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Good bottom fishing reels in the $200-300 range

Old 04-10-2019, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by bluescholar View Post
Not to derail the thread but I'm looking to upgrade from a senator for bottom fishing in 200'. What is more important, star drag or 2 speeds?
You'll get differing opinions.

For me it's 2-speed without a doubt, especially in 200ft. Low gear for winching big fish off of bottom structure. High gear for normal fish fighting, jigging, and reeling up to check baits. Low gear is great for women and children also.

But it all depends on if you want a practically bulletproof reel (star drag with dogs) or one that outperforms it but may require semi routine service to keep it running smooth.

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Old 04-10-2019, 11:34 AM
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Penn makes a great product for this range, I would stay away from Okuma. Heard a couple of stories, I am sure you can find a few by searching around here...
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Old 04-10-2019, 11:51 AM
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Penn makes great reels for your type of fishing. Penn Fathom 2 speeds are fantastic. I have 3 of them. Okumas are absolute beasts as well. Their mid and upper end lever drags (Andros and Makaira) are as good or better than the other reels in their class and the star drag Tesoro is a great higher end star drag reel. Their lower priced Cortez series is exceptionally well built for about $100.00. I have all of these reels as well.

Once upon a time, Okuma did not make a very good product. However, they certainly do now. Once they teamed up with Tiburon, product line really took off.


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Penn makes a great product for this range, I would stay away from Okuma. Heard a couple of stories, I am sure you can find a few by searching around here...
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Old 04-10-2019, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by mdees88 View Post
typically they are less prone to failure. And you can tighten the drag fully without fear of crushing bearings.
Originally Posted by 20biminitwist View Post
This^^^^^

I have never felt the need to adjust the drag during the fight with a grouper. Tighten that drag all the way down and hang on.
Less moving parts, usually less maintenance and original cost.
Makes sense. Thanks for the reply.
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by porcha View Post
I prefer star drag for bottom fishing so thats what i'll recommend
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Penn Baja or "US Senator"
Happy to see this mentioned in the first post.

My personal favorite. We use ours for tilefish in 600-800' of water. Great reel.
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by mdees88 View Post
I'm somewhat interested in the Terns myself. But I will have to wait a year or two to see more real world reviews. I would like to test one out on amberjacks with a locked down drag. I suspect that anti reverse bearing will not be up to the task. The reel has no dogs and you're really asking a lot of a single A/R bearing on a reel that produces over 30lbs. Accurate's going knuckle buster is not a new thing... but for most people (that set their drag by pulling the line with their hand) they'll likely have no issues at all.....
The preliminary reviews of the Tern aren’t all that good. You can read about it on the Bloody Decks forum. Seems like quite a few of them are having issues, but hopefully with time they will figure things out. Nice to read a positive review from someone on here though.

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Old 04-10-2019, 01:47 PM
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One thing I have to say about bottom fishing reels is that gear ratio is everything. If you fish anything deeper than 200' you are going to regret buying anything over a 4:1 gear ratio.
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