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Im looking to buy and learn using a baitcasting reel for the first time. Any suggestions on a reel for a beginner? I just bought 2 Catfish Safari river rods and need reels to fit them.
Those are some great rods. I would put Abu 7000c3i reels on them. Lots of line capacity and real smooth operation. A good lifetime investment. Good luck on your choice.
 

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First.All rods and reels should match and be compatible when ever possible for MOST fishing.There are exceptions when "Specialty gets involved.Give the info on your rods and the experienced Bait casters on here will help.

I am not one and I have little knowledge of them.I like you am trying to learn all that I can about them.My 50 + years of fishing has been with many other reels.

I love you Brothers and Sisters.peewee
 

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Gary, First of all welcome to the BOC/SOC :cool2:, best catfishing site on the web! Be sure to check out the library, a lot of god info in there.

Get a couple of abu 6500's and you won't regret it.
 

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Gary welcome to BOC, like the other post say you can't go wrong with a 6500 C3. Just so you know the 7000 has two settings for casting, but you can't go wrong with either. Like Mickey said for long term go with the 7000, they are a bit bigger and have a higher line capcity. But if I had two catfish safari rods I would put a RCN60 HC Abu Garcia reel on them, but thats me. The 6500 C3 is a good starter reel and you won't be disappointed, hope this helps you out, and let us know how it goes for you.
 

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Im looking to buy and learn using a baitcasting reel for the first time. Any suggestions on a reel for a beginner? I just bought 2 Catfish Safari river rods and need reels to fit them.
I don't have the experience with the bait casters either but I have been using many 6000's and a few 6500's lately. One thing that I noticed that I don't like is the ratio and handle size. I just haven't found the combination that I like. When I use them I fell like they reeled in to so slow and I'm reeling in like a mad man if a fish runs toward the boat. Most of the cats I caught on them either took line or I slowly brought them in...like it should be done. Now on the other hand I caught some Hybrids this week and them boys ran straight at the boat like a freight train. The reel couldn't keep up at all, I didn't like that, I landed the fish but I think I was lucky.

I know their are many gear ratio's etc and maybe the one's I used are set up different than most. My real point is if you are use to a spinning reel all your life I think its important to try a few bait casters and really make sure you like your ratio. For me, the search is on still on.

On that note perhaps you guys can give us some insight on ratio's and if you guys ever use a power handle's. I hope you don't mind me adding this question to your thread ; )


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I put power handles on most of my catfishing reels, not for cranking power though as I fight them with the rod tip, not the reel. The bigger power handle knobs are alot easier to find without looking for me when in the dark or low light, as most of my catfising is after dark.
 

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Gary welcome to the BOC, and as for the reel I would agree with Roger, the smaller 6000-6500 would be a good choice to start with. Just start out slow and work your way up to harder and farther. I would also start out with some cheap or old line while learning you can get some pretty bad bird nest until you get the hang of it.
 
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