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hey , i have a question about a setup for my Abu garcia Vendetta Rod6"6. im looking at abu garcia saros FA, Shimano Saros FA Series or quantum Smoke PT ......all kinda same price range.... If you could help me out thatd be great.   Trying to get back into fishing ...mostly fresh water ... Thanks Alot !

Hello Lacrosse, thanks for the question.

I have not as yet tested the rods and reels you are asking about. With that in mind, I will encourage you to "try before you buy" by placing each reel on the rod that best serves you.

The Abu VNT66-5 is rated for 6-12lb mono, is rated as a medium power per Abu standards and has a medium fast taper. This taper places the majority of the action in the upper 25-30%. She is rated for 1/8 - 1/2oz lure weights. The VNT66-6 is rated for 8-14lb mono and 1/4-3/4oz lure weights. This model is considered a medium heavy action and a fast taper. This taper will likely place the majority of the flex in the rod to the upper 25%. Fast and extra fast tapers are my personal choices for most situations and allow the angler more accuracy with less effort in casting. So you will simply have to decide what line test you'd most often fish and select the rod that has that test as close to the middle of the range as possible. I believe the 66-5 would be most useful.

VNTS66-5 (1265487)    6' 6"    6 to 12    M    MF    1/8 to 1/2
VNTS66-6 (1265489)    6' 6"    8 to 14    MH    F    1/4 to 3/4

So now onto the reels. I am a huge fan of Abu casting reels but have just never fancied their spinning reels. With that said, I have also not fished your choices of reels either. However, I am VERY familiar with and own the Spirex,Sedona,Sahara and Symetre reels by Shimano. They all are solid platforms and have decent drag systems. The Saros should be no less...likely more. I am just beginning to test the quantum products and will post later on my blog.

The decision for you will be matching the line test to the range of line tests on the rod you choose. The Saros weighs in at a chunky 9.4oz and has 5 good quality ball bearings. Your decision would be based once again on the you need the extra yardage the 3000FA offers vs the 2500? Both have drag systems that can provide far more pressure than the line tests will ever take. I would probably opt for the 2500 unless you will find yourself taking fish that can spool the slightly smaller amount of line that it holds. (Silver salmon? Steelhead?) Then I checked out your third reel choice...the Quantum Smoke. If the bearings are at least the quality of the Shimano bearings, you'll get 9 ball bearings and 1 roller bearing vs 5 ball bearings with the Shimano and the Quantum comes in at nearly 2oz. lighter! That makes the Quantum a VERY serious contender!

SAR2500FA    6/200, 8/140, 10/120  5   6.0:1    9.4 oz
SAR3000FA    6/230, 8/170, 10/140  5   6.0:1    9.4 oz

SL30PTI        150 yds. / 10lb.   9+1   5.2:1   7.8 oz.

So for the most versatile set-up? I'd very likely opt for the Abu Vendetta VNTS66-5 and the Quantum...just looks like the most bang for the buck! Just remember to think about the most common fish you chase...there will always be another set-up for another situation...just like golf clubs...or if you need a comparison for the Misses...gotta have another rod and reel just like she needs another pair of shoes with a matching handbag!

Hope that helps-



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I have been actively fishing for forty-five years! For nearly 15 of those years I was able to fish nearly 200 days per year. Those wonderful days have left me with a plethora of knowledge to share. I have fished from the Marianas of the Pacific to the quiet tidewaters of Virginia and North Carolina, Antigua the gulf coast of Texas and many places in between. My home waters are those of the west. I am passionate about bass fishing, tournament as well as recreational. In addition, I am well versed in fishing for most other species...(Okay, although interesting, I'm not an expert on British or European style competitive carp fishing...chumming with a slingshot anyone?). I am intimately acquainted with the San Diego County Lakes, Diamond Valley reservoir in Riverside County California and numerous other exciting fishing waters from Texas (Travis County) to the Pacific Coast and south to Cabo San Lucas. I have many years of experience in blue-water as well as inshore angling of all types in Southern California with both artificial and live baits; high country fishing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of my beloved Golden State with nothing but a backpack and a fly-rod. There are still a lifetime of adventures to undertake, together with my lovely wife, Christine. I am an expert rod smith and have vast experience with both the construction and repair all types of rods including split bamboo (new or vintage) and hickory as well as graphite, boron composites and all types of fiberglass. I spent 20 years in the retail business of which 6 were spent owning and operating a successful tackle shop, specializing in custom rod making, rod and reel repairs and a full scale tackle selection. Uncommon topics I love to discuss: Fisheries Management; Tackle Shop/ retail management; Ethics and responsibilities of anglers; Repair and maintenance of rods/reels; "How to"...any topic in fishing.


I took a few years off,(5 to be exact) from answering questions for but I'm back now! My experience? Forty-Five years of bio-observation, fishing numerous types of waters with virtually every type of tackle: Casting, Fly, Spinning, Offshore/blue-water, Coastal, Surf, Tournaments: ( Bass, Local Saltwater), Alpine lakes/streams, ditches, canals, sloughs, marshes, creeks and swamps; if there is water, I usually throw a cast or two. Tackle Shop ownership and management, Expert Custom Rod Construction and repair (Big-game, Long-range stand-up, Live bait, jig sticks, Casting, Spinning and fly- including split-cane). I have personally constructed over 700 custom rods of all types...nearly half of the rods the shop turned out. I also have performed hundreds of reel repairs of all types- antique to modern. I do not typically offer valuation of tackle. This is very difficult without inspecting the tackle first hand and leaving valuation far to subjective. I will be happy to offer other experts for placing a value on your tackle.

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