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Baitcaster Reel Purchase - Need Suggestions

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I am in the market for a decent reel and was hoping to get a few suggestions from those more experienced, as I am not very experienced. I am looking for a reel that has an aluminum body, brass gears, around 6.4:1 ratio, quality bearings and a magnetic brake. I came across the Lew's SSG1H that has these features, but was wanting to spend a few dollars less than what I am finding the Lew's SSG1H reels for ($85.) Can anyone suggest something comparable that sales for a few dollars less? Thanks for any help.

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Check out the daiwa lexa on sale at TW for $69.  This is a $130 reel originally with brass gears, 6.3 ratio (lefty which is what I recommend for newbies) and built like a tank.

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for what you want and what you are willing to spend your options are very limited. Get the Daiwa lexa that is being heavily discounted. 

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Another vote for Daiwa they have good reels for cheap, I would recommend the Lexa for $69- normally $140- Great deal for sure!

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Thanks for the suggestions guys. the Daiwa seems to have everything I was looking for, so I grabbed one.

Which one did you get?

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the lexas and new gen excellers are awesome reels for the money and very user friendly , great choice!!

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The Lexa at $140 was seriously over priced. The price right now, it's a good buy. If you're fishing around weeds I highly suggest adding some carbontex drag washers. They have a weak drag system.

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The Lexa at $140 was seriously over priced. The price right now, it's a good buy. If you're fishing around weeds I highly suggest adding some carbontex drag washers. They have a weak drag system.

x2, at original msrp no way but for what you can grab them for now great reels!

carbontex defiantly an major improvement and the best $8.00 you'll ever spend on the reel.  but i've fished them stock and they get the job done no problem.

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Good choice! :)

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Appreciate the help everyone. I am sure this Daiwa will be light years from the 33 and 733 from the '80s that I am using now. Can't wait to feel how smooth it reels relatively speaking.

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Thought I would post an update. I have fished this reel for about 12 hours now off my yak and REALLY like it. I especially like that it is LH, despite being right handed. On 10 my 9 year-old can work it pretty well. The only thing I wish I could improve would be it's ability to work with my featherweight lures. Can whip a 1/2oz frog almost across the lake though. Thanks once again for the suggestions on this reel.

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