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Daiwa Sealine SG-LCA Line Counter Reelsby Capt. Terry Rand
Here's a great trolling reel that will help you reproduce that perfect presentation every time!
Daiwa Sealine SG-LCA Line Counter Series
Daiwa has been a forerunner in the market when it comes to line counter reels. Line counters are essential tools when dialing in and reproducing a trolling bite. Accurate presentations while trolling will make the difference between just a day on the water and a day of fish catching memories.
For our reviewing purposes we chose the SG47LCA, the largest of the LCA series. This is an attractive reel with a black body, gold handle, spool and trim. The line counter sits prominently on the top of the reel, keeping in plain sight while deploying your baits. Both the body and frame of this reel are built with graphite, keeping the weight of this reel down to a minimum. Weighing in a little over 17 ounces, this reel should balance out easily on a rod with a softer tip. The reel feels a little clunky upon first inspection, probably due to the large gears being housed in a graphite body and frame. But, when you crank the handle around on this machine, it feels like it has a lot of power. It spins very effortlessly but you can still feel those large, bronze gears doing their job in the crankcase. The clicker system is nice and loud but not obnoxious and the clutch re-engages when you begin to crank the handle while it is in free spool mode. This is a really nice feature for fishing live and dead baits on the bait clicker system. Like many conventional line counters, the gear ratio is not very high but that should provide excellent cranking power during battle.
The Sealine LCA series was designed with both freshwater and saltwater in mind but has been made especially popular in the world of tournament walleye fishing in North America. Though it serves an important purpose in the freshwater arena, the larger sizes like the SG47LCA have had a quieter, yet equally rabid following in the world of striped bass fishing in the North East, suggesting that this reel should be a real powerhouse when it comes to taming a big, old striped bass.
The drag system is controlled by the star drag knob next to the handle, which controls the large, Teflon impregnated felt drag washers. The gold spool is made of aluminum, and will handle up to 280 yards of 20lb test monofilament on the SG47LCA.
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