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Old 07-10-2012, 02:27 PM
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Default Sabiki reel

My $15 reel on my sabiki rod broke today ( go figure). It was a cr**py reel but never wanted to invest a ton of money in a reel for a sabiki.

Anyone have any recommendations for a good reel for my sabiki without breaking the bank.

Im usually going for pinfish and greenbacks but also need some strength to pull up feisty blue runners.

Suggestions? Trying to keep it to less than $100.

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shimano fx. like $17 and its a decent reel. I had a quantam optix for one for a while and it didnt last with it was being treated, it stayed on the boat all the time even in the weather, and it started breaking on large thread fins. I bought the shimano cause it was cheap and it was only for a sabiki reel.
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Used Penn 5500ss, find one on CL or your local pawnshop, bulletproof and can be had cheap. The one I use I've had for almost 20 years and still going strong, it also sometimes gets pressed into service as a backup yellowtail flatline reel.
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For $100 bucks, you got tons of choices.....
IMO i like a reel that does double, triple duty...
A Penn Fierce 4000($60 ) spooled with 15 LB mono, matched with a Ugly Stik 7ft 8-20 LB line, Medium Heavy (Sp 1101 7'0")......$35 @ walmart...
The Medium Heavy action is firm so Full stringers of Sardine's / Greenie don't load-up the rod tip and come off near the boat, a 3oz - 4oz weight will help to keep your Sabiki from getting tangled up when that Full stringer is over your live well, It will also let your rig sink faster to avoid HORN BELLY's , that destory your Sabiki...
I tie a Small Snap Swivel, to quickly clip-on to the swivel on the Sabiki....
After i make bait, i wined the Sabiki on a empty Andes leader spool, and clip on 1 of 4 rigs i pre tie the night before, and keep in ZipLock bags:
1.a Chicken rig, that i pre-tied with a LOOP on top... instant clip-on to the Snap swivel, for catching grunts as i bottom fish...
2. 20 LB mono with 1/0 J-Hook for peanut Dolphin or any other small fish ( Rainbow runner, spade fish, Almaco Jacks, that pop up next to the boat...
3. 30 LB mono 6ft leader with 4/0 live bait hook, for any fish that follows the fish your buddy just reeled to the boat....
4. 40 LB mono with 6-12 inches 40 LB 7X7 wire, just in case some Large Trigger fish get chummed up to the surface or a lonely cobia swims by to check you out....
I also use this set-up for Surf fishing Whiting , gray trout and nurse sharks....
In-shore for Trout and Reds with a popping cork....
Buy and extra spool ($20) and load it with 20 LB braid great for bridge fishing and Snook....
You will laugh, at how many more fish you put in the boat.....
If you got a Little more cash Check out: Quantum BLU 40, Penn Sargus 4000,Battle 4000....
I just learned a Sabiki Rig in a rod holder, just takes up space and never catches fish....

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+1 for the Penn 5500... I have 2 on 6'-6" Ugly Sticks just for that purpose.
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Any reel will work - sabiki rods and reels are not rocket science.
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Any reel will work - sabiki rods and reels are not rocket science.
Totally agree. I was just looking for opinions on long lasting, yet inexpensive reels. I might go with a shimano sienna or something like it.
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My kids spongebob Zebco makes any fish loads of fun.
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My kids spongebob Zebco makes any fish loads of fun.
Haha. Classic
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Totally agree. I was just looking for opinions on long lasting, yet inexpensive reels. I might go with a shimano sienna or something like it.
the shimano sienna is a freshwater / inshore reel, Saltwater spray will destroy it totally the 1st time you forget to rinse it.....
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See if you can find a true Subiki rod and then outfit it with a reel. I used one of these from a friends yak and they work great, never mess with tangles ect again. It reels the whole sabiki into the rod. I just did a google and came up with this so you get the idea.

http://www.rivermarinesupply.com/xca...ning_Reel.html
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See if you can find a true Subiki rod and then outfit it with a reel. I used one of these from a friends yak and they work great, never mess with tangles ect again. It reels the whole sabiki into the rod. I just did a google and came up with this so you get the idea.

http://www.rivermarinesupply.com/xca...ning_Reel.html

I have a true sabiki rod, just looking for an inexpensive but reliable saltwater reel.
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