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    I'm looking for suggestions for an electric halibut reel for my wife. She has R.A., and a reel of this sort would be of a great help to her.

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    My wife uses the Diawa Seaborg 500 as she has a medical issue that limits her use of conventional reels as well. The Seaborg 500 is plenty of reel for halibut fishing. It will wench up a 20-30 pound halibut with no problems. Larger than that require her to pump the rod as well as use the electric switch to pull up the line as you would a conventional reel without the cranking arm work out. She loves the reel. Bait checks are no effort at all. 300 feet is less than one minute. You can use the battery pack but its costly and fragile. We just use the powercord it came with and plug it into a scotty down rigger plug and she fishes one side of the boat. She could go to the other side but its a tight cord and gets in everyones way. You can reel it without power like a conventional reel. The reel is in Japanese and hard to find in english. I bought hers three years ago at the sportsmans show for 549.00 I believe. They normally run 600 bucks. There have been several threads on this in the past that you could do a search on. A happy wife is a happy wife. Hope this helps.

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    • #3
      Hello

      I have two of the Diawa 750MT and they have brought 80-120 pound halibut with no problem. Wait until the Sportsmans show and the prices will be a little better.

      Later
      Moose

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      • #4
        I have Shimano 4000 HP and love it.

        It makes bait checking a fast easy thing to do often.

        It takes a little to get used to using it. Practice with new to you electric reel before going out fishing.

        I bought mine used on E-bay for $300 plus $54.00 freight Express from Japan. It came loaded with nearly new80 lb Spectra line.

        For the purpose it works very well.

        Regards to all Doug

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        • #5
          Michael
          I've been out of the game going on 11 yrs now, so I'm not "up to date" on some of these things... Used to see a lot of adds for Electric motors attached to I believe a Penn 114 (4/o reel)... I know several Charter operators in the Homer area had a few of these for their clients... and it seems all the marine supply outfits (catalog and on-line) advertised these electric reels... maybe start by asking Penn what they have available.../John

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          • #6
            Amen to the happy wife thing! Better that than the alternative. Thanks much for the info. I like the idea of being able to plug into the scotty outrigger power source.
            Regards,
            Mike

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            • #7
              Originally posted by chico99645 View Post
              My wife uses the Diawa Seaborg 500 as she has a medical issue that limits her use of conventional reels as well. The Seaborg 500 is plenty of reel for halibut fishing. It will wench up a 20-30 pound halibut with no problems. Larger than that require her to pump the rod as well as use the electric switch to pull up the line as you would a conventional reel without the cranking arm work out. She loves the reel. Bait checks are no effort at all. 300 feet is less than one minute. You can use the battery pack but its costly and fragile. We just use the powercord it came with and plug it into a scotty down rigger plug and she fishes one side of the boat. She could go to the other side but its a tight cord and gets in everyones way. You can reel it without power like a conventional reel. The reel is in Japanese and hard to find in english. I bought hers three years ago at the sportsmans show for 549.00 I believe. They normally run 600 bucks. There have been several threads on this in the past that you could do a search on. A happy wife is a happy wife. Hope this helps.

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              +1 .... I have this one due to wrist surgery a year ago. Works great! We also didn't buy the battery pack - the hubby made our own ($60) and we can also plugged it in the downrigger port. We bought ours at B&J Commercial and they also put line on it for us. If your military, they give a discount.....

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              • #8
                sEA borg 500 buy a cigarette lighter plug in and use a battery pack as your power sorce have used it for 5 day trips with no problems. Shell like it so much YOULL get one too..

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                • #9
                  I have Myia Epoch 700dt/800dt and a couple of electrical mates with 114 reels. The Epochs are commercial grade and are kind of heavy but they can pull up 200lb plus fish with no problem. Down side is there is no handle so reel does all the work.

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                  • #10
                    Whatever happened to our State trying to pass a law on the electric reels? I thought they limited the reel and rod setup to no more than 15 lbs?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by polardds View Post
                      Whatever happened to our State trying to pass a law on the electric reels? I thought they limited the reel and rod setup to no more than 15 lbs?
                      Maybe because it's a stupid proposal. Its like an agruement between traditional bow hunters and compound bow users. Its a Purist issue IMO. To each their own. The end result is the same.

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                      • #12
                        I think the 15 pound rule was one of the fish board proposals for South East that the board turned down. The reason for the proposal was to keep sport fishing from catching Black Cod.

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                        • #13
                          A former boss once told me:

                          Happy Wife=Happy Life!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Michael Garner View Post
                            I'm looking for suggestions for an electric halibut reel for my wife. She has R.A., and a reel of this sort would be of a great help to her.
                            I have a Penn electric hooked to a penn 340GTI , A 200 pounder won't slow it down.

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                            • #15
                              I bought the wife a Diawa Seaborg 500 for Christmas so she hasn't used it yet. I think I'll power it up by using a scotty plug. I can't decide if I should buy a rechargable battery pack or the cartridge. Any ideas or suggestions?
                              Ryan
                              Kingfisher 2525 Honda 225 & 20

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