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Old 02-13-2011, 07:50 AM
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I know this is one of those post everyone hates, by some poor bastard who can't afford top of the line, so if that bothers you stop reading.

For the last 12 years I have used a pair of $15 walmart spinning reels (quantum) on $12 walmart rods. Honestly, I know there is better out there, but for the speckled trout, redfish, flounder fishing I do in the bay they have lasted 12 years (of part time fishing) and never let me down with a fish on the line. I can tell they are starting to go, the bails don't like to stay closed about 1 in 50 cast. If you ever get any resistance on them (like a fish) they stay closed, but sometimes they just flop open if they don't really close good.

Anyways they are worn out. I need new gear. I want to spend more than I did 12 years ago, but at the same time don't want to spend anymore than I have to. I mostly do jig casting and dead shrimp/sinker. I have used an Abu Revo and I admit it is damn, fine but for $150 I'll pass. I also occasionally take friends and family, and not all of them can cast a baitcast.

So I'm thinking either 2 spinners identically rigged, or a spinner for the guest and a baitcast for me.

Anyone have any recommendations on budget gear?
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:00 AM
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:09 AM
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There is no problems with using spinning reels for the type of fishing you do

I would suggest getting two similar set-ups so that your guests can watch your technique as you fish
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:18 AM
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Funny that Few Dollars pointed you to that Mitchell reel. That was something that I first thought of while reading your post. I was going to recommend something like a Penn 440 ssg combo. Pretty nice for the money for what you are doing. But frankly, we have a Mitchell Avocet (walmart special) that is still on the boat and is still used as a bait rod. We get a kick out of it. It was like a $20 reel when I bought it, and after probably 6 years of saltwater use it's still smooth! No idea why! But in that time, I've seen more expensive stuff fail.
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:20 AM
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I had looked at the Mitchel Avocets in academy the other day and was wondering about them. When I was a kid the old black Mitchell's were sort of legendary, but I have not seen anyone using them in a while.

I might just give that a go. I passed up the academy avocet combo because the rod they had it on was stainless eyes instead of ceramic and I have been known to use a little braid.

Thanks for the input.
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Go to Berkley's outlet store online lots of great deals there. http://www.ffo-tackle.com/

I will say that my favorite spinning reel in the class you are describing is a Pfleuger President and you can buy them for about $45 each.

But I am pretty sure that you will find what you want at the link above. I have been to that store and it is a fun place to shop. If you call them they have a bargan bin that changes daily with reels with unbelievable prices.

They have the reconditioned Avocet for $15.88 http://www.ffo-tackle.com/detail.cfm?PassProdId=5014
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:08 AM
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Are you still trying to stay on the budget you've been on or have you raised it a bit?
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If you go on craigslist and click on the "garage sales" you get a search function where you can then enter "fishing". Any one who has posted fishing rods, fishing reels or anything else will pop up. I have made some excellent buys at garage sales. Quality equipment that some folks literally give away. That may allow you to step up in quality a little bit...
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All good suggestions.

Just a quick anecdote about those cheap quantums.

A friend of mine bought one about 10 years ago as a guest set-up. He decided to use it last year largemouth fishing. He cracked the reel right at the seat. He called up quantum for kicks, and they told him to send it in. Next week he gets a new reel and a letter saying they apologize for the failure, and they no longer produce the reel, but sent him the equivalent in their current line-up.

It cost them more in shipping, than he originally paid for the reel.
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Ugly Stik! Also check out Tsunami rods. Log on to Cabelas. They have a jillion reels in all price ranges. About Quantum--years ago I sent a reel in for repair that had almost no hours on it. The repair quote was more than I could buy the reel for new on Ebay. I sent them an angry email. They sent me a new, better reel for free!
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Old 02-13-2011, 04:20 PM
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I'm all about reconditioned or closeout stuff so I'll check that out.

I'm not against paying more, I would say $50-75 for a rod/reel combo is right on point for me for a spinner.

I sort of like those bail flipper levers, but they only seem to be on the real bottom end reels.
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Shimano Sedona is a great simply but reliable reel. Do a search on this site and you will see they come up often when people are looking for solid but less expensive spinning reels. I started using one based on an Outer Banks guide's recommendation.
New, they usually run around $59 but I have seen them at closeout sales for as low as $29.
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I like Okuma as well, low cost with similar features as high end reels. Cant beat an ugly stick for the price.
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Okumas are good for the money.

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And you can't break an ugly stick.

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Okumas are great for the money they are smooth. I keep a tsunami 6ft 6 with a decent okuma reel on the tug boat with me to catch hardheads small rock and a few trout when I fish around docks at nite. And trust me they get beat to crap on the tug and other guys think its the best rod reel ever made.
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Okumas are great for the money they are smooth. I keep a tsunami 6ft 6 with a decent okuma reel on the tug boat with me to catch hardheads small rock and a few trout when I fish around docks at nite. And trust me they get beat to crap on the tug and other guys think its the best rod reel ever made.
You fish for HARDHEADS Worse yet it was your first choice, and over trout
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