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I am looking for a new Baitcasting reel for a 6'8" MH rod I just bought. I am planning on using it for topwater, jigs, Carolina and Texas rigs, and about everything else other than crankbaits and finesse things. I'm thinking that I would want something in the 7.1:1 range but that is open to discussion.  I'm looking to keep in the $150-175 range. What is the best reel for my purpose?

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Yup.  Helios Air is a fine reel.  Got mine within your budget, but don't know if you can find one right now at that price.

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Lots of good reels in this category: 7:1:1 would be good. 

Lews tournament MB

Lews BB1 Pro

Abu Garcia Revo models

Daiwa Tatula

Okuma Helios 

 

 

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Daiwa Tatula Ct

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Curado I 

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This the probably the most competitive price point in casting reels. You really can't go wrong among the major brands. It's a matter of preferred features and the deal. 

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Lots of good reels to choose from.  I would look at the curado I or curado 70 or daiwa tatula CT.

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I have 4 Helios reels they're awesome. Found one for $130 on the auction site the rest were around 160. 

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Tatula Type R

Curado 200HG

Lews Tournament MB

I love these three reels, and they're great bang for the buck. 
As far as where to get them, ebay is a great choice, and I always send an email to these folks before I buy tackle anywhere else:

 

http://shop.anglersheadquarters.com/

 

They are the friendliest people on earth and have given me countless great deals on tackle. I'm not sponsored or affiliated in any way at all! I just have been really impressed with their prices and service.

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I'd get a Shimano e series Curado or Citica

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Ok so I'm between the lews tournament mb and the revo stx. The mb is $108 and the stx is $140. For those prices, which do you all think is the better reel?

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