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#11714555 - 07/09/16 11:19 PM Best baitcaster for your buck?
jhauk Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 12/29/15
Posts: 33
Loc: Celina TX
Just like many anglers, I'm currently on a tight budget. I had been using an older baitcaster that I received as a gift a few years back. (Not sure the brand) That baitcaster held up for a long time but has recently had problems and I'm very impressed how long it held up. But the time has come for a new one. I'm looking at the Lews Mach 1 right now. Im planning on spooling it with 15lb flouro. Is there any other reel I should be looking at?

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#11714573 - 07/09/16 11:43 PM Re: Best baitcaster for your buck? [Re: jhauk]
krazydaddy2 Offline
Angler

Registered: 02/18/12
Posts: 322
Loc: east texas
The guys on here will do a better job for you if you give a budget and what your fishing for. I have noticed academy reels get a thumbs up.

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#11714576 - 07/09/16 11:48 PM Re: Best baitcaster for your buck? [Re: jhauk]
jhauk Offline
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Registered: 12/29/15
Posts: 33
Loc: Celina TX
I just fish for LB. I am willing to spend $130 at most. Yeah I have looked at Academy reels, but I notice that they collapse under pressure. Like when you get a good fish on, the reel's handle will turn but the spool will stay still.

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#11714577 - 07/09/16 11:49 PM Re: Best baitcaster for your buck? [Re: jhauk]
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Registered: 05/04/02
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Loc: Hurst, TX
I've been fishing for over 30 years and as time as gone by gear has gotten much better and also much more expensive. I believe their is a point of diminishing returns and don't think I need to spend $200 a reel to have quality gear. I've recently purchased 7-8 of the Abu Garcia Orra SX reels. I read the specs and compared them to my Revo gen 1 and 2 and the old Curado 200's that I loved. They are similarly built and have similiar specs. So for me, at $99 each (before 20% off at Tackewarehouse for Memorial Day) these are a great bang for the buck.

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#11714580 - 07/09/16 11:51 PM Re: Best baitcaster for your buck? [Re: jhauk]
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Registered: 01/05/12
Posts: 7283
Loc: Fritch, Tx. - Alba, Tx.
Lew's are good, but if you wanna get a top of the line reel try the Shimano Metanium,they are currently on sale at Tackle Addict for $350. They will prove to be a cost savings in the long run. I still use Shimano reels that I've had for 20 years.

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#11714581 - 07/09/16 11:54 PM Re: Best baitcaster for your buck? [Re: jhauk]
krazydaddy2 Offline
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Registered: 02/18/12
Posts: 322
Loc: east texas
The good lews with brass gears is 139 at academy. Save about 40 more dollars and you will great reel from the top manufactures diawa , 13,lews,abu garcia,and possibly a few shimanos.


Edited by krazydaddy2 (07/10/16 12:03 AM)

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#11714600 - 07/10/16 12:29 AM Re: Best baitcaster for your buck? [Re: jhauk]
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Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 2488
Loc: Arlington
Ive had good success with lews, even the cheap ones have been holding up great for the last two years. They never let me down so I stick with less for all my bait casters

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#11714605 - 07/10/16 12:37 AM Re: Best baitcaster for your buck? [Re: jhauk]
TexasHarleySales Offline
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Registered: 10/10/13
Posts: 67
Loc: Hurst, Tx
Is this an all purpose reel? Or will this be a specialty type of fishing? If I had to pick one reel it would be the Curado. Save up a couple more bucks and you'll be happy.

Honorable mention goes to th3 Okuma Citrix. Beast of a reel for $120.


Edited by KingOfCars (07/10/16 12:38 AM)
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#11714652 - 07/10/16 05:45 AM Re: Best baitcaster for your buck? [Re: jhauk]
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Registered: 10/10/06
Posts: 4067
Loc: Sulphur Springs TX
All the Lew's reels are good. I have to say the BPS Pro Qualifer is a great reel and very inexpensive.

With that mentioned I picked up a couple of Mark Rose Lew's reels at Walmart for my customers for $55 each added a 2 year warranty for $5 so now that reel has a 3 year warranty.

Lews standard 1 year and the other 2 years kick in after the Lews warranty runs out. To me that is a great deal. IMO

All my customers love these Mark Rose Lews reels. They cast really good also.


Edited by Lake Fork Guide Marc Mitchell (07/10/16 05:46 AM)
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#11714654 - 07/10/16 05:59 AM Re: Best baitcaster for your buck? [Re: jhauk]
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Registered: 06/06/11
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Loc: Mansfield, TX
We fish the heck out of our Academy H20 Xpress Mettel reels. I have 5 of them currently, some are old some are new. If I ever think one is starting to act "funny" at all (either real or imagined) I bring it back to Academy and they give me a new one. I have never had one fail. I also have two BPS Pro Qualifiers, a little more expensive and they do seem to be a little better quality than the H20. I highly recommend either of these inexpensive reels.
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#11714678 - 07/10/16 07:01 AM Re: Best baitcaster for your buck? [Re: jhauk]
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Registered: 07/15/09
Posts: 879
Loc: Lake Ray Hubbard
H20 Express Mettle. $50 ( sometimes on sale for $30 or $40)


Edited by EastTexasBassin (07/10/16 07:02 AM)
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#11714723 - 07/10/16 07:44 AM Re: Best baitcaster for your buck? [Re: jhauk]
Billy Blazer 300 HPDI Offline
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Registered: 08/16/08
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Most of the BPS reels are good. Same for the Academy brand they sell. Watch the sales. I've bought the Mettle reels at Acadmey for 25 dollars on sale.
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#11714785 - 07/10/16 08:34 AM Re: Best baitcaster for your buck? [Re: jhauk]
Kyle405 Offline
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Registered: 06/26/15
Posts: 238
Loc: Mansfield, TX.
I use h20 Mettles as academy will replace them no questions ask. I am hard on equipmentt, well my son and his friends are hard on equipment.

Honestly, the best reel for under $100 is the Lews LFS. http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Lews_Speed_Spool_LFS_Series_Casting_Reels/descpage-LSFS.html

It's built strong, good parts, easy to clean and reassemble, etc. Plus, lews warranty is good. They have a 24 hour turn around which usually means they send you a new one.


Edited by Kyle405 (07/10/16 08:34 AM)

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#11714869 - 07/10/16 09:37 AM Re: Best baitcaster for your buck? [Re: jhauk]
dandeeks Online   content
Angler

Registered: 04/06/14
Posts: 334
I have plenty of 250$ reels... and recently bought a Lew's Mach 1 after a friend recommended and am continually BLOWN away. for 100$, the reel is amazing![u][/u]

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#11714897 - 07/10/16 10:00 AM Re: Best baitcaster for your buck? [Re: jhauk]
BlaiseWeimer Offline
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Registered: 02/10/15
Posts: 478
Loc: Coppell, Texas
Originally Posted By: jhauk
I just fish for LB. I am willing to spend $130 at most. Yeah I have looked at Academy reels, but I notice that they collapse under pressure. Like when you get a good fish on, the reel's handle will turn but the spool will stay still.

Tighten the drag and you won't have that problem

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