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#11743764 - 07/26/16 07:06 PM Reel Suggestions
TxRanger1 Offline
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Registered: 12/31/15
Posts: 193
Loc: Humble,Tx
I need to get my wife a better reel that she can cast. Currently she is using a Zebco but when I add a little heavier line on it, it doesnt work correctly. She can not cast a baitcaster and she says spinning rig is uncomfortable in her hand. She caught her first bass on a worm last weekend and now she wants something better than what she is using. Her zebco is good up to 10 pound line and I put a little heavier line on it in case she got into a bigger fish.
Is there a better brand than zebco but that style reel? hammer

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#11743789 - 07/26/16 07:23 PM Re: Reel Suggestions [Re: TxRanger1]
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Loc: Hurst, TX
Rig the reel she likes with 30 lb braid and see how it works. I think 30 braid is the diameter of 8 lb mono. You may not need a new reel

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#11743791 - 07/26/16 07:24 PM Re: Reel Suggestions [Re: TxRanger1]
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#11743814 - 07/26/16 07:34 PM Re: Reel Suggestions [Re: TxRanger1]
toddfish Offline
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Registered: 02/13/10
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Loc: East Montgomery County
Some of the Zebcos, like the 808 will hold 20 lb mono. Former Classic winner Woo Daves won a BASS event in the early 90's using a Zebco 808 reel to skip worms under docks. Said he made this choice not only because it eliminated backlashes, but because it also held heavier line.

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#11743822 - 07/26/16 07:41 PM Re: Reel Suggestions [Re: TxRanger1]
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Braid will cause issues on most spincast style reels, I would caution the use of braid. Little kids can learn to throw a good baitcaster so your wife can if she is willing to learn thru a little frustration and gets positive support. In the long term all will be happier.
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#11744002 - 07/26/16 09:11 PM Re: Reel Suggestions [Re: Slide_R]
jhall239 Offline
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Registered: 10/02/15
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Loc: Hemphill,TX/Jonesboro,LA
Originally Posted By: Slide_R
Braid will cause issues on most spincast style reels, I would caution the use of braid. Little kids can learn to throw a good baitcaster so your wife can if she is willing to learn thru a little frustration and gets positive support. In the long term all will be happier.


Well said this is what I had to battle with my wife and now I think she casts better than me
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#11744338 - 07/27/16 06:54 AM Re: Reel Suggestions [Re: TxRanger1]
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Get her a new Platinum Zebco 33. And use Senshi 20lb mono in it. It has a diameter closer to 10-12lb mono. And is strong. The diameter of the 20lb mono is .013". 12lb InvisX is .012.
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#11744362 - 07/27/16 07:21 AM Re: Reel Suggestions [Re: TxRanger1]
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Registered: 09/28/14
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Loc: Carthage Tx
Check out the zebco omega line of reels...got my wife one years ago...they are great reels and I keep 12lb seguar on it...also got my son one for his first reel and it has been bullet proof as well...my wife refuses to even try a baitcaster...Good luck.
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#11744378 - 07/27/16 07:31 AM Re: Reel Suggestions [Re: TxRanger1]
Neal G Offline
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Loc: Texas
There are some easy to cast, harder to backlash and small baitcasters being made now.
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#11744607 - 07/27/16 09:42 AM Re: Reel Suggestions [Re: TroyKing]
popcork Offline
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Registered: 10/19/08
Posts: 338
Loc: Bremond, TX
+1 on the Omega series reels. I think there is one that will hold #20 line.

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#11744828 - 07/27/16 11:32 AM Re: Reel Suggestions [Re: SteezMacQueen]
Connor S Offline
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Registered: 04/26/10
Posts: 256
Loc: TEXAS
Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
Get her a new Platinum Zebco 33. And use Senshi 20lb mono in it. It has a diameter closer to 10-12lb mono. And is strong. The diameter of the 20lb mono is .013". 12lb InvisX is .012.


This.

Or Berkley Nanofil, I have 14lb Nanofil spooled on my wife's Zebco 33 Platinum and it works very well.
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#11744858 - 07/27/16 11:46 AM Re: Reel Suggestions [Re: TxRanger1]
Insurance man Offline
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Registered: 03/12/14
Posts: 346
Loc: Texas
Shakespeare makes a bait cast reel that has spool attachment that comes with it that will not let it backlash. I bought 2 for my daughters and they work great and they are cheap.

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#11745373 - 07/27/16 04:08 PM Re: Reel Suggestions [Re: Insurance man]
TxRanger1 Offline
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Registered: 12/31/15
Posts: 193
Loc: Humble,Tx
Originally Posted By: Insurance man
Shakespeare makes a bait cast reel that has spool attachment that comes with it that will not let it backlash. I bought 2 for my daughters and they work great and they are cheap.


Whats it called?

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#11745508 - 07/27/16 05:30 PM Re: Reel Suggestions [Re: TxRanger1]
EJ3 Offline
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Registered: 03/01/14
Posts: 38
Loc: Bullard, TX

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#11746078 - 07/28/16 04:29 AM Re: Reel Suggestions [Re: TxRanger1]
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Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 1793
Loc: Arlington
Just wait till she breaks the line then hand her a bait caster with tape on it. My wife's being the same way with a Zebco. Once they try it they'll never go back after seeing how much better they can reel it in

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