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Lex LeQuia
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 03:49 PM 03/22/09 (CST)
After many years of happy and productive spincasting, I am venturing forth into the world of baitcast gear. Theres alot to consider and I would appreciate advice for a good workhouse reel, kinda a all- purpose set-up. One that I don't have to take a loan out to afford. I lean toward more finese type fishing so it has to handle some relatively light gear.
I would also love some feedback about flurocarbon or braid. Thanks!
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 06:07 PM 03/22/09 (CST)
A good bass and walleye reel is a Shimano Cruxis 200 on a 6'6" medium/ heavy action rod. I do not like the lighter braids (50lb or less) for casting. I prefer any flourocarbon over the lighter braids. I use 17lb Vanish and it casts well.
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 08:39 AM 03/23/09 (CST)
Have you thought about what type of casting reel you want? Round or Low Profile? I am just getting into using these more myself, for the money I would say you should avoid those cheap (under $100) low profiles and get a Abu Garcia® Ambassadeur® Classic C3 Casting Reel, you can get one for about $85. They last 4-ever (I have my grandpas) and are easy to adjust. Also easier to pick out those birds nest with a round reel, when they happen.
I like to use braid for the most part (20-50 lbs) attached to a swivel with fluorocarbon, mono, or steel leader depending on what I'm targeting.


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 09:27 AM 03/23/09 (CST)
How much are you really planning to spend? It’s hard to give a good recommendation without a price point.

Shimano folks are a loyal bunch. Myself, I fish Pflueger reels and highly recommend them. I'm a bass guy though. In general, I would suggest a reel with a one piece aluminum frame. They’re more durable and will last longer than a graphite one. However, you’ll pay a little more for it. Braking is either centrifugal or magnetic. Centrifugal breaks more at the beginning of the cast, magnetic works more on slowing the spool at the end of the cast. I prefer centrifugal, as with a little bit of practice your thumb learns how to “feather” the spool to make for a smooth landing. The reels that include both are, of course, more $, but the dual breaking lets you tweak your reel to your heart’s content. Gear ratio should be 6.2:1 or 6.4:1 for all purpose work. A “Low Profile” reel is usually lighter and easier to “palm” than a traditional round reel.

The Pflueger Trion is a "classic" and will cost $100. The President is an awesome reel and goes for $150. The Patriarch is their top shelf reel and, at $200, is completely worth it. (Titanium finish, 11 bearings, Dual Breaks, Audible Spool Control Knob) It might be a little fancy and/or expensive for a first time bait caster though. That being said, Cabela's and Bass Pro have great combo deals. Check out the Pro Qualifier combo at BPS for a solid set up at about $180. The Pro Qualifier is actually a President/Revo clone. I hear very few complaints from folks who use BPS rods too. The Cabela’s Prodigy combo looks like a nice deal as well. The Prodigy reel is a Diawa and the rod is a split grip that you might like for finesse baits.

An all purpose bait casting rod would be 6’6” or 7’, usually high-modulus graphite and Medium-Heavy power. (I suggest a Fenwick HMG.) You might want to look at a Medium power rod for finesse presentations. You would want to stay with a clear line for that as well. But who knows, you just might stick with your spinning gear for that once you try out a big frog on 30lb braid with your new bait caster.





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