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Pinnacle Fishing Reaches for New Heights

 

Date: 7/14/11
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Fishing
Reviewer: Team TackleTour





 

 

 

Introduction: New reel manufacturers are always a treat for us here at TackleTour. Last year, we met the folks over at Pinnacle Fishing for the very first time and were intrigued at their value priced product. This year, we caught up with pro-staff John Crews who took us through the new Pinnacle reels.

 


Introducing Pinnacle's Optimus Xi Casting Reel.

 


This reel features a metal frame and sideplates.

 

Optimus Xi: We've spent time with Crews before out on Lake Lanier Georgia earlier this year and have come to know him as a very friendly and cool character. He could hardly contain his excitement over Pinnacle's new Optimus Xi reel, so we knew we had to pay extra attention to what this reel was all about.

 


Yet it still only weights 7.1 ounces.

 


Carbon handle and dragstar.

 

What is it about you ask? Well, how about a full metal frame and sideplate low profile baitcaster weighing in at 7.1 ounces with 10+1 bearings, an 8 disc caron fiber drag system, a carbon fiber drag star, flipping switch, tandem magnetic and centrifugal brake system, EVA knobs, a duralumin spool and drivetrain with each and every reel hand tuned before it leaves the main office for distrubtion?

 


Introducing the Optimus Xi Spinning Reel.

 

Optimus Xi Casting Reel Specifications

Model
Bearings
Retrieve
Weight
Line
MSRP
OP10XiHS
10+1
7.3:1
7.1
10/140
12/120
$249

Yes, we had the same question. "Hand Tuned"? What happens is, each and every Optimus reel from Pinnacle is individually inspected, tested, and tuned to meet certain performance specifications. They are then shipped with a card providing each owner with a 1.800 number. Should anything go wrong with the reel, all one has to do is call the number and make arrangements to send the reel back in for a one time, free, re-tuning of the reel to those same exacting specifications. It's like getting one complimentary tuneup with your purchase.

Optimus Spinning Reel Specifications

Model
Bearings
Retrieve
Weight
Line
MSRP
OP30
7+1
5.0:1
9.5
8/100
12/120
$149.99
OP40
7+1
5.0:1
10.2
12/220
16/165
$149.99

Optimus Spinning: Joining the Xi casting reel is a new spinning reel with the same, unique, hand tuned service option. The Optimus Spinning reel will be available in two sizes and feature 7+1 bearings, a reinforced graphite body and rotor, Pinnacle's own "Cross Wrap" oscillation system for flast line lay, a waterproof multi-stack drag, a titanium coated line roller, and a carbon fiber handle with an EVA knob. The Optimus Spinning reel will retail for $149.99.


The Optimus Spinning reel features a waterproof multi stack drag.

Performa XT Spinning Reel Specifications

Model
Bearings
Retrieve
Weight
Line
MSRP
PEF30
7+1
5.0:1
9.9
6/130
8/120
$99.99
PEF40
7+1
5.0:1
10.4
8/200
10/160
$99.99

Performa XT: For the more value minded angler, Crews highligted for us, Pinnacle's Performa XT spinning reel. These reels retail for $99.99 and feature an aluminum body and rotor, the same 7+1 bearings, and waterproof multi-stack drag. Pinnacle has positioned this reel as a great tool for dropshotting, shaky-head fishing and other "what-the-finesse" applications!


The Optimus Spinning reel also features a part carbon handle and full EVA knob.

Producer XT Spinning Reel Specifications

Model
Bearings
Retrieve
Weight
Line
MSRP
PRF30
7+1
5.0:1
9.9
8/10
12/120
$79.99
PRF40
7+1
5.0:1
10.4
12/220
16/165
$79.99

Producer XT: Another new reel for Pinnacle is a spinning reel they've targeted for fishing around docks, and deepwater fishing with drop shots and shaky heads. The Producer XT is a reinforced graphite body and rotor spinning ree again wtih 7+1 bearings, a multi-stack, waterproof drag and a host of other features all for only $79.99.


Pinnacle joins the micro craze.


Fuji K-Series Alconite Micro Guides.

Perfecta DHC5 Micro Casting Rod Specifications

Model
Applications
Length
Lure
Line
Type
DHC5M-701SPML
Finesse Tube, Drop Shot
7'-0"
1/16-3/8
6-12
Spin
DHC5M-721SPM
Drop Shot, Shaky Head, Wacky Worm
7'-2"
1/8-3/8
6-14
Spin
DHC5M-761CAMHFS
Flipping and Light Punching
7'-6"
1/4-1
12-25
Cast
DHC5M-7111CAHSB
Swimbaits
7'-11"
1/2-3
14-30
Cast
DHC5M-681CAM
Top Water, Popper, Tubes
6'-8'
1/4-5/8
8-14
Cast
DHC5M-701CAH
Spinnerbait, Frog
7'-0"
3/8-1 1/4
12-25
Cast
DHC5M-731CAMH
Jig, Carolina
7'-3"
3/8-1 1/4
12-25
Cast
DHC5M-781CAMHCB
Cranking
7'-8"
3/8-1
14-20
Cast
DHC5M-7111CAMHCB
Cranking
7'-11"
3/8-3/4
10-14
Cast

Perfecta DHC5 Micro: Pinnacle joins the micro-guide craze by presenting the angler with a group of 9 technique specific rods (7 casting, 2 spinning) built with Fuji K-Series Alconite micro guides. The sticks range in technique from flipping and swimbait sticks to drop shot and crankin rods and retain from $169.99 - $199.99


The new Perfecta Micro rods are all technique specific.


Kelly Watson (left) and John Crews (right) of Pinnacle Fishing.

Conclusion: Pinnacle may be relatively new, but they are an aggressive young company looking to make noise by offering right-priced product with superior customer service, and eye catching cosmetics. From what we've seen thus far, they are definitely on the right track. The only question that remains is what lies over the next peak for Pinnacle Fishing.



 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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