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Best Skipping Reel 3/8-1/2 Oz

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Looking for the best reel to skip 3/8-1/2 oz jigs. I'm a Shimano guy so that is the brand I would prefer but if there is another reel that is so much better then I would consider it. Looking around the $200 range. Thanks!

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I think any reel will do just fine, it's pretty much all in the thumb. When I had my Curado I, skipping was not an issue.

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Sorry if I sound like a broken record but it's more about the Rod than reel. You need a Rod of a length, power and action that will load appropriately to generate the tip speed needed to skip the bait. A 6'6" med or MH fast action paired with a reel setup to suit your personal style is a good starting point. For me, a med fast spinning Rod with A 2500 size reel loaded with 30# braid is the most effective and trouble free skipping setup. 

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I spent about half my day on the water yesterday skipping docks with a recently acquired Scorpion DC...It's an awesome reel.  I had been using a Core 100 for this task for a long time prior to giving the Scorpion a try and I won't be switching back.  I don't think it makes it easier skill-wise, but it seems to be more efficient.  Felt like I didn't need to use quite as much force to get 4, 5, or even 6 poles deep under the docks.  

 

If you're still learning to skip, the F setting makes it very hard to backlash but you sacrifice distance...After the first few skips it loses steam quickly and stops.  If you already know what you're doing, the N mode is awesome...You can back off the thumb a little and let the jig carry it's speed under the dock without worrying.  

 

They are right around $205 on JLS right now :D.

 

FWIW, I use 3/8 jigs and 15lb flouro most of the time.

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36 minutes ago, Logan S said:

I spent about half my day on the water yesterday skipping docks with a recently acquired Scorpion DC...It's an awesome reel.  I had been using a Core 100 for this task for a long time prior to giving the Scorpion a try and I won't be switching back.  I don't think it makes it easier skill-wise, but it seems to be more efficient.  Felt like I didn't need to use quite as much force to get 4, 5, or even 6 poles deep under the docks.  

 

If you're still learning to skip, the F setting makes it very hard to backlash but you sacrifice distance...After the first few skips it loses steam quickly and stops.  If you already know what you're doing, the N mode is awesome...You can back off the thumb a little and let the jig carry it's speed under the dock without worrying.  

 

They are right around $205 on JLS right now :D.

 

FWIW, I use 3/8 jigs and 15lb flouro most of the time.

I pretty much had it narrowed down between a Scorpion DC7 and an Excense DC. Scorpion DC7 is $205 shipped and Excense DC is $240 shipped from Digitaka. If the Excense is worth the extra money then I would gladly shell out for it. If anyone has any experience skipping with the Excense DC then feel free to comment. Thanks for the info in the Scorpion, it is likely what I will go with. I have read on a few places that it is a great skipping reel!

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1 hour ago, JGBassinAL said:

I pretty much had it narrowed down between a Scorpion DC7 and an Excense DC. Scorpion DC7 is $205 shipped and Excense DC is $240 shipped from Digitaka. If the Excense is worth the extra money then I would gladly shell out for it. If anyone has any experience skipping with the Excense DC then feel free to comment. Thanks for the info in the Scorpion, it is likely what I will go with. I have read on a few places that it is a great skipping reel!

I have an Excense DC too, also a great reel...However picking between the two specifically for skipping I'd go with the Scorpion, but it's not a wide margain.  You can't go wrong with either reel...I use the Excense on my casting jig rod and would have no issues hitting docks with it if I didn't have the skipping rod on the deck.  

 

I know a lot of guys like the high speed reels for docks, but I actually like the slower ones and use the 6.3 Scorpion.  I don't want it moving too fast when I bring it in for the next cast, gives a fish a chance to swipe at it...Doesn't happen all the time, but I've caught enough like that to make me think about it.  That's just me though, if you like the fast reels that Excense really moves line...You go to pull in the jig from under a dock and feels like it's back at the boat in 2 or 3 cranks

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1 hour ago, Logan S said:

I have an Excense DC too, also a great reel...However picking between the two specifically for skipping I'd go with the Scorpion, but it's not a wide margain.  You can't go wrong with either reel...I use the Excense on my casting jig rod and would have no issues hitting docks with it if I didn't have the skipping rod on the deck.  

 

I know a lot of guys like the high speed reels for docks, but I actually like the slower ones and use the 6.3 Scorpion.  I don't want it moving too fast when I bring it in for the next cast, gives a fish a chance to swipe at it...Doesn't happen all the time, but I've caught enough like that to make me think about it.  That's just me though, if you like the fast reels that Excense really moves line...You go to pull in the jig from under a dock and feels like it's back at the boat in 2 or 3 cranks

 

Well I was going to pick up a DC and DC7. DC for chatterbaits and small paddle tails and the DC7 for jigs. I should have all my bases covered lol

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