without issues and problems. And, so I look for reels that meet this criteria and will often reject a reel if it does not- regardless of how popular or, how expensive the reel is makes not one iota of difference to me.
I'd bet I am the only person here who uses side plate screws as inclusive criteria for "best" of... slight weight differences is irrelevant to me. I still use reels that are 25 plus years old that really have some weight and it is not an issue at all.
He rigged it! (kidding) Just goes to show that forums do not match the overall national tackle market. Reality and forums are miles apart!
For example, here you find most people who post are enthusiasts for tackle while the vast majority of tackle sales are to people who could not care less. They walk into Walmart and buy some cheap chinese junk and use it until it breaks and go back and buy some more. That is more than 99% of the market, while the enthusiasts make up less than 1% -as a guess, and a lot of that 1% is what fills up forums while the 99% could not care less and will never pay big bucks for fishing gear and certainly will not bother with tackle forums to discuss it- or debate and argue about it- and get hostile over it.
Another thing to consider... take here in central Florida for example... I work in a rod and reel repair shop that has been in business for 32 years now. We see mostly Shimano and Penn and very few Daiwa reels if ever. We see more Zebco and Quantum reels than Daiwa. So in our 'reel' world, Shimano is king by a long shot, and it is Daiwa who? Shimano far outsells Daiwa by a long shot in our area. Nearly all saltwater reels are either Shimano, Penn, or other, but almost never Daiwa.
Just the way it goes... while on this forum Daiwa has a strong following that does not match the numbers of the 'reel' world so they can out vote the king of the hill around here...
And this comment is not trying to bash Daiwa, only posted to show a different perspective that I see in 'reel' life.
Last week, I think one Daiwa TWS came through the front door- that I saw. However, a ton of shimano came in. Shimano far outsells Daiwa. Simple as that.