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IMO, there is not one single best baitcaster under 100 dollars.  This question gets asked about a dozen times a year and the responses and generally the same with quality reels from many different companies.  

 

Give the guys here some more information, like where you plan to use it, what you plan to use it for and they will get you dialed in.   Best is a subjective term. 

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daiwa Tatula as it can be had for 85$ or so...

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My Picks would be:

1)Lew's Speed Spool (People have been fighting about these in the tread below, but the vase model SS is a great value)

2) Pflueger Supreme (Pflueger makes some darn Good reels, especially for the money)

3) Daiwa Tatula (feature packed, looks sexy, the t wing is cool too)

 

I would stay away from:

 

1)Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier

(some love it, some hate it, I just think there are better reels for 100 bucks)

2)Lower end Shimanos (Shimano makes good high end reels, but they're low cost reels just don't have the features of others in the price rafe)

Just my 2 cents

the best advice I can give is go out and feel reels. Put them in your hand, wind em to feel for smoothness, put them on your rods and feel it for comfort. Then pick the one you like the best.

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My Picks would be:

1)Lew's Speed Spool (People have been fighting about these in the tread below, but the vase model SS is a great value)

2) Pflueger Supreme (Pflueger makes some darn Good reels, especially for the money)

3) Daiwa Tatula (feature packed, looks sexy, the t wing is cool too)

 

I would stay away from:

 

1)Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier

(some love it, some hate it, I just think there are better reels for 100 bucks)

2)Lower end Shimanos (Shimano makes good high end reels, but they're low cost reels just don't have the features of others in the price rafe)

Just my 2 cents

the best advice I can give is go out and feel reels. Put them in your hand, wind em to feel for smoothness, put them on your rods and feel it for comfort. Then pick the one you like the best.

Not that I necessarily disagree with you, but I find it funny you say stay away from the Pro Qualifier.  A few years back this conversation would have been dominated with recommendations for either the Pro Qualifier of the Shimano Citica E.

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The Pro Qualifier hands down. The Speed Spool isn't bad either and neither is the Shimano Caenan.

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Check the Flea Market.

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Not that I necessarily disagree with you, but I find it funny you say stay away from the Pro Qualifier.  A few years back this conversation would have been dominated with recommendations for either the Pro Qualifier of the Shimano Citica E.

 

just search here for Goose's review on the PQ and i think you'll find it's a very durable and dependable reel....  just doesn't have all the hype and flash of other brands.

you really can't go wrong with the tatula though, have one and it performs very well.

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You can get one of the 3 upper BPS reels Extreme, Pro Qualifier, or Carbonlite righ now for under the $100 mark.  The LTE listed above by Roadwarrior seems solid.  Quantum's Accurist reels (the older model), not sure of the newer one (the white and black).  Also look into the Diawa Exceller, Lexa.  There are a lot of options at the $100 mark if you look around.  All are good reels. 

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I have had my pq's for four years and they are still going strong with no troubles.

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Not that I necessarily disagree with you, but I find it funny you say stay away from the Pro Qualifier.  A few years back this conversation would have been dominated with recommendations for either the Pro Qualifier of the Shimano Citica E.

 

Like I said, not a bad reel, but there are better reels at that price IMO. Also, I've had other BPS reels, and they are better quality. I have used the ProLite and the Johnny Morris aeries and they have smoother drags and better casting. The PQ is a workhorse though, and its a tank of a reel.

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That price point for reels is the same as the $100 price point for rods. A lot of competition has numerous companies putting out quality products. What one person likes more than another usually has more to do with personal preference, or what they have experience with. I have some Lew's SS reels that cost $90. They are darn good for the money. I could use them for many years and be just fine. But I'd be lying if I said I knew they were the best. I haven't tried a lot of other reels in that price range. I have quite a bit of experience with the BPS Pro Qualifiers, and personally like the Lew's better. I have picked up a lot of reels in that price range, and feel that some of the companies that excel in higher end equipment don't feel like they provide as much value at the lower price-point, but I don't have enough on the water experience to say. I just know I wouldn't buy those reels based on how they feel in my hand.

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I'm loving my tourney mg speed spool and would highly recommend it. I got it for 50 dollars on sale, but that's over. You could probably find one on the Flea Market for 80-90 bucks.

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All of the above or as Mr. Franco said, "Used".  Either a Chronarch 100A or 100B would make a great $100 reel although in very good condition they often go for closer to $125.

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Plenty of contenders in that price range. Pick the one that offers the features you are looking for in a reel. If possible mount them to your rod to get a better feel for it. Any of the ones mentioned will serve you just fine.

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The bench mark I use when purchasing reels is; longevity, warranty, product support and replacement part availability.

I purchased 4 new reels in 1991, Calcutta 200 and 3.Daiwa TD HTSA103's. I still use the Calcutta and retired the TD's this year for 3 higher speed Tatula R100XH.

I haven't had any issues with those reels, upgraded the drag disk in the TD's. All these reels still have good resale value.

So now you plan on investing $100 in a bait casting reel, make sure what you purchase is the highest quality you can afford and meets your goals.

Tom

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I'd find a used daiwa or shimano.  If you want a new reel:  tatula, t3 ballistic or lews.

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Can't go wrong with a Pflueger baitcaster. I own 2 over 10 years old that have been fished hard and still going strong. Supreme & Trion that were both at 99.99 that I picked up at a discount on BPS year end sale. Promise.

 

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I'd go with a Tatula as well, It can be had for around 100$ and is a fantastic reel.

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