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JDM Reels #13715196 09/29/20 03:35 PM
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Does anyone have experience with JDM reels? If so what’s really the differences between international and domestic reels and is it worth it? I am looking to get into some JDM reels before long and would like other opinions on them. Thank y’all.


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Re: JDM Reels [Re: hydrillareckkaa] #13715333 09/29/20 06:15 PM
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No experience with the reels but best wishes to the Tiger Fishing Team this season! cheers

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Re: JDM Reels [Re: BigDozer66] #13715381 09/29/20 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by BigDozer66
No experience with the reels but best wishes to the Tiger Fishing Team this season! cheers

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I appreciate it Dozer!! We are headed to the Ouachita River in Monroe in the morning.


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smaller spools is the difference look up the capacity you will see.......

I think all mine are 90-110 yards total, which suits me just fine,

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Originally Posted by Jeff From Iowa
smaller spools is the difference look up the capacity you will see.......

I think all mine are 90-110 yards total, which suits me just fine,

...and usually more/better bearings. The Scorpion comes to mind. It’s basically a Shimano Cronarch with MGL spool and two bearings per handle knob and level wind bearings vs shims. About the same price too, but must order through a japan retailer.


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I had a Scorpion many years ago and liked it. At the time you couldn't get a reel like it here in the U.S.

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Originally Posted by SteezMacQueen
Originally Posted by Jeff From Iowa
smaller spools is the difference look up the capacity you will see.......

I think all mine are 90-110 yards total, which suits me just fine,

...and usually more/better bearings. The Scorpion comes to mind. It’s basically a Shimano Cronarch with MGL spool and two bearings per handle knob and level wind bearings vs shims. About the same price too, but must order through a japan retailer.


Awesome, thank you, the Scorpion is the one I was looking into.


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i HAVE 8 LEFT HAND SCORPIONS THAT i USE EVERY DAY. YEAH SMALL SPOOL AND i SOMETIMES CAST DOWN TO THE KNOT. BUT IF I COULD FIND SOME MORE I'D BUY THEM.


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Back in the day they might have had some different bearings and such but now the only differences are in the colors, names, spool capacities and handle lengths. USDM Shimanos are just as good, if not more versatile than their JDM counterparts.


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