ZeeBaaS ZX2 Spinning Reels Reviews
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Details:From the previous owner of world famous Van Stall Reels, comes ZeeBaas by Robert Koelewyn. Surf fisherman, kayak fisherman and boat fisherman demanded a product that was sealed and could take the saltwater elements without having to be replaced after each season. First it was Van Staal to answer the demand and now it is ZeeBaas. Van Stall was sold to Zebco and continues to offer the complete line of quality sealed reels. ZeeBaas wanted to take the success of Van Stall to another level and give anglers the best in spinning reels. While the reels are known for the durability in the surf, boat fisherman are using these reels for jigging and live baiting more and more. The price tag (between $900 and $1000) is not for everyone, but if you fish hard than you know most of your spinning reels donít last nearly as long as they should after fighting big fish over and over. The reels have drag of up to 40 lbs allowing anglers to put the heat on big fish with the use of braid.
User reviews for ZX2
Number of Reviews: 9
Average Rating: 3.56
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Rating: Sticky Drag and Over Priced
Reviewed on August 27, 2012 by Chad from ne
The drag has been very sticky and I am constantly applying oil to the knob to avoid the drag tighting on me half way into a fight. I was hoping this reel would live up to the van staal reputation, but I am going to be selling it and going back to VS or with the new spin fisher. There will be a day that we don't have to spend $1000 on sealed spinning reels and I think that day will come in october with the new spinfisher v.
Reviewed on June 27, 2012 by Capt Scott from CA
This reel looks great from the outside but once I put some real fish on it (yellowfins) she fell apart. The tackle shop I bought it from, doesn't even stock them anymore and went back to the china made van staal which is exactly what I will be doing. I was hoping this was a reel that I could hold onto for decades but that is not the case. Sounds like zeebaas will be out of business soon too, I'm sure they were hoping for a buyout but the truth is zebco has a ton more money to back van staal than zeebaas does. oh well, it looked promising.
Rating: Too Much $$
Reviewed on March 26, 2012 by Ray Weisman from Joysey
I was looking for a replacement for my van staal. Everyone is making such a big deal about them being china made now, but I took mine apart and it was well built. Anyhow I went for it on the Zeebaas and wasn't totally impressed although it looks a lot like the old van staal when taken apart. The price was $1000, so you expect the reel to be amazing, but for that price I was scared to dunk it and do what it was made to do. I think $600 or so would be more fair for this reel. Not sure why they priced it so high. If you are thinking about getting the van staal or zeebaas, I really can't persuade either way.
Rating: Keeping it to the point
Reviewed on February 16, 2011 by Capt. Brian Patterson from Rhode Island
Unfortunately, the ZX25 got destroyed on the first tuna of its career and have decided to stick with the VS 275 ever since. Teeth got ground down to nothing and ended up losing a nice 150+ lb tuna because of it. Not sold yet on its durability.
Rating: Best Reel For Pier/Beach
Reviewed on February 14, 2011 by Tommy The Tuna from JUNO
I use this reel for just about everything, but mostly for big snook and cobia from juno pier. The only down fall about reels like this is that you have to watch them like you would a toddler. For such a hefty price, I am always paranoid, but with good reason. As others have said, this reel will last you a lifetime if you take care of it. I know I will.
Rating: It's the old van staal
Reviewed on November 9, 2010 by Shane M. from destin
I bought this reel after seeing van staal is now made in china? As far as I can tell this is the old van staal design which is very good. I don't think the reel is completely sealed and submersible, but you can dunk it. I just wouldn't dunk it for too long. I tested the drag on spinner sharks and it really does put on the heat. The thumb drag takes some getting used to, but it is pretty sweet once you do. Mine is bailed, but I plan on converting it too.
Rating: Will Last You Decades!
Reviewed on October 4, 2010 by Chris from New York
This is my go to reel for all types of fishing especially surf. I am a shore fisherman and fish for salmon, trout, tarpon, snook, etc as the season change. I move this reel from rod to rod for different purposes and it has been very good to me. I opted to go with the lifetime limited warranty in which I send the reel back once a year for maintenance. I really don't have the time or expertise to maintain my own reels so it works out well, although this reel is very easy to maintain. I plan on eventually converting it to bailless, but right now I really like it. I got mine at charkbait with free spectra added.
Rating: Awesome reel
Reviewed on September 30, 2010 by Mike from Davie
Got my reel a few days ago. Going to put it to the test today, but I thought i'd share a quick review about how nice this reel is. Completely sealed is the way to go when surf fishing, we all now, but you would expect the drag not to be smooth. no no no.. this reel is smooth. I have the 27 model and loaded it with 50lb spectra in which i fish from shore for sharks, tarpon, snook, bluefish, big jacks, etc. I'll post an update when I get an 100lb plus fish taking line.
Rating: Surf Fisherman You Only Live Once!
Reviewed on September 15, 2010 by Gary from New York
I fish the surf all over the east coast. I used to buy a new reel every year after fighting big stripers, sharks, tarpon, etc. In my opinion anything under $200 is going to fail if you put it to the test of the saltwater and big fish screaming drag. I have broke Shimano's, Daiwas, and Penn's although the cheaper Penn reels have done the best.
Since upgrading to ZeeBaas, I haven't looked back. I usually swim this reel out while dunking it and then casting. It works exactly like the day I bought it. I oil it before and after each season, but that is it. I have had the zx2 now for 2 seasons and loving it. I highly recommend this reel to anyone who is serious about surf fishing and doesn't have time to deal with tackle failures.
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