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Anyone use Tica reels?
I was thinking about upgrading my Ultralight reel and read that the Tica got a very good review.
I currently have the cheaper version of the Daiwa Spinmatic X.
Not sure if I want to upgrade to the Spinmatic Z or something else.


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I used to run the Spinmatic Z....good liitle reel but had some problems with it. The Tica SB500 is the best UL reel you could ever want and I think it costs about 5.00 less than the Z....I highly recommend the SB500. I wrote a reel article that should be out soon. I'm waiting on one more reel to test.
 

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I am not familiar with the Tica reel, however, I know Mike (5bass) will be more than happy to tell you all about it. LOL.

I will tell you that I have turned hundreds of anglers onto the Daiwa Z500t ultralight reel without any complaints.

For around $50.00 you will get a balanced wobble-free retrieve, smooth multi-disc drag, and 5 ball bearings. The reel sells itself once you turn the handle. It is that smooth. :D

In all fairness to Mike and Tica, the reels I have seen him using are quality. I just like to tease him since since he bleeds Ranger & Tica and I am Skeeter and Daiwa. Despite his poor taste we still fish together...lol

Send mike a private message or just wait a day or two and I am sure he will respond to this post and give you more information on the Tica.
 

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New Daiwa Ultrlights

Skeet is right in that the Spinmatic Z is a great ultralight but it lacked the infinite anti-reverse that many anglers sought. This year, Daiwa released a new line of ultralight that now have it. I believe there are 3 new models. I got the high-end one (which I think retails for about $85) and have used it on a 4 1/2 foot ultralight rod and 4 pound test for Hudson river smallies on live bait....what a blast!

I have the Spinmatic Z and these new models are by far better.

From what I've heard, the Tica's are good alternatives that cost a little less. My .02 is the servicability. Daiwa has always made good on warranties in the rare cases that I needed it.
 

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Tica for the money makes the best reel on the market . Tica made diawa reels for many years and when Diawa went to south america for cheaper labor Tica released there own product and it is 1/4 the price of diawa and shimanos product and where else can you buy a 10 ball bearing reel for $59 with top quality parts . Diawa sells the same reel for $180 also shimano sells a reel in this class for $130. I am not knocking other companys because I do use shimano curados but when it comes to deals Tica is a steal last year at the RCC fishing show while working for Wacky Worm I sold 400+ reels from Tica I would show one customer the reel and 5 others would buy it and in that same case I had every other reel on the market but the people just wanted Tica. 5bass.
 

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I recently purchased the SB500 and am extremely happy with it. I ordered it from the merchant Ozark Sports on Ebay and even with shipping he was about $10 cheaper than every other place that I looked.
 

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a workhorse

Daiwa SS 700. Pack this little sucker with 4 lb mono and youre good to go.....$89
 

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I would like to know if Tica is better than Okumo and How do they compare to the other big three. I would like to buy a new reel and have never used either one. The application would be for tube, snekos, 4' worming.
 

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I fish Okuma reels.
They have a heavy gearing feel when you retrieve. If that makes sense.
I like them.
The Epixor is real sweet with 10 ball bearings. It's about $65.00
The Avenger has seven ball bearings and runs about $35.00
The Fina also has seven ball bearings and runs about $45.00.
All of them run from 4-6 lb test and up.
No complaints.
 

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Tica for the money makes the best reel on the market

I'd buy a $59.00 Tica Libra...10BB over an Okuma anyday. You can get the top of the line Tica Camry for under 75.00. I know of some problems that the Okumas seem to have, including frequent bail trouble. I've been researching them for an article and have come up with many complaints against them.
 

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Okuma

EW, couldn't agree with you more.

A few years ago, I went to Dicks and Sports Authority, both stores carried the okuma line.

I still talk to the guy at Dicks today.

All they could talk about were the customer problems with this reel, bad bail's, handles break under preasure, heavy.

Today, the guy I still talk to, hasn't changed his opinion.

I was at an RS rodeo earlier this year, and a guy laid his rod/reel (okuma) down to light a smoke, pick up the gear, and it was perminately disabled due to dirt finding it's way into the gear box.

Although the Okuma line has some strong supporters up in PA Posse-ville.
 

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Car reels?

Tica camry?.....how about the Okuma Accord....
 

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Who handles Tica locally?
Does Ronkonkama Outfitters carry them? Or Causeway?
I will be looking for a few new reels this season. I have three of the Okuma Epixors[two are the highspeed 30, one the {'normal'}30, and they have all been great so far in two seasons of use.
I would look at Ticas though too this time, based on Earthy's comments, for some of my lighter, shorther sticks.
Probably looking for two, maybe even three, 100/1000 series sized reels. Any input [besides about me being a tackle/lure "monkey'.....lol] appreciated.
 

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thanks for the advise. So it sounds like Okuma has some things to work out. How does Tica stand up against Shimano is it a fare comparision??
 

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I did a comparison article that features Shimano Stradic 1000FH, Stradic MGf 2500, Diawa Capricorn, Quantum Catalyst, Tica SB500 and US reels Super Caster 225. I'm almost done with the piece sans more info from US reels. Hopefully I'll have it done by X-Mas.
 

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US Reels Super Caster

I would be interested to see how it performs, especially since it sports "helical gears" which are known for durability and smoothness (just like the old Cardinals).

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Yeah we carry both the Okuma's and Tica's. I like them both although I personally prefer the Libras over the Epixor.
We don't carry a full line though, we have Avengers and Epixors from Okuma, and the Libras and Cetus from Tica.
However if fishing the saltwater models the Okumas kick ass over the Tica spinning reels.
They both offer nice conventional reels but more geared towards salt use.

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Thanks for the heads up I will be looking for it when the SHOW comes around I will be making some choices or before if a DEAL comes up.
 

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See me at RCC or Raritan show I will be with Wacky Worm no one can beat the deals at shows. As far as Ticas durability goes Lou from Wacky Worm has been carring Tica before anyone since the northeast rep is his friend and out of all the reels he has sold he had one guy come back after the season and said the line on his reel is coning Lou asked why he waited till the end of the season and the guy said it really was not a big deal well lou sent it back and Tica and they sent him a new reel with new line on it no questions asked the headquaters is in virginia. Tica is trying to do the right thing with there customers unlike the other companies who have over priced there product and dont care about customer service I work with fishing retail for about 8 years and what these big companies are doing is wrong so it is nice to see a company like Tica come along
 

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I was at the show last year and went by WACKY WORM I may have seen you Do you have a AKA I had in mind Lucky craft baitcaster and a spinning reel. I liked what wacky was doing. They do not give prices on there web site ?

Joe
 
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