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#12800248 - 06/21/18 08:13 AM Best Spinning reel ?
go_cats_go Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 09/28/04
Posts: 859
Loc: Lake Lewisville
Need help on next reel. 2 questions

1) Best crappie spinning Reel if price doesn’t matter?

2) Best crappie spinning reel under $100.

Using braided line
Mostly 1/16th jig
Fishing vertical & casting

Any tips are greatly appreciated!

#12800279 - 06/21/18 08:36 AM Re: Best Spinning reel ? [Re: go_cats_go]
Gamblinman Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/26/02
Posts: 3636
Loc: Yantis, TX
Shimano. Very smooth and workhorses. I like 500 series reels, but they are getting hard to find. 1000 series reels work just as good, just a bit larger.

#12800286 - 06/21/18 08:39 AM Re: Best Spinning reel ? [Re: go_cats_go]
jrc Offline

Registered: 03/24/08
Posts: 62
Loc: Longview, TX
I saw where Shimano is offering a Stella 2500 banana. The group I fish with is torn as some prefer small and light(500-1000) and the others (me included) like a 2000-2500 size. I don't like the reduced casting distance and increased line memory that comes with the smaller spool. I love the high end Shimano's and Daiwas and would be happy with most of their offerings. Under a $100, I like the Shimano Sahara and the Okuma's from the Ceymar upward.

#12800293 - 06/21/18 08:44 AM Re: Best Spinning reel ? [Re: go_cats_go]
Laner Offline
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Registered: 02/26/07
Posts: 2529
Loc: Joshua, TX
I would either go with Shimano or Pflueger. Both are on my guide boat and worth every penny.

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#12800353 - 06/21/18 09:33 AM Re: Best Spinning reel ? [Re: go_cats_go]
mreed Offline

Registered: 06/24/14
Posts: 69
Loc: Wise County
Abu Garcia Cardinal or Revo series reels, just my .02
2014 Lowe Roughneck 1756SC / Mercury 60 EFI

#12800556 - 06/21/18 11:53 AM Re: Best Spinning reel ? [Re: mreed]
The Crappie Guy Offline
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Registered: 03/17/03
Posts: 5211
Loc: Highland Village and Fork
Without a doubt, the Shimano 1000 series reels. And if price is not an issue, buy the Ci4. I bought four of them about 8 years ago, and have never had a problem with them...and I fish 14# braid on them (which a lesser reel will not hold up to).
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#12800603 - 06/21/18 12:29 PM Re: Best Spinning reel ? [Re: go_cats_go]
sticknstring Offline

Registered: 04/24/18
Posts: 53
Loc: The hill country
another one for shimano...
It's going to be hard to go wrong with whatever smaller reel you pick for vertical crappie fishing.
If I was tight on money, I would put more emphasis/money into the rod rather than the reel.

#12800709 - 06/21/18 01:35 PM Re: Best Spinning reel ? [Re: mreed]
TexMann1 Offline

Registered: 11/15/17
Posts: 90
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: mreed
Abu Garcia Cardinal or Revo series reels, just my .02

My choice also. I use the Black Max series. The smaller ones for crappie and 60 series for blues.
PB Blue 34lbs

#12800792 - 06/21/18 02:33 PM Re: Best Spinning reel ? [Re: go_cats_go]
Jig Man Online   content
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Registered: 01/10/09
Posts: 5629
Loc: Over here...
Garcia Soron STX size 10 for me... If you can find one.
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#12800807 - 06/21/18 02:45 PM Re: Best Spinning reel ? [Re: go_cats_go]
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Posts: 1222
Loc: Palestine

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#12800878 - 06/21/18 03:56 PM Re: Best Spinning reel ? [Re: go_cats_go]
Flying Fox Offline

Registered: 05/09/12
Posts: 69
Loc: TX
stella is the best if money is not an issue

#12800894 - 06/21/18 04:11 PM Re: Best Spinning reel ? [Re: go_cats_go]
Eric Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 09/29/01
Posts: 4400
Loc: Murchison
dock shooting I like my pfleuger president 6920. small and lightweight. BUT I am trying Okuma 20 BF and it has a lot of great qualities.. Both are under $50 each

#12801008 - 06/21/18 06:24 PM Re: Best Spinning reel ? [Re: go_cats_go]
LowBudget Fishin Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 06/13/16
Posts: 15
Shimano Sedona 2500 paired with a 8' P.A rod hard to beat - but may I add another suggestion.
Bass Pro Micro-Lite Elite (7 bearings) $40.00 paired with Bass Pro Micro-Lite 7'0" light / fast action rod $60.00. Spooled with 8LB Floroclear P-Line (Fluorocarbon coated). This rod helps me in the summer time with finicky feeding crappie. I have know problem boating 2Lb crappie with it, don't know about 3Lb crappie - YET!!

#12801185 - 06/21/18 09:21 PM Re: Best Spinning reel ? [Re: go_cats_go]
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TFF Guru

Registered: 07/23/11
Posts: 14261

Bought a Lews MachII this spring. Solid reel, very smooth, paired with a 10' ACC.

Picked up a 100 size today for my 8' ACC

#12801202 - 06/21/18 09:43 PM Re: Best Spinning reel ? [Re: go_cats_go]
canyoncreek06 Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 03/03/16
Posts: 692
Loc: Victoria, TX
I have Shimano AX's, TX's, Syncopate's, and Symetre's two 500's and about 10 in 1000's. One older Pflueger, one Garcia Black Max, and one Quantum Optix in a 10 series. The drag system on the Syncopate's and Symetre's are by far the best of any of them with the Pflueger running a close second. The Quantum and the two lesser end Shimano's are tolerable. The Garcia Black Max is definitely on the bottom. I realize that for crappie fishing the drag system does not have to be near the quality as it does for other species but I just do not like a drag that is not somewhat smooth. Day in and day out the Shimano's and Pflueger are hard to beat.

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