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Hey guys im looking at the getting either a daiwa Laguna or a abu Garcia silver max. Which one is better, if it matter I will be using this for bottom rigs like jigs and texas rigs

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If you can save a little more cash grab a Revo S. If not they're both quality reels, but the Laguna has an awkward mag brake dail. 

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You could even save (abe: save as in spend less) some dough and get an H2O Mettle from Academy which is nearly identical to the Laguna. Or, you could save money, then be told to save more money, only to find out you should save a bit more until you have finally saved enough for an MGX. No matter what bracket you are in, you "should save a little more and get X reel".

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Hey guys im looking at the getting either a daiwa Laguna or a abu Garcia silver max. Which one is better, if it matter I will be using this for bottom rigs like jigs and texas rigs

If you can't wait..then either one should be fine.  Never used either though, HOWEVER..if you can wait, wait for the BPS Pro Qualifier to go on sale for 79.99 which it frequently does. 

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the Laguna has an awkward mag brake dail. 

What is awkward about it?  I don't have a Laguna, but I do have something like 9 models of Daiwas, a Cabela's Prodigy (made by Daiwa) and a Gen 1 STX-L and Premier which are mag brake reels.  Some dials are a bit harder to turn than others, but I don't think I would describe any of them as awkward.

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Looks like neither is an aluminium framed reel.. You might have better options for the money you want to spend.

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What is awkward about it?  I don't have a Laguna, but I do have something like 9 models of Daiwas, a Cabela's Prodigy (made by Daiwa) and a Gen 1 STX-L and Premier which are mag brake reels.  Some dials are a bit harder to turn than others, but I don't think I would describe any of them as awkward.

 

I tried my brother inlaws out and I just don't like how the dial isn't flush inside of the palm plate, when I'd cast with I would accidentally adjust the dial mid cast, but then again I got big mits.

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I tried my brother inlaws out and I just don't like how the dial isn't flush inside of the palm plate, when I'd cast with I would accidentally adjust the dial mid cast, but then again I got big mits.

 

I heard the same complaint when I was looking to get one. If you look at the reel itself, you can see how it sticks out.

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Ok thanks guys, so what would be a good reel for under 100$ Yall said the mettle was good?

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I would vote for the BPS Pro Qualifier on sale often for $79.99. I have several and they are great reels, and thats coming from someone who has mostly Revo Premieres.

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Ok thanks guys, so what would be a good reel for under 100$ Yall said the mettle was good?

 

Well if $100 is your budget, that changes things. I think most replies were trying to stay within the price range of the Laguna and Silver Max (around $60). For $100, get a Lews Speed Spool.

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I 2nd the thought that you should look for a reel with an aluminum frame. I believe TW has the Daiwa Excellers on clearance and the BPS PQ is also a good choice. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a Lews either. Any of those reels should serve you better than the Laguna or Max reels.

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Id like to stay around 60 so I have more for a better rod

How much are you looking to spend on the rod? You can get a Pro Qualifier/Carbonlite combo from bps for 160. Thats a 100 dollar reel and a 120 dollar rod for significantly less.

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That sounds like a pretty good combo, and id like to stay around 150 or 160

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That sounds like a pretty good combo, and id like to stay around 150 or 160

If thats your price range I'd strongly recommend that combo. I have 2 Pro Qualifiers and I don't think they can be beat for the money. I've never fished the Carbonlite, but have held it several times. It feels very comfortable in my hands and gets good reviews from those that have used it.

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I bought a Laguna about a week ago and have fished it around 12 hours so far and I am VERY impressed. I also have a Abu promax that I loved but this diawa is something else.

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How much are you looking to spend on the rod? You can get a Pro Qualifier/Carbonlite combo from bps for 160. Thats a 100 dollar reel and a 120 dollar rod for significantly less.

If this is in your budget, I would get it. It will be very hard to put together a better combo for less. This combo wont leave you wanting something better in a few months and should last a very long time. A cheap reel isn't a bargain if you have to replace it every year.

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I have the Daiwa Laguna and have been really happy with it.  For the price you'll have a tough time finding a reel that would beat it.

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