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Ultralight baitcasting reels?

post #1 of 20
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What are some high end baitcasting reels that can cast the lightest lures well? from 1/2 oz to 1/8oz to 1/16oz and can stand some light exposure to salt water
post #2 of 20
Those are on the light end for allot baitcasters especially 1/16th but. Check out the shimano Calcutta 100te. I have a couple of the larger ones and they are very smooth and the 100 should come as close to what you are looking for as possible.
post #3 of 20
The smallest Shimano Curado will throw ultralight stuff.
post #4 of 20
Also check out the Daiwa Alphas-R edition, it is approved for saltwater use.
post #5 of 20
I have a Diawa SOL baitcaster that works extremely well with lure down to 3/16th oz. It has a magnetic anti-backlash control. Don't use it in salt because I don't have occasion to use that light lure in the salt. I wouldn't hesitate however, would mist it thoroughly with fresh water immediately after every use.



But, I do that with every reel I use!



I also have a Curado 100 which works well, but not as well as the SOL. The Curado has centrifugal control, not magnetic. Same after-use maintenance as the SOL!



Rinse thoroughly, dry and apply light amount of WD or something like the Blakemore reel spray. (My preferred method is to mist a couple of light squirts with the spray bottle and brush it a around with a shaving brush which I reserve just for this purpose and store in a zip lock bag.)



Then make sure to back off on the drag and spool tension knob.
post #6 of 20
Shimano 50 reels or an Abu 3500.
post #7 of 20
Daiwa makes an ultralight reel called the Pixy.
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by Rapidfflow0 View Post
Those are on the light end for allot baitcasters especially 1/16th but. Check out the shimano Calcutta 100te. I have a couple of the larger ones and they are very smooth and the 100 should come as close to what you are looking for as possible.


X2 on the Calcutta but there is one even smaller than the 100.. I believe they still make the CT- 50 ..a true UL baitcaster if there ever was one...and like any Calcutta , I wouldn't hesitate to give it a steady diet of salt..
post #9 of 20
Shimano 100 TE DC or 200 TE DC is tops on the list, next would be the same model without the DC circuitry.

Another very nice reel that I also like is the Quantum Energy PTs (saltwater) baitcaster.
post #10 of 20
Daiwa just released the Pixy PX68. It has upgraded drag, 6.8:1 gears and Magforce-Z instead of V like the old Pixy's, Alphas, and Sol.
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by raider73 View Post
Daiwa just released the Pixy PX68. It has upgraded drag, 6.8:1 gears and Magforce-Z instead of V like the old Pixy's, Alphas, and Sol.


Raider I thought daiwa was supposed to release a usdm pixy px 68 whats the deal??
post #12 of 20
Shimano Scorpion 1000 and the Pixy like the others mentioned. Somehow I've never like round profile BC reels for really light lures (Had a JDM Millionaire CVZ 103 before, didn't work well with light lures too). Especially those with disengaging levelwinds like Calcutta, Millionaire. Old school ABU 1500/2500 works fine though.
post #13 of 20
An 1/8 .. 1/16 is tuff on a baitcaster i can do it with my Curado100D but have to work to get the job done I prefer a spinner for something that light .. Curado best bang for the buck great for 1/4 - 3/4.

You wan salt safe find and older 100DSV for cheap and get the spool off a 100D swap out the bearings for ceramics

Pixy a good choice but i'd be afraid of salt.

I did pick up a Diawa Pluton the reel is awsome but pricey, great for 1/2 - 1oz on a heavy fresh light salt stick.
post #14 of 20
I have an old Ryobi V-Mag3 that will cast a paper clip. I am planning on putting some braid on it to see what happens. I am presently using it with 4lb test mono. C2
post #15 of 20
BTW, what rod are you planning on casting 1/16oz w/ a baitcaster. I don't know of many rods that can cast that light. The Kistler Helium is the only one I know that is rated that low.
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