Daiwa Mini System Minispin Ultralight Spinning Reel and Rod Combo in Hard Carry Case
Daiwa Mini System Minispin Ultralight Spinning Reel and Rod Combo in Hard Carry Case is a small and light rod and reel combination that can be carried around with ease - small but versatile travel fishing rod and reel.
Daiwa Mini System Minispin Ultralight Combo comes in hard carry case with dimensions 14x4x7 inches (36x10x18 cm) - it is very easy to stow it in luggage, backpack, under a car seat or any similar free space. Carry case is rather strong, however don't stand on it, don't throw it ... Case includes built-in tackle compartments, but without tackle of any kind.
This combo comes with ultralight MS-S500T reel. This reel is small, looks fragile, but it has very smooth ball bearing drive, it has multi-disc drag system, 5.1 to 1 retrieve ratio (some sources claim 4.9 to 1 retrieve ratio), GyroSpin balancing and Twist Buster line twist reduction.
Note: if you are left-handed, reel handle side can be switched. Nice! :)
Since everything is small and compact, combo comes with matching 4.5 foot (around 137cm), five piece ultralight rod. It is recommended to use 2 to 6 pounds (1 to 2.5kg) test lines and 1/16 to 1/4 ounce (2 to 7g) lures.
Whole combination is very light, less than 14 ounces (400g) - since it is rather cheap (below 40$/euros), it can be great first spinning reel/rod set for any kid, learning how to fish - there are even cheaper and lighter sets, but this combo really looks and feels nice. Also, adults can use it too, wherever and whenever, it just takes some time to get used to it.
Reel line capacity is 2/185, 4/100 and 6/60 (pounds/yards of monofilament line). If you want to put longer lines, you should use braided line for the main line, but I really don't see a reason to use this combo for fishing more than 10-20m away from shore or boat. With 1/4 ounce (7g) lures, casting distance can be longer than 20-30m - ideal for fishing with light tackle on the bottom or near the surface using a float.
Set is suitable for fresh water and for salt water fishing, but keep in mind that after each fishing in the sea, it is good practice to rinse everything with fresh water, dry it with a cloth and let it all dry before packing rod and reel in the case. Line can be left threaded through the eyelets when the rod is folded, just be very careful not to damage anything, especially the line - I can't recommend this - pull the line out of the eyelets, fix it to the reel and have no worries about it. Next time when you fish, you will lose maybe few seconds more to thread the line, but you will be sure that there are no fractures of any kind caused by the storage.
When you open the case for the first time, it all looks childish (most of the traveling kits and sets look that way - pen sized fishing rods and reels are even smaller!), but when assembled, this is great fishing combination to have. Don't expect to catch game sized fish, but pan sized fish should beware of this combo :)
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