First Baitcasting Setup
Posted July 06 2012 - 04:08 PM
Anyway, I plan on buying a baitcasting combo, but I really don't know what to get. I do have some specific features/limits in mind I'd like, so hopefully you guys can point me to a few recommendations based on that.
So first off, price. I'd like to spend around/no more than $100 for the combo, although I can stretch it to ~$120 if I absolutely have to (broke college student budget here). I'd rather buy a pretty good combo that will last a while rather than a cheap one, so if there aren't any decent combos for this price range please just say so rather than recommend a shoddy combo in my price range.
As I said before, I'm on a college student budget so I don't have the luxury of having a different rod/reel for each fish species. I don't have the means or desire to have a combo specifically for crankbaits, specifically for bass, specifically for catfish, etc. I understand this is a bass fishing forum, but I also enjoy catfishing so I need a combo that will be able to handle most freshwater situations. No 50 pound monsters or anything, but it should be capable of handling a ~15 pound catfish as well as sensitive enough for the 3-4 pound bass. I need a combo that's good at everything rather than great at one thing.
Third, I'd really prefer a combo with a left handed retrieve, but it's not a dealbreaker by any means. Also, I do some occassional night-time catfishing, so I'd like to have a reel with a bait clicker to notify you when drag goes out. I've never used a baitcaster before, so I don't know how much sound the drag makes when it goes out for reels without a clicker. If reels with the clicker are all too heavy for bass or too expensive, I can do without it as long as I can hear my drag going out.
Lastly, I imagine most good quality baitcasters are all about the same as far as difficulty in using/learning to cast, but if that isn't true then I'd prefer something that is somewhat beginner-friendly.
Please be as detailed as possible in your replies, because I really am completely unfamiliar with the baitcasting world. Somewhat off-topic, but it'd be great if you could include the type and # line to use with the recommended combo.
Thanks so much everyone for all the help. This site has done wonders for me already.
Posted July 06 2012 - 04:14 PM
Your first baitcasting reel should be a "gently used" Citicia (~$75)
or Curado ($115-$125).
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Posted July 06 2012 - 04:23 PM
If you can find a good used reel in the market that may be a good bet for you,
walmart also has some abu combos on the shelf for 99 and under, they are graphite framed but will work well
A fish a day, keeps the skunks away.
Posted July 06 2012 - 04:23 PM
I picked this up the other day as a dedicated Sekno rod. It will throw a wacky rigged 5" Senko like a pro. I set it up for flipping jigs and I was blown away buy what a 60 dollar combo can do. Very user friendly too.
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Posted July 06 2012 - 07:17 PM
Posted July 09 2012 - 09:33 AM
Can someone explain what the main difference is between round reels and low profile reels? Is it just a comfort thing, or is there some other different I don't know about besides line capacity?
Anyway, I'm not necessarily partial to Abu Garcia, but they seem to have the most combos locally and in my price range. Considering either the Silver Max combo, the Ambassadeur combo, the Daiwa Exceler combo, or a Cabelas Tournament ZX combo right now. Shimano combos are just too expensive :x
Abu Garcia Ambassadeur
Abu Garcia Silver max combo w/Cabelas Tourney Trail Rod
Cabelas Tournament ZX w/Tourney Trail Rod
Any suggestions from those 4, or any other advice would be great. Not sure how comfortable I am buying a Cabelas brand combo, so if anyone has experience with those I'd love to hear about it.
Posted July 09 2012 - 09:50 AM
An used Curado 201B or Citica 201D/E from ebay or one of the several fishing website flea markets/ ebay. If you look around hard enough, you should spend no more than ~$60. An used BPS PQ would probably be slightly cheaper. I like the Shimanos slightly better. A gear ratio of 6.x:1 would be useful, but shouldn't be a deal-breaker.
For the rod, Bass Pro and Cabelas have some house-brand rods, which are decent. TW often has some rods on sale too. You're probably looking for a medium-heavy power fast action rod in your favorite length (6'6" to 7"?). I personally about kinda leery about buying used rods- I baby my equipment- but I do understand you can save a lot of money if you buy used.
EDIT: sent you a PM with a couple of links.
Posted July 09 2012 - 10:09 AM
I fish with this as much as my Citica/Compre and have been pleased with the reel. Rod was a 6'6" MH F 1/4oz.-3/4oz. I think. I'm not sure if this combo is available and I may have gotten it at discount, can't remember.
Posted July 10 2012 - 01:53 PM
$99.96 combo - http://www.walmart.c...bo-Rod/20893179
$79.96 combo - http://www.walmart.c...-Combo/19716433
$65.48 combo - http://www.walmart.c...-Combo/19716434
Posted July 10 2012 - 02:21 PM
Again this is just my opinion, but the drop off on casting reels is pretty significant once you dip below the $100 retail price range.
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