The tackle industry is developing quickly when it comes to the creation of new features - some might say bling.
Everything has become lighter, faster, smoother, stronger, efficient, reliable and durable – a description that fits the latest from Shimano with its two Vanquish spin reels released last year.
I have had a Vanquish 4000XG for three months now, matching it to a Shimano Dialuna 7’10” spin rod, which has become my ‘go-to’ soft-baiting combo.
The first thing you notice is the reel’s weight, or rather the lack of it. I mostly fish Twin Powers for soft-baiting, the 4000 and 3000 models weighing 290 and 235g respectively. Comparable Vanquish models are around a third less at 200 and 170g.
The second, and probably the most pleasing aspect, is just how responsive and smooth the reel is. It is quick to engage, an important feature when fishing soft-baits which are being nailed on the drop. Rather than strike, I prefer to engage and wind hard to set the hook.
For the technically minded, Shimano have introduced the Magnumlite rotor design, creating a light spool rotation that offers plenty of sensitivity, particularly when combined with two of its other developed features, the Silent Drive and Micromodule Gear 2. Simply explained, Silent Drive has seen the already fine tolerances around the drive gear, the wormshaft itself (along with the associated pin and gearing), reduced even further. This creates not only a smooth rotation, but a silent one as well.
The Shimano Vanquish has taken lightweight and smoothness of operation to the next level.
Micromodule II involves the manufacture of the gear tooth to create the best shape, meshing the gears in a way that further reduces noise and enhances smoothness.
Basically, it all adds up to a pretty slick mechanism.
Construction includes eleven standard bearings and one roller bearing, all protected by X Protect which eliminates saltwater intrusion into the internal workings. This is a reel that is going to last.
I have managed to put it to the test many times over the last few months, mainly in Bream Bay where the action has been hot with kingfish and snapper smashing the bait schools in relatively shallow depths. I have managed some reasonable snapper to around the 70cm mark, but it has been the kingfish that have given the combo – and the angler – the best workout, accounting for several fish over 90cm, one just under the magic metre mark.
I haven’t found the reel wanting. The only criticism is the handle, which I would upgrade to a larger one if I were buying the reel – which just might happen with Christmas upon us – I wonder if my wife Faith might like one as well? RRP around $839.00.
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