Need a large and inexpensive spinning reel, suggestions?

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by JimG, May 23, 2008.

  1. JimG

    JimG New Member

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    As the title says, I need two large yet inexpensive spinning reels. Need the ability for long casts and the ability to hold heavy weight line (20-30lb mono). I was going to purchase a couple of Diawa DF100A Giant reels but the reviews are spotty, some say good and some have had failures. Shakespeare Alphas seem to be a little too cheaply built for my tastes. Have not tried the Shakespeare Tidewaters. I could spring for a couple of Diawa Emcast Sports but I'm trying to go a little cheaper. What say all of you? I'm putting them on two Diawa Beefsticks that are 9' and rated for 1 to 6 ounces. I'm aware that you get what you pay for as I do own quality tackle (Baitrunners mated to St. Croix rods) but I'm now on a tight budget.
     
  2. dinger66

    dinger66 New Member

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    okoma reels are pretty fair for the price, i have one and like it . or you may try ebay
     

  3. arkrivercatman

    arkrivercatman New Member

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    I own a couple of different Okuma spinning reels. Id say that they are middle of the road on price, higher in quality. You can usually find one for around 50-75 bucks.
     
  4. PHLIPS4BIGKATS

    PHLIPS4BIGKATS New Member

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    My buddy has a couple of King Kat spinning combos and he is new to catfishing and really likes them. They are about $45.00 each. I spooled them with Ande 30lb.
     
  5. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Jim Welcome to the BOC. When you purchase fishing equipment look at it as an investiment. Purchase quality equipment and never have to look back.If you take a short cut it will cause you headaches in the future. What part of Illinois are you located?:0a18::0a25::0a25:
     
  6. JimG

    JimG New Member

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    Located in Fairmount, that's near Danville. I looked at an Alpha, Regal Plus 'Bite and Run', and a couple Okumas today. Nothing like my Baitrunners. Oh well I guess I'll look some more.
     
  7. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Welcome Jim to the BOC. a Abu Garcia Cardinal 106 is a good choice it hold 150 yds of 20lb test line. I have one I think its a good reel even thou I aint try it out yet.
     
  8. Pennsylvaniacatchaser

    Pennsylvaniacatchaser Well-Known Member

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    You can get a used vintage Garcia Mitchell 302 on ebay for aroung $30.00 including shipping. :cool2: Tough as nails, large line capacity and made in France.
     
  9. gottagetabigun

    gottagetabigun New Member

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    flea markets........
     
  10. catman4926

    catman4926 New Member

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    BAIT RUNNERS ARE HARD TO BEAT ,BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE DEFFERENT OKUMA'S THEY ARE NOTED FOR THERE SPING REELS AND I HERE ZEBCO 'S SALT WATER SPINNER'S ARE GOOD I OWN PENN'S AND THATN IS WHAT I LIKE GOOD LUCK
     
  11. Harleycat

    Harleycat Member

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    cat maxx from bass pro. they are on sale 30.00
     
  12. JimG

    JimG New Member

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    I'd buy a couple 6500 Baitrunners but just can't swing the cash right now. Had to buy a new TM for the boat and that blew the fishing and hunting budget for several months. And to make matters worse I need a new tree stand this year. Anyone try the larger Shakespeare Tidewater spinning reels? I do have 4 Shakespeare spincast reels on med/heavy UglyStiks that are considered 'junk' by many. I've never had problem out of any of them. I use them for nightfishing as they tend to be trouble free. 2 are EZ-Cast 85's and the other 2 are Synergy Titanium 20's. They don't cast too far and are not very smooth but like I said they have been trouble free for two years of hard nightfishing. I'll see if anyone local has a Tidewater spinning and see what it's like.
     
  13. winston61

    winston61 New Member

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    Like so many things, quality goes along with price. If you buy cheap, you're gonna get cheap. One thought is to decide what you want and then start searching the after market. Ebay, flea markets, garage sales. You'll find what you want and then may have to pay to have it cleaned and maybe parts replaced. I believe that cheaps goods are false economy because they cost more in the long run to replace them. If you can, bite the bullet, get a good product and you'll find that with proper care it will last you the rest of your life.
     
  14. willybob

    willybob New Member

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    If you have access to an acadmey sports store they have super large spinning reels that are way bigger than the alpha's for $ 30.00. They do carry them at my hometown store cant say for anywhere else.
     
  15. StormCaster

    StormCaster New Member

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    That is the best answer and it holds a lot of truth. The Okuamas are okay and of the guys buy them for the price.

    Check out Digital Dagger . . . they have some good prices.
     
  16. dinger66

    dinger66 New Member

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    try catfish connection okumas for under 60.00
     
  17. alton

    alton New Member

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    I would highly recommend the Okuma Avenger. Good luck.
     
  18. River_monster91

    River_monster91 New Member

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    shakespeare tidewater oughta last ya if ya treat it right. i know a guy thats had one for about 3 years now.they are fairly cheap and hold a bunch of line.
     
  19. mrmarkedwards

    mrmarkedwards Active Member

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    Jim,
    you didn't say how much you're willing to pay for these reels so i'll guess no more than 150 dollars combined. so how about the okuma coronado cd90
    it'll hold 390 yards of 20lb test and retails for 65-75 dollars depending on who you deal with. take a look and let me know what you think.
     
  20. wneubauer

    wneubauer New Member

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    Academy by me has some Optima big spinning reels for 25-35.00 or so. I bought my son one about 8 mths ago and so far, no trouble...