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#11780647 - 08/16/16 06:03 PM Best Beginner Bait Caster?
ftwfishing Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 10/15/15
Posts: 94
Loc: Fort Worth TX Eagle Mtn Lake
Just a question ive been meaning to ask. What is the best beginner bait caster for me. I usually fish ponds and the trinity river in fort worth texas.
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#11780651 - 08/16/16 06:07 PM Re: Best Beginner Bait Caster? [Re: ftwfishing]
bigbass94 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 05/27/12
Posts: 3163
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
Shimano Caius A

There's no need to go buy a $300 dollar reel if you're just a beginner. So I suggest you take a look at the Caius A by Shimano. This reel is brand new for this year and it packed full of features for only $80! It'll do everything a high dollar reel will do, trust me.
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#11780684 - 08/16/16 06:25 PM Re: Best Beginner Bait Caster? [Re: ftwfishing]
toddfish Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 02/13/10
Posts: 762
Loc: East Montgomery County
The Abu Garcia Black Max and Silver Max series are good reels and very reasonable.

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#11780687 - 08/16/16 06:27 PM Re: Best Beginner Bait Caster? [Re: ftwfishing]
jbcarroll3000 Offline
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Registered: 09/12/12
Posts: 670
Loc: Denton, TX
Depends on what you're looking to spend. For $100 or less, I think the Bass Pro Pro Qualifier reel is pretty hard to beat. Casts and holds up well. They often go on sale for $79, but I think I've even gotten a couple in the past for $50-$60.

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#11780760 - 08/16/16 07:07 PM Re: Best Beginner Bait Caster? [Re: ftwfishing]
TOMCAT21 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 03/10/09
Posts: 617
Loc: Keller, TX
Best deal on a reel I have seen in a long time. Check out the Quantum Pulse: https://www.outdoorproshop.com/SearchResults.asp?mfg=Quantum.

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#11780803 - 08/16/16 07:26 PM Re: Best Beginner Bait Caster? [Re: toddfish]
getbent956 Online   content
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Registered: 01/13/08
Posts: 75
i really like 13 concept reels. I have a few of them. They now have the inception which seems really nice for $120.

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#11780817 - 08/16/16 07:31 PM Re: Best Beginner Bait Caster? [Re: ftwfishing]
tbucket101 Offline
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Registered: 03/19/13
Posts: 349
Loc: Saginaw
Revo SX or STX.......teaching the kids on these was a breeze, really have to try hard to get a backlash once set up right and learn the amount of arm /wrist power.
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#11781037 - 08/16/16 08:40 PM Re: Best Beginner Bait Caster? [Re: tbucket101]
jbcarroll3000 Offline
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Registered: 09/12/12
Posts: 670
Loc: Denton, TX
Originally Posted By: tbucket101
Revo SX or STX.......teaching the kids on these was a breeze, really have to try hard to get a backlash once set up right and learn the amount of arm /wrist power.


Really? Your kids might be naturals in comparison to me. I own two Abu's, an SX and an MGX, and while they are good reels, I feel like they're touchier and take much more effort to dial in than any other Shimano, Lew's, Daiwa, etc. that I own. Once dialed in, they cast a mile, but switching between baits, differing wind conditions, etc., I really have to pay close attention to them. That's just my experience with them, so don't take it as fact.

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#11781118 - 08/16/16 09:11 PM Re: Best Beginner Bait Caster? [Re: ftwfishing]
EastTexasBassin Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/15/09
Posts: 793
Loc: Lake Ray Hubbard
H20 Express Mettle. $60 and it works awesome .
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#11781152 - 08/16/16 09:23 PM Re: Best Beginner Bait Caster? [Re: jbcarroll3000]
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Registered: 07/23/14
Posts: 647
I have had the exact opposite results. My Abu's are one the easiest reels I have ever used. I bought some Lew's BB1 and they have been absolutely wearing on my patience to get set up. I just can't seem to get them dialed in to where I think they should be. I want to like them but having difficult time right now.

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#11781180 - 08/16/16 09:39 PM Re: Best Beginner Bait Caster? [Re: ftwfishing]
GROD Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 09/12/10
Posts: 774
Loc: Eagle Mountain
H20 express mettle.... Can pick them up used for 20-25 a piece and they hold up great!

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#11781332 - 08/16/16 10:22 PM Re: Best Beginner Bait Caster? [Re: ftwfishing]
goodman1389 Online   content
Outdoorsman

Registered: 07/01/14
Posts: 78
Loc: Mansfield,TX
Bass Pro Shops tourney special is a great reel for the price. I paired one with a BPS cranking rod when I was learning how to deep crank. It was around $40 for the reel and it's actually one of my favorite reels, hard to get a backlash on it.

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#11781625 - 08/17/16 07:15 AM Re: Best Beginner Bait Caster? [Re: ftwfishing]
Fish2222 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 02/28/15
Posts: 5
Abu Garcia Black Max.....hands down the best reel for the money. There is no argument.

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#11781651 - 08/17/16 07:37 AM Re: Best Beginner Bait Caster? [Re: ftwfishing]
lipjerk Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/04/09
Posts: 1664
Loc: Lantana,Tx
Mettle

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#11781663 - 08/17/16 07:45 AM Re: Best Beginner Bait Caster? [Re: Fish2222]
flukeman83 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 06/19/14
Posts: 146
Originally Posted By: Fish2222
Abu Garcia Black Max.....hands down the best reel for the money. There is no argument.


100% agree ..... own 6 of them.
Landed multiple 7# fish with no problem.
My son landed a 4#--5# double on an A-Rig with one.

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