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October 06, 2003

Hot Reels

Auto shifting reel
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Wish a fishing reel performed more like a race car in thosebrutal battles between you and the behemoth below? Downshift toTiburon's Smart Shift automatic, lever-drag, two-speed reels. Whena big bluefin pulls you to the gunwale, the Smart Shifttransmission automatically takes you to low gear for pure crankingpower. When a big fish surfaces or charges hard at the boat, SmartShift senses the difference in line tension and instantly shifts tohigh gear. Smart Shift reels come precision machined from billetaluminum, aluminum, bronze and stainless steel. They feature T-barhandles, six stainless ball bearings, high-torque lever-dragsystems, and zero-resistance free-spool. With five models rated forlines from 12- to 50-pound test, the reels offer anglers a widevariety of superstrong options. The smallest reel - the SST8 -holds 675 yards of 12-pound test and features 5.9:1 and 2.8:1 gearratios. At the top end, the SST30 holds 650 yards of 30 (400 of 50)with 4.7:1 and 1.9:1 ratios. Costs range from $639.95 to $699.95.Call 714-546-7553 or visit www.tiburonengineering.com.