I'm purchasing 2 Stradic 3000FI's tomorrow and one Gloomis GL2, 9'0 spinning rod and a Lami Pro 9'6 JS spinning rod (the store has only one of the Gloomis spinning rods). This is a great sale, so made the call and had them store them until the sale tomorrow.
My son and I will only use these set-ups perhaps a total of 3-5% of our total fishing time each year. When the temps reach feezin' and below, spinning reels and rods with larger guides/bail's don't freeze up like the baitcasters and casting rods. Frozen reel guides and rod guides are no fun, besides cutting into lot's of fishing time trying to pry the ice out. Generally the temps rise enough by noon to allow for our baitcaster use, but oftentimes it stays below freezin' most, if not all of the day. Therefore, the need for these spinnin' outfits.
I've read every review concerning these reels that I could find (along with the Sustain 3000FE) and couldn't see the need for the step up to the Sustain. The Stradic 3000 seems like exactly what I need.
Having said that - to anyone, but perhaps addressed to Bantam1 primarily - from reading reviews from '05 to fairly current stuff, the main issue being experienced by owners of these and a few other Shimano spinning reels was that the bail was either a bit hard to re-engage or that it would just flip back over while casting at inopportune times, causing many to lose their gear entirely at the height of their cast or just mayhem in general, which we all can agree with, I'm sure.
I wouldn't like either issue very much, but don't know if Shimano has dealt with either issue recently, 'cuz some of these reviews weren't all that old. These reviews, had glowing reports otherwise, but these issues were not rare or isolated incidents.....unfortunately. No reason to bad mouth either as the rest of the content of their posts were, as I said, glowing.
Anyone know if/when these issues were resolved.....or not?
Last edited by magnumb; 12-07-2010 at 02:35 PM.