mingle wrote:As for the free-play in the handle, when exactly do you feel the free-play?
I have my VM150 in front of me now and the only free-play in the handle is if I hold the rotor and then turn the handle (as if I was winding in),
then I feel about 1.5-2.0mm (at the handle-grip) of 'slack' as (I'm guessing) the main and pinion gears come together?
Yep, that's exactly the same as mine (and the same as my other cheaper reels). Not sure what I was expecting as I've never spent close to $300 on a reel (or any other piece of tackle) before but glad it's not just mine. From what the JW service centre tech said it is something to do with the meshing of the gears and something I can live with, just wanted to check it wasn't only mine with it.
paulo wrote:I was amazed how quickly the spool stops when you let go of the handle and at the amount of free play in it.
Same here Paul but again something I can live with if it means the reel will be more water resistant and therefor should last longer. Having said that I don't think I will be using the reel for spinning with lures purely due to the stiffness of the retrieve but more for trolling with live bait and lures and possibly beach fishing down the track. Did you catch your tuna caasting and retrieving or on the troll? Also how did the drag perform and the rest of the reel tangling with larger fish? How would you compare it to say the Daiwa Catalina 4500 which I recall you also use (other than being heavier)?
I've got some 40lb Daiwa Samurai braid to go on the reel and plan on using it up at SWR which I get to a couple of times a year and during kingie season. I bought a second hand Nitro Godzilla for it but will probably end up matching it to one of my older Silstar Crystal Tip solid glass rods purely for trolling and bait fishing duties.
Thanks again for the feedback guys