Shaun1118 wrote:I've had a Stradic for 2 seasons now and it runs just as smooth as it did when I got. It goes out with me on my yak so gets submerged in saltwater regular and maintence is just a hose down every now and then nothing too intimate. It feels solid, there's no 'looseness' and balances my lure outfit quite nicely, drag is nice and fluid aswel.
I'd now never buy a cheap reel or any cheap gear for that matter. That fish of a life time is the one that's going to put your gear under the most stress, if you want to chance a big fish stripping your gears and loosing said fish then that's your choice. I know all gear fails but a decent reel it's gonna take a hell of a lot more. The crank power and drag on a cheap reel is never going to match that of a decent reel and I'd bet your lidl reel weighs near double that of a Stradic.
We shall have to have a weigh in Mine and Ians reels have been cranking in tope,bass and smutts off Prestatyn for the last 3 years.What more can you ask for.