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Old 05-21-2007, 04:49 PM
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for light inshore action around 6 oz. for 6lb. line. Looked at the Stella FB price and fainted. Any others comparable with Stella??

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Old 05-21-2007, 05:18 PM
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Well..."you get what you pay for". That being said there are a whole bunch of great little reels for 6lb line. Shimanos are my favorites for light tackle spinners.

For $80 you have the shimano spheros series (going to be heavy in weight, but a real work horse).

Next notch up is the Stradic @ about $120. Great little reel for the money.

Move another notch up and you have the Sustain @ about $230. Then ofcourse there is the stella for $$$$$$$$.

Shimano is not the only good choice here, it is just my favorite for this style and size reel. I also like the Quantum Boca($120) and Cabo($190). Especially in the larger sizes. What are you fishing for by the way?
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Old 05-21-2007, 05:24 PM
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Penn SS4400 or 4300 would be in that same price range, or maybe a little lower depending on where you purchase it.

I've got a couple of them and love them both.
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Old 05-21-2007, 05:41 PM
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Spearo,

What do you want to do with the reel? What rod?

While Shimano makes some excellent reels, they're no the only game in town. The Sustain 2500 will work at around $229, as will the Stradic MgA at $190.

Daiwa makes some super reels for light tackle. The Team Daiwa Advantage 2000 is $145. The Certate is around $320, and many folks think it's better than the Stella.

Penn's Slammer 360 is around $140 and a well made reel.

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Old 05-21-2007, 07:16 PM
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Prop Blast,

Last year I found a new but small size rod in a parking lot without a reel, it was a bit small for my fishing but I put it away and forgot about it. Yesterday I was fishing from my kayak near shore for trout and that little rod came to mind, it should be alot of fun/action.

I'm going to look at a few other brands I just can't get away from Shinamo, thanks!
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Old 05-21-2007, 07:51 PM
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Tha cabo PT's are impressive.
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:34 PM
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take a look at the fin- nor ahabs. they're pretty good.
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Old 05-22-2007, 11:03 AM
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Spearo - 5/21/2007 3:49 PM

for light inshore action around 6 oz. for 6lb. line. Looked at the Stella FB price and fainted. Any others comparable with Stella??

Thank you.
Daiwa beats Shimano in spinning reels these days. Daiwa Steez blows away Stella, the 2500 weighs 7.1oz and holds 210yds of 6#. The new 2508 weighs 6.9oz and holds 135yds of 6. But for $115 the Daiwa Tierra 2000 or 2500 is head and shoulders better than Shimano alternatives. Tierras are sold out at the factory until the end of June, what's in retailer's inventory currently is all there is.
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Old 05-22-2007, 11:27 AM
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I just recently broke down and purchased a Stella FA3500. I didn't see many of this particular model in stores or on the internet but when I did a little research, this reel had 20lbs of drag vs the 2500 which only had 8 pounds of drag. The difference in weight was nominal at 8.3 ounces vs 8.1 ounces. Pretty amazing stopping power for a small reel and very well made but obviously big $$. I had been wanting one for years now and just decided to finally do it. I looked at the Cabo's and they were impressive but heavy. The Shimano Stradic MB might be a good fit at $190 and it is supposed to hold up to saltwater use better than a regular Stradic. My only beef with the Stradic is the anti-reverse. I put alot of use on these reels jigging for big striped bass and they don't hold up much longer than a couple of seasons. We'll see how the Stella does but I hope for the money it holds up longer than that.
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