Bantam MGL

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Bantam MGL

Post by BRONZEBACK32 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:02 pm

So....now that its been out for quite a while how is everyone liking the Bantam MGL?

I plan on pairing it up on a NRX 843

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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by Hobie-Wan Kenobi » Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:13 pm

I like mine.

I am using it for spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and other resistance baits. Really smooth and good power.

I wouldnt pair it up with an NRX. It deserves to be worked as Shimano designed it to do.
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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by goldrod » Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:27 pm

I've put one on a Steez XBD rod with the yumeya shallow spool and 50 braid..
I like it better on this rod for frogs and for swim jigs.

One is on a flipping stick.. I have to see what I did with the other :-k
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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by cndbasshunter » Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:05 pm

I have a few. Use them mostly for nrx873c, 903c conquest, 904 conquest, 73xh expride and 72h expride.

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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by lifeofRiley » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:28 pm

I have one and I love the concept of the all metal reel! That said, I'm such a creature of habit I mainly use my CU200E's and CH100Ds! I guess I have too many reels....

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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by LgMouthGambler » Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:56 am

I have the XG version. Using it with a custom rod and 17lb Sufix Advance for pitching baits with weights in the 3/8-3/4oz range. All brake tabs on and the dial right, it does really well. Its solid, and there is little to no resistance. Im liking it. Tried casting with it, but my Citica200E is a better casting reel.
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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by bwjay » Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:17 am

I've got the HG and XG for basically all presentations. Frogs, jigs, worms, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, you name it I'm doin' it. The Bantams excel at basically every power and finesse application. I do like to give them a workout when I can though. I love a good chuck 'n wind day because these reels are so smooth it's a joy just to turn the handle.

That said, a lighter reel is probably a better choice for an NRX, provided it balances well. I'm leery of the Chronarch and Met MGL due to a geary feeling through the frame, so I'm not sure what else I'd slap on the NRX, at least from Shimano anyway. So far my Bantams have just balanced out my otherwise somewhat tip heavy rods, so I haven't wanted a lighter reel. Which is great, because I love my Bantams. :)

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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by BRONZEBACK32 » Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:53 am

I have two Metaniums but want something tougher for the 843, right now I have a Curado K on my 843c but it just feels like it needs something nicer and I can get a deal on the Bantam MGL.

The Curado K is a great reel, I also added bearings everywhere that I could to it, maybe I'm just acting to spoiled with all
the high end stuff lately.


I use my 843c NRX for lots of things, its kind of my do all....

Spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, dragging 3/8oz tubes, 1/4oz 3.8" keitch swing impact....

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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by BRONZEBACK32 » Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:06 am

Anyone try the Yumeya shallow spool in the Bantam?

I wonder if it comes with the bearing in the spool....

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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by a1712 » Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:19 pm

BRONZEBACK32 wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:06 am
Anyone try the Yumeya shallow spool in the Bantam?

I wonder if it comes with the bearing in the spool....
The Bantam has a bearing in the spool? Brian.
Are you fishing or aimlessly casting around?

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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by goldrod » Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:30 pm

BRONZEBACK32 wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:06 am
Anyone try the Yumeya shallow spool in the Bantam?

I wonder if it comes with the bearing in the spool....


You can remove the bearing but I have found that all they needed was flush and relube

I have the shallow spool
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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by BRONZEBACK32 » Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:31 pm

goldrod wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:30 pm
BRONZEBACK32 wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:06 am
Anyone try the Yumeya shallow spool in the Bantam?

I wonder if it comes with the bearing in the spool....


You can remove the bearing but I have found that all they needed was flush and relube

I have the shallow spool
Did the shallow spool come with a bearing though?

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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by dhottle » Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:33 pm

I have two PG, two XG & two HG. Four brakes on & adjust the dial from 2.5 plus or minus works for me. I pair then up with mostly Z bones & Helium 3 and a couple of customs. I sold all my mets for Bantam money.

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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by goldrod » Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:27 pm

BRONZEBACK32 wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:31 pm
goldrod wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:30 pm
BRONZEBACK32 wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:06 am
Anyone try the Yumeya shallow spool in the Bantam?

I wonder if it comes with the bearing in the spool....


You can remove the bearing but I have found that all they needed was flush and relube



I have the shallow spool
Did the shallow spool come with a bearing though?

Yes
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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by BRONZEBACK32 » Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:26 pm

Does it keep its super smooth feeling?

I can't even find a yumeya shallow spool...

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