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Pinnacle Solene Slp10C Baitcasting Reel

reel Pinnacle Solene baitcasting

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#1 logan9209

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Posted June 02 2012 - 02:14 PM

Has anyone used a Pinnacle Solene SLP10C baitcasting reel before? 6 ball bearings+1 roller bearing. 6.2:1 ratio. I bought it a pawn shop still in the package for $40 (Walmart's price $50) to replace my Quantum Lite that's messed up (which I now believe to be a missing part due to an operator's stupidity). So far it seems pretty good. Haven't caught a bass yet so I don't know what type of reel power it's got. But I threw a half ounce spinnerbait, a quarter oz. crankbait, and a baby brush hog w/ 1/8 oz weight and seemed alright. The winds are S 10-15mph. I did have to turn the brakes up, but I still have a lot to learn about baitcasting in windy conditions. I "professional over ran" a couple of times, but nothing major.

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Posted June 02 2012 - 02:38 PM

It's a decent reel. I never had to much problem with mine. After about 2 years it started getting noisy when cast but didn't affect the performance. I pulled in many of 2-5 lbrs with the biggest topping 8 and had no problems.
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Posted June 02 2012 - 02:46 PM

Anything Pinnacle made before the Slyder is pretty much a disposable reel like the Quantum lite. What you need to do is instead of impulse buying take your time and search, you can get a reel like the Quantum Kinetic, the older model that is silver in color for 7o to 80 dollars and it is a quality workhorse type reel. The same deal with a Shimano Citica, find the E seiers at a good price also but truth be told, I wouldn't buy any quantum reel under the Accurist PT, any Shimano under the Citica, or any Pinnacle that was made before the Tounament class series. What I'm trying to tell you is that the "off" models from manufacturers that are budget priced will work ok for a bit but they rarely last very long because they are made up of inferior parts, that is why they are priced low to begin with. I don't want to upset you but if you are going to spend 40 dollars why not just wait a little bit a get a good quality reel that will work better and provide you more enjoyment for just a tad bit more.

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Posted June 02 2012 - 02:54 PM

smalljaw67, I thought about that. As much as I fish, it would be better to have a higher end reel. What happned is that I went looking for a $15 reel/rod like the quantum to tide me over. They had nothing but spinning gear except the brand new Pennacle. I told my wife it was up to her. She went ahead and bought it. Worse case scenario, I will get one later and have this one as a back up just in case.

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Posted June 02 2012 - 05:09 PM

smalljaw67, I thought about that. As much as I fish, it would be better to have a higher end reel. What happned is that I went looking for a $15 reel/rod like the quantum to tide me over. They had nothing but spinning gear except the brand new Pennacle. I told my wife it was up to her. She went ahead and bought it. Worse case scenario, I will get one later and have this one as a back up just in case.


We all have to settle in a pinch sometimes and that reel should keep you fishing long enough to save some cash. Just keep an eye open, like I said, you often see brand new Shimano Citica E reels on ebay selling for 70 bucks and the same is true for other discontinued reels. I think a good fit would be the Shimano Citica or the Quantum Kinetic, I hav a Kinetic going on its 4th year and it performs great.

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Posted June 02 2012 - 08:56 PM

Thank you, smalljaw67. I don't know enough to say which brand is better. I've heard a lot of good things about Shimano. But I've heard a lot of good things about Quantum. Mainly because I like watching KVD fish. If I have one of those days where I wonder why I fish at all, I watch clips of him fishing on YouTube and all of a sudden it feels like a Gibbs slap (NCIS anyone?) and I get right back out there. As far as off brands go, I have to go with Shakespeare (is it really an off brand). My $28 rod/reel combo has been through heck and back and has yet to give up on me.

Oh, I caught my first bass with the Pinnacle Solene reel this evening, 2#, it did pretty good. Same as the Quantum Lite. The problem with the Quantum Lite turned out to be my fault. I am a stickler for putting everything together in the reverse order that they were taken apart. For some reason I am missing a part and not sure how it happened. I believe it's the drag clicker. I found a similiar object when vacuuming the floor one day and I put it up somewhere not knowing what it was. I can't remember where though.

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Posted June 04 2012 - 10:22 AM

I bought a Pinnacle Matrix that I have been happy with. When I was looking at the Pinnacles the Solene had good reviews, most said that it casted very smoothly. Its not going to feel like a $200 BC but at that price point it is a good reel. It should last you awhile if you're a fisherman like me who only gets out once or twice a week for an hour or two. I figure most people who shop at that price point don't have extensive fishing time like some of the fanatics on here and you should be fine with the Solene. If you are going to be pulling a couple 8 hr days a week out on the water you might want to step up to the higher price points

On my Matrix I can cast 1/8 baits fairly decent and so far I have been impressed with it. Pinnacle has also made quite a few good reels that don't carry their name but people rave about. I'm pretty sure the BPS Pro Q used to be one of them. But thats another arguement that has been hashed out on here before. IMO Pinnacle is a good brand and if you research them you will find very little negative feedback, they seem like an under the radar company.

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Posted June 04 2012 - 05:23 PM

LOL! Maybe it will last till I can get a higher end one. I fish almost 7 days a week and anywhere from 5-6 hours a day or more. The lake is practically in my front yard. So far it's been good but since my only other b/c I've had is the Quantum Lite then I don't have to solid of a ground to compare. I will say that I don't fish with it all the time. I take my spinning rod out a lot. Sometimes I will take 2 rods out. Normally, just one.