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Does anyone use low-profile baitcasters for swimbaits, or is it basically a given they should be thrown on a round-profile reel?

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There are plenty of low profiles that will be fine. If you want to throw big swimbaits, the low profiles are also going to be huge though.

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The Lexa 300 and Curado 300 are popular. Abu has some larger low-profile reels as well.

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300 sized Curados/Lexas and Abu Toros are all pretty darn big, just a bit more comfortable for some.

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It's all a matter of personal preference. For the record, I use both round and low profile when throwing big swimbaits (I.e huddlestons, River 2 Sea S-Waver 200s, etc).  I have relatively small hands. I'm only 5'4" tall and can palm both just fine. 

For low profile, I am throwing a Daiwa Lexa 300. For round, I'm throwing a Daiwa Luna 253 or 300.

If you want a low profile but think the Lexa 300 is still too big, take a look at the Daiwa Tatula 200HD. It's a 200 frame with enough line capacity for throwing swimbaits. 

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CITICA 200 DSV ----> RULES !!!!

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I use a Revo Toro 50HS and Shimano Metanium XT 2005's for my swimbaiting needs. Love em'!  The Lews BB2 is a great choice as well, very smooth, nice handle, compact reel that holds plenty of line. Now I want another one! LOL....

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I'm thinking of getting the new Lews Super Duty for swimbaits when I get into throwing them. Got a few baits but need an appropriate rod first.

LC

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5 minutes ago, loudcherokee said:

I'm thinking of getting the new Lews Super Duty for swimbaits when I get into throwing them. Got a few baits but need an appropriate rod first.

LC

I think that will be a great choice! Get it.

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How about a Shimano Antares AR?  I got one waiting on me at home. 

  My first one. 

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Coincidentally, the BB2 is about 25% off right now on TW. What ratio do you all use for swimbaits?

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I have a Curado 300E and an Okuma Citrix 364. Personally feel like the Okuma cast better than the Curado and can be found for a very reasonable price online. It's also a touch heavier but holds more line so there's a trade off for the little extra weight. 

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I'm using JDM Tatula HDs and a Daiwa Z2020h and while I love them there are many great LP options.  

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I used to use a curado B 200 for smaller size swimbaits and a citrix 354 for the larger ones.  this last weekend I picked up a Quantum exo 300 to replaced both those reels.  it is lighter than both of them and holds more line than either as well.  So far I am impressed with it,

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Abu Garcia Toro,  Diawa Lexa 300 or the Tatula HD, Lews BB2 Pro, 

The Abu Toro is a big low profile real made for big baits. Same with the Daiwa Lexa 300.

I use a Shimano Cardiff in the 300 size and I really like it. (I think the 400 size is way too big and bulky and just not needed for bass fishing) but I prefer the low profile reels.

Ive thrown big baits on standard 100 size reels with no problems (Revos, Tatula, Lews tournament MB..etc) but I wouldn't use them for day in day out swimbait use as they will wear out quick.

Im seriously looking at the discontinued Abu Garcia Revo Toro Winch or the current model of the Revo Toro. Both big low profile reels

 

 

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Yup! I use two CU 300E's to compliment my two CT 400's.

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I'm personally a huge Lew's fan so I'm glad to see the bb2 was mentioned several times, I'll also checkout a few of the others. Thanks for the input.

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2 hours ago, paultio said:

to clarify are yall using the bb2 or the bb2 inshore?

The only difference in those two is the external dial (on the Pro) and some stronger gearing (I think). 

Soon I'll be adding a BB2 Pro Inshore as my swimbait reel. I've currently got a Superduty on there.

I'm glad someone mentioned a Revo Toro. I've got an NaCl that I use for musky. H*LL YEAH its a good reel haha.

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