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 So what are the best or good spinning reels for $30.00 and under for bass fishing?  I'm not interested in a $30.00 reel lasting twenty years.  For $30.00 I want it to last at least one season and it would be nice it will last

two seasons.  But no more than two season.  

 

 Any recommendations?  

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That's a pretty tight budget. I like Pflueger spinning reels. And you could get a Pflueger trion for that price. If you could spend a little more, you could get the Pflueger president, and have a pretty nice reel that could last years with proper maintenance.

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daiwa strikeforce. if you can go to 40$ I would recommend the daiwa laguna.

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Not sure how much they go for exactly but abu cardinals are somewhere around 30$

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That's a pretty tight budget. I like Pflueger spinning reels. And you could get a Pflueger trion for that price. If you could spend a little more, you could get the Pflueger president, and have a pretty nice reel that could last years with proper maintenance.

 

Trion, President is worth the upgrade though...

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Check ffo tackle. They have Pflueger refurbs that may be at or near your price range.

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For $30.00 I want it to last at least one season and it would be nice it will last two seasons.  But no more than two season.  

 

 

So... what are you going to do with it if it lasts through two seasons? Bronze it? 

 

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Another for Abu CArdinal.  I have one that sees light use every year and is about 8 years old.  I have seen Mitchell 300's on clearance everywhere for close to $30 and that would certainly last a few years.

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 So what are the best or good spinning reels for $30.00 and under for bass fishing?  I'm not interested in a $30.00 reel lasting twenty years.  For $30.00 I want it to last at least one season and it would be nice it will last

two seasons.  But no more than two season.  

 

 Any recommendations?  

Hands down shimano sienna $29.99. You will not find a reel at this price that can make it for quality.

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I second the go to ffo and check out their reels. Right now they have a few Euro market Cardinals that are capable of more than a few seasons for serious cheap.

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So... what are you going to do with it if it lasts through two seasons? Bronze it? 

 

:eyebrows:

 

 

 

  I have nice Shimano and Diawa reels.  Four spinning reels and one baitcaster.  I'm looking to increase my spinning reel collection so I can have a bigger variety of reels with different line on them.  Basically, I'm looking for cheap spinning reels so I can try lots of different line in the four to ten pound range.  

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Mitchell advocate, mine is on year 8 now i believe, built like a tank, not sure why i don't own more. Don't have much paint left on it now though haha.

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Go to "fish and save" to browse.

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I had a Pflueger Trion that lasted for 6 years of average use from me, and abusive use from when I loaned it out a few times, and then I recently sold it, still working flawlessly and smooth as day one. I replaced it with the newer version of the Trion again. Feels like a very solid reel all over again. It goes for $40 but occasionally you can buy it for less, using a coupon at Dick's. Right now you can find the previous models of this reel, the one I had and sold, for about $30 at Walmart or other places, as they're clearancing them out in favor of the newer one. The older one has two aluminum spools where the newer one does not. This would allow you to put two different lines on it since you want to try different sizes, and it also is in the budget you posted.

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For that price range there isn't anything better than the Shimano Sienna....... IMO

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One word, USED! Get an older Quantum Catalyst, they come up from time to time for $25-30 TYD, they're nice little Rees. Check the fishing flea market here and on other forums (which I won't name, don't want to bash this one). You can get some great deals on used reels, no matter what you're looking for.

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Abu Cardinal 100 series reels. Hard to beat in your price range. Great drags too!

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   Basically, I'm looking for cheap spinning reels so I can try lots of different line in the four to ten pound range.  

 

Aha, now I see. I wonder if spare spools for your nice reels are a viable option? I realize that a given line isn't likely to behave all that differently on a $30 reel vs. a $200 reel of comparable size, but I'm always for changing as few variables at a time as possible. Just a thought.

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I had a Pflueger Trion that lasted for 6 years of average use from me, and abusive use from when I loaned it out a few times, and then I recently sold it, still working flawlessly and smooth as day one. I replaced it with the newer version of the Trion again. Feels like a very solid reel all over again. It goes for $40 but occasionally you can buy it for less, using a coupon at Dick's. Right now you can find the previous models of this reel, the one I had and sold, for about $30 at Walmart or other places, as they're clearancing them out in favor of the newer one. The older one has two aluminum spools where the newer one does not. This would allow you to put two different lines on it since you want to try different sizes, and it also is in the budget you posted.

I use a trion too and it's the old one that came with a spare spool.  Honestly can't tell the difference between the trion and my president.  It is a great smooth reel.  Some may not like the wooden handles, but I like them.

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I use a trion too and it's the old one that came with a spare spool. Honestly can't tell the difference between the trion and my president. It is a great smooth reel. Some may not like the wooden handles, but I like them.

I had a President too. The only significant difference you'll notice is the bearings in the handle making the Prez slicker than the Trion. If you hook a fish that pulls drag, the extra bearing below the spool might be nice on the Prez but otherwise they're the same reel. The Prez also has an aluminum sideplate vs. all graphite construction on the Trion but in use this is not even noticeable and I doubt it even makes any difference whatsoever. These differences were on the old model reels. I believe they all carried over to the new reels also.

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Another vote for the Abu Cardinal.  Bought one to put on my wife's rod at the beginning of last season.  It landed quite a few nice fish and it's going into it's second season with no problems.  I'm looking at picking up another one for a different combo.

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