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Old 05-23-2012, 09:08 PM   #1
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I want to purchase a reel to target snapper, grouper and amberjack while bottom fishing. Im looking to spend around $200 on the reel. Do you guys have any personal favorites?
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:19 PM   #2
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pen senator 6/0 is a good reel for bottom fishing and what you are wanting to spend
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i have 2 shimano toriums a 16 and a 30. Best 2 bottom reels ever in my books.
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for a lil over 200 you can get a penn red 6/0 and a nice rod with a block and roller tip
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You do not want or need a 6/0 for Snapper and a jigging combo handles Aj's better than broom stick bottom rods which wear you out as bad as the fish.
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No u don't need it but your not going to get a good jigging combo for 200 bucks either I was trying to stay in his price range
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I like Shimano and was looking just today for a new reel. I'm 90% certain I'm getting a Daiwa Saltist, but thought I'd price out some others. My friend's dad has a Torium, which is nice and under your price point, but I'm still spending the extra cash on the hyperspeed and not on Shimano.

You could go with a spinning reel instead and grab a Penn Battle 8000. I bought one for a friend's birthday for a little over $100 and he loves it.
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Started buying Shimano Tekotas a while back. They've been excellent. Plan on rebuilding the Penn's often. Never once a Shimano. Good luck.
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I am loving the Shimano Speedmaster IV combos for about 125 TOTAL.
I have whipped big AJ's and grouper, more snapper than I can count, and various other critters. Have 3 combos.

All have 80 Powerpro. They are light, tough, and easy to maintain. The only issue I've had is that the nut cover that keeps the handle on tends to crack and break. I ordered 10 of them from seaisletackle.com and problem solved.

These are not for newbies. It takes some skill to bring up a big fish as the max drag is only 11 lbs. But if you know how to use your thumbs to stop a run, they are great!

I got mine at Sams in Orange Beach.
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Ive had two bad experiences with Penns, so I refuse to buy any more of their products. I ended up going reel shopping tonight with a friend. He has smoked two of the Toriums and has been using a Diawa Saltist. The Black and Gold Star Drag Saltist was in my price range so thats what I ended up with. Its got 300 yards of 80lb braid on it. 6.4:1 ratio and 20lbs of drag. Cant wait to take it out on Friday.
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