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#11303124 - 12/25/15 10:46 AM your best casting baitcaster
RickS Offline

Registered: 08/08/13
Posts: 210
Loc: Santa Fe NM
Hi hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas. I got my son his first Dobyns rod 7' medium heavy. Anyway I wanted some input on your favorite reels.He is a beginner with baitcasters and does pretty good. Out of all my reels the most trouble free as far as casting was a team daiwa tdx don't remember the exact model number. Bought it 20 years ago for $200.I never had trouble with birdsnests and this thing out casted any of my other reels.This reel is no longer functional the threads for the nut that secures the handle are shot. Anyway I am looking for your personal favorites so I can choose a reel for him and maybe get me one too. I appreciate your input!

#11303143 - 12/25/15 11:02 AM Re: your best casting baitcaster [Re: RickS]
Flippin-Out Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/25/15
Posts: 2141
Loc: Magnolia, TX
You have good taste in rods! I own at least 6 myself. Their 805 Flip/Punch rod is a beast!

It sounds like the reels you had were possibly Daiwa TD1 (narrow spool) or TD2 (wide spool). Those were massively successful low-profile products, also possibly the first Daiwa reels to have anti-reverse roller bearings if memory serves me correctly. I have two TD2 reels in almost pristine condition that I may sell one day. (They've been in storage for 20+ years, with no use/abuse.)

With the rapid model turnover ways of today, its getting a little harder to recommend something as anything I've had for years would be out of production today! Of what I do have, I've been pleasantly surprised at the Quantum Speed Freak. I'm sure there will be haters of the brand, but it seems they have been working for years to clean a previously tarnished image. The Speed Freak is super-lightweight, smooth, and has 25# of drag. The 8:1 gearing provides 35 inches per turn on retrieve (when the spool is full of course). To me, that retrieve helps me hurry up to the next cast after I've exited the strike zone, and it sure can take up line if a fish makes a run toward the boat.

#11303507 - 12/25/15 04:55 PM Re: your best casting baitcaster [Re: RickS]
pinesaddict Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/11/01
Posts: 646
Loc: longview tx. usa
Lews super duty is hard to beat. Most user friendly reel I have.

#11303521 - 12/25/15 05:06 PM Re: your best casting baitcaster [Re: RickS]
SAKS Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/23/14
Posts: 969
My son learned on an Abu and they do a fine job. But I would have to say that the Shimanos were by far the best casting I have ever thrown as far as control. They are not my farthest casting but the drop off in distance is not an issue. Just make sure it has dual breaking(just my opinion)for learning to cast.

#11303605 - 12/25/15 06:10 PM Re: your best casting baitcaster [Re: RickS]
YAKaddict Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 561
Loc: Plano
Can never go wrong with lews!

#11303610 - 12/25/15 06:15 PM Re: your best casting baitcaster [Re: RickS]
Bobby Milam Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 3220
Loc: Arlington
I only own Lew's. I have several different models and they all cast well with no backlashes, everything from weightless to A-rigs. For the price you can't beat them. SO far, never had one go bad.

#11303698 - 12/25/15 07:24 PM Re: your best casting baitcaster [Re: RickS]
Beast From The East Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 08/18/09
Posts: 846
Loc: North East, TX
I can attest that lews has awesome customer service. The problem is you will have to use it.

Ive never had a problem with my daiwa's.

#11303833 - 12/25/15 09:09 PM Re: your best casting baitcaster [Re: RickS]
SteezMacQueen Online   sleepy
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 5200
Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
Best casting? Ummmmm. My Daiwa Steez ito tuned reel. Second best? Regular production Daiwa Zillion TWS.

I have the best reels Lews has ever made, and they are nowhere close to the Zillion. And cost is the same.
Eat. Sleep. Fish.

#11303841 - 12/25/15 09:18 PM Re: your best casting baitcaster [Re: RickS]
Brad Hardt Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 03/16/10
Posts: 3973
Loc: Paradise, TX
$500 ? That thing better do alot more than cast a few more feet , like make me dinner or something . IL spend $150 on Lews all day

#11303842 - 12/25/15 09:18 PM Re: your best casting baitcaster [Re: RickS]
tommyc Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 04/18/06
Posts: 3245
Loc: Twok Yacht Club
Having all Shimano's for the last 15-20 years, the Core is the best that I toss.
Tom Cornelius

Romans 10:9-11

#11303858 - 12/25/15 09:30 PM Re: your best casting baitcaster [Re: RickS]
Frank the Tank Online   content
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Registered: 02/27/13
Posts: 22086
Loc: Rockwall & a lake somewhere
H2O Mettles
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#11303873 - 12/25/15 09:41 PM Re: your best casting baitcaster [Re: RickS]
Shaun Lowe Offline

Registered: 04/20/13
Posts: 209
My Daiwa Steez Limited SV is my best casting reel by far. Next would be my Shimano Antares but, it is heavy and doesn't fit in my hand as well as my Steez.

#11303879 - 12/25/15 09:45 PM Re: your best casting baitcaster [Re: RickS]
Bassalong Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 02/08/05
Posts: 824
Loc: Iowa
Lew's Tournament Pro and after that Diawa Tatula.

#11304072 - 12/26/15 07:32 AM Re: your best casting baitcaster [Re: RickS]
ezbassin Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 01/15/04
Posts: 13063
Loc: Mansfield, Tx.
Reels I have: Daiwa... Steez, Zillion, Sol, Alphas, Fuego, Team Daiwa,TDZ, Tatula Type R. and Lexa.
Shimano, Core, Chronarch B&D, Curado B,D,E,&I, Calcutta conquest, Citica.
Lews..Super Duty, BB-1, BB1-pro, Tournament Pro
Out of all of those the one I would choose for your son is the Daiwa Lexa. It is a long casting, smooth reel especially for the price, $80 shipped on ebay. I have 5 of them and you can see what other reels I have used them against.

I learned to throw a baitcaster with a Garcia 5000. Since then I have many many different reels over the years. I didn't even list the Quantum reels I used to have, I just listed the current ones I have and use.

So there you have it.....Get him the LEXA

Edited by ezbassin (12/30/15 07:54 AM)

#11304083 - 12/26/15 07:43 AM Re: your best casting baitcaster [Re: RickS]
turtdogg Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/02/11
Posts: 1677
Loc: huffman tx
The lews super duty are probably the best, most user friendly reels to buy. U don't have to take it apart to adjust brakes since it's all magnetic. And just about any lews u buy will cast excellent. I have a core 100mg, quantum tour mg, and a lews team lite that are my personal faves. Given the choice of the 3, I'd pick the lews team lite all day long.
Don't leave a fish to find a fish!!! Mark Zona
For the love of god man, set the hook!!! Me

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