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Hello! I'm thinking about getting a new reel at the $100 price point so I wanted to get some suggestions.  A friend recommended the reels below, so I wanted to know if anyone has any experience with them or if they would suggest and others at the some price point or slightly (+$20) higher.  

Lews Speed Spool LFS 

Abu Garcia Orra SX

Let me know your thoughts.  Thank!

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The venerable Ambassadeur 5500 series would be hard to beat. And you can pass it down to your grandkids. :)

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Lews LFS.

Browning Superlite for $89 at BPS has been good for me so far.  

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I think either real you listed are your best bet. I have experience with both and neither will let you down

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I have both (Lews is previous gen, tho.) 

Of the two, I prefer the Lews by a pretty wide margin.  My Orra has served me well, but needed repair after season and a half.  And even with good cleaning and repaired part(s), the Lews is better, IMHO.

   I also have a few Tatulas (R and base) and I much prefer them to either the Lews or the Orra SX

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Thanks for the feedback, fellas.  I'm going to look into the Tatulas as a few of you seem to have positive opinions about them.  I'll let you all know what I decide to go with.  

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Tatulas are solid, especially at around $100. Another option, you could get 2 Excelers for that same $100. Those are what I primarily use on my kayak. I wont lose much sleep if one goes overboard. I've got a few Tatulas too and no complaints at all other than they are a little bit larger to palm than a lot of reels out there, still, I like them a lot

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You missed Gander Mountain's half price sale on the Exceler.  It is still a good option.  The LH 7.3 is $20 off.  The original Tatula is a fine reel.  I prefer the finish on the Type R plus I wanted the 8.1 ratio so the extra $30 was worth it to me.  I sold my standard at a very low price to a deserving young man.  May have to replace it with a CT.  :D

No experience with either of those two reels.  If I were you, I'd spend an extra $9 and get the Tournament MB from ebay if you decide to go with Lew's.  Has dual braking which I like a lot.  Very nice looking reel, too.  :lol:

Pinnacle just doesn't get mention.  I bought a Primmus about a year ago.  It quickly became one of my favorites.  Like it well enough I bought 2 more before manventureoutpost ran out of them.  Because of this experience I wouldn't be afraid to try one of their lower cost models.  A few reviews here on bassresource.

http://www.bassresource.com/fishing_lures/Pinnacle-Producer-LTE-review.html

http://www.bassresource.com/fishing_lures/reel-review.html

http://www.bassresource.com/fishing_lures/review-pinnacle-producer.html

 

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The Okuma Cerros is a nice little reel that I've been using for awhile now. Looks sharp and performs well. 

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Abu Revo S is my choice. I could also add the 6.8:1 Lew's LFS.

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lews ss1hl 8 years old still goin strong.  only thing ive done is oil and grease and ist been fished hard.  was the first baitcaster i ever bought and it has set the bar pretty high

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You could take a look at the BPS Pro Qualifiers. They're built like little tanks and are great reels for the money. 

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new kid here and my first post.

LFS will get destroyed by the new Caenan! ill tell you, I had it for a few trips and I'm not happy about it. returned it and grabbed the Caenan and my goodness, I'm so stunned!

don't get fool with those bearing they advertised, Caenan has 5+1 but it retrieves like a dream for $100

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