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Old 04-24-2006, 10:21 PM
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hey guys , im going fishing in florida... wal mart is selling a nice reel and rod ..its a mitchell.. i ve herd there ok..but what do you guys think??
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Old 04-24-2006, 10:26 PM
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interestingly, it's the same design that mitchell used in their reels from 40 years ago. i've got some old semi-antique yellow mitchell reels that have the same design. i'd really rather see you fish with something else......
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Old 04-25-2006, 11:28 AM
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We just smoked a Wallmart Mitchell 300x on a 36" Striper. That was it's first & last fish. It blew the gears apart & we didn't find out till we hooked up again.
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Old 04-25-2006, 03:46 PM
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That's the new Mitchells for you. They cheapened up the gears back in the 70's and the reels haven't been dependable since. IMO.

It's a pity too. I've caught everything from bream to stripers in the 40lb class, to King Mackerel in the 30lb class with Mitchell 300's and 400's from the 60's and never had a failure. Wore some completely out over the years, but never had one fail.

If I were you, I would go ahead and spend the extra money and get something like a 750SS Penn, or something comparable to that.
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Old 04-25-2006, 04:07 PM
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JUNK>> spend a little more , and hook up with a penn or shimano, at least you will have something that will last , and wont hang up on you,
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Old 04-25-2006, 10:44 PM
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hey guys thanks for the input....... i was just having a little fun with yall.... yall were a lot kinder than i thought you would be....the old mitchells were nice but i do prefer penn or shimano reels
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Old 04-26-2006, 12:07 AM
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to look at the size of the spool, you'd think that the side plate and drag capacity would be up to the task. in the one reels that i saw, that was apparently not the case. as for the quality and professionalism of the responses, i think you will find this board to definitely be a cut above the rest. watching out for and helping others on tht.com is second nature.
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