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The one that you can afford!

 

(There are lot of topics on this already, use the search bar!)

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I really like the Pflueger Supreme baitcaster.  metal frame, smooth bearings, can be had around $80

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25 minutes ago, I.rar said:

Used citica e

 

Used Citica E, Used Curado I, Used Daiwa Tatula... the list goes on. There are SOOOO many excellent reels that are normally in the 130-200 range that can be found for great deals used. 

Shimano reels are almost always as good 5 years later as they were out of the box from a mechanical perspective. You'll have people who say the same thing of their Daiwa, Lew's, Abu, and some of the other brands as well. 

Go with your brand preference, buy used, and get the most bang for your buck that way. Put a "Want to buy a good used reel (name your specifications) for under $100 request in the BR flea market. You'll find something that will serve you better from a value standpoint than buying new, guaranteed. 

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As a broke college student I strictly use reels in the 80-130 range and I have all the reels that you've probably heard are "the best" low budget reels but my absolute favorite are the BPS pro qualifier, the Daiwa AIRD, and the Lews speed spool. The bright side is you find these reels on sale all the time. If you have time to wait the Pro Qualifier usually goes on sale in the spring for around $70. I actually recently just bought another Daiwa Aird off ganger mtn because they were running a sale on them.. after coupon codes I purchased the reel and a pack of jig trailers for $46 dollars. Other great reels that I have personally used are the Abu Garcia Orra sx, and the Revo S. To the comments above.. If you can find a used shimano in great condition for $100 I would definitely pick it up but the people who sell them often don't let them go for less than 125-200 and the ones that go for $100 are many years old if you're like me it'll make you a little weary.

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Any $150-$200 reel on sale for $100 or less!

Tom

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11 hours ago, I.rar said:

Used citica e

 

X2 this would be my choice. You can get one in good condition for under 75. True workhorse. 

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20 hours ago, ABW said:

The one that you can afford!

 

(There are lot of topics on this already, use the search bar!)

If everyone used the search function for every topic that had been discussed there would be very little If any topics to discuss.  To the original poster, keep asking questions as this Is what this website Is designed to do; ask questions, learn, and generally enjoy yourself. 

 

Inexpensive reels; there are many options with my personal choice being the Shimano Caenan. I bought one on sale for $50.00 two years ago and It's been great. I use It mostly to throw small weightless worms. It casts well, is fairly smooth, and I've caught fish in the 5+ range and it handled quite well.

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Reels that cost me less than $100:  Abu Black Max 1600C, Pflueger Trion, Daiwa TD-S, Curado 51E (new), Daiwa Procaster (new), Tatula, BPS Carbonlite (gold ones), Cabela's Prodigy (gray one, new).  1600C, 51E and Carbonlites all handle light baits very well.  Obviously they will handle heavier, but I keep them on Medium power...or less...rods.  The Trion and Prodigy are great with 3/8 oz. up although they definitely will cast lighter, but I keep them on MH or H rods.  Tatula and TD-S are very good all-around reels and are used on MH rods.

Used is good.  Many of mine are, and were purchased in very good to like new condition (and still are).  I have to tell you that after my experience with the Pinnacle Primmus, I wouldn't be afraid to try their less expensive (below $100) reels.  Especially given the good reviews given in the Tackle section of this site.

The thing is, Adam, to buy the reel that interests you the most regardless of what our opinions or suggestions are.  It is doubtful you will be unhappy with your choice if you do a little research first.

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Daiwa Tatula on sale...

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I use a pflueger supreme $99 as one of my backups. It seems very nice for the price. Good drag and casts a variety of weights very easily. 

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the new casitas from shimano looks promising , proven braking and spool , ergos will be hard to beat , i have 2 hg lefty's on order will report back once recieved.

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I have experience with only two sub-$100 reels: the Abu Orra Winch and the Daiwa Tatula.  My other reels are more expensive, and I expected the lower-priced reels to feel and act differently; to be at least somewhat inferior to their pricier stable mates.  The Orra has been a good reel (I bought a second one), but it doesn't feel as good as my better reels.  The Tatula (which I also purchased a second example of) feels pretty much as solid, smooth, and good as reels I own costing much more.  I was extremely impressed with their value.

You can find new Tatulas on the big auction site for under $100.  Great reels for the money!

 

Tight lines,

Bob

 

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New KastKing stealth looks sweet. It is 7.0:1 gear ratio 10lbs drag 5.9oz. It is light. $60. 

I have the legend which is the same but a little heavier and I haven't had any issues since July 2015 it still casts great. 

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The H2O Mettle from Academy on sale is tough to beat. I have a few and the most a paid for any was $40. They've been bulletproof so far with the oldest one over 3 years old. 

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I really like Lews Speed Spool for $90-100

I recently purchased two BPS Pro Qualifiers for $50 each and they are surprisingly nice and smooth

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On 1/16/2016 at 11:19 PM, Allen Der said:

I really like the Pflueger Supreme baitcaster.  metal frame, smooth bearings, can be had around $80

Pfleuger quality is impressive.

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