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What baitcaster would you choose for 100 or under for general purpose and why? 

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Daiwa tatula ct because it's an aluminum frame, 8 bearing, 90mm swept handle, 13.2lb drag and mostly because it's a daiwa. 

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Have heard great things about Diawa reels. Have never tried one though

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Slightly over 100 bucks, but you can a NIB Lews Tournament MB on the auction site for around $108. Retails for $139. I have the first generation Tournament Pro and the MB performs just as well. 

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6 minutes ago, Boogey Man said:

Slightly over 100 bucks, but you can a NIB Lews Tournament MB on the auction site for around $108. Retails for $139. I have the first generation Tournament Pro and the MB performs just as well. 

I'm a die-hard daiwa/shimano fan, but this reel looks good too.  I started out with lews years ago and liked them, but sold everything and went daiwa/shimano and haven't looked back.  Lews does pack a lot of features into their reels and out of the box are amazing values.

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5 minutes ago, Yudo1 said:

I'm a die-hard daiwa/shimano fan, but this reel looks good too.  I started out with lews years ago and liked them, but sold everything and went daiwa/shimano and haven't looked back.  Lews does pack a lot of features into their reels and out of the box are amazing values.

Probably one of the best palming reels I've used, and casts light baits surprisingly well. 

 

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Shimano caenan or casitas. I have the older caenan and it is a great reel cast light baits easy smooth reel. I also have a casitas and love it cast great no backlashes both are great reels and my recommendations. You will get a lot of opinions on this topic. I can only recommend on what I know works for me.

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If your budget is $100 there are many good reels in that price range. My preference is the Daiwa Tatula CT.

I have sold a bunch of BPS reels, Lews reels and several Shimanos and replaced them with 1 Daiwa Exceler, 2 Tatula CTs and 4 Tatula Type Rs. i enjoy using everyone.  I still have 6 more reels to swap out yet.

If you really do not want to spend $100 the Exceler is a very nice reel. It retails for $100 but is on sale for $60.  As I said, it is a nice reel. I prefer the Tatula CT definitely, but the Exceler works fine.  The Exceler does not have the T wing though and I think that is a disadvantage.

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I have had very good luck with the Daiwa Exceler, and Abu Black/Silver/Pro Max series of reels. 

 

My first choice is the Exceler because of the aluminum frame, but the Max series Abu reels have held up just fine despite being graphite/composite frames. I have several that have seen 4 seasons of hard use and are no worse for the wear.

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Lews Tournament MB.   I have a couple of them and they are fantastic.  The palm really well and I've thrown a wide variety of lures on them with no issues.  Easy to adjust and dial in.  I also have a Speed Spool LFS (can be had for about $80 on eBay) that I really like for the price.

 

Can't comment on the Daiwa's but they seem to be really popular.  One of the Tatula models will probably be my next reel.

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Daiwa tatula can be had for around $90 and they are great reels. BPS Qualifier is not a bad reel either, but I prefer the Tatula. Plus if you want to upgrade the Tatula there are plenty of aftermarket pieces for it.

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1 hour ago, ww2farmer said:

I have had very good luck with the Daiwa Exceler, and Abu Black/Silver/Pro Max series of reels. 

 

My first choice is the Exceler because of the aluminum frame, but the Max series Abu reels have held up just fine despite being graphite/composite frames. I have several that have seen 4 seasons of hard use and are no worse for the wear.

Times 2 the Abu Max reels are great budget reels. I have a couple of each. You can get combos for under $100 too. I have yet to have an issue with these reels. Great brakes, drag, and feel IMO. 

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I have a Lews Speed Spool LFS and I really like it. It has a few seasons under it's belt now and after cleaning it it still performs better than it did out of box. 

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Thanks for all the replies. I will definitely have to check these reels out

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I have had the pro qualifiers (Loved them) and I have 2 of the older lews tourney MG's that are sweet too.  If I had to pick one around that price I would probably go with the best deal you can find on anything in the tatula line.  I have a type R that is currently my favorite reel (Although I just got 2 zillions so I am guessing they will take the cake) that I got used for like 80 bucks or something.

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NIB the Tatula or BPS pro qualifier are hard to beat bang for the buck wise 

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5 hours ago, Stuckinthetrees said:

Abu Garcia Revo S  online price is $100 they cast great.  

 

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5 hours ago, ww2farmer said:

I have had very good luck with the Daiwa Exceler, and Abu Black/Silver/Pro Max series of reels. 

 

My first choice is the Exceler because of the aluminum frame, but the Max series Abu reels have held up just fine despite being graphite/composite frames. I have several that have seen 4 seasons of hard use and are no worse for the wear.

My silver max took a lot of abuse over 3 years and was still going strong until I took it apart to clean it.

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8 hours ago, Mj89 said:

What baitcaster would you choose for 100 or under for general purpose and why? 

A BPS Carbonlite when it goes on clearance.  Because of all the features for under $100 you won't find in other reels.  Dual braking, carbon drag, Duralumin shaft and gears.  

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In the $100 range I would get a Tatula CT, no question.

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Last year I bought two Silver Max casting combos for $50 each at Cabelas on sale. Two rods and two reels for $100. I was happy with that and they worked great for me.

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