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#8383133 - 12/27/12 01:26 PM Baitcast Reel for Crappie??
AGSWON Offline
Angler

Registered: 06/09/03
Posts: 307
Loc: Lewisville, TX - United States
What is the best small baitcast reel for rigging an 8'-10' crappie pole. I know some of y'all fish with baicast reels instead of spinning reels, and I figured I'd give it a try. All my baitcast reels are for bass. I was hoping they made something smaller for crappie.

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#8383277 - 12/27/12 02:14 PM Re: Baitcast Reel for Crappie?? [Re: AGSWON]
Lewisville Catfishing Offline
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Registered: 03/16/03
Posts: 2798
Loc: Little Elm, TX
I like the Daiwa Megaforce baitcast reels with the twitchin bar for verticle jigging timber or bridges. I'm sure there are much smaller baitcasters out there though.


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#8383315 - 12/27/12 02:30 PM Re: Baitcast Reel for Crappie?? [Re: AGSWON]
Don G Offline
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Registered: 06/14/11
Posts: 293
Loc: Comanche County, Texas
I purchased a couple DAIWA Laguna reels early this year and have been very satisfied with them. They are small,light weight, and thus far very durable. I have one paired with an 8' PA crappie rod and the other on a 12' PA crappie rod.
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#8383576 - 12/27/12 03:37 PM Re: Baitcast Reel for Crappie?? [Re: AGSWON]
Lonestar Proud Offline
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Registered: 05/17/10
Posts: 420
Loc: SE Texas
I use Pinnacle low profile baitcasters on all of my 8' and 10' PA jiggin poles. Can get them at WalMart pretty cheap and I've never had a problem with any of them.
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#8383586 - 12/27/12 03:40 PM Re: Baitcast Reel for Crappie?? [Re: AGSWON]
CoC Angler Offline
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Registered: 09/23/11
Posts: 708
Loc: Dallas, Tx
h20 mettle baitcast isn't the smallest, but it is light and handles well. I have 5 i use for crappie. academy has them on sale now for 30 bucks. very durable from my experience so far.
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#8383980 - 12/27/12 05:34 PM Re: Baitcast Reel for Crappie?? [Re: AGSWON]
Easy Fisherman Offline
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#8383992 - 12/27/12 05:39 PM Re: Baitcast Reel for Crappie?? [Re: CoC Angler]
pepop Offline
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Registered: 04/22/09
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Loc: Chandler, Texas
Originally Posted By: CoC Angler
h20 mettle baitcast isn't the smallest, but it is light and handles well. I have 5 i use for crappie. academy has them on sale now for 30 bucks. very durable from my experience so far.


I did have 2 H2O Mettle reels I caught on sale at Academy a few years ago but I really prefer left hand retrieve so I found 2 of these at the Gander mtn. site during a warehouse sale for $29 each. Great little reel's.

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#8384322 - 12/27/12 07:24 PM Re: Baitcast Reel for Crappie?? [Re: AGSWON]
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Registered: 03/06/11
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Loc: bedford tx./chandler,tx.
I went with some vintage Ryobi V MAG 3 reels from the 80's. Found on ebay over time. Usually $10-$15. Very small and light weight with all the features of a full-on quality bass baitcaster. 4.1/1 ratio, 6 bearings, weighs 6oz, level wind, holds 90 yds 12 lb line. Feel perfect on my jigging rods.
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#8384334 - 12/27/12 07:28 PM Re: Baitcast Reel for Crappie?? [Re: AGSWON]
AGSWON Offline
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Registered: 06/09/03
Posts: 307
Loc: Lewisville, TX - United States
Thanks y'all. Good information.

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#8384359 - 12/27/12 07:39 PM Re: Baitcast Reel for Crappie?? [Re: AGSWON]
Tony from Oak Point Offline
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Registered: 01/23/05
Posts: 2068
Loc: DFW, Texas
I like the "flippen switch" to let line out. Dang, maybe I need a "twitching bar" too :-)

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#8384913 - 12/27/12 10:38 PM Re: Baitcast Reel for Crappie?? [Re: jpenwell]
pepop Offline
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Registered: 04/22/09
Posts: 6579
Loc: Chandler, Texas
Originally Posted By: jpenwell
I went with some vintage Ryobi V MAG 3 reels from the 80's. Found on ebay over time. Usually $10-$15. Very small and light weight with all the features of a full-on quality bass baitcaster. 4.1/1 ratio, 6 bearings, weighs 6oz, level wind, holds 90 yds 12 lb line. Feel perfect on my jigging rods.


Those are some GREAT little reels. I have 2 myself.
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#8385397 - 12/28/12 07:58 AM Re: Baitcast Reel for Crappie?? [Re: AGSWON]
CoC Angler Offline
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Registered: 09/23/11
Posts: 708
Loc: Dallas, Tx
i would like to find a couple.
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#8385649 - 12/28/12 09:06 AM Re: Baitcast Reel for Crappie?? [Re: AGSWON]
Mike Andrews Offline
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Registered: 04/12/05
Posts: 4514
Loc: Red Oak
I've got a couple of the Daiwa Laguna's on the 8' Pro Anglers I fish timber with. I'm impressed at the price point. No big crappie yet but they handled a hybrid on RC this summer just fine.
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#8385826 - 12/28/12 09:43 AM Re: Baitcast Reel for Crappie?? [Re: Tony from Oak Point]
Lewisville Catfishing Offline
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Registered: 03/16/03
Posts: 2798
Loc: Little Elm, TX
Originally Posted By: Tony from Oak Point
I like the "flippen switch" to let line out. Dang, maybe I need a "twitching bar" too :-)


I just like the twitch bar because it reels up the line for you(cranks it up about a turn or so) and will free up your other hand to hold the line and work the jig.

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#8390679 - 12/29/12 07:39 PM Re: Baitcast Reel for Crappie?? [Re: jpenwell]
Grainraiser Offline
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Registered: 10/10/09
Posts: 2253
Loc: Mesquite TX
Originally Posted By: jpenwell
I went with some vintage Ryobi V MAG 3 reels from the 80's. Found on ebay over time. Usually $10-$15. Very small and light weight with all the features of a full-on quality bass baitcaster. 4.1/1 ratio, 6 bearings, weighs 6oz, level wind, holds 90 yds 12 lb line. Feel perfect on my jigging rods.



Yes sir those VMags make great crappie reels. I personally think Ryobi should bring them back. I have two of them and continue looking for more.


Reggie

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