Your worst fishing reel ever

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by oahegw, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. oahegw

    oahegw Member

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    My worst fishing reel was a ugly bulb shaped reel built into the rod called "THe Great Lakes Imperial 85 Whirlaway". I got it back in the 1960's. I finally threw it into the Missouri river after it balked on me while trying to land a fish.

    What was your worst reel??:smile2:
     
  2. BIG_D

    BIG_D New Member

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    johnson reels have bin my worst reels
     

  3. Shimano_cat

    Shimano_cat New Member

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    Zebco 202. Although it could be described as my best reel. It was the first reel my Dad bought for me when he got me into fishing. It's been my passion since.
     
  4. fishstick

    fishstick New Member

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    i bought a penn back in the early 70s for bass fishing. dont remember the model but it was a bass sized reel. hated that thing. didnt last a fishing season. threw it away as junk. dont remember what i gave for it exactly but it was expensive at the time.
     
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  5. Dirtdobber

    Dirtdobber Guest Staff Member

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    A Water Eagle. Bought it to catch crappie and the line would spool off in a mess.
     
  6. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    I had a L/h retrieve Okuma. If ya want it its in the james river. :wink:
     
  7. kyelkhunter3006

    kyelkhunter3006 New Member

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    I can't remember the brand, but it was on a combo I bought at the Kmart in Jacksonville, Florida about 20 years ago. The rod was fabulous, the reel just SUCKED. It was a spinning reel... Anti-reverse didn't work right, and the spool kept popping off (rear drag reel). I got tired of it being a pain in my rear, so I took it off the rod and threw it off the end of the pier. Went back to Kmart and bought a Daiwa and fished happily the rest of the week.
     
  8. buckethead

    buckethead New Member

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    I have to agree with you Geroge, mine was an Okuma also,

    you could just look at it and the spool would ball up into a giant ""Bird Nest""" never had a reel like it, it may have been a bad reel from the factory, I finaly gave it to a friend of mine (((LMBO)))

    cliff
     
  9. USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT

    USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT New Member

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    The first batch of Mitchell 300X,s that they came out with about 5 years ago,not the present 300XE,s.Got a deal on 8 of them new,had bail failures on every one.Turned me against Mitchell for good.:angry:
     
  10. DLB-in-GR

    DLB-in-GR New Member

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    The Johnson line of reels, the Country Mile, and those like it (I had 3 as a kid), were by far the worst reels I've ever owned. My buddy bought a plastic Zebco something or other at an Aldi supermarket and it took the cake. Here he had a friend who is into fishing, would have given him a very nice fishing rod and reel, and he has to go pay money for this junk? I re-spooled that thing 3 times and we could never get it to cast beyond a certain point. Out the line would come freely, and then snag inside the reel and the bait would crash straight down. That reel got the trash can and he has my old Shimano now.
     
  11. wabah58

    wabah58 New Member

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    LMAO! Got it at Aldi. Oh man thats funny. Ya know, tell your buddy Aldi has computers now too. :wink:
     
  12. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    I've owned 6 or 8 spincast reels of various brands, and they were all junk. I know lots of people love them, and that's fine....for them; personally, I won't let my grandkids use one once they get old enough to use a regular spinning reel, say about 4 years old.
    My most disappointing reel was an ABU 6500. Unless I use superbraid on it, it won't hold enough line for some situations; also, the drag system on it absoutely sucks! I was anchored below a powerhouse, hooked a 10# blue, and the drag wouldn't crank down enough to pull in the fish. I had to use the old 'thumbdrag' system. Now, for what I call ultralight catfishing, it's a really great reel. I made the mistake of ignoring the fact that the reel is made for a maximum of 14# test line.
     
  13. stoney53

    stoney53 Well-Known Member

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    as a kid i had an berkley spincaster that someone got me for my birthday,i think i cast it like 3 times totally fell apart inside, no idea what the model was now
     
  14. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Penn Roddy 175 and a Master 170. Both are nothing but junk! Used the Master 170 one time and the clicker quit working and feels like junk. Got 2 or 3 trips out of the 175 till it fell apart.
    I'll stick to my Abu 6500 c3's, never ever had a problem out of any of the several I own.
     
  15. waynesburgjay

    waynesburgjay New Member

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    Shimano fx 200 spinning reel
     
  16. Cathooker

    Cathooker New Member

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    I bought a Penn Roddy off of Ebay and it was the biggest piece of junk I have ever owned. I've owned all kinds of reels from spincast to spinning to casting to trolling etc and nothing was as bad as the Roddy. I trahed it very quickly.
     
  17. FATDAD

    FATDAD New Member

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    zebco hawg 733 direct drive , hooked a big carp, shaft broke came off in my hand:angry:
     
  18. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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    well it may be a fine reel if you leave mono on it but the 20 dollar shakespear wal mart combo with spiderwire on it...thats a disaster lol

    20 dollars gets ya 20 minutes lol
     
  19. 1 4 Fishing

    1 4 Fishing New Member

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    Zebco they suck. I used thim for a few years for bow fishing and i never got thim to work right.
     
  20. Madtownangler

    Madtownangler New Member

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    I've never owned a bad fishing reel in my life. The closest I've gotten is the old style Mitchell 300 and others where the spool goes up and down inside the reel rather than being on the outside...skirted I think it's called. I would always get the line caught under the spool. Not bad reels, just bad design.