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#12613179 - 02/06/18 08:12 AM Reel Help
crapicat Offline
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Registered: 01/23/13
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Loc: Grandview, TX
Ok guys, gals, i need some help. Had a buddy that lost some fishing equipment...so I loaned him a couple rod/ reels (not my boneheads, but the rods did have Stradics attached). So, I decided that I want to give him the rods, with some decent reels attached (not my Stradics)...I am out of touch with new reel offerings these days. Indeed, last year after recommending any Shimano reel with 3 or more bearings, I was outraged to discover the offerings of Shimano reels below the level of a Stradic were junk, and the new Stradics were not as good as earlier versions, IMO.

So, what I need to know, what are the best spinning reels out there in the $20-60 range? I am specifically asking about small reels...500, 1000, 1500 size range...smooth and durable. I am looking for the Timex option...cheap, reliable, durable. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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#12613200 - 02/06/18 08:22 AM Re: Reel Help [Re: crapicat]
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This spinning reel is on all 9 of my spinning rods. Fished it all over the country for all kinds of fish, including sight-fishing reds on the Texas Coast. Smooth drag and very durable:

http://www.grizzlyjig.com/p-604-pro-staff-spinning-reel.aspx
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#12613314 - 02/06/18 09:23 AM Re: Reel Help [Re: Duck_Jerky]
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Loc: austin
I use zebco's. I've had those hundred dollar penn's and they are good but the zebco's are ok for fishing 15 foot straight down.

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#12613524 - 02/06/18 11:19 AM Re: Reel Help [Re: crapicat]
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The Fluegers That I bought 8yrs ago are still getting it done.....just saying
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#12613548 - 02/06/18 11:33 AM Re: Reel Help [Re: crapicat]
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I like the Abu-Garcia 1000, Black-Max $29,
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#12613567 - 02/06/18 11:44 AM Re: Reel Help [Re: crapicat]
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I have several Okuma spinning reels and love them. I also like Mitchell reels too. I have had some of them since I was a kid and they are still going strong. It is to each their own. It is what feels best for your taste. If you really like a brand and it has treated you well, go with that one. There is several out there that are good and will last.

Hope that helps.

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#12613585 - 02/06/18 11:58 AM Re: Reel Help [Re: crapicat]
serj5150 Offline
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Registered: 02/18/09
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I really love my Lew's Wally Marshall 75 spinning reel. It is very smooth and so far durable. Around 27 bucks on Ebay. thumb


Edited by serj5150 (02/06/18 03:55 PM)
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#12613677 - 02/06/18 12:38 PM Re: Reel Help [Re: tboxfish]
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Originally Posted By: tboxfish
The Fluegers That I bought 8yrs ago are still getting it done.....just saying
ditto.. That little white Pfluger they sell at Walmart is boolitprooph.....plus it resembles the older stradics.... It's a win win!!!


Edited by TroyKing (02/06/18 12:39 PM)
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#12613734 - 02/06/18 01:18 PM Re: Reel Help [Re: crapicat]
Laner Offline
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Pflueger Presidents can withstand several years of guiding and they are very well priced.
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#12614100 - 02/06/18 04:30 PM Re: Reel Help [Re: Laner]
crapicat Offline
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Ok guys, thanks for the suggestions...I went to Walmart, looked for the options that each of you suggested...no Flueger presidents or those BnN pro staffs (I was disappointed)...however they had two different sizes of the “little white Pflueger Reels” (Trion)...so I got one of each...size 20 and 30...definitely like the smoothness of the 30 better, but the 20 is a better reel than many 500 series I have used over the years....now I got to go get my Stradics back... roflmao roflmao

I am going check out the condition of my non Stradic reels, see if any need replacing...if so, they will be replaced with a President and a BnM Pro Staff...if you guys like them, I need to try them.

Incidentally, Laner...those rods you recommended to me back when I first met/fished with you are the rods, I am giving him...after much use/abuse from me...and they are still going strong...I got tickled the first time he used them...he called me and said, man those are good rods...I can actually feel the fish better. Thought you might like to know. thumb

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#12614138 - 02/06/18 04:58 PM Re: Reel Help [Re: crapicat]
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Registered: 06/12/13
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Loc: Beckville, TX
I have the Pfluger Trion 120 on all my crappie rods. Have yet to have one fail. My biggest fish so far on the little Trion is a 8.5# ditch pickle and for $30 a piece you still have money to go fishing. I'm through with Shimano.

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#12614264 - 02/06/18 06:11 PM Re: Reel Help [Re: bush hog]
crapicat Offline
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Originally Posted By: bush hog
I have the Pfluger Trion 120 on all my crappie rods. Have yet to have one fail. My biggest fish so far on the little Trion is a 8.5# ditch pickle and for $30 a piece you still have money to go fishing. I'm through with Shimano.


Bush hog, I have many Shimanos, always tried to purchase a couple a year, for probably the last twenty years, the last five years I only purchased Stradics and on sale when I could find them...never had any issues with them failing, not once...lesser reels would get destroyed through use, abuse, or big fish, but not the Shimanos, they just kept taking the abuse and were always the best value regardless of brand.

Last year, I went to Cabelas to purchase a couple more, as well as compare some of the other offerings...It was like Shimano had taken a step backwards, for the first time in twenty years, they were not the best value, in fact I left thinking they were almost the worst value...I was so shocked I didn’t buy any Shimanos last year...when I got home I played around with some of my older reels, just to sort out my thoughts. It occurred to me that Shimano, had lowered their quality standards by one level, on each level of reel...which is usually a management decision to cut production costs, and increase profitability...Evidentially, they must think fishermen are stupid and wouldn’t notice...

Well, at the same time other manufacturers are increasing quality standards at a much better price point. So my delimina, do I step up to the Stella level or just go buy a dozen good reels of other brands that are almost as good as a Stradic, at a better price point. The silver lining, is I got plenty of Good Shimanos, I really don’t need anymore for a while, but eventually I will want some more to keep updating/improving my equipment...I have never considered Diawa on par with Shimano, but maybe they are now...I just know I really need to reconsider my position on Shimanos based on the junk they produced last year...and I don’t say that lightly. For me, it’s kind of like if your wife walks in and says she wants a divorce...it devastating. Basically, they went from a cut above to to an also ran due to a poor management decision inone year. In essence, they ruined their reputation with me.

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#12614290 - 02/06/18 06:21 PM Re: Reel Help [Re: crapicat]
Fishbonz Offline
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Registered: 12/30/08
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Loc: Desoto,Tx. Dallas county
Yumoshi EF1000 (12 bearings) smooth as glass& can be used in fresh or saltwater

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#12614490 - 02/06/18 08:22 PM Re: Reel Help [Re: crapicat]
AQUA11 Offline
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Registered: 02/29/16
Posts: 144
Loc: Temple, Texas
What kind of rods are they?

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#12614512 - 02/06/18 08:33 PM Re: Reel Help [Re: AQUA11]
crapicat Offline
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Loc: Grandview, TX
Originally Posted By: AQUA11
What kind of rods are they?


It’s a reel Aqua...

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