Need advice on Spinning reel

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by Jim G, Aug 8, 2006.

  1. Jim G

    Jim G New Member

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    I am in the market to buy a new spinning reel. I would like to get some recommendations on some good reels. I will be using it for flatheads and channels, and please include what line I should put on it. I would like to keep it under $80.00. I will be putting it on an ugly stick catfish rod.

    thanks in advance for your help.
    Jim
     
  2. catchinghogs

    catchinghogs Well-Known Member

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    Okuma makes a nice spinning baitrunner for around that price maybe even under.
     

  3. bigcatmaniac

    bigcatmaniac New Member

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  4. savage308

    savage308 New Member

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    Shimano Sedona works great for fishing here in south texas.... They hold up well in salt water which is hard for any reel to do when getting submersed.... I got plenty of em on my Rods n Reels..... As far as line goes it depends on how big of fish you plan on catching.... Best spinning reel ever made in my opinion....
     
  5. katcatchingfool

    katcatchingfool New Member

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    do you want baitrunner or not i have three Quantum Opix no baitrunner but have worked flawless for years i string them up with power pro braided line i love em $22.00 at walmart for the money they cant be beat
     
  6. jailcop2

    jailcop2 New Member

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    I got an Alpha this year [ made by Shakespere ] works great .
     
  7. tnkatman

    tnkatman New Member

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    Okuma Coronado Baitrunner Is What I Recommend But It Might Be A Little Big For A Catfish Stik.
     
  8. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    Diawa 5050 baitrunner, I have two and can't say enough good about them. I got mine on sale for about70 each and only use 20-30 pound line but it can handle 70 pound test and comes with with two spools that both hold a wholr lot of line.
     
  9. greg

    greg USCA - STAFF Staff Member Supporting Member

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    go to ebay and buy a Jarvis Walker 8500, this is an identical reel to the Penn 8500. I own 3 and have never had any problems.
     
  10. HRCats

    HRCats New Member

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    Not for sure which one is better as everyone has their own likes and dislikes. The thing with Shimanos is that if a part wears out or breaks, Shimano will replace and send the part to you free of charge.
     
  11. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    I have a Okuma Metallix and love it. I am getting rid of it thought because I am switching to baitcasters. Love the sound of a clicker. It is For Sale up above.
     
  12. rcneman

    rcneman New Member

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    i have a Shimano Sedona and i absolutely love the darned thang! :big_smile:

    The only deficit that i could see is with the 6.2:1 gear ratio and havin a big fish on the terminal end of the line. I compare this ratio to a abu 5000 that has a 4:1 ratio and feels like a winch.

    The spool is tall and allows one to put a significant amount of line on. It is smooth as glass, castin and retrievin: quite often you will stop reelin and your line will be brought another 12 inches. When i'm around other fisherfolks, they stare at the casts that your are able to achieve when it is matched with the proper pole and line.

    I have yet to have broken off nor been spooled with this rig.

    The drag is quite impressive and has a broad range.


    cyas
    rc
     
  13. peewee williams

    peewee williams New Member

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    What size is your reel?Thanks,peewee-williams
     
  14. peewee williams

    peewee williams New Member

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    I have the size CD-90's.The complete spools with drag are very reasonable.With the spare spools with assorted line sizes,you can do a wide variety of fishing with the same reel.This is very convenient and economical.peewee-williams
     
  15. catrod

    catrod New Member

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    I love my Penn 550sg slammer combo I gave 130.00 for it at Bass Pro, can't remember what just the reel cost. But with 15lb. saltwater line I recently pulled in a 25lb blue with it.
     
  16. mangus

    mangus New Member

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    walmart sells a tidewater by shakespeare. it has 4 ball bearings and a 4.5:1 gear ratio. it sells for about 40 bucks and they have one just like it with 1 ball bearing and a 4.6:1 gear ratio and its called the alpha by shakespeare. i use 2 tidewaters and 1 alpha and they do a great job. just wash, oil and keep the sand and grit out of them. they are very simple to take apart and clean. i have all my reels set up on granger ocean ll rods 6 foot that sell for about 30 bucks. baitcasters are a little more pricey but worth it. the abu garcias 6600 c4 4 bearing 6.3:1 gear ratio is a good one and has nice loud bait clicker and is easy to get to. it reels and cast real smooth and sells for around 80 bucks.
    hope this helps.
    ps: if you want to try a bait caster check out bass pro shops cat max combo. 3 bearings 5.2:1 gear ratio and sells for about 90 bucks rod and reel. i use all of the reels i have mentioned with 40 and 50lb berkley big game and havent been let down yet.
     
  17. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    Shimano makes great spinning reels, baitcasters too. Even their cheapest reels work well, with little trouble. I have a Sedona 2500 and it handles cats under 10lbs well, very trouble free. The Sedona 4000, though, is heftier and may be better for your application.
     
  18. Cheez

    Cheez New Member

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    My vote goes for the Shimano. My personal preference is the Baitrunner series. They are a little more $ than you said but you will still be loving it many years down the road. I bought one over 20 years ago 4500 series and it is still flawless.

    whatever it takes

    Cheez
     
  19. WHEELMOBILE07

    WHEELMOBILE07 New Member

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    Go look at the Shimano line of spinning reels, I have several for bass and pier fishing but i always use baitcasters for the kitties now. Like tea said there is nothing like hearing that clicker scream.

    Wheelmobile07
     
  20. buddah

    buddah New Member

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    How about the SHIMANO SYMETRE or STRADIC! I use em' and they are fantastic!