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Johnson Javelin/J. Gold Vs. Zebco 33

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by Sentry, May 21, 2002.


  1. Sentry

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    Planning on doing a variety of fishing, up to about 2.5 foot carp. Both of these have been recommended to me, and I can't really decide much. I also know the Javelin Gold is only a few bucks more, not sure of what the main difference is. This would mainly be for the little lady, who is about 5 foot and getting better at fishing by the day. Any pluses or cons to either, or one better suited?
     
  2. switch625

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    they're both inexspensive beginners reels. the improved rhino 33(red) reel is supposed to have metal/harder gears and be smoother. for small fish they're ok but for big carp i would think they would "strip" the reel. you might want to get a spinning reel. for the price you would probably be better off. shouldn't be any more difficult to cast either.
     

  3. Sentry

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    No Rhinos sold around here, it's essentially completely narrowed down to these two. They're for the little lady mainly anyways.
     
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    I can accompany you join something not
     
  5. oneofthose

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    If that's the choice, I cast a vote for the Zebco. I can't speak to their current production, but I have a few old 33's and 33 Classic's that are probably 30+ years old. They have handled line up to 14# test without issue, and I have experienced their drag to be effective and user-friendly.

    That said, if you expect the carp to approach the 8-10 pound neighborhood, I'd go to a spinning reel and a heavier rod than you would likely put a 33 on.