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I'm looking for your opinions on conventional reels. I want to start casting conventional this year, but I don't know what to get. I will probably put it on an 8' or 9' rod for throwing small stuff 3/4-1 1/2oz. I'm interested in a top shelf reel, just don't know anything about them. But remember, I'm a beginner and don't want to be cutting out backlashes every night. I appreciate any info. Thanks.

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It took me 3 casts to put everything I had into a cast using an Abu 6500C3. I started w/ 2 1/4 oz but threw 1/2 to 2 3/8. I love it. Also I didnt backlash in 4-5 hrs casting, so I'd recommend that or a similar Abu. Read the instructions when you get it too.

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Hey,

 

I recently started learning on a baitcaster last year and I personally think it is a lot of fun...the only thing is the more you practice, the easier it is to avoid backlashes. They can be very annoying but they are fixable. I find when I get a nest I have a hard time removing,I actually reel in, and then I re-cast and this actualy seems to work 90% of the time. I started practicing on freshwater but I have used a baitcasting reel in the ocean and the only difference I find is the calm water helps with backlashes. I recently purchased an abu 6500 c3 and I cant wait to use it. good luck!

 

-Oneofour

 

p.s. just some positive attitude, I dont know anywhere near as much as many people on this forum but there is always time to learndrool.gif

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I'm less than 2 years in my conventional carrier, and I love my 6500 C3CT mag. I laso have the penn 525 mag which feels more substantial, but the abu is very easy to use and I think it casts a little further.

 

Good luck.

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As already said you can go with an Abu 6500 C3 CT Mag Elite, the green one. It is an awesome reel. When I bought it, the centrifugal brakes were not on, you can just put those brake blocks on and use the reel and you will love that thing very much.

 

I suggest you start with 14 lb mono with that reel and can later move on to braid if you want.

 

Maruthu

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Another really solid reel for that size rod is the shimano calcutta 400. More money,but a good high end conventional option. Everyone gets some backlashes,but if you go easy at first and train your thumb for tension you"ll be fine. Good luck JP

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One reel I would consider, and I don't see it here so far, is the slosh 20. I have the 30 and right out of the box I feel it is one of the most user friendly reels around. I also have abu's, 525 penns etc, but for bait fishing and casting the slosh is the go to reel for me. just my dime..salt

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