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Old 02-06-2015, 11:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought my first big baitcasting reel today to mount on my wicked Cat Claw catfish rod (tthepikester).... It's a very nice reel, super smooth, level wind, loud bait clicker. Shakespeare Tidewater.




Love it! Feels great, smooth action, very well built. HOWEVER---


It does not feel very secure in the reel seat. It's mounted in there, but I would not feel comfortable hooking up with a 40+ lb blue cat with this mounted as it is. Here's the backside of the reel.




As you can see, it has two slots to add a mounting bracket which wraps around the rod. The reel did not come with this bracket.

Can these be made out of stuff from the hardware store, or is it better to order them online? Seems like you'd want to find one that fit just right, and I'm not confident in ordering something from an online source in this particular case. How would I know it would fit snugly?

Anyway, just wanted to share. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
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Is the reel jamb nut tight?
Put a rag on the nut and tighten/snug it with pliers.
Why does it not feel secure to you?
Can you move the reel?
Does the reel shoe fit the seat properly?
Try pulling it off with your hand. If you can't pull it off I doubt a 40lb. cat can.
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Old 02-07-2015, 06:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i'd be careful with the pliers... plastic nut/threads strip/break fairly easily.
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Yea, you have to be careful with the pliers. I guess I just take for granted my personal experience and abilities.
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Up and down it is secure... It wiggles side to side. It is as tight as I feel comfortable tightening it, as the tightening nut is plastic and already tighter than I normally go on a spinning reel.

The reel is very wide... It just isn't quite secure. On a spinning rig, you have a reel seat and an extension from that out to the reel (I don't know the proper terminology).. On this casting reel, you obviously don't have that seat extension...

Fuck it, I'll just take more pictures since I am lacking vocabulary here.
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As you can see, it's tightened down to the max. Still has a little side to side play. I'm heading into town now to go try to find a conduit bracket/conduit strap that will make the things tight onto the rod.
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you can take a ballon put it around the metal that goes in each seat side of the reel. and cut excess off. that should snug it up from side to side movement.
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Owen, the problem you have is the reel seat foot bracket on the reel itself is flat and not rounded enough to match the rounded reel seat on the rod keeping it tight. I use Daiwa Sealine reels and they have the rounded foot bracket and they fit to match those type of seats. Here are two links one being your reel and the other being the Daiwa Seagate, look at the difference in the foot bracket on both reels...you can zoom in on just the foot in both pics.

http://www.shakespeare-fishing.com/S...efault,pd.html

http://www.basspro.com/Daiwa-Seagate...1090705010815/

For the reel to fit properly on that rod you need the rounded reel foot bracket unless you do the balloon trick. The rubber from the balloon holds the foot tighter in the seat, just don't over tighten as you do know!!!
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Thanks Tony...

Was able to get it nice and snug.

1 roll electrical tape
1 wire tie







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Just a sugestion I would move the lock on the sip tie next to the reel because when you go to set the hook you are going to possably rip your hand open on it.
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