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I was looking to get started in wreck diving in the near future and was wondering what the recommendations are for the best wreck reel and also the size of line recommended. I'm looking to do some simple wrecks in NC.
look at the aqua explorers 5 inch primary reel. I've never heard anyone say anything bad about it. I've had one for 10 years, and aside from the anodized color wearing off in spots, it works as good as new.
Dan Berg started Aqua explorers in NY so I guess thats why alot of divers, around here have them, but price and quality is why I see them clipped to guys on the dive boats while other brands sit in their bags.
simple but strong design, it works
I have a reef scuba reel that I really like. Very modular so you can swap spools fairly easily and what's very nice is you can take the spool out underwater to clear a jam... yes I know this from personal experience.
Ditto the Reef Scuba primary and saftey reels. They are simple, reliable and very durable. And the spool is easy to remove if you jam the reel even in cold water with dry suit mitts.
I think #36 is a little light for line and in a wreck where sharp edges abound #48 is much better.
Even a small 3" saftey reel with #48 still gives you 100 ft of line and that is a fair amount of penetration in most wrecks.
A 4" primary reel will hold 250' of #48 line and is IMHO a reasonable choice for a reel to use to run a line back to a point near the anchor line. #36 line on a 4" reel will only give you another 50' so I'd personally rather have the increased abrasion resistance of #48.