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Old 02-05-2011, 02:17 PM
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If this has been covered I apologize, didn't really find anything with the search feature.

I am wondering what the best conventional reel is for a kite rod. I won't be using an electric one. To me it should be...

1-High speed retrieve

2-Hold about 300 yards of 80lb braid ( had 50lb snap on me)

3-Inexpensive, (it reels in a kite!)

Thanks for any help.

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Old 02-05-2011, 02:41 PM
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a old penn senator will work fine, you don't want a super high speed retrieve(6.5:1) because on a windy day you'll kill yourself reeling in the kite instead of reeling in the BFTs!!
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I use an Int 30. Older 1. Cant beat it on a windy day. I had used the older Penn's of various models and found them to be a royal pain. Its spooled with 130 jerry Brown which will fly a kite in about 5 kt breeze, and still handle it if its blowin 20+.
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Find an old penn senator 6/0 and fill the spool half way.
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Old 02-05-2011, 07:17 PM
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I not using an electric reel we use a penn graphite 15 or not but not the ones with the little line guiders. Good retrieval speed and get the two speed one for those really windy days.
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2 speed for "really windy days".... come on now...


4/0 ($45) or a 6/0($50) on ebay all day long. Short of dropping it on its sideplate, they are very hard to kill. 3/4 spool of 80# mono, with 200 yds of 80# powerpro on top, 4 clips.
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The Senators seem to be the favorite. Sounds good to me, The inexpensive part is the most important, so the money saved can be spent on other fishing gear!

Clear solutions, four clips! Do you fish four baits at once? I think the pogies we fish up here would bring done the kite if I flew four at once. I could try it with some mackerel I suppose.

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Find a Penn 330 GTI levelwind used or on ebay. That will get it done real cheap. I have 2 that I have had for years and they still work great. Like mentioned above, a 6/0 senator is a great kite reel as well.
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I like an Int'l 50 or a 9/0 senator myself. When it is blowin' hard you can wind it in pretty easy still.
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I am in the process of doing likewise, but I'm buying one that I can put a winder on like a Fish Winch down the road. After speaking to the gents at FW I am shopping for a Diawa 450H due to some issues they have had with the newer Senator Specials. This can then double as a deep drop reel. (if we are ever allowed to bottom fish in the future)

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Originally Posted by Carolina Pavers View Post
I am in the process of doing likewise, but I'm buying one that I can put a winder on like a Fish Winch down the road. After speaking to the gents at FW I am shopping for a Diawa 450H due to some issues they have had with the newer Senator Specials. This can then double as a deep drop reel. (if we are ever allowed to bottom fish in the future)
That should be a nice set up.
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