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Hey Bass Resource,

 

So I am still on the fence on which of these three casting rods to get:

  1.  *** *** Black Casting Rod 6'8"-7'2" MH/F
  2.  Fenwick HMG Casting Rod 7' MH/F
  3.  BPS Johnny Morris Carbonlite Casting Rod 7' MH/F

I would like to know what baitcaster reel under $100 you guys, personally, would put onto one of these rods. Also, if you would like to share why you would put that reel on said rod(be it balance, casting distance, feel, etc.). Feel free to be detailed and share any expericence if you have used one of these rods with a certain reel.

 

 

 

 

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Daiwa Exceller.

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Hold it, right now TW is having a Laguna sale, from 130 to 99.99 and free shipping.

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My vote would be either a BPS Pro Qualifier which is a tank of a reel and probably one of my favorites or you could go with a Diawa Tatula

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You can find Daiwa Tatulas for about $95.  They are S-M-O-O-T-H and solid reels with a great braking system and a steal at under a hundred bucks.  I bought one this summer and plan to buy more.

 

Tight lines,

Bob

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I'd spend a little extra and grab a Diawa tatula, they can be had for around 120$ if you look around and sometimes even less than 100$

It's a great reel, I'd look into it

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I would fish the Carbonlite if you can find them on sale for the $99 price.  And if you can find the Quantum Kinetic on sale somewhere for $100 I would go with one of those as well.  Have 2 of them and they are great work horses as well as the Carbonlites.  And both reels come in under 8oz (5.9 carbonlite and 7.5 kinetic).  Also can look at the Pinnacle Producer LTE.  The reviews on here all seem to be very positive and they are right at $90 and come in at 5.75oz.

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Hey Bass Resource,

 

So I am still on the fence on which of these three casting rods to get:

  1.  *** *** Black Casting Rod 6'8"-7'2" MH/F
  2.  Fenwick HMG Casting Rod 7' MH/F
  3.  BPS Johnny Morris Carbonlite Casting Rod 7' MH/F

I would like to know what baitcaster reel under $100 you guys, personally, would put onto one of these rods. Also, if you would like to share why you would put that reel on said rod(be it balance, casting distance, feel, etc.). Feel free to be detailed and share any expericence if you have used one of these rods with a certain reel.

 

I have *** Black rod (7'1"M/F) and Tatula reel To me they do NOT pair well together at all. Whats wrong is a combination of the weight size of the Tatula and the small diameter of the *** handle. The combo has a sense to tilt to the handle side of the reel in hand. Letting your grip loose, reel wont stay upright so well. I need to squeeze too much to keep it from doing so and over a days use is bothersome. Now putting a smaller reel on *** like 50 size reel helps with this even a larger 150 size reel but lighter than Tat makes a noticeable difference. The Tatula on a rod with larger handle say Quantum Smoke rod also works out better.  So individually they are ok, paired together not so much.

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Citica is as cheap as I've learned to go. Or a used curado. Though, I have heard good things about the bps pro qualifier on this board. Am I the only one who loves round reels?? I own several abu 4600 c3s that I like a lot as well. I know they are heavy, but I like them a lot. They can be found used and are super easy to service. Over time I've replaced the bearings and are excellent casters.

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There are all kinds of reels you can find in this price range. *** has a great article about low cost casting reels, but the one I would recommend to you is a Lew's Speed Spool Reel. At $99 they are I your price range, and are loaded with features, including 10 bearings, 14# of max drag, custom knob handles, and are quite lightweight and palmable. They are very solid reels. I would also recommend the Bass Pro Shops Reels, or Cabela's reels made by Daiwa. They have less of a following than the BPS brands, but they are feature loaded for the price. Many of them are on sale right now. But the best in my opinion is the Lew's.

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X2 on the Carbonlites. After the kink's were worked out from the grinding issue people were having it is a darn good reel and the lightest reel I own. Got some of the original Gold Carbonlites and two new Black Carbonlites and both are good reel's. I got mine on sale $99 from BPS and it was a steal

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I have a full breakdown and review coming shortly of the Pinnacle Producer.  At $90 retail, that would fit your budget.  Not a bad a reel, either.

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BPS PQ hands down. Lew's Speed Spool is another good one and the Shimano Caenan isn't bad.

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There are current gen. Daiwa Excelers all over ebay NIB with free shipping for less than $70. You can't beat that with a stick right now, and the $99 Lexa's from TEW are a close second. As for your rod, I have Exceler's/Lexa's  mounted on a several rods, Fenwicks (Elite Tech's, HMX's, HMG's), Berkleys (Lightning Rod Shocks, E-motions) and Abu's (Vendettas Veritas's) and they feel good, look good, and work good on everything.

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There are current gen. Daiwa Excelers all over ebay NIB with free shipping for less than $70. You can't beat that with a stick right now, and the $99 Lexa's from TEW are a close second. As for your rod, I have Exceler's/Lexa's  mounted on a several rods, Fenwicks (Elite Tech's, HMX's, HMG's), Berkleys (Lightning Rod Shocks, E-motions) and Abu's (Vendettas Veritas's) and they feel good, look good, and work good on everything.

what he said , i bought a couple of the new lews lfs reels and several other sub $120.00 units and sold them all to buy a couple more excelers! are they the smoothest most refined reel , no , but for a workhorse reel with a brake system that is easy to set up and dead on consistent and will throw down to 1/4 oz lures and even a little less w/ no issues  they just straight out work and for the money you'd be hard pressed to find a better deal.

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