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Favorite Spinning Reel Under $100


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#31 Felix77

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Posted February 11 2013 - 02:18 PM

Abu Orra Series.  Have 3.

 

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#32 21farms

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Posted February 11 2013 - 02:27 PM

i had the previous-generation shimano sahara FD, and it was absolutely the smoothest reel i ever had, spinning or baitcasting, even more-so than my other reels costing 2-5 times more. however, if i were buying today, i'd go with the symetre 2500FL simply because of the heft and feel of the forged handle (the sahara FD had a forged handle but the current FE model has a cast handle).


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#33 Ima Bass Ninja

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Posted February 11 2013 - 02:51 PM

I have 2 pfluegers ( medalist and trion). Both work great. Pflueger makes a good spinning reel. I also have a Daiwa exceler. Good reel! It is really smooth and well built. But my most favorite is the pq spinning. I love the wide spool design. I'm sure it's the same as a pflueger arbor. And they have the extreme spinning on sale for 39.99. Seems like a great value
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#34 SirSnookalot

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Posted February 12 2013 - 03:22 AM

The best reel...........only the Shadow knows.  

There is no best reel under a $100, each has it's pros and cons and whatever you get comfortable with will work well.  I use 3 sub $100 reels in freshwater( except for my $30 Shakespere with the handle out of bubble pack and have fallen in love with it, lol), all them are Pflueger supremes, each size matches the rod they are on very well, after several years of use only a drop of oil every now and then has kept them in tip top condition.  Still in the sub $100 market I have a Pflueger arbor and medalist, both used in saltwater and targeting 20#+ fish, still smooth and perfect, perform as well as reels twice the price.


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Posted February 12 2013 - 06:33 AM

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#36 upnorthbassin

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Posted February 12 2013 - 07:29 PM

The best reel...........only the Shadow knows.  

That brings back memories. When I was a kid my dad had a victrola in the garage. There were only a few records with it and one of them was The Shadow. I used to sneak in there and play it every now and then.

 

But back to the topic at hand...which shakespere reel did you get and why do you like it?



#37 MN_SONNEN_ANGLER

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Posted February 12 2013 - 09:21 PM

I don't use spinning gear too often but I have saharas and they are awesome in my opinion.
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Posted February 12 2013 - 10:12 PM

The Okuma Trio 30s is the best value on the market IMO. It's light weight, has an awesome drag, looks and fishes great, and it's buttery smooth. Not sure why Okuma products aren't more popular than what they are. I picked up my Trio for around $50, and it's the best $50 I've spent in a long time. Can't say enough about that reel.



#39 SirSnookalot

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Posted February 13 2013 - 02:50 AM

That brings back memories. When I was a kid my dad had a victrola in the garage. There were only a few records with it and one of them was The Shadow. I used to sneak in there and play it every now and then.

 

But back to the topic at hand...which shakespere reel did you get and why do you like it?

I needed a reel for my grandson bought a Shakespere Agility for him at Walmart.  Sat on the rod unused for quite sometime so I pulled it out to do some jig fishing and it's done a fine job with 5#+ bass.  It's smooth like most of the newer reels today and the drag has been more than adequate at the price I don't care how long it lasts.


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#40 Capt.Bob

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Posted February 13 2013 - 10:04 AM

Hands down is the Shimano Symetre smoothest operating of any spinning reel under 100 bucks, any reel will do the job, but with a drag that rivals a baitcaster, and is as smooth as butter, and a track record of durability above all the rest, it is your best choice, if all you want is the job done there are many lesser reels that will work for a while, just not quite as long or as well!


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#41 Blue Streak

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Posted February 13 2013 - 01:42 PM

Hands down is the Shimano Symetre smoothest operating of any spinning reel under 100 bucks, any reel will do the job, but with a drag that rivals a baitcaster, and is as smooth as butter, and a track record of durability above all the rest, it is your best choice, if all you want is the job done there are many lesser reels that will work for a while, just not quite as long or as well!

 

I agree with this one hundred percent.  Excellent reel for the price, I have 3 and never had a problem with any.


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Posted February 14 2013 - 10:25 PM

The simple truth is that probably all of the reels mentioned above will get the job done, if adequately maintained.  Whichever reel you decide on, make sure you break it down (or have it broken down) and re-lube it no less often than once a year.


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Posted March 10 2013 - 09:18 PM

I love my Sahara's and Sadona's.  Today I picked up the GSX Titanium rod and reel combo for $79.00 at Gander...great deal.  



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Posted March 10 2013 - 09:49 PM

Put me in the symetre crowd. I have an older model that is wicked smooth after lots of use and time. The new symetre now comes with x-ship which is a great feature for a sub $100 reel. I also have the sahara and it would be my second choice.

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Posted March 10 2013 - 11:24 PM

Daiwa Exceler.

I agree. Love the Exceler. Have 2 of them.






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