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Seeking saltwater capable UL spinning reel recomendations

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Thanks gentlemen.  I was looking to spend less than the Stradic and get newer school than 700/1300 SS.

 

I have been taking advantage of NFC blank sales and need 4 UL reels. Lightest rod is rated 1-4# and heaviest is 4-10#.  These are freshwater ratings.

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On 6/13/2021 at 1:24 PM, TheSuperApe said:

Shimano vanford would fit the bill well.


This, it’s amazing. Got one for my dad and after using it I went out and got one. I like the smaller paddle knob on 2500, but it’s same size as 3000 if you want the extra line. 

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4 mins ago, Johnsmyname said:


This, it’s amazing. Got one for my dad and after using it I went out and got one. I like the smaller paddle knob on 2500, but it’s same size as 3000 if you want the extra line. 

The 2500 is a very enjoyable reel to fish

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3 mins ago, Johnsmyname said:

Besides being such an amazing reel, that paddle knob is great, right?

I have to agree there. It has a nice feel to it. 

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My buddy caught an overslot Florida snook on a Fuego 1000 and a BPS Airstream UL. He loves it, he catches all sort of amazing fish on it. 

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I know you said that it's out of your price range, but I vote for the Vanford as well... I was an early buyer of a 3000 that has seen constant salt water use, with just a rinse off after use.. Love the reel, and really am thinking of buying myself a Fathers Day gift of the 2000 size...

Butch

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Just to be clear guys.

 

I have always been a salt water guy but a couple of years ago I was mowed down by a drunk driver while mowing my yard.  So now I am badly broken and poor (we are talking 1Mill+ in medical bills and 7 months in a wheel chair and I'm lucky to have survived).  I don't want my salt water fishing days to be over and investing a lot in freshwater UL reels makes me feel like I am caving in and giving up.  Still I have to be realistic and need to get out of the house and doing some fishing.

 

I have enough salt water rods and reels 2500 size and up.  I'm just looking to add 3-4 reels in the 500-2000 size range.  I want something decent, and maybe something that isn't going to seize up the second it smells salt water.  At the same time I don't want to make such a financial commitment that I end up mentally feeling like I have decided I'm abandoning all hope of get back out in the blue water.

 

Just so you understand where I am coming from.  And Please, no pity party needed.  It wasn't the point of this post.  More like I want you guys to understand why I need some reasonable priced UL reels.  Right now I need them to get me fishing and out of the house.  Later on I hope they don't get much use.  Still there are some salt water fish in my area that could be caught with a 1000/2000 size reel so salt water capable is a plus (but not essential).

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Daiwa BG 2000 can be had for short money. I have not used the 2k but I have landed a lot of albies, stripers, and blues on the 3k.

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Why 3-4 in 500-2000 size? Why not buy 1 high quality reel and move it between a few rods? If you’re that hard on money, it seems crazy to buy 3-4. A 2500 Vanford is incredibly light and will catch from small trout to medium sized surf fish easily. Just my .02, but seems crazy to look for 3-4 cheap reels in sizes that one reel could easily fill anyways. 

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Have you thought about the Tsunami Guard 2000 ? I have the 3000 size and the shield and they are ok with me, nice and light.

i am awaiting a bail less vintage Mitchell 304 for saltwater u/l experimentation.

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