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Old 05-18-2020, 07:49 AM
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Having trouble making a decision on reel size. 95% will be used in the middle Bay area. Bottom fishing, jigging, live lining. 5% nearshore use.

Size 3000
Weight - 9.9 oz
Line capacity (braid) - 15/190, 20/170

Size 4000
Weight - 10.6 oz
Line capacity (braid) - 20/240, 30/190

All other stats the same. Obviously, same reel body, just slightly larger spool. Which would you choose? I was leaning towards 3000, but thought the 4000 may be more versatile while not be overkill.
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It is tough to find a nice quality live line reel below 4000 series. For live bait fishing I use Shimano OC 4000's I would use them for cobia and such if I target them too. However the vast majority of my spinning gear is 3000 series Shimano Nasci reels. They will handle the largest striped bass and are noticeably lighter. (live bait reels are just heavier due to having secondary clutch)
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I use Penn 3500 series reels
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Most of my reels are in the 3000 range and I have a few smaller ones . I fish the middles bay as well and the 3000’s are fine and you won’t need the extra spool capacity. What reels are you looking at ?
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Thanks. I guess I’m trying to decide if the extra line capacity is desired, despite a little more weight. Looking at the Daiwa Saltist Back Bay LT. Only offered in 3000 and 4000.
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I’ve been interested in trying out some Daiwa’s as well. I personally would just get the 3000 size. If your going after fish like tarpon then I would step up in size but just for the chesapeake you will be fine with the 3000. I’ve fought some decent fish on some small reels. If you get the daiwas let us no how you like them .
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Let me ask this another way. Everyone loves the Daiwa BG and if asked what size for the Bay, would probably recommend 3000. Stats for a BG 3000:

Weight - 10.8 oz
Line capacity - 15/280, 20/240

So the BG 3000 is almost identical in weight and size to the Back Bay 4000. So do I just go with the Back Bay 4000? Or is the lighter weight and smaller spool on the 3000 worth giving up some line capacity and ability to spool 30 lbs if desired?
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I have BG 8k and it is a really really nice reel and the price makes it that much better. That said, it is a huge reel compared to my Stella 8k's. Not sure if the 3k are disproportionately sized if so, I'd look for the next size down if they have one. I wouldnt go any bigger than a 3k in that reel for simple bay fishing.
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I have some 3000/4000 battle II’s, a few 3000 battle I’s, and a pair of 20 year old 4500 SSG penns.

Load then with 12# braid and you will have all the line you can ever need.

i fish the upper bay, Charleston inshore and even use the smaller reels on the nearshore reefs for fun.

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Shimano Spheros SW 4000. I go with 4000’s for the extra capacity to handle big Red Drum and Cow nose rays. I can handle everything in the bay with a 4000 and 7’ med/hev St. Croix Mojo Inshore.
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After researching a LOT, I went with the BG 2500 for the upper Chesapeake Bay and tributaries.
I have 7 of them. 15lb - 20lb braid.
Casting, jigging all day, light weight, quality, priced well and even better when on sale.
The price in the photo below isn't from a good site. I just "snipped" those images for the info.

3000 may be a good size for your all around needs.

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I have BG4000 and BG5000 for the lower bay.
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Have landed up to 50# black drum on my Penn Slammer 3500. Plenty of reel for the bay unless you are trolling
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Check this if you didn't see it already.

3000 will catch anything in the bay with the drag set correctly and the right line.
Not too heavy to cast and or jig for hours.

https://www.sportsmansoutfitters.com...-spinning-reel



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After this thread and being impressed so much with my BG 8000, I ordered a BG 2500 to try. Btw, my other 8k reels are Stella's (love Shimano).
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