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Best bass sized baitcasting reel if money no object #12539059
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Title says it all. Just looking for opinions. Please, no brand wars as each person has their own opinion. Digital? Mega bearings? Ease of casting? Durability? Ease of repairs? Just would like to know everybodyís opinion. I have 4 Abu Garcia Revo MGX Extremes and was just curious if Iím throwing one of the better reels out there. There always seems to be something better coming down the line. (And yes, I have some Zebco 33ís in my arsenal as well!)

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Re: Best bass sized baitcasting reel if money no object [Re: Patrnflyr] #12539675
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Shimano Aldebaran for me

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Originally Posted By: Patrnflyr
Title says it all. Just looking for opinions. Please, no brand wars as each person has their own opinion. Digital? Mega bearings? Ease of casting? Durability? Ease of repairs? Just would like to know everybodyís opinion. I have 4 Abu Garcia Revo MGX Extremes and was just curious if Iím throwing one of the better reels out there. There always seems to be something better coming down the line. (And yes, I have some Zebco 33ís in my arsenal as well!)


I will tell you this, that there are a lot of good reels out there, from a Steeze to Aldebarans to Revo MGX's. I personally am an Abu Revo MGX loyal consumer. I have 8 MGX's and I love them and wouldn't fish anything else. However, Abu got a really bad name/rap for their reels, and many guys do not like them. I would say you and I are in the minority when it comes to Revos. Most people you would talk to would never buy one. I clean/upgrade reels for many guys, and Revos are easy to maintain and upgrade. They cast really well especially if you upgrade the bearings and they are very light weight. My next purchase is going to be a Revo MGXtreme. I am looking for a used one, pretty hard to find a L.H. model. Revo only for me.


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Re: Best bass sized baitcasting reel if money no object [Re: Patrnflyr] #12540027
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Thanks guys for your input. We went out for a little bit today and had a great day of casting. I, too, like the Revo MGX Extreme.

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Shimano Metanium MGL is the best I've thrown. Shimanos hold their resale value incredibly well for a reason. If there is a better reel, for me, I haven't found it yet.

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That reel and the Aldeberran are the other two that I was curious about. Their price is similar to the AG Revo MGX. Seems like anything priced higher is fluff life gold plating etc.

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I have an aldebaran 50hg and a couple of metanium mgl reels. Just recently sold a Steez sv tw. The Steez is a really nice reel, just felt different than the metaniums and aldebaran. My personal favorite is the metanium mgl, hands down. Also, the new Curado 200k is the absolute best Curado Iíve ever fished.


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Re: Best bass sized baitcasting reel if money no object [Re: npl_texas] #12547103
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Originally Posted By: npl_texas
Shimano Aldebaran for me
great reel...
Steez SV is a good choice.

Really, any of the higher end Shimanos and Diawas are great choices if money isn't an object.


As for your Abu? It's way above average for sure.....but, honestly, it isn't even close to the best. of course, this is my opinion. Someone that loves Abu may say I'm nuts. But, for me, when someone says "high end" or "the best" Abu never comes to mind for me.

Money no object? I'd own a few dozen Megabass Hyper Lariats. Money is an object for me though, so I own a hand full of Steez reels, another handful of Team Lews Pros, and a few JDM Chronarchs.


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I have used Ardent reels since they first came out the first models had a lot of problems but they worked them out. I still have a couple of Edge models and have never had a problem with them they were the last ones made in the USA. I have some of the Elite models and really like them I think they are made gy the same company that makes other brands but one thing Ardent's customer service is second to none. Also the reels are reasonably priced.

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Honestly money isn't the biggest factor when you are looking for the "BEST" reel for bass fishing. The answer would require some questions before there can be an answer. Where will you be fishing? What kid of fishing will you be doing as in what type of water condition and lures do you want to use. No one reel and rod are the "BEST" for all applications.

Now days most people seem to believe that bass fishing requires a baitcasting reel. They do offer a lot and with lots of experience and practice you can achieve great accuracy. For bigger crank baits they have the power and speed that you will need to burn them through the water. In general they have great drags and then there is the ability to drop your thumb and say STOP. This sort of thing can be a must if you are fishing in heavy cover.

At one time the general consensus was that you needed stiff powerful rods and heavy lines and that is pretty much the area for casting reels. We seem to be getting away from thst somewhat now days.

I do a lot of my bass fishing in ponds and in general there isn't a lot of wood cover there.In these places I seldom use a casting reel. I prefer to use lighter and smaller lures and enjoy the fight offered on light to ultra light rods and do nearly all of my fishing there with zebcos and spinning reels.

The fact is that bass offer mostly a bulldog tugging fort of fight. They nearly never go on a long drag screaming run like some other species do. This means that you don't need a huge line capacity or a really heavy drag. I have caught bass up to 9 pounds on spincast and spinning tackle and never once had my line broken because my drag wasn't good enough. When I use casting reels I like the lighter ones like the 3600 and 4500 ABUs and such.

Success with your bass fishing won't be as much related to the cost and type of your reel as it will be with your ability to read the water and offer your lures accurately into the areas that actually have bass there that are willing to bite. I have often gone places and worked HARD and not gotten a single fish until I found the combination of lure, speed and structure that was what they wanted and then would catch fish one after another. I always carry at least three rods when bass fishing and usually had 6 or 7 when I tournament fished.

If you want to catch the MOST bass and have a lot of action then the best reel and rod will be the one that allows you to cast small lures that you will usually work slowly. I dearly love to fish 4" worms and 2" grubs with 6lb test with a spinning reel and a 7 foot ultralight rod. I can often catch a just insane number of bass in a single day. Most will be small but they are fun on light line and then when you hook up with a big bass on 6 pound tackle the fight will be truely memorable.

I always carried a Zebco 33 platinum when I tournament fished because with it I could skip a weightless zoom fluke 25 or 30 feet back up under a dock where nothing else could be cast there. I also found that skipping weightless fluke so it would hit the front of a line of grass in shallow water will get hits when landing the lure in the same place would get nothing. You just can't skip weightless baits like this with a casting reel.

In open water if the bass just didn't seem to want my bigger crank baits I would switch to smaller quarter ounce lures and change from casting rigs to spinning rigs with 10 pound test. This would let me make longer casts which is nice in more open water when you are searching for scattered fish. Sometimes a smaller bait will get many more hits than bigger ones.

Once you decide on what kind of fishing you will be doing most of the time then you can start looking for the best reel for THAT sort of fishing. In my experience in casting reels there is a huge difference between most cheep reels and their more middle cost types. The difference between those and the more expensive ones isn't as great and the difference between a hundred dollar reel and a three hundred dollar reel isn't very large. Usually when you get above a hundred and fifty bucks you are paying for name and advertising more than actually better reels. This is true in spinning reels and spincasting reels too.


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Metanium is the best ive ever used..

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What do you want? Size? Spool capacity? Braking style? (cent or mag)? What are your intentions for the reel?

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Honestly money isn't the biggest factor when you are looking for the "BEST" reel for bass fishing. The answer would require some questions before there can be an answer. Where will you be fishing? What kid of fishing will you be doing as in what type of water condition and lures do you want to use. No one reel and rod are the "BEST" for all applications.

Now days most people seem to believe that bass fishing requires a baitcasting reel. They do offer a lot and with lots of experience and practice you can achieve great accuracy. For bigger crank baits they have the power and speed that you will need to burn them through the water. In general they have great drags and then there is the ability to drop your thumb and say STOP. This sort of thing can be a must if you are fishing in heavy cover.

At one time the general consensus was that you needed stiff powerful rods and heavy lines and that is pretty much the area for casting reels. We seem to be getting away from thst somewhat now days.

I do a lot of my bass fishing in ponds and in general there isn't a lot of wood cover there.In these places I seldom use a casting reel. I prefer to use lighter and smaller lures and enjoy the fight offered on light to ultra light rods and do nearly all of my fishing there with zebcos and spinning reels.

The fact is that bass offer mostly a bulldog tugging fort of fight. They nearly never go on a long drag screaming run like some other species do. This means that you don't need a huge line capacity or a really heavy drag. I have caught bass up to 9 pounds on spincast and spinning tackle and never once had my line broken because my drag wasn't good enough. When I use casting reels I like the lighter ones like the 3600 and 4500 ABUs and such.

Success with your bass fishing won't be as much related to the cost and type of your reel as it will be with your ability to read the water and offer your lures accurately into the areas that actually have bass there that are willing to bite. I have often gone places and worked HARD and not gotten a single fish until I found the combination of lure, speed and structure that was what they wanted and then would catch fish one after another. I always carry at least three rods when bass fishing and usually had 6 or 7 when I tournament fished.

If you want to catch the MOST bass and have a lot of action then the best reel and rod will be the one that allows you to cast small lures that you will usually work slowly. I dearly love to fish 4" worms and 2" grubs with 6lb test with a spinning reel and a 7 foot ultralight rod. I can often catch a just insane number of bass in a single day. Most will be small but they are fun on light line and then when you hook up with a big bass on 6 pound tackle the fight will be truely memorable.

I always carried a Zebco 33 platinum when I tournament fished because with it I could skip a weightless zoom fluke 25 or 30 feet back up under a dock where nothing else could be cast there. I also found that skipping weightless fluke so it would hit the front of a line of grass in shallow water will get hits when landing the lure in the same place would get nothing. You just can't skip weightless baits like this with a casting reel.

In open water if the bass just didn't seem to want my bigger crank baits I would switch to smaller quarter ounce lures and change from casting rigs to spinning rigs with 10 pound test. This would let me make longer casts which is nice in more open water when you are searching for scattered fish. Sometimes a smaller bait will get many more hits than bigger ones.

Once you decide on what kind of fishing you will be doing most of the time then you can start looking for the best reel for THAT sort of fishing. In my experience in casting reels there is a huge difference between most cheep reels and their more middle cost types. The difference between those and the more expensive ones isn't as great and the difference between a hundred dollar reel and a three hundred dollar reel isn't very large. Usually when you get above a hundred and fifty bucks you are paying for name and advertising more than actually better reels. This is true in spinning reels and spincasting reels too.


Did you kinda just recommend a FREAKIN ZEBCO in a "best, money-no-object" thread? Are you serious? Are you really?!!!

Nuts. .....and kinda, well, .....never mind.


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Just noticed Shimano is announcing the Stella FJ and Bantum MGL. Would the Bantum be above or below the metatanium? The Stella looks like the top of the line spinning reel of all time

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Originally Posted By: Patrnflyr
Just noticed Shimano is announcing the Stella FJ and Bantum MGL. Would the Bantum be above or below the metatanium? The Stella looks like the top of the line spinning reel of all time


IMO the Bantam will be above the Metanium. But again, its all what you are looking for. The Metanium is a nice reel, but, its not made for heavy duty work. The aluminum gears get noisy quick, and dont hold up to abuse. Also, I think its a little on the awkwardly long side. The Bantam, that will be more fitting to what we used to remember the Bantam as, a heavy duty workhorse. Its gonna have solid brass gears, the pinion supported by dual bearings, metal wormshaft and pawl. Its basically what I would compare as the modern day Curado200SF.

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I have to say I think one of the best bangs for the buck right now it the Daiwa SV TW line. Dang near impossible to backlash and will cast even the lightest of lures without issue. They list for $199 but there's a couple of sellers on ebay that have them listed for between $115-130 depending on what ratio it is.
IIRC the seller on ebay is alpha2omega. I just picked up my 4th one and am seriously considering replacing all my reels with them

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I'd say Shimano and Daiwa still lead the pack. My oldest reels are also the most dependable reels. They are Shimano and Daiwa. I've tried other brands and have been repeatedly disappointed. I can't speak to the digital reels durability, but there are lots of used digital reels for sale. The longest cast I ever witnessed in person was made by a Pro with a digital Calais. They are among the most expensive and may be what you need.


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get a decent reel, the rod is more important.

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Originally Posted By: tmd11111
I have to say I think one of the best bangs for the buck right now it the Daiwa SV TW line. Dang near impossible to backlash and will cast even the lightest of lures without issue. They list for $199 but there's a couple of sellers on ebay that have them listed for between $115-130 depending on what ratio it is.
IIRC the seller on ebay is alpha2omega. I just picked up my 4th one and am seriously considering replacing all my reels with them


been looking at this one too

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I have 8-10 aldebaran love them I get them on ebay or japanlurecompany about 320 shipped.

Stoked that I found the bfs hg aldebaran, the 8-1 is great for flipping and such. Ive been told I should change to brass gears and something about the drag but havent done it yet.


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Ha! Actually, not so much a 33, but there is an $80 Zebco Omega Pro and if it wasn't spooled up with the world's stretchiest line (that Cajun brand red mono), it'd be a contender in specific applications.

I know exactly what texdanm means. A high quality spincaster sort of merges the qualities of spinning and bait casting reels in an odd way and it can do things the others struggle with.

Alas, even the higher quality ones are poorly made, poor materials. If not for that, if someone like Shimano would make a high quality spin-caster, you wouldn't find a competitive angler not carrying one in an "over and under" tournament casting small lures rapid fire.

An angler could load the boat with typically smaller LMBs with one.

But, no, certainly this wouldn't be the "one" reel.

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I like my Shimano Curado. I really like all my Johnny Morris reels. My 13 is nice. But the reels I grew up with and that I still use are my round Abu-Garcias. great reels. hard to beat.

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Noticed a fairly new Shimano out in the market, a Bantam MGL. Will this be a replacement for the Metatanium?

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The Bantam MGL is new so I'm not seeing eBay dealers discounting it yet. (Not much anyway.)

eBay Bantam MGL is $339-349

I buy most of my reels from these two eBay sellers. I've gotten some great deals, such as Steez for the low $300s.

eBay alpha2omega

eBay triacetackle

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I love my Metanium MGL, don't have an Aldebaran, but this Bantam is really nice, a little heavy but you don't even notice that because it palms so nice. Super smooth cast and retrieve, Solid and quiet. I'll buy more.

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I like Shimano so my favorites are the Metanium, Anteres, Aldebaren for the upper end. The Chronarch is hard to beat in either the mgl or the 150G series. Nothing wrong with that new Curado K.

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People are not answering the question, he said "money is no object" and some are recommending spincast reels and Ardents! C'mon Man!!!
Personally, I would stock up on some Calais 100a's and Metanium Mgl's.


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Re: Best bass sized baitcasting reel if money no object [Re: Patrnflyr] #12771230
05/27/18 04:57 PM
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Re: Best bass sized baitcasting reel if money no object [Re: Patrnflyr] #12771896
05/28/18 12:07 PM
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and squeeze the water out of rocks when he was thirsty"
Re: Best bass sized baitcasting reel if money no object [Re: Patrnflyr] #12771932
05/28/18 12:46 PM
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My son just bought a Bantam MGL. Seems like a really good setup.

Re: Best bass sized baitcasting reel if money no object [Re: Patrnflyr] #12773718
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I've only held an Aldebaran once. Guy at Bass Pro pointed out many flaws about it right there in front of my face.. Made me rest assured that I won't be spending $420 on that [censored].


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