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#12564446 - 01/04/18 05:16 PM Centrifugal vs. Magnetic Braking?
IslandJim Offline

Registered: 07/08/14
Posts: 369
Loc: Rockport, TX
My Abu and Shimano low-profile baitcasters have centrifugal braking. It took me about two years to achieve a workable brake setting, but I've got it figured out. I've never used a reel with magnetic braking. How many of you prefer magnetic over centrifugal? IslandJim
I'm an Eighth Day Adventist. On the Eighth Day, God went fishing!

#12564685 - 01/04/18 08:18 PM Re: Centrifugal vs. Magnetic Braking? [Re: IslandJim]
LearnedHat Offline

Registered: 07/16/03
Posts: 483
So I have a couple of older Chronarchs and Curados. Always loved the the braking on them. But I also have a Revo Premier (older series) and an older Daiwa Z --- both of those have magnetic braking (and both do it differently). I really like those as well.

I can tell you that when I am fishing in the wind I do use the mag system as a crutch.

They have combo systems out there too but those always had a muted feel to me.

Read this old article (sort of have to fight through it) by Jun at JapanTackle.

#12588926 - 01/21/18 05:12 PM Re: Centrifugal vs. Magnetic Braking? [Re: IslandJim]
Thad Rains Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 10/09/01
Posts: 3195
Loc: Lubbock, Texas.
I have a couple of magnetic reels, but not not prefer them, unless the wind is HOWLING!!!!!!! I adjust my centri. reels so they have maximum casting distance, but I can tighten the drag down if the wind is blowing. The OLDER magnetic reels did not have the scale that the centri. reels did. I do not know about the newer ones and the ones with dual controls, either. I have heard the newer ones with the dual selectors are a PAIN to get adjusted, but once you get them adjusted, they are a breeze, but what do I know, since I do not have any, but fishermen that I trust say that. Hope this helps. Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

Thad Rains
Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

Thad Rains

#12590315 - 01/22/18 12:32 PM Re: Centrifugal vs. Magnetic Braking? [Re: Thad Rains]
"Old School" Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/04/11
Posts: 2649
Loc: Big D
I still prefer the centrifugal brake reels over the magnetic ones. Been using them all my life. I guess you learn to train your thumb. I rarely change the settings even when changing to a heavy or lighter lure. The only reel that has taken a while to adjust is made by Quantum. Just don’t like them!

#12593299 - 01/24/18 08:12 AM Re: Centrifugal vs. Magnetic Braking? [Re: IslandJim]
LMG Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 01/22/18
Posts: 7
They both have their ups and down depending on fishing style. I can use both, and as long as its a quality braking system, its very tuneable.

#12594387 - 01/24/18 08:18 PM Re: Centrifugal vs. Magnetic Braking? [Re: IslandJim]
Bobby Milam Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 3594
Loc: Arlington
I have both but prefer the magnetic because it is easier to adjust, actually I really just set and forget them. The centrifugal is nice once you get them set as long as you dont change weights very much.


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