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Old 02-10-2010, 02:58 PM
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Default Best reel for Red fishing

I am going to be getting a new spinning reel that I will use for Redfish tournaments and other inshore fishing. Just curious as to what everyone's opinion as the best reel for this application. I know a lot of guys use Stradics but what about others? I was looking at a Pflueger Supreme.

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ive had great luck with my quantum cabo 20's. ceramic drag, 8 bearings, titanium bail, and aluminum alloy frame and body make for a lightweight, smooth, and durable reel. i just tighten down the drag, rinse and dry, then loosen the drag when im not using them and havent had one let me down yet. i will be buying 2 more in the next month or so.
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Van Staal or Shimano Stella if you want the absolute best (very expensive). Otherwise I would stay with Shimano, Penn, Abu-Garcia. I would stay away from the Pfleuger, not in the same league with Shimano, Penn, Abu-Garcia.
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Shimano Stradic, I also use the lower end Sahara's and Symetre's for redfish tournaments. But if you want a good, reliable and smooth reel, stick with the Stradic.
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The new Shimanos are outstanding. I love my Stradics, but to be perfectly honest, I have seen very little difference performance-wise between the Stradics and the Symetres and Saharas that cost half as much.
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quantum cabo, or boca for that matter. ive fished a boca hard for 2 1/2 years now with no issues. only 125 buckaroos also.
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I have enjoyed my Garcia 7000's....they seem to be a pretty good all around rod. We've used them for just about everything.
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is there a budget or simply the best?
i.e. best spinner for under $100? $150 $200 $300 skies the limit?
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I'm looking at spending something in the $150 range. Thanks for the all the advice especially about the Quantum. I'll take a look at those.
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I fish hardcore for Yellowtail, snapper, grouper and occasional sailfish. My Quantum Cabo has been junk----fried the reverse lock and sent it back to be told it would be $40 (Out of warranty) -- got it back and the drag doesn't click ---its quiet. I'm not a fan - I let my kids (6&4) play with it. I would look at INVESTING in a quality reel the first time. Shimano's stella and the stradic are a great choice. the Rod is very important as well. Do it right the first time.
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The reel is going on a custom built 7' MH Fast rod. Since I target mainly inshore species and tournament fish for reds, this rod should do me well.
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I fish hardcore for Yellowtail, snapper, grouper and occasional sailfish. My Quantum Cabo has been junk----fried the reverse lock and sent it back to be told it would be $40 (Out of warranty) -- got it back and the drag doesn't click ---its quiet. I'm not a fan - I let my kids (6&4) play with it. I would look at INVESTING in a quality reel the first time. Shimano's stella and the stradic are a great choice. the Rod is very important as well. Do it right the first time.
Was this reel within the one-year period? I just sent in my boca with probably the same issue, I hope them SOB's repair the reel now....Quantum I guess has been putting up a campaign for more saltwater appeal but it is indeed under the bigger corporation Zebco who makes the crappy round framed baitcasting reels that you give to kids when they start out fishing. only time will tell...If you did want to take a gamble with quantum, they have a new reel called Energy that seems ideal for redfish and for 200$'s better get it "insured" with sports authority/dicks/bass pro/etc.

You should go with a shimano stradicFI, Saros, symetreFJ.
Penn reels are probably going to be bulky regardless of size.
VS/stella seem like overkill with 25+ of drag.

I personally have a SymetreFJ and love it. use it for spoons and jigs.

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In your price range my two top picks are:

Shimano Stradic 3000 - $145
Daiwa Coastal 3500 - $139

I'd stay away from Quantum until they get their recent quaility issues resolved.
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There have been some great options listed! Since you have the rod maybe you should head to an outfitter with it and put a few of the previously mentioned reels on your rod and see how it feels.
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I give another nod to the stradics. So far they've been reliable and handled some larger fish with no probs. Smooth and not too heavy either.
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okuma epixor 35 is another good reel for inshore fish they take a beating and dont let you down
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I use the Stradic 3000 for specks and reds. I like the silky sm ooth drag. I've had it for 2 seasons and really like it. I just rinse with fresh water at the end of the day and release the drag for storage.
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In the 150 range the stradic can't be beat IMO. Excellent reels, I have 3 of them, a 3000, 4000, and 8000.
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Team Daiwa Advantage at $149 is the best value for a reel on the market today
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Guys, I appreciate all the information. It has helped me and hopefully, will help someone else.
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