|Daiwa SS SV Reel on Daiwa Tatula 6'10"M Rod|
So I get to the GOMH and the wind is blowing like a sun of a gun out of the SE. No problem, I would just go to the NE side. So instead of going right to trying to skip a Fluke I go to see what the reels got as far as casting distance from up on the concrete. After a couple of solid casts with the breaks set at 4 or 5. I backed them down to 2 or 3 and was really impressed with how far I was throwing the Fluke. Distance that I'm pretty sure I've never matched with a Fluke on a TD-Z and 6'8"M Avid. To be fair I don't think I've ever tested that combo for distance and certainly not with such a strong wind at my back. I never thumbed the spool as there was no need to do it.
Then I went down on the rocks to try skipping the Fluke. I didn't readjust the brakes. I was so excited the see what the reel could do I didn't pay attention to my casting mechanics. I threw the Fluke with a lousy trajectory and backlashed the reel something awful. So awful in fact that after 25 minutes and little progress or hope for getting it out I started cutting it out. I was frustrated and ended up screwing that up resulting in losing all but maybe 40 yards of line.
With all the line taken off the reel wasn't casting nearly as far. I was able to get it skip the Fluke ok with only minor over run with breaks set at 5. I did try casting into the wind with an X-Rap for a little bit. I also had the TD-Z Avid 6'8" combo along for comparison. I was having a hard time adjusting to the differences between throwing with the Avid/Z combo with which I am confident with and the Tatula/SV combo which I was not confident with. I was getting chilled in that wind so I gave up my testing.