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Spinning reel preference? #12751229 03/27/18
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What’s the quality buy regardless of price? Mainly for fish up to 50 lbs or so.


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Pflueger President Model. I’ve got 9 of them and love em. Got rid of my old Shimano’s after the first day of using one. And they only cost $50 bucks, too.

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Re: Spinning reel preference? [Re: Reloder28] #12752348 03/27/18
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I have had various Pfluegers, and later p/u some Shimano's. No issues with either. Most are the smaller ones I use for freshwater.

What fish are you targeting?

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The diawa ss tournament series in whatever size you need. Been running them for 25 years or so. How often does a company make anything for 20 plus years anymore, that should tell you something.They run about a hundred bucks and up depending on size. That said I have also picked up some Pfluegers recently. The president XT is available in a very small size, got that for a ultralight stream trout rod. Also like their larger arbor style reel. Again small for the class for lighter setup. I tend to run towards the light side in all my tackle choices.

In your case I would look into the Diawa SS1600 or SS2600. You gain only a slight amount of drag with the 2600 but you may want the higher line capacity. If you use braid the 1600 will overcome the line capacity issues an give a slightly lighter and smaller package. I have used the 1600 on carp up to about 30 pounds. Reel had no problems and easily could of handled more. Exceptionally smooth drag

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If you are a Cabela's shopper check out the Cabela's Tournament ZX by Daiwa.

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Much as I like the rear mounted drags on my larger 040 and 050 Shakespeare Supra Sigma spinning reels, the drags are way smoother with larger drag discs on the front mounted drag Shimano reels. I have an upper end 2000 series for an ultra light, but the bale hits my fingers, so I went with the little larger 2500 as my go to walleye reel. Recommended.


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I have just about switched over to Lew's spinning reels. The only problem is that my Okuma and Daiwa reels refuse to break.


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Okuma and Shimano here for the last 10 yrs or so . Never any trouble with either.

Re: Spinning reel preference? [Re: Reloder28] #12756578 03/29/18
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I've had just about every brand of reel over the years and for my monetyou just can't beat Shimano. And thats saying a lot since they are mostly made in Japan. But for 50 lb fish like big cats, I'd use a Penn saltwater reel.

But,,,,,,,,,,,, for someone who knows the correct way to use a reel. Anything will work if you remember,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,A REEL IS NOT A WINCH!

Shimano makes a nice old fashioned non bearing reel , the IX1000,2000,and 4000, series reel for $12.99. Thats right, $12.99 from Tackle Direct dot com.

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Originally Posted by fubarguy
I've had just about every brand of reel over the years and for my monetyou just can't beat Shimano. And thats saying a lot since they are mostly made in Japan. But for 50 lb fish like big cats, I'd use a Penn saltwater reel.

But,,,,,,,,,,,, for someone who knows the correct way to use a reel. Anything will work if you remember,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,A REEL IS NOT A WINCH!

Shimano makes a nice old fashioned non bearing reel , the IX1000,2000,and 4000, series reel for $12.99. Thats right, $12.99 from Tackle Direct dot com.



I was going to suggest a Penn saltwater reel but was afraid I would get flamed for the suggestion.

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Drag needs to be on the rear.


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Originally Posted by 5sdad
Drag needs to be on the rear.


Why?


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Originally Posted by Dogshooter
Originally Posted by 5sdad
Drag needs to be on the rear.


Why?



Qreat question? All of my spinning reels are rear drag or the drag in on the spool ( Abu Garcia reels)

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Originally Posted by Dogshooter
Originally Posted by 5sdad
Drag needs to be on the rear.


Why?


My preference - balanced much better for me.


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Re: Spinning reel preference? [Re: Reloder28] #12760623 03/31/18
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Originally Posted by Reloder28
What’s the quality buy regardless of price? Mainly for fish up to 50 lbs or so.



Shimanos in the $125 price range...


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The rear mounted drag is more convenient to change when you are playing a fish, but the discs are larger and can be smoother when they are in the front of the reel. The new issue of Outdoor Life just named their pick for the best spinning reel as the Shimano Exsence, but that $540. price tag offends my Scottish sensibilities. Shimano does make a heck of a spinning reel though and their lower end models share a lot of the same design features as that upper end one. Their drag is the best I've used and if you are catching big fish, you need a drag that works well. Outdoor Life picked the Quantum PT Vapor at $140. their Great Buy model.


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Amazing how some of us come to the same conclusions, but that is the way quality works....Shimano Stradic for about $140..., Spirex for less expensive...
I have about a dozen of each.
Read drag only. They be hard to find in the Stradic series; I sourced mine in Europe.

Re: Spinning reel preference? [Re: 65BR] #12761619 03/31/18
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Originally Posted by 65BR
I have had various Pfluegers, and later p/u some Shimano's. No issues with either. Most are the smaller ones I use for freshwater.

What fish are you targeting?


Cat’s mostly. Redfish secondary.


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I started using Zebco Cardinals back in the 70s and that's what I still fish with. Plenty of them available on ebay. Light, smooth and fast; I have some I've been fishing hard for 40+ years.

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I'll second the Zebco Cardinal series, my personal favorite reel! I also like the DAM Quick reels as well, but the rear drag puts the Cardinal in first.

The ultra-lights are special even now in "modern" times.

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