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Yo Fellas, I just purchased an 8 ft STAR Stellar Lite surf rod that I intend to use for plugging and jigging in the surf. I love the rod and for now, I have it matched up with a Stradic 4000 or Penn 560 but I'm looking to upgrade the reel. I'm in the market for a Shimano Sustain but I'm also thinking about a Saragosa. Here are some questions if anyone can help me come up with a choice. If I go with the Sustain, do you think 4000 is enough or should I bump it up to the 5000? Same goes for the Saragosa. Now I'm told that while the Sustain doesn't change too much when you go from the 4000 to the 5000, slightly larger body but not by much. On the other hand, I'm told the Saragosa is a bigger jump when you go from the 4000 to the 5000... I suppose a larger body/bigger spool. So, anyone have any info to offer? Suggestions, recommendations, or even if you have another reel that you'd throw in the mix, please do. I'm pretty stuck on the Sustain just because it is ultra-silky-smoothe but the tackle shops seemed to push the Saragosa last year as more geared for the surf. One thing I do know is that the Saragosa has a stronger drag so that may be one reason they geared it for the surf. So, who wants to talk gear? I get crazy sometimes, as if one reel will catch me more fish than the other :D but when things slow down on the beach I have to keep myself occupied with fishing... as if I actually really need another reel! But alas, I'm obsessed and I like to support local commerce (bait & tackle shops) although I'm sure I could find what I'm looking for on-line (ebay) for alot cheaper than what the shops sell them for... but their hands are usually tied by the MSRP and then possibly then can skim a little off the top. Sorry to ramble, I'm a little bored. I was gonna go toggin' on the Big Mohawk this week but I gotta work my side job in order to pay for the new reel... HA! Ok then, hopefully somebody out there can help me out.
As always, tight lines... and STAY SAFE!! :thumbsup:
Nicky
 

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I bought a sustain in the early summer. I did my research and the sustain was what I was looking for. It said in the instructions that it has 26 lbs of water proof drag! Were not tuna fishing! It is very fluid and I thing it is the best reel for the job. I got the 5000, The body of the 4000 vs the 5000 I think is the same but the 5000 has a bigger spool. I give the sustain a 10!:thumbsup:
 

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Thanks fellas, alot of good input that I can take into consideration. I've always had Stradics and yeah, they're smoothe too but when I checked out the Sustain in the shop, it just seemed a little more fluid... probably bc it was brand new. Thanks, gotta run!
 
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