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Cabelas XML combos?

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I was wondering what you think of the Cabelas XML combos? I just sent my wish list from Cabelas to my family and added one of these to the list.

They're on sale now for $25, marked down from $40. How are the reels? They're a 4+1 bearing.

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These are my favorite rod and reel combo hands down. I got one at the end of last year for $20 and loved it so I just ordered 3 more of them! I guarantee you will like it!

Ryan

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I wouldn't pay $40 for one, but $25 is definitely a good deal on them. Rods seem pretty good, reel leaves something to be desired, IMO.

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I didn't get the combo, but I do have one of the XML Rods.Rods are really good IMO. Only thing is if you do a lot of outside fishing in the cold the small guide lines can be a problem with ice. Don't really know anything about the reels though.

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I believe the one I was playing with was a green reel. Wasn't smooth at all.

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They haven't sold the green reels in the combo for a while now and the combos come with a gold reel. It is much better, smoother than my abu cardinal 100u and i don't say that often wink

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If you are going to buy them at the sale price of $25, I would do it before they are gone. That is an incredible price for the quality of those combo IMHO. I have 3 of them (28" UL is one of my favorites). I am almost positive the reels are Pfluegers with the cabela name put on them. The reels alone are worth $30 dollars.

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They haven't sold the green reels in the combo for a while now and the combos come with a gold reel. It is much better, smoother than my abu cardinal 100u and i don't say that often wink

Actually they sell both, I had a green combo in my hands today.

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smooth reel in warm temps. Mine got very stiff in the cold so I had to take it back.

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I just picked up the XML gold for the Internet listed price. They are still selling the green ones at C in Rogers as well, but I didn't try those since I new the gold one was the way to go.

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The cabelas fish eagle is one of the best, if not the best reel I have used for ice fishing. And for $30 bucks there is no reason to think twice. The rods are great too.

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I agree with bassislife those reels are the best for the price. Very smooth drags. Have landed very big pike(14,7,8) on 2 & 4 lb test line while pannie fishing. You will not be disappointed. I bought one of those combos last spring on clerance for $20 and haven't had a chance to use it yet. But I purchased it because of the reel.

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Originally Posted By: Gus
smooth reel in warm temps. Mine got very stiff in the cold so I had to take it back.

Did you try putting some hot sauce in it?

Nope. If they don't put out a quality ice reel to begin with it goes back to the store. There are plenty of others out there that work when cold.

If it was an older reel I would try it, but not for a brand new one that I could still return.

The first thing I do when I buy a new ice reel is to put it in the freezer for a couple hours and give it a test. If it won't pass that, it has no spot in my ice house. I'm not always inside a nice warm house and many times gear needs to sit outside overnight.

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Either you got it wet or you got a bad one. I have 6 of them and they are all smooth as silk at below 0 temps.

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It had to be just the one reel. I have 5 of them and I've fished in below zero temps many times with them and they have never frozen up on me.

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I only have one of the combo's and wish I had purchased more, the reel is as good as my tica lf 500's. Rods are light enough for panfish, but do have enough backbone for walleye's and perch.

Used it outside last year at -20 degrees and felt as smooth as when I brought it home. Also used the reel on one of my ul rods this summer, just a great reel...

WW

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Last night I took my 2 Cabelas XML combos out to my shack in the garage flipped it over turned the LED's on and cranked up the buddy heater.. Sat there jigging for a few minutes. Very slow, no fish caught.. grin

Ryan

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Last night I took my 2 Cabelas XML combos out to my shack in the garage flipped it over turned the LED's on and cranked up the buddy heater.. Sat there jigging for a few minutes. Very slow, no fish caught.. grin

Ryan

Well what did you expect no electronics were out.....LOL

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