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Old 22-05-2013, 06:10
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Any thoughts on the most suitable / best centre pin reels for barbel fishing?

Thanks in advance.
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Any thoughts on the most suitable / best centre pin reels for barbel fishing?

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No longer made, but still available on E.Bay. The old ''Speedia'' is a pin that will still hold its own with any of the current crop of pin's costing considerable more. Well worth the search.
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Still on the used route.Youngs Rapidex also on E.Bay.About £40-£60.
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Thanks, gents - bit of food for thought
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Derek is spot on with his Speedia suggestion, dorset.

Find yourself a good 4-inch Wide Drum Speedia, ideally the De Luxe Version that has a ratchet tension adjuster which you can tighten when fishing a big flow) and you've got a barbel 'pin for life.
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Dorsetandchub,
Get yourself an Allcock's Match Aerial or a Rapidex or Trudex I have tried most pins including a Ray Walton rollingpin but I always come back to my Aerial's.

Never tried a Speedia just don't like the look of them they look cheap and tinny just my opinion

I am having a clear out and have two pins for sale, if you're in the market for any PM. Once you have used a pin you won't look back, that's presuming you have not already used one.

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I beg to differ about the Match Aerial and Rapidex suggestions - fine (if you like the reels) for float work, nigh on useless for barbel legering.

The Trudex has the advantage that it is built like a brick something-house, which renders it fine for light to medium barbel legering.

As for Speedias. I have five wide drums and two narrows (the narrows being one of the most free-running trotting reels ever made). I have owned and used two of those five Wide Drums since I bought them secondhand and for pence as a youngster in the early 1970s.

Between them they have had over 150 salmon (on worm, in the days when I used bait for salmon - pre-1988), largest 18.25 and 19.5 pounds, and hundreds upon hundreds of barbel including one in 2006 or 2007 of 16.25 pounds and 16 other double-figure during two consecutive seasons. Both still running beautifully; they'll see me out.

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Personally I'd look at the Okumas and the Marco Corteisi. Can't for the life of me see why you need a superbly free spinning pin for barbel and neither of those two will break the bank.
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Horses for courses.

Okuma: the Sheffield is, in my opinion, a superb trotting reel (I liked it so much, I bought a spare spool for mine). But for legering? Nope. Very poor, weak ratchet.

Cortesi-type and other use-and throw animals? Just about tough enough, but I wouldn't use one for serious barbel-legering.

Free running? It's not all one to four-ounce gripper leads, you know. I catch a lot of my fish with no more than 3 SSG shot or their tungsten tube equivalent on the line. I can cast such tackle with a smallish bait 20-odd yards with the Wallis Cast on anything but rather windier days.

Unlike fixed-spools (reels that are fairly okay irrespective of brand and price paid), you have to get the right sort of centrepin for proper, more than just occasional, barbel fishing. A poor one will merely send you away disillusioned and back to your baitrunners.
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Been using my Aerials for barbel ledgering for donkeys where you get the unsuitable from is beyond me.

Not really interested in what fish you've caught... the topic is about pins, as you say horses for coarse personally I would not touch a speedia wide or narrow.

Most barbel anglers I know use the Allcocks match Aerial looks like we got it wrong.

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