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#11455915 - 03/04/16 09:50 AM What is the best reel for under $100?
jbassman Offline
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Registered: 05/01/03
Posts: 2721
Loc: dallas
I had someone ask me what is the number one bait cast reel for $100 or less? I was not sure what to tell him. H2-O?
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#11455917 - 03/04/16 09:52 AM Re: What is the best reel for under $100? [Re: jbassman]
BlaiseWeimer Offline
Angler

Registered: 02/10/15
Posts: 473
Loc: Coppell, Texas
BPS pro qualifier

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#11455961 - 03/04/16 10:24 AM Re: What is the best reel for under $100? [Re: jbassman]
RonL Offline
Angler

Registered: 07/09/14
Posts: 431
Loc: W.Texas
I have two favorite reels . Lews BB1 on a 7-1/2' rod and a Abu Garcia ProMax Low profile on a 7' rod . The ProMAx is $79.99 . The Lews i got on sale for $149.99 . If i only had a choice to take one reel with me to the lake the ProMax would win hands down . I know alot of people would think i'm crazy choosing the ProMax but it's what suites me best and works best for me . The BB1 is a good reel but the ProMax is easier for me to throw better and farther .

Abu Garcia ProMax Low Profile
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#11456280 - 03/04/16 01:30 PM Re: What is the best reel for under $100? [Re: jbassman]
bigbass94 Offline
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Registered: 05/27/12
Posts: 3180
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
Lews Speed Spool LFS

I honestly believe that this is the best reel under $100. I have buddies that swear by these $100 reels. They love em. Lightweight, strong, capable of making long casts, everything you need in a reel, for under $100.
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#11456286 - 03/04/16 01:32 PM Re: What is the best reel for under $100? [Re: bigbass94]
Ban-D Offline
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Registered: 02/08/10
Posts: 6707
Loc: Tx
Originally Posted By: bigbass94
Lews Speed Spool LFS

I honestly believe that this is the best reel under $100. I have buddies that swear by these $100 reels. They love em. Lightweight, strong, capable of making long casts, everything you need in a reel, for under $100.

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#11456296 - 03/04/16 01:35 PM Re: What is the best reel for under $100? [Re: jbassman]
tpvegas2213 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 11/28/15
Posts: 88
I have a lews I payed 70 for its the speed spool mcs I belive and I love it it is smother then my more expensive reels

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#11457265 - 03/05/16 06:07 AM Re: What is the best reel for under $100? [Re: jbassman]
bluebonnet2 Offline
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Registered: 09/17/07
Posts: 490
Loc: marshall, tx
good morning,

BPS pro qualifier !!!!!!!!!!

BTW....had a PQ with a bad drag, carried back to BPS in bossier city,(i can't remember when i bought it), walked in and explained the issue to the lady and demo'ed that the star drag was not working, she put a blue tag on it and gave me the UPC code told me to go get another one, walked back and picked up another one with the code(the guy was really nice) walked back up front and after, about 1 min, had a new one at no charge....that why i shop at BPS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i got 6 of 'em......best bang for the buck..

good luck,
PURA VIDA,
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#11457289 - 03/05/16 06:35 AM Re: What is the best reel for under $100? [Re: jbassman]
FSWITX Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 03/23/09
Posts: 176
Loc: TX
BPS Pro Qualifier has been a good reels for me and my crew, I have 8 and only had an issue with one. Abu Garcia ProMax has been an good reel as well, very smooth. Haven't tried the LewsSpeed Spool LFS, but I'm gonna look in to it. texas

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#11457852 - 03/05/16 04:12 PM Re: What is the best reel for under $100? [Re: bigbass94]
Kyle405 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 06/26/15
Posts: 210
Loc: Ellis County, Tx.
Originally Posted By: bigbass94
Lews Speed Spool LFS

I honestly believe that this is the best reel under $100. I have buddies that swear by these $100 reels. They love em. Lightweight, strong, capable of making long casts, everything you need in a reel, for under $100.


I use to swear by h20 mettles until I was introduced to this Lews. This lews reel is a great reel. It is a workhorse and Lews backs their products like academy backs h20.

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#11457916 - 03/05/16 04:58 PM Re: What is the best reel for under $100? [Re: jbassman]
TxRanger1 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 12/31/15
Posts: 207
Loc: Humble,Tx
The one that you like.

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#11457953 - 03/05/16 05:24 PM Re: What is the best reel for under $100? [Re: jbassman]
K.D. Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 05/04/02
Posts: 13147
Loc: Hurst, TX
Take a good look at the Abu Garcia Orra SX. It retails at $99.99. I read the spec sheet and thought it looked good. Just bought 2 of them and am super impressed.

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#11458038 - 03/05/16 06:33 PM Re: What is the best reel for under $100? [Re: jbassman]
JasonB23 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/26/16
Posts: 191
Loc: Garland Tx
Buy a used sweeden abu 4600 or 5600 ultracast c4 or c5 and upgrade the spool bearings to abec7.

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#11458178 - 03/05/16 07:44 PM Re: What is the best reel for under $100? [Re: jbassman]
Kidde Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/15/16
Posts: 203
Any old green curado that you can find for $60. Buy it and send it to The Tacklesmith here on the TFF and he will put all new guts in is and make it brand new for you. He can even send it off to be painted and be REALLY NEW.

Trust me on this.

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#11458482 - 03/05/16 10:56 PM Re: What is the best reel for under $100? [Re: jbassman]
Stephen Fatherree Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 02/19/10
Posts: 854
It's hard to beat a lightly used Shimano Curado or other Shimano Model. Remember that just because they look a bit beat up on the outside does not mean the internal parts are worn out. You may be able to get a used $200-$300 Shimano Reel for only $100 and it will probably last a lifetime. Also there are many parts available for most of the Shimano Reels, if you ever do need to fix something.

I recommend that any NEW reel which is $100 or less better be a Bass Pro Brand Reel as they have a great warranty and quite honestly build some solid reels. I have some Shimano and Bass Pro Reels that are over 10 years old and still cast great.

If I were your friend I would look for a used Shimano for sale here on the TFF, on Craigslist, or on Ebay. There are many good reels that see a year or two of fishing, are still in great working shape despite maybe looking a bit beat up, then get sold online and replaced by the newer models. Some anglers like to always have the newest gear available and sell their used gear for a good price.

Just make sure to ask if the reel has been used in saltwater and try to inspect it hands on if you are meeting with the buyer to make sure the tension knob, line guide, brakes, drag, etc. all run smoothly. I would bring some inexpensive line, a rod, and lure without hooks or casting plug so you can test it well before buying. I hope this helps!
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#11458493 - 03/05/16 11:05 PM Re: What is the best reel for under $100? [Re: Stephen Fatherree]
JasonB23 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/26/16
Posts: 191
Loc: Garland Tx
I deffinately agree with you on the older shimano reels. I have some older chronarchs that are smoother than most brand new $200-$300 reels and you can get them for $100 or less.


Edited by JasonB23 (03/05/16 11:09 PM)

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