Back in 2006, I purchased my first Certate reels not long after I first started fishing. Certate was the reel I aspired to own, and I still have those reels and they are still going strong – being regulars in my starting lineup, no matter the application.
Earlier this year I got myself one of the new Certate 2013 reels in the 2004 size. My first impression was that it is a very sexy reel, jam-packed full of features, and I haven’t been disappointed.
The Real 4 Technology is still the cornerstone of the latest Certate’s, which have also added all of the latest Daiwa Reel Innovations. Yet, with all of the technical advancement that has gone into these new reels, in my opinion, Mag Seal is by far the stand out feature.
My main criticism of the old Certate reels was the amount of servicing that they required. Not unreasonable really, when you think about it, because the fine tolerances of such a finely tuned piece of machinery can be so easily disrupted by ingress of dust and salt into the guts of the reel.
Like most others, my reels tend to cop a hiding. Fishing mostly salt water, they are exposed to all of the elements. Sun, rain, wind, salt spray, you name it, the elimination of dust and water ingress, by the Mag Seal technology can only be a positive thing.
Mag Seal on my other reels has increased the life expectancy of my gear, keeping it in optimum, reliable condition, and I can’t see it being any different with the Certate.
In general, I tend to fish my Certate reels with braided line. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s to do with my legacy Certate’s which I purchased long before I started fishing straight through fluorocarbon lines.
So out of the box I spooled the new Certate with braid, to take advantage of the new rigid and lightweight Zaion Air Rotor. The hollowed out Zaion construction transmits more of the vibrations from the lure providing unprecedented “feel” and sensitivity, and the reverse taper of the spool aids casting distance and accuracy, particularly with lightly weighted or even unweighted lure presentations.
Combined with super sensitive braid the 2013 Certate is the ideal reel to use on any one of the new generation Daiwa “contact rods” to fish lightly weighted soft plastics cast deep into the structure.