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#12786769 - 06/10/18 12:11 PM Beginner Baitcaster
Astro77 Offline
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Registered: 06/03/13
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Loc: Tyler, TX
I've exclusively used spinning reels my whole life. I've recently been looking into buying a baitcaster for bass fishing. Any suggestions on a good reel that is beginner friendly but also good value that will last? Budget is somewhere in the $200 or less range.
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#12786893 - 06/10/18 02:07 PM Re: Beginner Baitcaster [Re: Astro77]
sll Offline
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Registered: 05/16/18
Posts: 108
Loc: TN
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#12786934 - 06/10/18 02:45 PM Re: Beginner Baitcaster [Re: Astro77]
Darin Y Offline
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Registered: 03/03/10
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Just don’t go to cheap, I had issues trying to cut corners and got nothing but birdsnests after birdnests. But 200 is easy to do. You can even do a nice reel for say 150.00 and match it up with a cheap rod. Then up grade rod later or 100 on each.
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#12787261 - 06/10/18 09:11 PM Re: Beginner Baitcaster [Re: Astro77]
Alumacraft 14 Offline
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Registered: 02/24/06
Posts: 300
Loc: Texas
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#12787938 - 06/11/18 12:10 PM Re: Beginner Baitcaster [Re: Astro77]
MinMirny Offline
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Registered: 11/21/17
Posts: 97
Loc: Austin, TX
1) Listen to Darin Y;
2) Use this dial no reel's left side, set it high and decrease it's setting gradually;
3) begin with softer but thicker line, avoid hard lines like Ande or fluoro
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#12788257 - 06/11/18 03:54 PM Re: Beginner Baitcaster [Re: Astro77]
Astro77 Offline
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I ended up getting a Casitas paired with a Dobyns Fury at my budget. Looking forward to learning how to use it.
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#12792535 - 06/14/18 10:01 PM Re: Beginner Baitcaster [Re: Astro77]
dk2429 Offline
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Registered: 03/28/16
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Loc: Pearland, TX
Casitas is a great reel for the price! Good choice
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#12809863 - 06/29/18 05:01 AM Re: Beginner Baitcaster [Re: Astro77]
vanhagar Offline
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Registered: 10/14/06
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Loc: Hawaii
Yes you did good choosing the Casitas! Out distances my curados with just a flush and oil (rem oil/ardent oil) of the spool bearings!
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#12839500 - 07/23/18 09:07 PM Re: Beginner Baitcaster [Re: Astro77]
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Registered: 03/20/14
Posts: 111
check this website out great buys on some reals only for another day or so

www.reels-express.com

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#12845147 - 07/28/18 09:53 AM Re: Beginner Baitcaster [Re: Astro77]
BassMan_2018 Offline
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Registered: 05/16/16
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I have always had trust in the H20 mettle reels, they are fairly cheap and are great reels. I have been actively for about 5-6 years now and i still have the same reels that i got ever since I started and they still work perfectly with no problems!
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