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GABoy
04-11-2005, 02:27 PM
Hey - If anyone has the slightest inclination to buy one of these reels, I would recommend NOT doing it.

I bought 4 to give them a test drive and the first time I hooked a fish I switch the pin up before I started reeling up the line and the pin broke on my first fish.....needless to say the others never made it out of the box....I returned them all......

They didn't appear to be very high quality at all....great idea, but the quality was not up to par......

FishCrazed
04-11-2005, 02:34 PM
I have a buddy that has 2 of the open face spinning and said they worked pretty good, i.e. no problems!

Which model did you try? Openface or spincast?

GABoy
04-11-2005, 03:02 PM
I have a buddy that has 2 of the open face spinning and said they worked pretty good, i.e. no problems!

Which model did you try? Openface or spincast?

I only tried the open-face and I was less than impressed!

crappster
04-11-2005, 03:29 PM
Lol...did you use that line that came with them? Its crap line.....I had a little ol channel cat down at the local river break it. I put power pro on both of mine and haven't had any problems. Granted I haven't had the opportunity to use the pin with the power pro, but I imagine the power pro can hold up.

crappster
04-11-2005, 03:37 PM
I feel bad now GAboy....I'm wondering if I had any effect on you buying four after all that hype I was posting about me buying some. LOL. Man....I'm sorry....I'm still laughing at your post. I had no idea you had bought them and then here is your first report on them.....hehe.

GABoy
04-11-2005, 04:54 PM
Lol...did you use that line that came with them? Its crap line.....I had a little ol channel cat down at the local river break it. I put power pro on both of mine and haven't had any problems. Granted I haven't had the opportunity to use the pin with the power pro, but I imagine the power pro can hold up.

No, I immediately pulled that line off and re-strung it with some good line....be careful of that pin....I thought they were metal at first, but they are only plastic......

GABoy
04-11-2005, 04:55 PM
I feel bad now GAboy....I'm wondering if I had any effect on you buying four after all that hype I was posting about me buying some. LOL. Man....I'm sorry....I'm still laughing at your post. I had no idea you had bought them and then here is your first report on them.....hehe.

No sir....I would have bought them anyhow...I was just in the mood to buy something and I saw them.....I figured I would give them a field test myself....and let's just say it failed miserably in my particular application!!

Too funny!!!!

So, I take it your experience hasn't been so bad?

Dutch
04-11-2005, 05:20 PM
I looked at them at the Sportscenter in Perry. Felt and looked cheap, so I passed on them. Glad I did now.

crappster
04-11-2005, 05:50 PM
Well...crappie aren't going to break 10 pound power pro regardless. So yeah my experience has been good because I can mark the depth. I haven't really been fishing in that fashion though since I bought them. Probably won't do that until summer time. But I do see what you are getting at with the pin. The stress it puts on the line with that angle would cause light mono to break.

GABoy
04-11-2005, 07:02 PM
Well...crappie aren't going to break 10 pound power pro regardless. So yeah my experience has been good because I can mark the depth. I haven't really been fishing in that fashion though since I bought them. Probably won't do that until summer time. But I do see what you are getting at with the pin. The stress it puts on the line with that angle would cause light mono to break.


No, it wasn't the string that broke, it was the actual pin that comes up!

If it was the line I wouldn't be as upset.....

crappster
04-11-2005, 07:11 PM
Oh!!! Well then, that makes a difference. In that case I haven't had enough field testing on it then. I have caught a few fish and it didn't break, but now I wonder if I got something big on.

JimmyS
04-11-2005, 07:35 PM
I am happy I saw your post Ga.Boy, I was going to buy one. I get took enough on other stuff . Seems like I am a sucker for everything new on the market ha ha. But I WILL stick with power pro line. Thanks for the tip on the reel. Jimmy S.

Crapbie
04-11-2005, 08:17 PM
With a price as cheap as there's its a shame they are not up to par. I to nearly bought them but deceided on buying some spin casters from walmart to go with my BPS equpiment. Maybe someone should email them and let them know about the pin breaking and stuff. How else will they learn?

DENNIS BOWERS
04-12-2005, 04:17 AM
Thanks Ga.boy, I Was Going To Buy One For My Son---not Now!!!good Fishin To Ya!!!dennis

VietVet68
04-12-2005, 02:12 PM
Man, you guys are killing me. Took my 4 Slab Seekers back to Gander Mountain this morning. Purchased 4 Guide Series Casting Reels for 29.95 each and some Power Pro 10/2. Hopefully this will be a good match for my BnM Pro Staff trolling rods.

GABoy
04-12-2005, 02:18 PM
Sorry guys....just wanted to save y'all the trouble.....my first fish I caught on that Slab Seeker was maybe a 1.25 lber and it broke the pin almost immediately......

I knew it had to be too good to be true......great idea, they just didn't follow through with the quality I guess.

unknown 5
04-12-2005, 06:48 PM
Vet68, did you buy your stuff at the new Gander Mountain in Terre Haute? I saw they were building a new store just southof I-70. I may have to check it out, I will be going through Terre Haute going south to Sullivan in a few weeks.
As far as I am concerned, you can't hardly beat a Zebco 33 for a crappie reel. I buy mine at yard sales for $5 with rods. They can easily handle the biggest crappie that ever lived and I caught a 11# channel with one that had 6# line on it Sunday morning. The picture of the cat is on another thread.

VietVet68
04-12-2005, 07:28 PM
Vet68, did you buy your stuff at the new Gander Mountain in Terre Haute? I saw they were building a new store just southof I-70. I may have to check it out, I will be going through Terre Haute going south to Sullivan in a few weeks.
As far as I am concerned, you can't hardly beat a Zebco 33 for a crappie reel. I buy mine at yard sales for $5 with rods. They can easily handle the biggest crappie that ever lived and I caught a 11# channel with one that had 6# line on it Sunday morning. The picture of the cat is on another thread.
Yes! What a great store!

I had several 33's laying around, but I got the Slab Seekers because I thought the depth control feature would prove worthy for spider rigging. Then the forum brought up Power Pro line, and most of your braided line mfgs suggest not using it on spin casting reels and I really wanted to try the stuff. The one thing I have never liked about the 33's is the line twist you get when trolling over a long period of time. And I don't care if you put a dozen Sampo SS swivels in front, it will still find a way to twist. Same way with the spinning reels but to a lesser degree, therefore I opted for the cheaper casting reels for trolling.

DmDuck
04-12-2005, 07:55 PM
Snapped the reel off the "built in " model on the first fish I hooked . Cabela's is replacing it no hassel however . I do place alot of the blame on myself , I wasn't aware my wrist was on the reel so when I flexed to set the hook I put pressure on it .

Seems the plastic is a bit brittle , and I'm not so positive I can be exactly sure I won't break it again as that's just the way I hold the pole to make it comfortable !!

GABoy
04-13-2005, 04:26 AM
Snapped the reel off the "built in " model on the first fish I hooked . Cabela's is replacing it no hassel however . I do place alot of the blame on myself , I wasn't aware my wrist was on the reel so when I flexed to set the hook I put pressure on it .

Seems the plastic is a bit brittle , and I'm not so positive I can be exactly sure I won't break it again as that's just the way I hold the pole to make it comfortable !!

I agree, I knew once I took it out of the box and got a good look at it that they weren't made all that well, but I figured I would give it a shot anyhow.

Tim The Lippa Rippa Mon
04-13-2005, 06:30 AM
Honest guys...you really want to invest in these. Their micros are awesome! Can't beat gauranteed quality either. I hope to pick these guys up as sponsors one day. Money extremely well spent!! Check these reels out:California Tackle (http://www.crappiebusters.com/california_tackle.htm)

Luck to ya's. Let me know what you think if you get any.

<,"}/>{ Rippa

Bart
04-13-2005, 07:01 AM
Tim... I've seen those CA reels and wondered about them. I'll order one a check'em out.

BTW... did you fish the tournament on Eufaula this past week end? I'm headed that way for some monster slabs.

Tim The Lippa Rippa Mon
04-13-2005, 08:12 AM
Tim... I've seen those CA reels and wondered about them. I'll order one a check'em out.

BTW... did you fish the tournament on Eufaula this past week end? I'm headed that way for some monster slabs.

I wasn't @ USA's last week, but I was @ CAST's there the week before. I'd head for either Mud, Rock, Gaines, or Coal Creeks in that order. Best colors for us was Black & Pink. Luck to ya if you get down there. Go slow, quiet, & shallow. They shoud be just about ready down there.

<,"}/>{ Rippa

Rev.
04-14-2005, 09:57 PM
i use a classic zebco 33. That baby cast and pulls 'em in like a awesomely

yoyorobbo
06-06-2005, 02:45 PM
I've been using the 8' rod and 11t underspin combo for a few weeks....pretty nice.

It was only $25, and althought the rod is the z-glass and the reel is a single bearing design (just a teal colored version of the normal 11t closed-face underspin reel), it actually is pretty decent.

I understand that you guys are talking about the bigger versions with the depth locater (which actually makes the name "Slab Seeker" a bit more appropriate), but I thought I'd throw in a few comments on the triggerspin/underspin version. Haven't had any issues with it at all.

The Tap-Action-Tip is kinda cool too, and the 8' rod really helps get those light jigs out there pretty far. Any you can really feel every little tiny twitch on the rod...maybe it's the z-glass, dunno.

I've mainly been using RoadRunners (the pro-series curly-tails in various color combos) in 1/16 and 1/32 oz sizes, with the Crappie Nibbles (pink or chartruese). Caught quite a few crappies (nothing huge, mostly 8-9 inchers, but still fun), and lotz and lotz of scrappin' rock bass (man those little dudes like to tussle, and they sure like to jump on just about anything thrown at them!).

It's also been fine for just the simple slip bobber and hook or feather jig (with wax worm or Crappie Nibble). Although, I guess almost anything works for that, eh?

Maybe if I got one of those BIG slabs on, I might see a problem with this Slab Seeker combo (11t), but so far so good.

If it holds up, the only thing I might consider is getting a little better reel (the 11t platinum version supposedly has multiple bearings - maybe a bit smoother). I've heard alot of good about the Pflueger micro spin (underspin) too. Anyone used that one? I just like the ease of use with the closed-face reels, although I know they're not very "professional". Just seems to make the day worry free, with such a simple fishing as these Crappie/BG/RockBass/etc.

Ah well, in the end, so far, the micro series 11t/8' combo of the Slab Seeker has done fine for me and it might for you too. Good luck.

SkyChimp
06-06-2005, 03:13 PM
Not a Slab Seeker, but I did buy my 10 year old this Zebco Combo:

http://www.basspro.com/servlet/catalog.TextId?hvarTextId=58422&hvarDept=100&hvarEvent=&hvarClassCode=3&hvarSubCode=3&hvarTarget=browse

In May, I took him to a Cub Scout fishing derby at the pond right beside Bass Pro Shops' Outdoor World. After a little while, he cast his hook and bobber into a bush and I was unable to get it out, so I snapped the line.

I had refilled the reel with 8 lb mono. I had the drag set rather light. I pulled the line out against the drag and when the rod flexed, it snapped just about the where the two halfs slide together.

I took the top half of the rod and was able to snap pieces off with my finger and thumb. Then, with little more effort, I was able to snap the lower half.

What a piece of crap that rod was.

I left all the little pieces in a neat pile. Took my son into a BPS and bought him an Ugly Stik and a Daiwa Procast spincast real. Great combo for a kid.

BTW, kept the Zebco reel. I'm going to buy another Ugly Stik and give the rod and reel to a scout who didn't have his own.