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My Old/new Baitcasting Reels

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Before my health went bad I had the new bass boat pictured in my mind. I wanted to start fishing the local tornies. So I purchased anything that could be boat and

fishing related.

Reel Talk,

I purchased new Shakespeare, Garcia, Mitchell and Okuma

New baitcasting reels at that time. This has to be over a decade+++ ago. My Garcia has on open spool with a metal plunger to release the spool for casting, while my Shakespeare and mitchell reels have flip up hoods that cover the front part if the spool. Needless to say there still new and hardley used. I think there old enough to be collectable now. Time went by so fast. I do use some of them but not as often like I wanted too. Right now I seem to have the baitcasting bug worse than ever. Now I want to stick with it and use them for my spinnerbaits and jigs.

I know you guys were having fun with me before and your right. I need to upgrade soon. I figure i can still use my old/still new reels for this year.

I did go searching for new reels to replace my older ones and got sticker shock. Some of these better baitcasters can run up to $1,000?

Does anyone use the baitcasters that run between $400 to $1,000?

One of them is a megabass and another one is a zillion if I remember correctly. I'm on the borderline of spending maybe a $100 to $200.

I don't really understand what makes a baitcaster reel worth $1,000?

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The urgency for obtaining upgraded tackle depends more on what you have than on how long a go it was manufactured. There are tons of ABU Ambassadeurs still in service since the 60's & 70's for example. I serviced some Shimano Bantams from the 80's a while ago for a guy that still fishes them. Bottom line is, fish what you have and if/when you feel the performance is lacking look into something more modern whether that's this year, next or years from now.

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Many of my reels are 10 years old or older.  Even some purchased over the winter.  I think only 3 of my reels are still in production today...a Zillion, a Lews TP and a couple Trions.  Old doesn't mean they are giving up performance to the newest tech reels.  I think a lot of others would agree with me.  Nothing wrong with my older Daiwas, Shimanos, Abu round reels, etc.

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As a 28 yr service tech.

Nothing wrong with older reels, they just tend to give fits when trying to make sure they have parts for support.... :Victory:

I have just finished up some (15) Bantams 10's, 100's, all X's, and SG's from the middle 80's.

They service (clean/polish up) well but usable parts (pinion/drive gears, etc) have become an almost impossible find for them.

Thats when the owner should be educated on what he has, and what the techniques for today will need.

Most anything built back 6+ yrs, will be out of production nowdays, and, no reels today have over a 1 yr mfg warrenty.

 

Tight Lines All!  :fishing1:

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Great advice guys. All my older baitcasters still work great. I even have some older quantum spinning reels that still are working good too. I been switching between many rod setups during the season. I been mainly using spinning gear with baitcasters once in a while.

I been picking up extra New spinning reels when I see the okuma on sale. But I haven't really wore any good reel out yet. I grease my reels with moly. It eliminates all wear, reduces friction, prevents galling, fights corrosion and doesn't attract dirt.

www.ts-moly.com

I remember a time when my older new D.A.M. QUICK Spinning reels came with extra New bail springs. We don't see that anymore.

All my fishing rods and reels even though there older they still look like brand new I take care of my stuff and I'm careful when I handle it. Even my 70's dam quick reels still look like new.

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Had the same problem about 10 years ago.  All of my reels were like 20 years old, but they worked good.  It took about a year and a half, but I bought all new rods and reels.  I didn't want to be out somewhere on a trip and be put in the position where I had to buy a reel right then because one of my old ones broke.

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As stated before there is absolutly nothing wrong with classic reels.

They all can be fished, but taking into consideration that it's a buggaboo to find proper parts to support any issues.

The reel/s IMO should find a place in memory lane down in the man cave, and newer supportable reels begin to take their place in the arsenal... :Victory:

 

Tight Lines All! :fishing1:

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As the others have said, nothing wrong with using the old stuff.  It caught fish back then, and will today.


 


To answer your other question, I know of nothing that would make a reel worth $1000.  Not to me anyway.  I do have several reels that retail in the  $400-$600 range (Steez, Pixy, Core), but didn't pay near that for them.  Bought them used.  I love them, but wouldn't consider paying full retail for any of them.  Also, there are a LOT of high quality reels on the market for $300 or less that will do everything those more expensive reels will do, so why spend that?  You can find a nice used reel like a Curado E or Revo STX for under $150 on this forum, other forums, or ebay.


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My youngest reel is 8 yrs old!

Oldest? When did Shimano introduce the Calcutta!

I see no need to change, just keep em clean & lubed.

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All my older baitcaster reels I purchased are all brand new. There is hardley any outings or very low hours on them if that. There still in New condition so they shouldn't need parts. I'll stick with them and use them. I need the practice anyway.

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Those old reels, many that I own, were/are great. However, the newer reals

are SIGNIFICANTLY better. Lighter, tighter tolerances and improved components.

A specific comparison is with one of my ALL-TIME favorites, the Chronarch 50MG.

Still a great reel and I have two. However, they does not compare favorably with the

newer Core 50MG7.

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