Daiwa Gold Series GS9 dates back to the mid-seventies. If you shop
around you can still buy them brand new. The GS9 is one of the few
items from Daiwa to have had such a long life. This company are well
known for constantly bringing out new spinning reel models. The Daiwa
GS9 obviously sold very well over three decades or they would have
stopped making it!
Many slightly older
surfcasters will know this reel well. Its greatest strength is its
rugged reliability. That is just what you want from a surfcasting reel.
Especially if you are fishing some distant deserted spot on holiday far
from a supply of spare parts. Though these too are readily available.
This model is made almost
entirely of cast alloy and other metals. This is rare today.
The Daiwa GS9 spins quite
freely on its two ball bearings. The reel makes a reassuring audible
noise from the anti-reverse ratchet when the handle is turned. Fishing
reels made today no longer make this sound.
The gear ratio is 3.3:1.
Again modern reels of this size would tend to have a slightly faster
retrieve rate. However, you cannot really tell the difference when
fishing. The lower gear ratio gives a slightly more powerful retrieve.
The lower gear ratio also means the GS9's pinion gear can take more
Line capacity is 275 yards
of 20 pound, and 225 yards of 30 pound monofilament. This is plenty of
line for surfcasting. If you are mainly concerned with casting distance
the way to go is to spool up with twenty pound mono, then top-shot with
a couple of rod lengths of 30 or 40 pound to act as a shock leader
particularly if casting heavier sinker weights. For many years I have
spool my surfcasting reels with 30 pound mono because I mostly fish
shingle beaches and the heavier line better resisted the crushing
action from the stones. Always remember that heavier line particularly
on an “eggbeater” like the Daiwa GS9 is going to reduce casting
distance caused by friction as the line peels up over the lip on the
spool. Always keep your reel spool fully loaded to within a couple of
millimeters of the top fro the same reason.
The reel weighs 790g which
balances well with a heavy surf rod.
Overall the Daiwa GS9 was,
and still is, one of the toughest surfcasting reels ever made.
The Daiwa Gold Series GS9
dates back to the mid-seventies. If you shop around you can still find
them brand new. The GS9 is one of the few items from Daiwa to have had
such a long life. Unlike more modern reels the GS is made largely from
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