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I have switched my rods to all Dobyns Champion, I would like to switch all my reels to one brand. I have 1 Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier, 1 Revo Sx and a Lews bb1. I would like to switch to either lews, shimano or quantum. Whats your guys input? My max on a reel is around 200$ give or take some. 

Thanks,

- The Pig Slayer

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Most guys will say shimano but I would choose lews honestly. You already have a bb1and they have a rep for being outstanding. Furthermore, you can choose a reel based on your braking preference as they have choices in magnetic, dual or strictly centrifugal braking

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Either Lews or Quantum, Shimano has great reels, but they are not in my opinion the best bang for your buck. Personally I am switching most of my reels to daiwa and quantum. I like the tatula and t3 platforms for daiwa and the kinetic, energy, and catalyst for quantum. The lews reels are great value as well the bb1, tournament mg and the superduty are great buys.

 

Mitch

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I like Lew's a lot and you could get the tournament pro for around that or an mg which is an excellent workhorse reel I also like the super duty you can cover pretty much every technique with a reel in their line up

Tight lines

Andrew

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Having used all three mentioned I would say lews then shimano. I was an all quantum guy and they just did not hold up like I thought they should!

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Chronarch E series across the board In the $200 price range. Or curado G series once the stores start putting them on clearence

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thanks guy, it seems like everyone i know has a lews and a chronarch. looking at the tatula's... Anyone have any experience with them? And are they big as people say they are?

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It depends on how you palm the reel. I keep my pointer finger wrapped around the front left of the reel and this is exactly where the tatula is wider than other reels especially with it's jutting brake dial. For me the difference was immediately noticeable so I got rod of it. The lews reels for me were ergonomically perfect.

If you keep your fingers below the reel, you probably won't notice.

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I try not to get into the brand discussion anymore, but ill say this... I own a dozen Lews reels. Namely the tournament pro and now I have 3 Lews team pros. I like them. But I can say this Shimano Chronarch and curdos are dang good reels and I would own one in a min. The shimano reels have also stood the test of time... Lews is still a couple years in the making. I feel good about them but who knows.... Just stuff to ask your self

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Actually, the three brands you have are all built on the same platform with only model features to seperate them. I don't think there's one brand that stands out above the others across the board. Each has a model or two that shines in certain applications. If you're looking for a change Shiamno, Daiwa and maybe Quantum are your main choices.

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lews baby. i have a shiamno and a abu garcia . honestly l love them all but if were to recommend a reel to some one id go with the lews..

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It's gonna be all personal preference. Personally, I like lews on my dobyns, but again, that's just me

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I like my Ardent Edge Pro it has something new, Drag Tracking Technology.When casting the line guide tracks the line going out,so you have less drag and friction.You can cast much further to cover more real estate. Get those Lunkers. Greg          

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I notice that everyone has a preference...I say try them all. I have Quantum, shimano, Daiwa, Abu garcia, and even a phlueger. I can say now that I have one I will never buy phlueger again, but I am looking at getting a Lews BB-1.

 

But I say the same for rods...Though I do tend to favor St croix. I still have a couple loomis rods, and a Daiwa, Gander mtn, and a TFO rod.

 

I really like to not have everything be the same. If you want them to be the same then find a brand that has the specs you want and the looks you like.

 

Good luck...your gonna need it.

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My input is you look real hard at the Lews Tournament Pro, for around $150 shipped on ebay, it's already established as a fantastic reel. Buy one try it out and if you like it buy an army of them to compliment your rods.

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