I was pretty stoked when the new Certate 3000 arrived at our local Post Office. I’m sure you’re like me in that the first thing I do when I get a new reel is to attach the handle and start winding. From the onset this new reel impressed, incredibly light and smooth to wind.
Needless to say I was out on the water asap, throwing a plastic for snapper. My first fish turned out to be a very feisty fish that nailed the softie on the drop and then powered off. The drag performed flawlessly and if anything, felt too light to redline 10kg braid. Since then I’ve added spotted mackerel and small tuna to the mix, coming back to 7kg line in search of sport. The reel remains a cracker because I’s still smooth to the hand and the drag is always first class.
Earlier this year added a Certate 2000 to my bass and bream arsenal and have enjoyed similar success with the little guy. Like its bigger brother, the 2000 is light and smooth with a reliable drag that gives line evenly, without catching. I’ve enjoyed some heart-stopping moments as solid bass have bolted straight for cover, and on 6lb braid, have seemed to be incredibly close to making it.
So, my love affair with Daiwa’s Certate reels looks set to continue, with a Certate HD 3500 still going strong after years of abuse, I expect a similar result with the new and improved models. NASA developed magnetic fluid sound impressive to this non-tech head; and I suspect that this is a major player in the smoothness of the reels. Given that after a complete river dunking the 2000 remained dry and unaffected, I am thinking that the hype is in fact not hype at all.
Well-done Daiwa; you’ve made one of the best reels even better!