A few months ago, I got myself a Calcutta Conquest 101. This is an icon of reel for Shimano fans and have a large following from freshwater and inshore anglers all over the world. It is a very old model reel that never really lost it's appeal.
After using the reel for a few weeks, the appeal did not linger very long. I was expecting a casting performance that exceeds my Daiwa Millionaire Bay Casting Special 103. The reel is pretty no doubt but the performance was not there. It does cast far but for multi tasking duty such as light lures against the wind, it just did not deliver in my experience. In the end, I had to sell it.
I guess I am stuck with my JDM Daiwa casting reels.
Then a few weeks ago, an opportunity came to try one of Shimano's Spinning reel offerings. I had to try their highly regarded Stella. But because of the price, I had to settle with an older model. A JDM 2004 Shimano Stella. The first time I tried it, I was blown away by its smoothness. This is a 9 year old reel but the smoothness cannot be matched by those brand-new-branded models in the market. This is a magnesium-based reel but Shimano markets it as an inshore reel. I sure hope they are right. Magnesium and saltwater do not mix. Anyway, all I have to do now is test the reel in the water and perhaps catch some fish in the process.