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 Posted: Tue Oct 13th, 2020 03:44 pm
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FISH ASSASSIN
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Hi all fishing fanatics.

Hopefully the weather settles down soon and the big flat fish pay us a visit.

With that in mind I have a Makaira 15' 7-9 ounce paired with a BG 8000. Haven't had any issues and landed several fish over 60kg. I would feel a lot more comfortable with a bigger and more robust reel.

Narrowed it down to a Saragosa and Slammer 3. The Saragosa is, well a Saragosa. What more can I say. With a new model on the way there might even be a deal or two around soon. I have been told that the Slammer is a tank. Had one in the hand and it weighs as much as one. I can live with that if it is a better buy.

My priorities are reliability, longevity and dependability. As I will be doing my own maintenance simplicity and availability of parts is also important. That will rule out any "mag sealed" Daiwa.

I have been told that the Spheros is a "ugly" Saragosa. Internals the same, just a few bearings less. So maybe a consideration? It is almost R2000 cheaper. But bushes...?

Any other reel in the same price range?

Thanks in advance

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 Posted: Wed Oct 14th, 2020 08:00 am
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Hi Fish Assassin
I have had my Slammer 8500 for 3 years. I must say the ease of getting into the gearbox is definitely a plus. 4 Screws on the side and you are in.

Very happy with my buy.

You will always have the pro gosa and pro slammer argument. Good luck.

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 Posted: Wed Oct 14th, 2020 09:18 am
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Thanks Stefan.

Still haven't decided...

Ease of maintenance is important to me though.

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 Posted: Wed Oct 14th, 2020 01:20 pm
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Stefan001 wrote:
Hi Fish Assassin
I have had my Slammer 8500 for 3 years. I must say the ease of getting into the gearbox is definitely a plus. 4 Screws on the side and you are in.

Very happy with my buy.

You will always have the pro gosa and pro slammer argument. Good luck.


I have both but have not fished them for more than 6 months, due to co-vid.

I ease of servicing the Slammer is really something that appeal to me.
A GOSA is definitely much more tricky to service

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 Posted: Fri Oct 16th, 2020 03:54 am
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I own both reels in all the sizes and both reels are great and I fish them hard.

But, I always tend to use the saragosas more often than my slammers

At the end off the day you have to decide which one you prefer.

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 Posted: Fri Oct 16th, 2020 09:51 am
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Nice problem to have, I don't think there is a bad choice between the Saragosa and Slammer 3, I wouldn't go for anything else to be honest.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 17th, 2020 12:37 pm
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I have a brand new Saragosa 25k, spheros 20k and Penn Clash 8k for sale. Contact me on 0837215120 if you are interested

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