Daiwa Emcast and Black Widow bait runners get the LT treatment

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Looking at acquiring a pair of these in 5000 size for my piking, both look very portable for a roving pike setup, won't have achy arms lugging these about :)

Both models only 315g in weight for the biggest 5000 size



I was looking at Shimanos previously but the lack of backwind on everything puts me off.
 

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Had a pair of diawa black widow 4 500s (I think) and soon got shut as the the bail arm roller was just a nylon bush and not a bearing and so needed constant oiling to keep free or would stiffen up and flatten the line if reeling in a heavy feeder or lead apart from that reels were okay and we'll made but as they say once bitten etc.
 

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Emcast more expensive so probably made with better bits.

Time to save pennies or find something to sell I don't use anymore :D
 

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I was looking at Shimanos previously but the lack of backwind on everything puts me off.

I don't believe that there is a single Shimano Baitrunner that doesn't have an anti-reverse switch still. There's not a rear drag reel that's been released yet that doesn't retain the anti-reverse switch. It's primarily the front drag reels that have been afflicted, but not even all of them suffer with it.
There are good reasons to consider alternatives to Shimano. However, the assumption that they don't have an anti-reverse switch is not one of them.
 

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Ah think I got my wires crossed, was looking earlier in the year for a feeder reel and everything front drag I looked at had no back wind, I thought it was shimano policy or something.
 

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Its only specialist spinning and sea reels that have no backwind... nearly all fixed spool reels for coarse fishing have it... sometimes the anti reverse lever is hidden away under the body, tight to the reel rotor and hard to see at first glance so you may have missed it
 

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had to look up what LT meant light and tough why so many acronyms it drives me crazy.:LOL:
 

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I've ordered one of the Emcast to see if it's up to snuff, had to import from zie Germans as don't seem to be out over here yet.

Why only one? Cant afford 2 of them quite yet, I know I'll get stung again for postage but nevermind.

I'll let you know what I think when I get it.
 

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Well I have the Emcast LT in 5000 size finally. Imported from zie Germans for about £90 inc postage.

It does seem rather small for a 5000 size reel, spool diameter is only 53mm.

Line lay is pretty good without messing about with washers, below is 30lb(ish) PowerPro backed with some 15lb Maxima
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The one negative I've found is the line roller isn't a proper bearing, it's some kind of brass Bush, so will likely need oiling regularly.

Line clip is plastic and fiddly, wouldn't bother buying these for feeder fishing.

Reel feels quite light, if it performs well I'll likely use them for both dead baiting as well as lure fishing, cut down on the amount of reels I need.

Feels lovely and smooth and precise but for the lack of a proper line roller bearing the £100 RRP feels a bit steep. I'd be happier to buy these for around the £70 mark.


I'll be giving this an outing tomorrow on the Rycroft pike lake if it looks fishable after all the rain. I'll let you know how I get on (y)
 
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