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#16 Tagman

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Posted February 03 2010 - 6:20 PM

How about a used Daiwa BG? You can ususally find them on the auction site and they are battlewagons.



I agree on this reel too. The BG series is a metal workhorse that should

last you 50 years. I own a few. Not the most refined, but it is all you will

need to get the job done.



No need to buy used. You can pick up one of these for under $80.00.

Great bang for the buck!


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#17 JimCameron

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Posted February 03 2010 - 6:24 PM

Penn Slammer 360 or the Shimano Spheros. Forget the ones without the instant anti-reverse. As durable as they are, the 710, B&G, Penn SSg etc. are sadly old tech. That clunk backwards has relegated those old work horses to the stable.

My choice would be the Slammer.

There are some great Quantums in that price range as well. Generally, the Quantums are very light, have superior drag capability and have held up very well for me.


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#18 bambino

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Posted February 03 2010 - 6:26 PM

I has the Sargus for almost a year. Never really had a problem till I took it apart. Actually, that's not true....the problem was getting it back together.

I'm not a reel mechanic by any means but, I have some mechanical ability.
Something inside the reel whaen I was putting it back together. I don't remember what it was exactly. I threw the reel out and decided I wouldn't buy another.

But, lately I have been looking for an inexpensive reel for schoolies in the back this spring and the Sargus is the only reel that I can think of that's affordable and reliable.

I never rinsed the thing (on purpose) and it never failed me. I waded with it out to a bar and had it completly under water and it still didn't fail me.

The only thing it didn't do was land a big fish. But, that's not the reels fault. The largest fish I landed was 27" and the reel beat the fish without any problems.

Ok, I just convinced myself.....

I'm getting another Sargus!
lol


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#19 Tagman

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Posted February 03 2010 - 6:37 PM

Penn Slammer 360 or the Shimano Spheros. Forget the ones without the instant anti-reverse. As durable as they are, the 710, B&G, Penn SSg etc. are sadly old tech. That clunk backwards has relegated those old work horses to the stable.



My choice would be the Slammer.



There are some great Quantums in that price range as well. Generally, the Quantums are very light, have superior drag capability and have held up very well for me.



Jim, both the ssg, and the ssm Penn reels now have instant antireverse

although the ssm's can be a little heavy. The BG does not have the AR.


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#20 jerseyjoeb

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Posted February 03 2010 - 7:41 PM

Abu Garcia Cardinal 806i. Light reel, two spools, one of which is braid friendly. Neat little reel.

Daiwa BG20 and Penn 710 weren't designed with braid in mind, but are durable light reels.

Sargus and spheros 4000 series also fit the bill.


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#21 Azballa7

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Posted February 03 2010 - 7:53 PM

I have a Spheros 4000FA and use braid with it. It has been holding up very good for me and I am happy with it.

The FA models are discontinued now but you can get the FB for under $100.


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#22 newsjeff

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Posted February 03 2010 - 8:03 PM

If I had only a $100 to spend on a spinning reel for a 7' ML rod, it'd be a Daiwa Tournament SS 1300 Whisker.
It's a time tested, proven reel that can still hang with today's newer reels - and cast better than most of them.
The only other reel I'd consider would be a Shimano Saros 3000F, which sells for about $30 more at $120.


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#23 fd4mcola

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Posted February 03 2010 - 8:08 PM

I use an ABU Garcia 806i as one of my surf reels it is top notch


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Posted February 04 2010 - 2:10 AM

Agree on that, nice and even tough freshwater reel, from the El cheapo shimano's, the Nexave FB is also very nice.

I have a shimano sahara 4000. On a tsunami 7'. It works great except you have to really wash it. It is not so salt friendly. It is like 75 bucks. I use it on small lures in bays.


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#25 lichum

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Posted February 04 2010 - 5:35 AM

They were under $100 new, the last time I checked.


Right.
My new BG 90 was ~ $100.00 shipped.


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#26 Jameso

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Posted February 04 2010 - 7:05 AM

Can find old Spheros FA for under 100$ on fleabay


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Posted February 04 2010 - 12:50 PM

i also think that the Penn Sargus is a good reel for the price.


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Posted February 04 2010 - 12:55 PM

daiwa bg30


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Posted February 04 2010 - 2:02 PM

I also agree with BG 15 or BG 30. Great reels. You just need to get past the fact it does not have an anti reverse like newly engineered reels. Caught almost all of my Stripers and a Black drum from the surf this past Spring on a BG 30. Last time I checked the fish didn't care if the reel had anti reverse or not. Stick the rod in a rod holder and use a circle hook and let them hook themselves. It works for me when bait fishing with clam.

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#30 Artie Fishil

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Posted February 04 2010 - 2:12 PM

Look at the Diawa SS series, light weight, good drag system, braid friendly, and will pair nicely with your 7 foot rod and in your price range.


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