What reel would you have....

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by Phil Washburn, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

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    if money was no object?

    i think i would like to try a van staal:big_smile:
     

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  2. whiteriverbigcats

    whiteriverbigcats New Member

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    I stick with what works best for me and thats Abu Garcia.. All makes and models.. though i do like a few of those Penn's
     

  3. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I would pick any of the upper end ABU'S...Perhaps a 6500 chrome rocket.
     
  4. TNVOLCAT

    TNVOLCAT New Member

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    My favorite reels are the Quantum Cabo and Quantum Big Iron reels. I have three of each and wouldn't trade them for any other reel. Some of the upper end Shimano reels look pretty nice though.

    Phil, that Van Stall looks like something you'd see on the Sci-Fi channel, LOL, pretty trick looking reels and WOW! what a price tag!
     
  5. Pennsylvaniacatchaser

    Pennsylvaniacatchaser Well-Known Member

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    Phil - I see those Van Staals in the catalogs and always wondered what it would be like to try one. Those spinning models go for like $700. Need them lottery numbers to come through! :roll_eyes: :eek:oooh: :wink: If money were no object I think I would just buy myself a new pontoon and outfit it with about a dozen rods from Catfish Safari with new Abu 7000ics Pro Rockets and Abu 7000c3i reels. :cool2:
     
  6. catfishing is fun

    catfishing is fun New Member

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  7. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

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    ive always thought avet reels looked pretty and they had different colors i would like to try them out but the price of them like everything else has gone up the cheepest used to be close to $150 2-3 years ago now they start at 199.99 whens it all gonna stop were all gonna have to win the lotto before long just to get by:embarassed:
     
  8. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

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    Thats a poser real. Ill stick with Okumas.:wink:
     
  9. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Phil diden't You just buy a Shimano Stella on E-bay? You Better stay off there or You will be in the dog house with Momma. LOL.
    J.D.:big_smile:
     
  10. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    No question,Abu Big game 9000 or more 7000
     
  11. ilovemyfish

    ilovemyfish New Member

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    i too also like the abus although im new to baitcasters iv found myself fishing with my new abu more then my spinning
     
  12. lawnman61

    lawnman61 New Member

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    I like the Upper end Penns, the Penn Senator is a good reel.
    I like my Abu's the most though.
     
  13. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    For a full outfit (not just a reel like you asked, but twhat the heck)
    I think a Shimano Trinidad or a Penn Torque on one of the new lightweight/high strength saltwater jig rods would be a kick a$$ combo. They would run about $800 to $1000 per combo. I'm thinking about getting a matched set of 6 combos. They would look sweet all lined up in the rod holders on my jon boat!
     
  14. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    i guess id stick with my penns and abus to but if you think reels are high now wait till catfishing tourn.get as big as b.a.s.s.
     
  15. CatAngler

    CatAngler New Member

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    Looks awfully fancy! Almost too pretty to use. I think I would stick with my Pfluegers though.





    J
     
  16. dex

    dex Member

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    If money were no object I would love have a Penn Torque 300.
     
  17. Mac-b

    Mac-b Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I have used Abu Garcias (6500) for over 45 years and Quantum Irons (410) for about 6 years. Both are good reels for no major current fishing, but my go to reels are my Quantum Irons. I do all my drift fishing with the Irons and they hold up to a lot of use and abuse. They have an excellent drag system and are easy to maintain. Only fault I have with the Irons are the clickers, I can barely hear then. But, in drift fishing I have everything locked down, no clicker necessary. I just watch the rod load up !

    When I anchor down I use my Abu's, mainly due to the loud clicker system and dependablilty of the reel itself.

    Also, I have several Shimano's, which I find difficult to cast without a professional overrun (back lash to most fishermen). But, if you want to bring a hog in, these reels will hold up and they do have a very good drag system.

    I had some Tidewater reels which were given to me, but they were bulky and difficult to cast for any distance. I gave those to another guide because with his technique, he did not have to cast them very far.
     
  18. CNTRYBOY

    CNTRYBOY New Member

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  19. Bacardipr05

    Bacardipr05 New Member

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    I would like to try a Zeebass myself. Just to let you know the VanStaals aren't as smooth as that Stella you have. ( we never forget lol). Think Ford Truck versus Lexus. They are however built like tanks and can be dunked in saltwater and still survive. These reels are mainly used by surfcasters though who will be getting splashed by waves.


    http://www.all-americanoutdoors.com/inc/sdetail/1226
     
  20. Katfishing Cajun

    Katfishing Cajun New Member

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    I would have to go with the old Penn squidder 140's , just a awesome reel!