Preferred Light Tackle Spinning Reel

Discussion in 'General Fishing' started by FSUDrew99, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. klawatt

    klawatt Active Member

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    Daiwa Ballistic 2500, fantastic real
     
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  2. commtrd

    commtrd I Love microskiff.com!

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  3. sotilloa1078

    sotilloa1078 Well-Known Member

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    I have switched over to Florida Fishing products reels. The Osprey 3000 and 4000 and great reels. Smooth Eco Sealed carbon fiber drags with full aluminum frames. The reels are smooth and light and are under 200. Ive used and owned many reels and these have been SOLID so far.

    http://floridafishingproducts.com
     
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  4. devrep

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    Those look a lot like Diawas, or Diawa knock offs. Nice.
     
  5. sotilloa1078

    sotilloa1078 Well-Known Member

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    though they look similar they are not a knock off of anything, they have their own technology. So far I'm very happy, time will tell!
     
  6. CaptainRob

    CaptainRob Hell's Bay 17.8 Whipray

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    I've had good luck with the Penn Battles. I like they are over built which lets me get away with a smaller reel. I have been using the 2000 and 2500 models and have been very pleased with their drags and durability. Another thing I have found which I think helps them last longer is every few months I whip them down with a little anti-corrosion spray and then let it dry a day or two. Seems to keep them looking new much longer.
     
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  7. topnative2

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    No quantum reels for me.

    I have a energy e40ptic and can not get a part I need cause they do not have any more for the reel because it was a short run. I did get a coupon code for 25% off.
    Not a happy camper barely used it.
     
  8. RunningOnEmpty

    RunningOnEmpty I Love microskiff.com!

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    This is a 2 year old 2000 battle that's never been oiled or greased. It looks awful, but it still works great. The little reel has landed some big fish! My old boat had really bad rod storage so buying high end reels wasn't a good idea. Even though my new boat has rod lockers I'm sticking with the penn battles because they work for me.
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    Last edited: Jan 14, 2017
  10. ADicus

    ADicus I Love microskiff.com!

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    They're not making em like they used to I've had a set of stradic 2500's going on 10 yrs now! Been rebuilt twice one had a mast grinding sound that will not quit no matter the lube I add but they both still catch fish! As far as price it seems every mfg has upped their cost to high 100's or low 200's
     
  11. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

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    These have always been battle tanks. They are consistently heavy but are extremely durable. I have a newer Cabo but I have the Fin Nor Mega Lite on all other rods. These were by far my favorite and still buy them if I can find them - used of course.

    I have been on Charter boats and they seem to favor the Offshore version. As one guide told me "They simply never fail". Have not used the Lethal but when all of the Mega lites dry up that is the direction I will head.
     
  12. blackmagic1

    blackmagic1 I Love microskiff.com!

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    Not the smoothest, no infinite anti-reverse, but have handled way more than they should have and a bullet proof drag. I've burned through countless other brands in one way or another. Still have several of these that get heavy use and work flawlessly.

    Daiwa SS Whisker
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  13. Net 30

    Net 30 Soy un Perdedor

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    X2! I got rid of all my Stradics after too many problems and parts that were no longer available. Went back to all Daiwa Tournament SS and they are bullet proof and cheap! I still have a couple of my originals from the 1990s that are going strong.
     
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  14. Backwater

    Backwater Fly Fishing Shaman

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    LOL..... That use to be my fav back in the day! ;)
     
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  15. devrep

    devrep Well-Known Member

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    Don't they still make the SS?
     
  16. devrep

    devrep Well-Known Member

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    Remember the old Fin Nor original Ahab? I still have one like new, the smallest one but it is still big and heavy. Nice machinery but will not work with braid. Humongous drag.
     
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  17. topnative2

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    Well, I ordered a diawa bg3000......excellent reviews and diawa has been good to me in the past
     
  18. timogleason

    timogleason I Love microskiff.com!

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    I like the new Diawa BGs. Bought a 2500 and a 3000. Seem like nice reels. Time will tell.
     
  19. topnative2

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    I received my bg3000 and it appears to be well built. I do not know about all the talk about these reels being "big" they are not . This reel is about an inch shorter than my previous emblem 3500. FYI--I find I like and feel my Loomis better w/ the smaller reel.
     
  20. fjmaverick

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    Just curious what rod your using?
     
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