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Hey guys, I'm currently on a budget. I am looking for a casting reel that is smooth casting, light weight, and is around $75-$100. I'm open for ideas. 

-Thanks Nathan

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Tatulas can be found for as low as $100.

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BPS Pro Qualifier

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Daiwa Tatula: Shop around and you can find them for as low as $90. Great reel.

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How light is light?  Carbonlite would fall in that category 

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at 7.9 oz the tatula doesn't really meet the lightweight component.  It is a nice reel, but a bit "bulky" feeling to me and i have fairly big hands.

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Lew's for 99 bones. This is going to make some people mad around these parts, but if you pay MSRP just buy anything that's not a Pro Qualifier.

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Go with the Lews regular LFS speed spool or the Pflueger Supreme casting reel, I have the Supreme XT but just saw my friend's regular Supreme and it is really nice, I may add one myself for $99.99! The Tatula is a good solid reel but as buzzed bait already mentioned, it is heavy and the frame feels bulky because of the T-wing system. If you see a pro qualifier on sale at BPS, then that would be another option.

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Since when is 7.9oz heavy?

 

heavy/light is a relative term much like fishing deep or shallow....  but when compared to reels in the same price and spec range, it is one of the heavier ones in its class.

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Go with the Lews regular LFS speed spool or the Pflueger Supreme casting reel, I have the Supreme XT but just saw my friend's regular Supreme and it is really nice, I may add one myself for $99.99! The Tatula is a good solid reel but as buzzed bait already mentioned, it is heavy and the frame feels bulky because of the T-wing system. If you see a pro qualifier on sale at BPS, then that would be another option.

+1 on the Supreme.  I like it almost as much as my Revo SX's

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Since when is 7.9oz heavy?

 

Since 95% of reels in the $100 and up range are 7.5oz and lighter, the Lews LFS Speed Spool is 7.1oz and the Pflueger Supreme is 6.5oz and both have aluminum frames. 

 

EDIT: This is 100 size casting reels, not heavy duty or larger 200 size reels.

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I believe the Lews LFS is only 6.9oz.  It is very tiny too I would go with that one.  I've gotten so used to fishing with sub 6oz reels that anything over about 7.5oz feels like dead weight.

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I'd recommend the Lew's Speed Spools.

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Can't go wrong with Lews!!!!!!

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BPS PQ is a decent entry level reel. I have one on a M rod that I use quite a bit. It doesn't compare in cast ability and function to a Lews TSS. The cost difference is 20 bucks. Spend a little more and get the Lews.

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I would get the Lexa off TW but they only have left handed models in stock

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I just purchased a Lews Speed Spool, price is $99.99, but got mine at American Legacy for $79.99 on sale, very light weight, smooth and is an awesome reel I must say.

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Another vote for the Lews Lfs!

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There are many options for your price range. I'd consider lews as an nice option. Otherwise i would hunt down a used curado / Citica. Those are my opinions and what I personally have experience with. There are a lot of decent reels out there.

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