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Old 01-24-2011, 05:48 PM   #1
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Looking to buy a couple new reels this year. I want to get away from Penn because I haven't been too pleased with my last few purchases. Looking for any suggestions...

Inshore reel - Typically, I fish inshore with lightweight tackle. Normally targeting specks and reds under the dock lights. I prefer live bait to artificial. I would like to stay around the $100 range +/-.

Surf reel - Also looking to upgrade my surf fishing gear... my Penn rod is a piece of junk and the Diawa reel is a $30 knock around (but surprisingly has held up well). Probably looking to spend $200 +/- combined on both a reel and rod.

Any thoughts/suggestions are appreciated
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:09 PM   #2
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Shimano. I was a hardcore Penn guy, but the last few years I've only bought Shimano products.
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:18 PM   #3
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Shimano or Daiwa will fill the bill. Look at the Spheros, it is a tad over 100 bucks but it is almost impossible to kill. It will also work for your surf combo too.
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Check out Outcast Bait and Tackle. They have a large selection of reels for you to choose from. Also, they have the annual spring sale coming up in march. You can get some great deals on pretty much anything you need there. For inshore reels, I always go Shimano. As for Big reels, It's between Penn and Shimano for different reasons. Just go look around and see what you like.
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Thanks for the suggestions... and yea, Outcast will probably get my business
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Old 01-26-2011, 04:10 PM   #6
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Take a look at the Fin Nor Mega Lite series reels. Very smooth reels with a cork drag. Durable as well!
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Shimano or US Reel when it comes to inshore spinning reels are hard to beat. Got an International 30 and a 8500ss by Penn. Work GREAT but seem to be......loose. Not that tight feel you get from other reels on the market. Would I trust them to a 80lbs fish, yes! Just not smooth.

I am trying my first US Reel (spincast) now. Pretty dog-gone impressed.

The only thing that I do not like about Shimano spincast is the $$$.$$, but quality comes with a price.
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Old 01-29-2011, 11:23 AM   #8
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Daiwa coastal maybe for inshore. I love my Cabo, but it's more than $100. You might do well looking at what's for sale on the forum to get a more expensive reel in your budget.
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Inshore: Check out the shimano sedonas. Nice little reels, very good value for the buck. Nice smooth drag and gearing. For the rod, basspro has some good winners. these are some nice rods for the money: http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shop...04875/-1645729 or http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shop...44529/-1028379 or you also have your good old ugly stick lites.

For Surf: A sphero's is ok, not incredible but its pretty durable. Drags are just ok. I actually think the new Penn Battle's look pretty good with the ht100's but I definitely understand the reluctance. Daiwa's exceler line looks very good as do the emblem pros. St. Croix surf rods are pretty sweet too. Hope that helps a little. I've got a shimano baitrunner 6500 I use which is very good but kind of a buggar for cleaning. I want a second lighter reel for a secondary reel so I'll be looking too.
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If you decide to make one yourself, I suggest you get 2/0 circle hooks, 60# leader material, a package of regular swivels and a package of snap swivels. Just look at the pre-made rigs in the tackle shop and match everything up to that.
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