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Re: Spinning reel preference? [Re: Reloder28] #12999956 07/19/18
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I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA so mostly fished the rivers for whatever was biting: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, sauger & walleyes, hybrid strippers, channel cats and carp. Since the rivers were usually pretty rough on equipment, I usually bought cheap stuff. A few years back I upgraded some of my equipment. Past few years, I've been using a Daiwa SS Tournament 1300 series. Although reviews say it's not a very refine reel, I absolutely love it! Sadly I heard they discontinued this model, so I bought another 1300 series last night. May see if I can find a 700series for a ultra light rig but think the 1300series will make do on an ultra light.

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Re: Spinning reel preference? [Re: Reloder28] #13000373 07/19/18
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Daiwa SS 2600, super smooth drag, a go to for big fish. I like the Penn SS series too, bronze gears, great drag.

Re: Spinning reel preference? [Re: Reloder28] #13003787 07/20/18
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I always liked Shimano reels. Company is well known for quality gears and bearings on a lot of equipment.

Re: Spinning reel preference? [Re: Reloder28] #13008389 07/22/18
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The older Shimanos. The new ones, not so much. I like to have the ability to backreel.

Re: Spinning reel preference? [Re: Reloder28] #13009215 07/23/18
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Just recently spooled up my two 40+ year old Mitchel 300's with metal gears. Landed a lot of steelhead and consider them good friends.


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Re: Spinning reel preference? [Re: Reloder28] #13931710 06/27/19
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The Daiwa BGs are a lot of reel for $100. For a 50# fish I'd go for their 4500 or 5000. Check out Alan Hawk's review. While you're there, take a look at all his spinning reviews. There are certainly more expensive reels if you want to go that way.

Re: Spinning reel preference? [Re: Condition Yellow] #13932514 06/27/19
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Originally Posted by Condition Yellow
The Daiwa BGs are a lot of reel for $100. For a 50# fish I'd go for their 4500 or 5000. Check out Alan Hawk's review. While you're there, take a look at all his spinning reviews. There are certainly more expensive reels if you want to go that way.



I bought a couple of the 1500 series BG's for fishing panfish and have been using them for a few months . They are really good reels with a good drag system.

Re: Spinning reel preference? [Re: Reloder28] #13951384 07/05/19
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Always had the urge to try a high end reel. Anyone have any experience with a Shimano Stella?
Or is the Certate a better choice to consider?


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Guess I'll find out, just ordered a CERTATE LT4000-CXH


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Re: Spinning reel preference? [Re: Snowwolfe] #13960391 07/09/19
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Originally Posted by Snowwolfe
Always had the urge to try a high end reel. Anyone have any experience with a Shimano Stella?
Or is the Certate a better choice to consider?


I love the Stella. Let us know how you like the CERTATE.


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Re: Spinning reel preference? [Re: Reloder28] #13964790 07/10/19
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Pretty much preferred Shimanos until I bought a Pleuger President, tough to beat for a $100, let alone the $50 they go for. The Okuma baitrunners or whatever they are called are nice for bigger fish. I use them in the salt and they hold up well.


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Re: Spinning reel preference? [Re: Reloder28] #13974972 07/14/19
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The Certate is an amazing reel. The smoothless and precision is unbelievable. The drag is rated at 26.5 pounds and is smooth as silk. The adjustment range of the drag seems to be endless. For a medium sized spinning reel the drag puts it in a league of its own. Hope to go fishing this coming week and try it in the water. Only held a Stella in a store but this reel feels every bit as good.
My wife "frowned" on me spending so much on a reel. I handed the reel to her and asked her to look it over and try cranking the handle, about 30 seconds later she told me, "I want one".

Worth the money? To me it is. If I want to spend $75 on a bottle or bourbon or $400 on a reel at my age it doesnt matter. Life is getting shorter and shorter.


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Re: Spinning reel preference? [Re: Reloder28] #13993117 07/21/19
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Best is very subjective, I like the Shimano Biomaster SW 4000. I preset the drag at 25 pounds, I use it for salt water jigging. You will have to search for one. I had mine brought from Japan! I'm not sure what the exchange rate was, five years ago, but around $450.00 today will put you in the price range! I'm sure some fishing shop can order them. You won't see them at Bass smasher stores!

Re: Spinning reel preference? [Re: Reloder28] #13995747 07/23/19
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I like the Shimano Stradic's, very smooth reel. But I do swap out the OEM drag washers with Carbontex drag washers. I use the reels for perch (1000 Stradic), up to big Lake Michigan Salmon and walleye (2500 Stradic).


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Re: Spinning reel preference? [Re: TomM1] #13996931 07/23/19
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Originally Posted by TomM1
Pretty much preferred Shimanos until I bought a Pleuger President, tough to beat for a $100, let alone the $50 they go for. The Okuma baitrunners or whatever they are called are nice for bigger fish. I use them in the salt and they hold up well.


Agreed. I bought one on closeout several years back and it's been a great reel.


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Re: Spinning reel preference? [Re: Reloder28] #14011100 07/29/19
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I bought a couple Quantum Smoke size 25 spinning reels in early spring for new smallmouth setups. Both freshwater versions they are very lightweight and have great drags. I also picked up a saltwater Inshore S3 size 30 model and am super happy with it as well.

Re: Spinning reel preference? [Re: Reloder28] #14015122 07/31/19
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When I was a young fellow and broke the reel of choice was the Daiwa EX tournament series...now I am older and not quite as broke that is the reel I have settled on...and am well pleased with the choice.


These are my opinions, feel free to disagree.
Re: Spinning reel preference? [Re: Reloder28] #14118676 09/11/19
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I fish about 180 days a year and always used the low end shimanos. Switched to Pflueger Presidents and feel they are much better. Much beefier bail and bail spring. Quality smooth reel with a great drag and only around 60 bucks.


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