Light lures and windknots


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Hi guys.... Some advice on putting together a light setup for throwing light lures on a 7ft rod with a 2500 or 3000 size reel. I have had experience with wind knots before on certain size reels. Recently had issues with a small Abu reel I bought. I don't want to spend money on a Stradic etc..... Anything else you would recommend? Thanks in advance


What kind of budget are you looking at? For many years I used to hunt grunters in estauries with an Elbe Blue Crystal 7' rod and a Shimano Sienna 2500 reel with 15lb Gatorbraid. I loved that setup and caught tons of fish with it, only recently did I decide to retire it and upgrade, but I still have the setup and I'm keeping it for when my son is old enough to start learning.

That entire setup cost me around R700 or so, but that was a while ago, not sure how much it would set you back nowadays. The rod is light, with a crisp, fast action and enough backbone to handle even the biggest grunts and mid-size kob and leeries. The reel is good value for money imo, not the greatest reel out there, but it gets the job done and with a bit of tlc it will last a very long time (I've had mine for about 5 years now and it's in perfect shape).

That outfit, with the 15lb braid throws lures up to 3/4oz with no hassles. Regarding the wind knots, the size of the reel shouldn't have too much effect. The most common reasons are overfilling the spool, poor cast technique (usually bad timing) or if you fish into a stiff cross wind or head wind, especially with light lures, you will quickly understand where the name wind knot comes from.

I mention this setup because you said you don't want to spend money on a stradic, so I'm assuming you have a small budget. There are of course many other options and probably some that are better than this too.


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Thanks for the reply Eugene... I know of the Sienna range and they are great value for money. I'll spend Upto R1000 on the reel. I've had the Sedona mentioned to me... Going to spool it with 10lb Maxima braid....


Senior Member
Hi sw

Also consider having a look at the Daiwa Laguna and Daiwa Ninja in the 2500 size.

Pricewise the Laguna can be compared to the Sienna, while the Ninja falls in the same price range as the Sedona.

I have a Sienna 2500 and Laguna 2000 and have landed nice garrick on both. In my humble opinion you can't go wrong with any of these four reels if you intend using them for light spinning. But like Eugene says, it's important not to overfill your reel.



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Thanks Duckbill.... Appreciate the reply. I'm a Shimano man so prefer to stick with one of their options


With R1k I would personally look at the Sedona as an option. I haven't owned one, but I've played with one a couple of times and it feels pretty solid for that price bracket.


I have the following 2 setups :
8ft Daiwa Exceller with new PacBay guides and a Daiwa Exceller 3000
8ft Daiwa Exceller with new PacBay guides and a Shimano Sahara 3000

My son uses the Exceller Rod and Reel setup and I use the Exceller Rod and Shimano Reel setup

Both of us got windknots every now and then, then I went "fuji concept" on the first guide, meaning I bent the first big guide in the direction of the tip of the rod.
Since then I've never had a windknot again.
Just lucky, I don't know but it works for me


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