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#12567408 - 01/07/18 10:19 AM New spinning reel: Stradic Ci4+ or ???
Davis Speed Shop Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 05/31/17
Posts: 7
My dad had a custom dropshot spinning rod made for me by Ron at Reel Time Rods. It’s red and black which are my favorite colors. Most of my experience is with Bait casters but he convinced me to start fishing finesse. So now I have this beautiful rod and need a new spinning reel.

My first “want” is the Shimano Stradic Ci4+ 2500. But I wanted some opinions on some less expensive reels and how they compare. One in particular is the Abu Garcia Revo SX.

Just ordered a new Xpress X21 Pro from Billy at Sartin Marine so every penny saved helps but I’m not willing to sacrifice quality.

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#12568817 - 01/08/18 11:01 AM Re: New spinning reel: Stradic Ci4+ or ??? [Re: Davis Speed Shop]
MinMirny Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 11/21/17
Posts: 78
Loc: Austin, TX
1) There is no way you can go wrong with Stradic!
2) I personally would never try to compare it to Abu Garcia products, my alternative would be Daiwa. I have older Daiwa Sol 2500, and real happy, don't see myself looking for another for at least 5 years smile ..... but Sol is discontinued now (((
3) I can not point you to any currently made Daiwa product I have first hand experience, sorry.
4) A year ago I was trying to solve almost identical equation only in class UL, "1000". And I ended up with Stradic 1000FAML (boy, it is THE REEL!! I still envy to myself! smile )
Good luck!
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#12569041 - 01/08/18 12:55 PM Re: New spinning reel: Stradic Ci4+ or ??? [Re: Davis Speed Shop]
Samarai Offline
Angler

Registered: 08/06/07
Posts: 432
Loc: houston, TX
once u fish with that stradic ci4, you will not want to pickup any other spinning reel. personally i have 4 ci4 3000 fishing exclusively in saltwater.

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#12569190 - 01/08/18 02:38 PM Re: New spinning reel: Stradic Ci4+ or ??? [Re: Davis Speed Shop]
Davis Speed Shop Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 05/31/17
Posts: 7
Looks like y’all confirmed what I was already thinking! Ci4 it is!

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#12569562 - 01/08/18 06:57 PM Re: New spinning reel: Stradic Ci4+ or ??? [Re: Davis Speed Shop]
dimitri Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/12/09
Posts: 2215
Loc: Arlington TX
i have 2 of them . they are sweet reels!

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#12569577 - 01/08/18 07:05 PM Re: New spinning reel: Stradic Ci4+ or ??? [Re: Davis Speed Shop]
Huckleberry Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 10/10/07
Posts: 17579
Loc: Lake Gaston, VA
Shimano Sustain F1

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#12590824 - 01/22/18 04:49 PM Re: New spinning reel: Stradic Ci4+ or ??? [Re: Davis Speed Shop]
bigmikey Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 09/24/03
Posts: 201
Loc: Houston, Tx, Usa
Daiwa Tatula LT.

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#12614120 - 02/06/18 04:43 PM Re: New spinning reel: Stradic Ci4+ or ??? [Re: Davis Speed Shop]
crapicat Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 01/23/13
Posts: 6511
Loc: Grandview, TX
I am a Shimano Stradic man, got a bunch of them and they just don’t wear out or break, but if you want a totally awesome reel to go on that totally awesome rod....upgrade to the Stella...you will never regret the decision, unless someone steals it due to your carelessness...then you will hate yourself for your carelessness...for the rest of your life...guaranteed.

Plus, that rod will be sitting beside the fireplace when not in use...


Edited by crapicat (02/06/18 04:46 PM)

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#12619086 - 02/09/18 01:41 PM Re: New spinning reel: Stradic Ci4+ or ??? [Re: Davis Speed Shop]
psycho0819 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/27/05
Posts: 1551
Loc: Kaufman
If you want a reel that is priced well below its quality, look at the Mitchell 308 Pro. You'll be giving up the red and black, as it is black with green trim. If you can get past that, it's a very well built reel that has performed great for me. I have one that's 3yrs old and has caught very close to, if not more than, 1,000lbs of fish (sand bass, hybrid, and striper) using braid, and it still feels new. Then I bought another last year that is steadily racking up numbers as well. It's price point is around $70-80, and I'd put it up against any reel that costs twice as much.
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#12625387 - 02/13/18 09:21 AM Re: New spinning reel: Stradic Ci4+ or ??? [Re: Davis Speed Shop]
DNA Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 04/19/11
Posts: 114
There is no way you can go wrong with Stradic!
1000 for crappies and whites
2500 for hybrid

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#12646427 - 02/25/18 04:44 PM Re: New spinning reel: Stradic Ci4+ or ??? [Re: Davis Speed Shop]
cwil Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 03/17/09
Posts: 235
Loc: NRH, TX
+1 on the ci4, I have 2 ci4’s and 2 regular stradic s . Love them all, but the ci4’s have the edge with their weight.( and colors)

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