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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:54 am • #  
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Hi everyone,

I took up fishing two years ago after I retired. I have a little inflatable boat which I take out on local estuaries and fish for mackerel and bass mostly. I use 2 Abu boat rods with AG7000 reels. I also have a little spinning rod 5' 6" on which I fitted a lovely little Mitchell 325, which I picked up on ebay very cheaply. I have used this combination on the Norfolk Broads (freshwater) where I go on holiday once a year, but I wanted a saltwater reel to take out on my boat, so, back I went on ebay and bought n almost mint 387. BUT, I didn't realise how big a 387 is, and I really want a reel similar in size to the 325. Is there such a thing? Or can I use the 325 in salt water if I keep it well cleaned and serviced? I am just about to strip and service these two Mitchells using the wonderful videos by Wallace Carney.

Regards to all.
Geoff


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:54 am • #  
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It can be used in salt water if the usual after use care is done...perhaps a total stripdown and cleaning.

When boat fishing at sea, the problematic issue might be in encountering something big enough that takes all your line and/or simply overpowers your rod and reel. Marine reels are usually beefy and have the capacity to take a large amount of heavy test line.

That 387 is a bit rare; given that it is in mint condition as well you might want to hold on to it as a collector item. You would have to get a heavier rod to use it properly too.

Other reels to consider might be the 305, 315 and 307 going from smallest to largest. The 305/315 would best match your current rod. The 307 would need a stouter rod, it's considered to be heavy freshwater/light saltwater.

One issue is that Mitchell made far fewer left hander's reels, so fewer are still out there to acquire.

Hope this helps!


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:41 pm • #  
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Thank you for your reply. That's exactly what I wanted. The 315 looks a lovely reel but a quick look online found nothing (apart from lots of spare parts).
My 387 isn't quite mint but is in very nice condition and I intend to use it, albeit on a bigger rod. Might have to leave one of the 7000s at home. But I do enjoy spinning with light gear and I would much prefer to have an old Mitchell on my rod.
Thanks again.
Geoff


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