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#11801397 - 08/28/16 03:22 PM Bait casting reel opinions - low $100s
MDM Offline
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Registered: 01/28/06
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Loc: East of Dallas

Have a friend with much saltwater spinning reel experience that is getting back into bassing after many years away. He has asked me to recommend a low $100s baitcaster that he should buy 3 or 4 of plus help him outfit a new tackle box. I am thinking about three reels that seem to fit his category:

1. Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifer at $99.99

2. Lew's LFS at $99.99

3. Shimano Curado I at $120 or so online

Never used 1 or 2 and the Curado I seems to be hit or miss whether people like them. I've got one that I have had since they came out and it has performed great so far. Maybe I just got one of the good ones?

Think any of them could work for a year or two but what about year 5 or year 10?

I have a bunch of Curados and Chronarchs that have 5 to 20 years on them with only normal oiling and cleaning so I am leaning towards the Curado I (yes I know it's made in Malaysia, but the others are probably China or Korea, so ...). For the $120 range it seems pretty solid.

What say you that have used the Pro Qualifier or Lews LFS for a few years?
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#11801408 - 08/28/16 03:30 PM Re: Bait casting reel opinions - low $100s [Re: MDM]
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I have moved to all Shimano reels, Curados, Chronarchs and a couple Metaniums, also a couple Citicas. I have a couple Stradics for spinning reels....no problems with any of them.

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#11801466 - 08/28/16 04:16 PM Re: Bait casting reel opinions - low $100s [Re: MDM]
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#11801506 - 08/28/16 04:40 PM Re: Bait casting reel opinions - low $100s [Re: MDM]
dreamweaver96 Offline
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Registered: 04/02/16
Posts: 89
FWIW, ive got 3 lfs reels and i love em. They'll cast a mile

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#11801638 - 08/28/16 06:42 PM Re: Bait casting reel opinions - low $100s [Re: MDM]
Len B 1 Offline
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Registered: 11/06/12
Posts: 248
Loc: Celina Tx
Lews LFS for $99, changing over from Carbonlites like dreamweaver said cast a mile.

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#11801719 - 08/28/16 07:36 PM Re: Bait casting reel opinions - low $100s [Re: MDM]
buggsboy Offline
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Registered: 07/22/11
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Loc: Carthage, Tx/Lake Fork
Shimano Citica or even better, Curado. Daiwa Tatula. All excellent reels.

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#11801825 - 08/28/16 08:46 PM Re: Bait casting reel opinions - low $100s [Re: MDM]
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Here's a pretty good deal on Diawa reels.

http://www.americanlegacyfishing.com/daiwa-tatula-type-r-100-casting-reels.html?utm_source=Mobile+Newsletter+8%2F28%2F16&utm_campaign=8%2F28%2F16&utm_medium=email
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#11802053 - 08/29/16 03:48 AM Re: Bait casting reel opinions - low $100s [Re: MDM]
M. Massoletti Offline
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Registered: 02/03/09
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been using the lews for a bit now and like em. What he may want to do is see if tackle ware is having a labor day sale. If so probably 15% off and no tax or shipping. Good time to stock his tacklebox to.

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#11802054 - 08/29/16 03:49 AM Re: Bait casting reel opinions - low $100s [Re: MDM]
M. Massoletti Offline
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Loc: Gilmer, Tx.
Or he could wait for their black friday event in november. Last year it was 20% off with no tax or shipping with purchases over $50.

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#11802108 - 08/29/16 06:29 AM Re: Bait casting reel opinions - low $100s [Re: MDM]
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I wouldn't think twice. Grab a couple of used round abus. Swedish made reels are good reels and can be had all day long for less than a hundred. Later he can get them tuned and have an even better reel.
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#11802308 - 08/29/16 08:58 AM Re: Bait casting reel opinions - low $100s [Re: MDM]
Rudy Lackey Online   content
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BPS pro Q Great for $
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#11802392 - 08/29/16 09:42 AM Re: Bait casting reel opinions - low $100s [Re: MDM]
Big Swimbait Offline
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Registered: 02/01/14
Posts: 358
Loc: Irving
Plus however many on Lew's. Go to jet.com, use discount code TRIPLE15, agree to pay by debit card & get an LFS for $76.00 or a Tournament MB for just a little more shipped. Buy anything else & both items get cheaper. They also have a good selection of other brands that are discounted the same way.

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#11802430 - 08/29/16 10:14 AM Re: Bait casting reel opinions - low $100s [Re: MDM]
plasma800 Offline
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Registered: 10/13/14
Posts: 361
Loc: Montgomery Texas
Is it just me, or does http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Pflueger/catpage-PFLUEGER.html make a great reel?

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#11803260 - 08/29/16 05:06 PM Re: Bait casting reel opinions - low $100s [Re: plasma800]
TxPanhandle Online   content
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Registered: 07/02/11
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Loc: Texas Panhandle
I have all three reels you spoke of and the lews is my favroite by far.
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#11803287 - 08/29/16 05:20 PM Re: Bait casting reel opinions - low $100s [Re: MDM]
Bradshuflin aka hunter'sdad Online   content
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several good reels offered in the 100 dollar range. I own several bps pro qualifiers and lews and imo for 100 the lews lfs is hard to beat. I will be ordering the new one next though to try it out. i have the mach1 and love it, so figure ill try this one out.

http://www.lews.com/casting-mach.php
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