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Offline IceAddict87

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Piscifun Inline
« on: Oct 19, 2020, 10:50 AM »
Anyone have a hands on with one of these reels yet? Wondering how they compare to the 13 fishing black Betty. Going to try a higher end one this year but i want to make sure they are decent before i buy.

https://www.piscifun.com/collections/ice-fishing-reel/products/piscifun-icx-precision-ice-fishing-reel-2-6-1-inline-freespool-ice-reel-ultra-smooth-strength-7-1-shielded-ball-bearings?variant=31892378222661

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Re: Piscifun Inline
« Reply #1 on: Oct 19, 2020, 12:02 PM »
Anyone have a hands on with one of these reels yet? Wondering how they compare to the 13 fishing black Betty. Going to try a higher end one this year but i want to make sure they are decent before i buy.

https://www.piscifun.com/collections/ice-fishing-reel/products/piscifun-icx-precision-ice-fishing-reel-2-6-1-inline-freespool-ice-reel-ultra-smooth-strength-7-1-shielded-ball-bearings?variant=31892378222661

Thinking most people ordered them off Amazon and they were backordered last week. Website says mine should be here by Friday. I'm curious how it compares to the ghost. Pfleuger is also releasing two inline reels this year, I'm thinking those might top the list quality-wise if it's anything like their other reels. The quality of inline reels was really lacking prior to this year.
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Re: Piscifun Inline
« Reply #2 on: Oct 19, 2020, 01:00 PM »
Got mine from Amazon on Saturday. My opinion is they are a very nice reel. The spool and housing are probably close to half of the size of the ghost which could be interesting. I do not have the ghost free fall to compare it to but messed around with one in Scheel's last year and think this reel is nicer. The drag appears to be good, won't know for sure until on the ice in the cold. The star adjustment knob is nice and tight and doesn't slip out of adjustment like the cheaper Frabill 261s I have. Aluminum spool. Composite body, stem and trigger. Plenty of clearance with the stem to wear gloves if wanted. There is an open part of the spool if you choose to play the drag that way instead of using the star adjuster. The one thing that I'm not sure of is there is no free spool adjustment so it might take some getting used to if you had say a Frabill 261, 271 or 13 descent or similiar. I have all three of those and there is a little tension knob to keep the spool from dumping too fast causing backlash and rats nests of line.
If this reel is half as nice as the ICX spinning reel they had last year, it's a winner. Have to wait and see what it's actually like on the ice, at this point I say it's a top notch free fall reel for half the price of others. Almost tempted to buy a second to replace my Frabills with.

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Re: Piscifun Inline
« Reply #3 on: Oct 19, 2020, 03:36 PM »
Got mine from Amazon on Saturday. My opinion is they are a very nice reel. The spool and housing are probably close to half of the size of the ghost which could be interesting. I do not have the ghost free fall to compare it to but messed around with one in Scheel's last year and think this reel is nicer. The drag appears to be good, won't know for sure until on the ice in the cold. The star adjustment knob is nice and tight and doesn't slip out of adjustment like the cheaper Frabill 261s I have. Aluminum spool. Composite body, stem and trigger. Plenty of clearance with the stem to wear gloves if wanted. There is an open part of the spool if you choose to play the drag that way instead of using the star adjuster. The one thing that I'm not sure of is there is no free spool adjustment so it might take some getting used to if you had say a Frabill 261, 271 or 13 descent or similiar. I have all three of those and there is a little tension knob to keep the spool from dumping too fast causing backlash and rats nests of line.
If this reel is half as nice as the ICX spinning reel they had last year, it's a winner. Have to wait and see what it's actually like on the ice, at this point I say it's a top notch free fall reel for half the price of others. Almost tempted to buy a second to replace my Frabills with.

Thanks for the initial review, it sounds promising! One of the problems with the first year of freefall ghosts was the line getting caught inside the spool, they added a line guide to fix this. It doesn't look like this one has a line guide so hopefully they don't have the same problem.
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Re: Piscifun Inline
« Reply #4 on: Oct 19, 2020, 04:04 PM »
No line guide on the Piscifun. I have Frabill 371 & 261 and 13 Descent and have had problems, very minor problems, with the line wrapping around the knob that holds the spool on or getting between the spool and the main body then wrapping itself around the shaft. Not a huge problem but I'm not using these reels to fish any deeper than 20'. Just pull the spool off, slide the line free and reinstall the spool, back in business. The 13 descent is super easy as it's a pushbutton spool release. Not a fan of the 371 because of not being able to control the drag with my finger, the shroud covers the entire spool, so hopefully this little piscifun reel will replace that reel. Or I'll have to order another descent. I doubt any of these inlines are perfect, just like no spinning reel is perfect for everything.

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Re: Piscifun Inline
« Reply #5 on: Oct 19, 2020, 05:31 PM »
Got mine from Amazon on Saturday. My opinion is they are a very nice reel. The spool and housing are probably close to half of the size of the ghost which could be interesting. I do not have the ghost free fall to compare it to but messed around with one in Scheel's last year and think this reel is nicer. The drag appears to be good, won't know for sure until on the ice in the cold. The star adjustment knob is nice and tight and doesn't slip out of adjustment like the cheaper Frabill 261s I have. Aluminum spool. Composite body, stem and trigger. Plenty of clearance with the stem to wear gloves if wanted. There is an open part of the spool if you choose to play the drag that way instead of using the star adjuster. The one thing that I'm not sure of is there is no free spool adjustment so it might take some getting used to if you had say a Frabill 261, 271 or 13 descent or similiar. I have all three of those and there is a little tension knob to keep the spool from dumping too fast causing backlash and rats nests of line.
If this reel is half as nice as the ICX spinning reel they had last year, it's a winner. Have to wait and see what it's actually like on the ice, at this point I say it's a top notch free fall reel for half the price of others. Almost tempted to buy a second to replace my Frabills with.

Thanks for the review.  An inline with a smooth drag sounds good!  Have you put line on it, and did it seem like it had a good retrieve speed?  If the listed specs on Amazon are right, it has a slow retrieve gear ratio and that with the smaller spool could mean a really slow retrieve. 

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Re: Piscifun Inline
« Reply #6 on: Oct 19, 2020, 06:48 PM »
Thanks for the review.  An inline with a smooth drag sounds good!  Have you put line on it, and did it seem like it had a good retrieve speed?  If the listed specs on Amazon are right, it has a slow retrieve gear ratio and that with the smaller spool could mean a really slow retrieve.

Just crank faster. :roflmao:

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Re: Piscifun Inline
« Reply #7 on: Oct 20, 2020, 12:16 AM »


This one is way more interesting, but I'm not going to buy into to.  LOL.

I feel that it's a finger death trap.

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Re: Piscifun Inline
« Reply #8 on: Oct 20, 2020, 03:06 PM »
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This one is way more interesting, but I'm not going to buy into to.  LOL.

I feel that it's a finger death trap.

Looks like would weigh more than a 1/2 lb.

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Re: Piscifun Inline
« Reply #9 on: Oct 20, 2020, 04:46 PM »
Looks like would weigh more than a 1/2 lb.

From the description I got, it's a small reel, less than 2 inch spool and 2.6 gear ratio, making it same size to the piscifun inline.  Since there's no stem it should have an even smaller profile that most inline reels.  Has something like 11 bearings total throughout the reel.

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Re: Piscifun Inline
« Reply #10 on: Oct 24, 2020, 08:00 AM »
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This one is way more interesting, but I'm not going to buy into to.  LOL.

I feel that it's a finger death trap.

What kinda reel is this?

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Re: Piscifun Inline
« Reply #11 on: Oct 24, 2020, 06:53 PM »
What kinda reel is this?

It has to be a gag.

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Re: Piscifun Inline
« Reply #12 on: Oct 24, 2020, 11:20 PM »
It has to be a gag.

I think so too.

Apparently they're popular for raft fishing or dock fishing where one doesn't really need to cast.

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Re: Piscifun Inline
« Reply #13 on: Oct 25, 2020, 11:07 AM »
It has to be a gag.

Here it is it weighs 7 oz.

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Re: Piscifun Inline
« Reply #14 on: Oct 30, 2020, 03:49 AM »
I have one coming myself.  It's delayed, because they oversold the red left-hand retrieve on Amazon, so I had to settle on the gold instead. Oh well. Should be here next week sometime.

Got mine from Amazon on Saturday.
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Aluminum spool. Composite body, stem and trigger.
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Wait, what?  Are you sure about that?  The website clearly says the body and stem are aluminum alloy:





I can see the trigger being composite, but I'm going to be a bit ticked off if the frame/stem are composite when their website clearly says otherwise.
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Re: Piscifun Inline
« Reply #15 on: Oct 30, 2020, 06:52 AM »
I'm just the opposite, might be something to consider if it is composite. Not sure I want to hang on to an aluminum block in the cold temps.

I dont fish with gloves so would a wet hand from handling fish stick to the cold aluminum?

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Re: Piscifun Inline
« Reply #16 on: Oct 30, 2020, 08:02 AM »
Interesting, I'll have to look closer at mine tonight. I didn't even pay attention to the frame material.

Spooling my line everything seemed to run smooth. Re-lubed it just to be safe.

The retrieval rate is 2.6:1 vs 2.5:1 of the BB freefall - isn't that pretty much identical?
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Re: Piscifun Inline
« Reply #17 on: Nov 07, 2020, 12:33 AM »
The frame is indeed all aluminum.  I just posted a thorough teardown of this reel HERE:thumbsup:
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Re: Piscifun Inline
« Reply #18 on: Nov 07, 2020, 03:04 AM »
The frame is indeed all aluminum.  I just posted a thorough teardown of this reel HERE:thumbsup:

Awesome!

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Re: Piscifun Inline
« Reply #19 on: Nov 11, 2020, 07:44 PM »
My bad. Everything except the trigger is aluminum. Mine has some thin finish on it makes it look like a parting line from injection mold. Betting that I will end up breaking the trigger some how. Seems flimsy.

 



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