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Old 02-03-2016, 02:02 PM
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Default Any fans of Lew's reels?

I recently acquired three and spent my first couple of days on the water with them. Each was enjoyable. A BB1Z, a Tournament Pro, and a Tournament Laser Speed Spool.

The Tournament Pro is a really fantastic little machine. The BB1Z is a no BS classic.

The Abu Garcia Revo SX I got is also working out, but doesn't feel as nice. Something about it.

The two old Curados I have are stellar, of course, and in a different way. Great quality.

Wondering if there's any other Lew's fans out there.
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Old 02-03-2016, 02:05 PM
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I had three of the tourney MGs at one point. All were great reels. Honestly don't know why I didn't buy more at the time but in about to get myself a couple more.


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Old 02-03-2016, 02:07 PM
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my next investment IMO
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I have 4- 3 bait cast and one spinning. All great, no problems. Will buy more


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Made the switch from curado to lews some 4 years ago and haven't regretted it one bit. An mg, couple in shores and 4 TP's which are my favorites. I fish nearly every weekend and throw top water a lot and have only changed 1 pawl.

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I got 2 BB1 inshores.... Them things are sweet...
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There is something about the Tournament Pro....
It seems "right".
Not that the others don't. I have it on my fluke rod and it just hums it.
Fits nicely in the hand. Visually appealing.
It's also kinda strange, with the pop-out hook holder and line gauge/type dial.
Just a neat reel.
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Is there anywhere that keeps a good selection in stock?


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In Broussard at the Country Station at the light. Corner of Main and Morgan. They have a large selection.
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I got my first one off amazon .com....My next one I ordered from cabela's...
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I got my first one off amazon .com....My next one I ordered from cabela's...

I'm aware of the Internet. I just like to touch it before I spend that kinda money on it.


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Myself,,,but around me from miss. to at least Baton Rouge there were none so I took the chance and was not disappointed .....The upper end ones don't seem to be stocked in my area....
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Cajun Tackle in Lake Charles has them. It's a good store.
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I have a speed spool on a 7' duckett, I love it for pitching soft plastics.


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The lews are great. I've always been pretty good at casting, but over the past few years I've switched to only lews on abu veritas / vendetta (cheap but good for the most part) rods, and it really improved my casting. I guess having the same feel in every rod/reel and not taking a few casts to get adjusted after picking a different rod up helps. I'm pretty hard on my stuff though, and have bent the handle (aluminum?) on one of the lower end bait cast models, still functions fine but not as comfortable with the one bent reel handle. Probably could bend it back but haven't tried yet. I'm not a fan of the spinning reels though. Although I think the two I have are both 5:2:1, and they're just not fast enough. They do make higher speed models though. I have lost too many fish that run straight to me that I just couldn't keep up with them. And I'd try a higher speed lews spinning reel, but I really don't like the flat knob they have. I've switched to only okuma trios high speed spinning reels, because of the 6:2:1 / round knob/ and price (the baitcaster okumas are POOP though, trust me). I like to back all my bait casters with braid then tie to my main line, and I've noticed the spools are kind of small on the bait casters. I feel like I've lost quite a few top water fish bc of this also. When making a long cast your spool gets smaller, so the line take up per reel wind gets smaller when you have a lot of line out, and using mono for topwater I have the stretch factor too. I feel like I cant keep enough pressure on the fish way out there when my reel is slow. Overall good reels for the price though.
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I am a die hard LEW's fan and will always have some in the boat. But.... I picked up a 13 fishing Concept A (low profile) reel in 8.1:1 the other day and while the braking system is a little weird that thing fits my hand wonderfully and those big cork handles are sooo comfortable ! I went and bought another one. They also have more available drag if you need it. For $175 (compared to $199) it's just as good and you save enough money to buy some more line or a couple of packs of bait. I may get 1 more once I sell something else. Still love the Tourney Pro's though.
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I may still be adjusting to Lew's, but does the drag seem to slip maybe just a little too easily when setting the hook on a fish?
I set the drag to a tension that felt right, but maybe Lew's reels need just one more positive drag click when you're adjusting them??
I could also just be crazy.
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I may still be adjusting to Lew's, but does the drag seem to slip maybe just a little too easily when setting the hook on a fish?
I set the drag to a tension that felt right, but maybe Lew's reels need just one more positive drag click when you're adjusting them??
I could also just be crazy.
Only time I had a problem with this was before I start putting a wrap of electrical tape on spool before spooling my line. If you fish braid, it will slip on the spool.

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I use mono. But I just tightened the drag another little bit and all was well. It still seemed a little tight compared to how I set it on my Curados and Garcia Revo SX.
It's all good, though. Ain't complaining.
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