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Old 08-22-2006, 02:53 PM
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What do you think is the best light inshore baitcaster in the 12lb class? I have used the calcutta 200 for several years but have had trouble with the clutch bar sticking recently, other than that its a workhorse. I realize the calcutta TE and DCs are probably great but cannot see paying that much for an inshore reel when there is so much competition out there. What are your thoughts?
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My $80 ABU 6500.
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My $80 ABU 6500.
Same here. Make sure it has the carbon drags, grease them with shimano or Cal's drag grease and they are bulletproof.
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I never really got into the Abu's. Perhaps I should...anybody else?
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Shimano 200 BSF on a Redbone 7' MH. Hands down the nicest setup I've ever used. It's a pleasure.
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Abu 5600 Mag X, sweet
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Abu Garcia is hard to beat for inshore bait casters.
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Abu all the way. 5500s for light inshore, 7000s for light/medium offshore. I've had the best luck with the C3s (silver). The Red reels fail quickly for some reason.

I have nothing against Shimano. They are great reels just a bit too pricey for my tastes. Plus if a fish or some lowlife snatches your abu you can replace it for less than $100 (in most cases), a Calcutta is a different story.
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Shimano Calcutta 400's great for anything from flounder to Kings
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Until about 7 years ago all I used were Abu Garcia bait casters. Almost everyone was broken in 2-3 years. I gave up on them and went with Quantum. I love the quantum bait casters. The very first one I every bought (Iron 410 cx) is still in use. I am also very pleased with their customer service. The 1420 classic MG is a nice reel for about $90 (basically the same as the Cabo CBC20). The saltwater accurist PTs are very nice too for more money.

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Almost everyone was broken in 2-3 years.
If you don't mind me asking, what regularly broke?
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rogerstg.........

First thing to always go was the anti reverse. It ALWAYS quit working. Also had trouble with the level winds. They would lay more line on one side than the other. Sometimes the level wind would quit traveling all the way across the worm gear. We would use them for more than light duty inshore fishing so maybe they just aren't built for the heavy duty task of rig fishing.

I still have some of the old "broken" ones laying around. If any of you guys would like them let me now. You pay shipping and they are yours. Maybe just minor parts to get them working right again.

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Until about 7 years ago all I used were Abu Garcia bait casters. Almost everyone was broken in 2-3 years.
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Same here! I gave up on light tackle bait casters about five years ago because of my Abu 6500's. They were good for a couple of seasons then would quickly crap out and need lots of replacement parts. The level-wind mechanisms are really flimsy on those reels. There was a level-wind gear made of plastic (on older models not sure about newer models) on the side opposite the handle that would always give out first. Loose sloppy sliding clicker button. Sticky free-spool button. Lots of binding, grinding and boat rash. I don't like fishing tackle that needs high maintenance. I did catch my largest snook ever (42") on a 6500 but the reel gave out about the time the snook did. I had to hand-line in the last 40-50 feet of line.

Not sure what I would recommend today, but I would probably start with Quantum and Okuma. I've had very good luck with the top end Okuma spinning reels but you never know until you try it out.

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Same here! I gave up on light tackle bait casters about five years ago because of my Abu 6500's. They were good for a couple of seasons then would quickly crap out and need lots of replacement parts. The level-wind mechanisms are really flimsy on those reels. There was a level-wind gear made of plastic (on older models not sure about newer models) on the side opposite the handle that would always give out first. Loose sloppy sliding clicker button. Sticky free-spool button. Lots of binding, grinding and boat rash. I don't like fishing tackle that needs high maintenance. I did catch my largest snook ever (42") on a 6500 but the reel gave out about the time the snook did. I had to hand-line in the last 40-50 feet of line.

Not sure what I would recommend today, but I would probably start with Quantum and Okuma. I've had very good luck with the top end Okuma spinning reels but you never know until you try it out.

Good luck![/quote]

I got this straight from Abu customer service. The plastic levelwind gear is made so due to safety reasons. The CS rep told me that the gear is plastic so it can be broken in case someone gets their finger jammed between the frame and the levelwind. You have to be a real knucklehead to let that happen in the first place. I mean, at the first feeling of pressure wouldn't you move your finger? Heck, I would.

BTW the levelwind gears and pawls are available at Academy stores for a small price.
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I would be interested to hear if anyone has any experience with the daiwa coastal or the quantum accurist. That shimano curado salt water series looks pretty amazing, but its quite expensive. I guess it's hard to come by smaller baitcasters that are precise and have decent longevity without issues.
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I am not happy to hear about the Abu's. Mine are 3 years old with no problems yet... i hope it stays that way. I have the C4 6501(lefty) with the blue side plates & the reels have been great. It's pulled in a bunch of 40lb+ stripers & big blues with no problems. I don't like dropping 3-400 bucks on a bait caster, or on big game reels for that matter & the $80 I paid for the ABU was right up my alley.

I had two shimano corsairs that didn't last the season, they were $80. Thats why I switched to the Abu's. So far, they have lasted 3x longer.

A guy that fishes with me brings out his Penn International bait casters. They are smooth as silk, look great, but seem to corrode badly on the insides. For $250, it's not worth it.
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I like my Penn 955's.
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I really like my abu's. I just now started using my Curados, and there is a big difference when it comes to hand fatigue from holding the abu all day vs the curado. Dont get me wrong, I am far from retiring the abu's, they go in the boat every trip. Now they just have a little competition. My oldest abu is 12 years and the newest is 4 years old. Only had to replace one pawl (just this year) and it wasnt even in the oldest reel. Seems like there are more and more quality reels on the market for a reasonable fee. Good luck, whatever your choice. Thanks Gary.
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