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Spinning reel preference?

Posted By: Reloder28

Spinning reel preference? - 03/27/18

What’s the quality buy regardless of price? Mainly for fish up to 50 lbs or so.
Posted By: chlinstructor

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 03/28/18

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.

Here ya go: https://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/...z377zecfceuIJIbi740XP7bH4p8aAsYvEALw_wcB
Posted By: 65BR

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 03/28/18

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?
Posted By: mike7mm08

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 03/28/18

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
Posted By: Rob96

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 03/28/18

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

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 03/28/18

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.
Posted By: RockyRaab

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 03/28/18

I have just about switched over to Lew's spinning reels. The only problem is that my Okuma and Daiwa reels refuse to break.
Posted By: SGT26

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 03/28/18

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

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 03/29/18

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.
Posted By: doctor_Encore

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 03/29/18

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.
Posted By: 5sdad

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 03/30/18

Drag needs to be on the rear.
Posted By: Dogshooter

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 03/30/18

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


Why?
Posted By: doctor_Encore

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 03/30/18

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)
Posted By: 5sdad

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 03/30/18

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


Why?


My preference - balanced much better for me.
Posted By: ingwe

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 03/31/18

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...
Posted By: Windfall

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 03/31/18

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.
Posted By: broomd

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 03/31/18

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.
Posted By: Reloder28

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 03/31/18

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.
Posted By: weagle

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 04/03/18

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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Posted By: lundtroller

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 04/04/18

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.
Posted By: arky65

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 04/04/18

I, have two Shimano Spriex 500 that I have been fishing with just about exclusively for over 25 years, maybe not the smoothest but they work for me. Problem, is they, discontinued them some years ago and I bought the last of the bail springs they had in stock years ago, I'm down to one spare now. I like the double paddle reels and they seem to be out of fashion now days. Don't know what to get once I break my last spring.

As mentioned by someone above the reel is not a winch, I have landed many 10#-15# Blues with these little reels and 6# line. Landed few spotted Gar in the 15#+ range too, it is all in the drag.

90% of my fishing is on the Caddo River here in SW Arkansas for Smallmouth, Kentucky Bass, and Blue Catfish.
Posted By: TN deer hunter

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 04/04/18

Pflueger President Model's for me as well. I use them on all my crappie trolling rods from 8ft to 14ft.
Posted By: jimy

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 04/04/18

Originally Posted by TN deer hunter
Pflueger President Model's for me as well. I use them on all my crappie trolling rods from 8ft to 14ft.


Same here, I have 5 of them, great reels for the money.
Posted By: 65BR

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 04/05/18

Originally Posted by Reloder28
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.


On Cat's - assume freshwater, those really large fish you want a 3000 or larger reel, and I'd use braid. On Redfish, a Penn Battle, 3000 as would a few of the mid priced Shimano's will do great. You will be casting often, so reel weight IMHO matters alot, I want LIGHT, but enough reel for the job. The Penn might be heavier than others, a Shimano is often lighter, and the more you pay the lighter you can get. Reel balance depends on the rod you put it on.....regarding the comment above.

I'd buy a cheap Pflueger President in 40 size but no smaller than 35 for Cats. You can swap reels for chasing Reds, but I might just have a less expensive albeit medium heavy to heavy action rod for the cats. The Redfish you probably want a Medium on the light end, but a Medium heavy might be best if you are throwing heavier baits and often hooking larger fish.

Talk to the guys at the counter at your local tackle stores for some of their input as well. I'd go as light weight a set up on the Redfish gear since you will cast often, but you need strong / stout enough rod and reel for the bigger ones as they do fight hard as you know.

Good fishing!
Posted By: whodat

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 04/07/18

If money's not a concern look into a Daiwa Certate reel. Most of your upper end reels are Japan issue only. I've been using Shimano Stradic's forever, had the itch and the cash for something different. Bought the Certate. I ended up with the 1000 series, used mostly for smallmouth and walleye. It's one sweet reel.
Posted By: gophergunner

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 04/07/18

I've done just fine running my old MItchell's. You just have to keep some extra bail springs around for them. I run several Schimano's and like them too, but am thinking about cleaning house and going to the Pfleuggers. My buddy runs them and I've had a chance to handle a couple of his and really like them.
Posted By: JimHnSTL

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 04/07/18

Bought my first ever Pfleugger last fall and so far I am very pleased. Time will only tell how long I am pleased. In the past I have been a big Schimano user and wanted to try the Pfleugger based on some advice I read in this forum. Dang thing is smooth on the retrieve for sure.
Posted By: 43Shooter

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 04/07/18

For the money, around $30, Shimano Sienna FD. No sealed bearings so hose it off good if you use it for saltwater otherwise it's got almost all of the features of their more expensive reels. I've never caught a really big fish on my 2500 model but I've used it for freshwater and salt water surf fishing for around six years and so far it's worked as well as my 2500 Stradic for about 15% of the cost.

They discontinued the FD model a year or so ago but you can still find them on ebay. They replaced it with the Sienna FE, less bearings and a composite body. For all I know it's as good as the FD. Shimano makes good reels.
Posted By: gkt5450

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 05/31/18

Shimano Stradic followed by Penn Fierce and Battle. They have been my choices for years. Salt, fresh, brackish, inshore and blue water. Have served me well. Flush w fresh water. They just work. Tight lines.
Posted By: Odessa

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 06/02/18

For freshwater LMB, etc. I have used the Pflueger President 35, but recently bought one of the new 2500 Daiwa Fuego LT models - spooled with 10 lb. PowerPro braid, liking it so far. For bream I have a little Pflueger Trion 25 - surprisingly smooth and durable for a cheap reel. For saltwater surf, and pier I use the Daiwa BG or the old Penn Conflict reels in the medium and large sizes (5000 & 6000). I have a couple of 2500 size Shimano Safari FE reels spooled with light braid that came with the used boat I own - two years of regular use and they are smooth as silk.
Posted By: seal_billy

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 06/07/18

I was a shimano man for years but their quality and reliability has went down in the last few years. I have been using pfluger supreme reels with good service in the 30 series for a medium size reel and I love the daiwas 2000 size for panfish. The 2000s cast WAY better than the 1000 shimano and aren't very big. The daiwas I use are around 125 to 150 dollars the pfluger supremes are 99 bucks.
Posted By: ol_mike

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 06/19/18

3000 & 5000 shimano spheros have servrd me well , salt water reels .
Posted By: RickcNY

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 06/20/18

Not to hijack the thread but who repairs the zebco cardinals I have a couple with issues ?
Posted By: Blackheart

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 06/23/18

Originally Posted by gophergunner
I've done just fine running my old MItchell's. You just have to keep some extra bail springs around for them. I run several Schimano's and like them too, but am thinking about cleaning house and going to the Pfleuggers. My buddy runs them and I've had a chance to handle a couple of his and really like them.
I like my Mitchell's just fine too. Also have a 10 year old Abu Garcia Cardinal that has done itself proud.
Posted By: woodson

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 06/24/18

Anyone using the Daiwa BGs? Recently bought two 2500s and have been very impressed considering I got two, delivered for $156.
Posted By: jackmountain

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 06/24/18

I bought a BG 5000 and put it on a Penn prevail 11' surf rod. I have two of the older BG30's on the same rods.
The new BG's are one hell of a bang for the buck. Was going to get Penn Battle II's but I'm happy with the choice.
Thinking of a 1500 for a trout rod.
Posted By: Snowwolfe

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 06/24/18

Last reel I bought was a Shimano Nasci. It is every bit as smooth as my Shimano Sustain at almost 1/3rd the price.
Posted By: jackmountain

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 06/25/18

Took the place of the symetre. Nasci is a nice reel.
Posted By: Lockhart

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 06/25/18

I've had a number of relatively inexpensive Diawas and Shimanos to serve me well for 20+ years that are now needing to be retired. I grew up on Mitchells and two DAM Quicks I really liked. I have several of the L/UL saltwater gold Penns I've been using for mountain trout and casting into the NC/SC surf for whiting, flounder and pompano. I bought a UL Okuma to try out on trout/crappie this year.
Posted By: beep

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 06/25/18

Originally Posted by mike7mm08
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


These reels all day long. I have been using SS tournament reels for about 25 years as well. I just picked up two SS700's for my UL set ups. I have two SS1600's. Highly recommended.
Posted By: leomort

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 07/19/18

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.
Posted By: JB in SC

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 07/19/18

Daiwa SS 2600, super smooth drag, a go to for big fish. I like the Penn SS series too, bronze gears, great drag.
Posted By: LNF150

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 07/21/18

I always liked Shimano reels. Company is well known for quality gears and bearings on a lot of equipment.
Posted By: mmgravy

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 07/23/18

The older Shimanos. The new ones, not so much. I like to have the ability to backreel.
Posted By: 1minute

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 07/23/18

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.
Posted By: Condition Yellow

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 06/27/19

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.
Posted By: jeeper

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 06/28/19

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.
Posted By: Snowwolfe

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 07/05/19

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?
Posted By: Snowwolfe

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 07/08/19

Guess I'll find out, just ordered a CERTATE LT4000-CXH
Posted By: MontanaCreekHunter

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 07/09/19

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.
Posted By: TomM1

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 07/11/19

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.
Posted By: Snowwolfe

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 07/14/19

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.
Posted By: Heym06

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 07/22/19

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!
Posted By: DeanAnderson

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 07/23/19

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).
Posted By: SockPuppet

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 07/23/19

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.
Posted By: Mark1

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 07/29/19

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.
Posted By: JSTUART

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 07/31/19



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.
Posted By: champlain_islander

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 09/11/19

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.
Posted By: local_dirt

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 09/21/19

Originally Posted by champlain_islander
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.




Keep an eye on Bass Pro. They have had Pfleuger Presidents on sale intermittently for around $30. I bought two at last opportunity and picked up a couple St Croix Rods for them not long ago. A combination damn hard to beat, if you ask me.
Posted By: Crappie_Killer

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 09/22/19

My stradics FG’s were getting some age on them so was looking for a possible replacement. I tried 3 or 4 of the presidents and was not impressed. I picked up several Diawa TD reels and they’ve been in use for three years and are holding up well. Last year I got a deal on some new Shimano and replaced all of my aging reels. For me anyway, Shimano/ Diawa are my choices.

To answer the original question about the Stella is that it is an incredible reel worth the money if you are a serious fisherman. It will last a very long time when a lesser reel would have to be replaced several times.
Posted By: Poconojack

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 09/23/19


60+ years using spinning gear for all manner of fishing here in PA and NY.
Mitchell 300’s
D-A-M Quick 2000
D-A-M Quick 220N
Penn 4300 SS
Posted By: Blackheart

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 09/24/19

Originally Posted by Crappie_Killer/
To answer the original question about the Stella is that it is an incredible reel worth the money if you are a serious fisherman. It will last a very long time when a lesser reel would have to be replaced several times.
Crypes for the price one of those Stella reels ought to catch 'em, clean 'em and cook 'em all by itself. I realize I don't fish as much as some here, realistically probably only 30-40 days a year but my god man, my Garcia Cardinal cost 29.99 12 years ago and has caught a boatload of fish. Now I'm sure it ain't as smooth and sophisticated as a Stella but It still shows no sign of giving up the ghost. Same could be said for my Mitchell 300 and 308, which if I remember right, cost about the same. You'd have to burn through about 20 of those reels to equal the cost of one Stella and that would take more years of fishing your ass off to accomplish than most people have on this earth.
Posted By: Blu_Cs

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 09/25/19

Originally Posted by weagle
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.


+1
I figure my oldest - still in use - goes back almost 50 years now. Not quite, but almost!
Posted By: doctor_Encore

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 09/25/19

Originally Posted by Poconojack

60+ years using spinning gear for all manner of fishing here in PA and NY.
Mitchell 300’s
D-A-M Quick 2000
D-A-M Quick 220N
Penn 4300 SS



As I recall D-A-M reels were made in Germany......built like Panzers.
Posted By: Crappie_Killer

Re: Spinning reel preference? - 09/25/19

Originally Posted by Blackheart
Originally Posted by Crappie_Killer/
To answer the original question about the Stella is that it is an incredible reel worth the money if you are a serious fisherman. It will last a very long time when a lesser reel would have to be replaced several times.
Crypes for the price one of those Stella reels ought to catch 'em, clean 'em and cook 'em all by itself. I realize I don't fish as much as some here, realistically probably only 30-40 days a year but my god man, my Garcia Cardinal cost 29.99 12 years ago and has caught a boatload of fish. Now I'm sure it ain't as smooth and sophisticated as a Stella but It still shows no sign of giving up the ghost. Same could be said for my Mitchell 300 and 308, which if I remember right, cost about the same. You'd have to burn through about 20 of those reels to equal the cost of one Stella and that would take more years of fishing your ass off to accomplish than most people have on this earth.



To each his own. I have no problem paying for quality if it enhances my enjoyment. I used to have to explain myself every year to folks who just didn't understand how I could catch 2 or 3 fish to their 1. I would explain my technique and so forth, but most of the time, it was simply the fact that the equipment I was using put me at an advantage. Now days, if it is a good friend or someone I trust, I tell them to just bring whatever snacks and such they need, I will provide all of the tackle and gear to include rods and reels. I like to try new stuff as much as the next person, but I know what I like and luckily my job allows me to afford it.
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