Discussion in 'Striper, Blues, Cod, Haddock, Hake, Sharks' started by Prdlobster, Jul 21, 2013.
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Anyone have any experience with the Lindgren Pitman S1200?
I jumped on and picked up the XL 601. I just couldn't get all the facts on some others and for a local store stocking it at $619 figure I would give it a try. A few commercial bass fisherman have been using this reel and didnt complain so figure why not. Worse case is I can flip it and sell it for a marginal loss as a teaser reel down south.
Here is a description of it.
The Kristal XL 601 is smallest, lightest and most compact of the Kristal family, but don't let the size fool you! The XL 601 is a very powerful reel designed for a wide variety of applications. Ideal for deepwater sea bass, light tilefish, yelloweye, cod, snapper, and light duty grouper. Also an excellent high-torque kite reel. The XL 601 is best suited for fishing depths less than 600' and occasional deeper use. This is the only Kristal I would recommend for use when holding the rod.
Line Capacity: 1,000 yards 80# Braid
Weight: 4.8 Pounds
Retrieval Speed: 270 feet per minute
Average Draw: 5 AMP / hour
Drag Pressure (max): 28 pounds
Lifting Power (underwater): 80 pounds
That reel is half the speed of an electramate. I used a brand new 620-xp for bass but had to use half the amount of backing on the spool to get it right.
Ended up using these plugs from Krystal, couldn't find the matching 28VDC plugs that are in my cockpit easily. These came next day with free shipping and were only $28 for each side. Kinda plastic based but we shall see.
Mind you could have done the same thing with using outside recepticles from Home Depot but didnt want to use that route.
Used the 601 yesterday and was incredibly happy with it. Minus having a fuse issue, decided to put it on a double circuit breaker and hard wire the fuse. I am definitely going to buy another one, stop drop and reel.
One confusing thing I guess, probably get used to it, was the two buttons, one is intermittent and the other is full on, they both go in different directions, rather than both on in the same direction...
Holy crap so glad I didn't do the Electramate. Loud!! Going to pick up another 601xl. How do people deal with the noise? Can't even talk to the guy reeling.
Electramates have been used & abused by commercial guys for years.
Most guys running downeast boats for years with (loud) diesels are 1/2 deaf anyways.
Say again Ronnie, I could not hear you.
I thought I was already deaf from working in the engine room on ships... apparently the electramate is out of that range...
The newer commercial style electramates are not so loud (the ones w/ the worm gear drive.)
Ever fish Chatham on a commercial bass day when its foggy? The sound of the reels in the fog sounds like 100 winches always working
I pick up a Daiwa Mega twin 750 about 3 months ago used off of ebay for half of what the reel costs new and couldnt be happier. I had it out 4 times this year tile fishing and did real well in 700-800 ft of water. Put it on a DENDOH 6 ft bent butt. The captain went out and bought one after our first trip. Awesome reels and no problems with it.
Holy tilefish brother!!!
This Summer I had both an old red electramate and a brand new black 620xp. I was impressed how quiet the 620xp is and I didn't have 3 or 4 boats honing in on me except when reeling in on the old Red.
Fished the Electramate on a Penn 340 or 345 and its the same speed as the 601XL...
The problem with electrics from what others told me, it either to slow and weak or too fast. The weaker winders can't crank in more than one fish at a time while the faster ones would rip the hook from the haddock and bass. I spoke with several people including Electramate about how to slow down the reel using hi/low toggle switch.
Slowing down the Krystal's is just loosening up the lever drag, what about relieving the drag pressure a little bit?
I think I need one of those rods... for $180 seems like it could be worth it because I know I need something right now... hmm
I balked on the Dendoh rod because I wouldn't get it for a few days and I really wanted to feel the difference between MH/H. I ended up picking up this wire line rod at CMS for $244. Probably wont work for tilefish but for cod and bass be great.