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Old 11-20-2018, 02:11 PM
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I am looking for a baitcasting reel and have some questions about what to look at. I fish almost all inshore saltwater around Cape Cod. Species that I’d be going for include Black Sea Bass, strippers, blues, fluke and other species common to the area. I am not hardcore, I am not out there everyday or sometimes even every week. I am also not going to change tackle for each species of fish.
My spending limit is $150. I have found some decent sounding salt water baitcasters in that price range but they all carry a line capacity of 12/120. For example, Lew’s Fishing Tournament MB.
12lb test seems too light for something like a decent size stripper, blue etc.
Any suggestions on reels in my price range that would be appropriate for my needs?
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Old 11-20-2018, 02:36 PM
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You can find nice used Shimano Calcutta 400 or Penn International 965 in that price range
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I love my Abu Revo S's if you want a low profile. Inexpensive, durable, great performance... I spool with 15lb braid. Have landed many, many striped bass to 50lbs.

I prefer low profile baitcasters. With braided lines there is plenty of line capacity for inshore fishing, even if you spool with 20lb braid


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Unlike iFishMD, I personally don't care for low profile reels, BUT I love my Ambassadeur round reels. A new 6500 or 6600 will be around $120 and be well suited for your inshore fishing. Just stay away from the "S" models if you choose this route.

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Shimano tranx, they have a few sizes to choose from - sounds like the 300 will work for you.
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Here's all that's needed to pull in strippers (may need to do some multiplication).

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Another vote for Ambassadeur round reels. Last time i bought them was a few years ago and they were still made in Sweden.
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Originally Posted by Gpag View Post
I am looking for a baitcasting reel and have some questions about what to look at. I fish almost all inshore saltwater around Cape Cod. Species that I’d be going for include Black Sea Bass, strippers, blues, fluke and other species common to the area. I am not hardcore, I am not out there everyday or sometimes even every week. I am also not going to change tackle for each species of fish.
My spending limit is $150. I have found some decent sounding salt water baitcasters in that price range but they all carry a line capacity of 12/120. For example, Lew’s Fishing Tournament MB.
12lb test seems too light for something like a decent size stripper, blue etc.
Any suggestions on reels in my price range that would be appropriate for my needs?
Those numbers are for mono, not braid. I fish Lews exclusively and not only because i have a hook up that gets me a super discount.
Lews drag system is an upgrade over the stand by Shimano and they have held up to the abuse i put them through on a weekly basis.
Spool with 30# Suffix or PP Slick 8 and use a flouro leader and you can catch all of the species you list with ease. We catch plenty cobia
with the same gear we catch trout and reds with in the Gulf. Not sure the weight but it was caught on a 2500 series shimano spinner with 20#pp.

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“Here's all that's needed to pull in strippers (may need to do some multiplication).“

There it is! I was going to fix the spelling but decided to wait to see how long it took for the inevitable dollar bill comment. Took longer than I thought it would.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I've narrowed it down to three reels,
Two low profile, an Abu-Garcia Revo-X Inshore low profile, Lews Speed Spool Inshore and one round, an Abu Garcia Ambassadeur C4.

I've never used a low profile reel before. Whagt types of things should I consider for low profile vs. round when choosing?

Abu Garcia® Revo® X Inshore Low Profile | Abu Garcia®

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Love my Penn 975 CSLD. Does it all in Nantucket & Vineyard Sounds
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I like low profile because they atr lighter and and I can palm the reel in certain jigging conditions. I also have penn 965 and the only advantage the round Baitcasters have is line capacity and a clicker for bait fishing without holding the reel. Other than that they are bulky and heavy. To me the heavier the combo the less sensitive it is.
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Originally Posted by Gpag View Post
Thanks for the suggestions. I've narrowed it down to three reels,
Two low profile, an Abu-Garcia Revo-X Inshore low profile, Lews Speed Spool Inshore and one round, an Abu Garcia Ambassadeur C4.

I've never used a low profile reel before. Whagt types of things should I consider for low profile vs. round when choosing?

Abu Garcia® Revo® X Inshore Low Profile Abu Garcia®

https://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Lews...page-LSIC.html

https://www.tackledirect.com/abu-gar...ing-reels.html
LP reels will be lighter, balanced, easier to cast.
Round reels will weigh more, have more line capacity, feel like a brick vs LP reels.
Academy has the Lews BB1 onsalefor $149 academy.com.
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I ended up with a really good Black Friday deal on a Lews Custom Inshore Speed Spool SLP.

https://www.lews.com/casting/custominshore
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$99.00 New Quantum Accurist S3. 7.8oz, 18lbs drag and you can probably get 250+ yards of 15lb/20lb braid on it.

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Shimano tranx, they have a few sizes to choose from - sounds like the 300 will work for you.
not for $150 it won’t .
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