Went with the core 50 and took it back after 1 day. Not jumping on the bandwagon and gave it a fair shot. It is light but I am not getting the distance I wanted (top waters) and it's very comparable to the 50e. Not worth the money when I have 2 50e's sitting around and could have snagged two more for $110 a piece on craigslist/ebay which is a third of the price of the core. Just checked the spool size - wow - 12/85. Way too small for me and it's no wonder that I am not getting the distance I was getting on the 200 BSF, zillion coastal or chronarch. Comparing that to the 200 BSF or coastal zillion's 12/150! Was so pumped about the core that I didn't even check it. I threw it at all settings, with the wind, straight into the wind. Pretty disappointing.
Switched it out for the daiwa coastal zillion and the difference is night and day. Can out cast the core50, 50e, 200 bsf and revo mgx by a fair amount with big super spooks. The only reel that touches the coastal zillion in terms of distance is the Revo MGX which is very comparable. Just going to hold on to this receipt from academy just in case this reel doesn't hold up the way I want (I wade fish every day), although it is supposed to be engineered for salt we all know how hard salt water takes a toll on ANY reel. It weighs in at 8.5 oz. which is a decent amount heavier than the revo/core (5.5 oz), but honestly I didn't notice 3 oz. +/- when paired on a medium light 6'6" rod. Threw tops from dusk till dawn and had no issues on my wrists with very few breaks. To me, the coastal zillion feels like a 200BSF but easier to palm, faster gear ratio allowing me to rip tops back to me if needed with less effort, further or equal casts and a way smoother drag system for handle inshore species. Caught a red pushing 31" on a spook and it was no match to the zillion coastal's drag system.
Definitely waiting on icast 2012 to see what shimano and daiwa are going to release next. Just figured I'd fill people in with my experiences. I am a die hard shimano fan but I have to say, I'm extremely impressed with daiwa's coastal zillion and only time will tell to see if it holds up.
I'll also say that I think a lot of people writing off reels after one trip are probably doing all sorts of stuff such as dunking them, splashing water all over them, etc. without cleaning them afterward so I'm very skeptical to believe that people who are reviewing some of these reels take the proper care of them to actually give it a fair shot. Saltwater will do a number on pretty much anything and it's your job to clean them after every trip or two imo.
And sorry to whoever said distance doesn't matter; can't really agree with that. You are covering way more water and presenting your bait in front of more fish. Distance is one of the most important aspects (behind accuracy just a bit) to me when I'm trying to cover water quickly and efficiently with top waters, and if you are not trying to do that why are you throwing a top water again? To me, the real strength of a top along with sound is covering areas quickly and locating fish. The last thing I want is a reel that holds up great but burps baits out 20 feet in front of me.
Last edited by worstSPECKanglerTX; 06-16-2012 at 12:25 PM.