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Reel suggestions for light action spinner

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I'm building a new spinning rod for the kayak and I'm having a hard time pairing a reel. Rod will be used mainly for weakfish and fluke in the back bays. I'm building on the black hole challenger bank 691UL 6'9 0.5-1.5 so I'm looking at a reel in the 2500 size that would be spooled with #10 or #15. The stradic seems like the obvious choice but I'm curious about those daiwa ballistic LT reels. If the daiwa sizing runs a bit large like they have in the past, I may be able to get away with the 1000 size ballistic LT.

 

Anyone have these reels and used them for similar application? 

Other reel suggestions in appropriate size class?

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Stick with the stradic, they are smooth and durable. I have the 2500 paired with a Loomis greenwater m 7’ best back bay combo around. I have not had success with the quality of Daiwas. They tend to break after 2 mos of regular use

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The LT reels are now normally sized, so you don't have to adjust for Daiwa's oversizing anymore. Whereas a Aiwa BG 3000 is more like a 4000 reel, a Daiwa LT 3000 is actually a 3000. Also, I've heard the fuego LT 2500 is an absolutely awesome reel, and affordably priced too.

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34 mins ago, FISH BUCKET said:

why does the stradic seem like an obvious choice?

there are so many decent reels for a lot less $ then a stradic.

 

100% Agreed! Stradics are great, but there are other cheaper shimano's out there. Look at the new Shimano Sahara Fi or even the Sedona Fi. Why pay that much for a reel being used in the back bays?

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2 hours ago, FISH BUCKET said:

why does the stradic seem like an obvious choice?

there are so many decent reels for a lot less $ then a stradic.

 

I'm sorry, I should have been more clear. the stradic seemed like the obvious choice among the reels I was looking at. I didn't consider every reel on the market, I was almost sold on the stradic because I've had them before. I just figured I'd check to see what other reels were recently released in that price range that compared. I've never owned a daiwa spinner but the Ballistic LT had impressive reviews. I have had stradics before in larger sizes and I know they perform well if you take care of them. The stradic can be purchased new at $150, I don't consider that expensive for a quality reel.

 

but I'm open to suggestions if you have one that you feel is comparable in size and quality.

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2 hours ago, jkorgood said:

The LT reels are now normally sized, so you don't have to adjust for Daiwa's oversizing anymore. Whereas a Aiwa BG 3000 is more like a 4000 reel, a Daiwa LT 3000 is actually a 3000. Also, I've heard the fuego LT 2500 is an absolutely awesome reel, and affordably priced too.

I haven't looked at the Fuego. I will now though.. Thanks

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I considered the 1000, but under 100 yds of #10 seemed on the small side for my fishing. Several times I've wound up hooking into really decent bass while targeting weakfish in the back bays. A little more braid and a little more drag seemed like a better choice.

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3 hours ago, FISH BUCKET said:

why does the stradic seem like an obvious choice?

there are so many decent reels for a lot less $ then a stradic.

 

The shimano Nasci and the new Daiwa BGs are great for the money. Both have heals up for me, and have plenty of drag. And just over $100

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1 min ago, Pisurfcaster said:

The shimano Nasci and the new Daiwa BGs are great for the money. Both have heals up for me, and have plenty of drag. And just over $100

I had a NASCI and it just didn't last for some reason.. I got a lot of handle play in only 2 seasons of being fished periodically and well cared for... 

 

I never looked at the BG..

Thanks 

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