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I am looking for a new reel. Either for unweighted plastics or for smaller crankbaits. 

 
I currently run a curado50e for a light crankbaits and will also swap the reel for unweighted senkos as well on a different blank and wanted to pick up a new reel. 
 
Any ideas on what I should pick up for a second reel for this?  

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As with any purchase decision budget has to be taken into account. The cheapest way to do that is by adding a finesse oriented spool to a current reel you have in your collection. If you don't have an extra reel that has a finesse spool option than the next question would be a new reel or a used reel. When you say light, that word means different things to different people. Unweighted 5 inch senkos are about 3/8 oz and a touch heavier with the hook which can be cast on about any reel. When you are talking about baits below 1/4 oz you will be looking for a more specialty reel. My personal picks for reels just above the true BFS stuff are the 50 platform Shimanos and the Alphas reels. They do very well stock for baits from 3/16 oz on up. Price used starts around $140 on up.

I currently have 6 of the 50 sized reels and 2 Alphas SV reels. They are great for all around use as well for 3/16 oz baits on up.

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I think a Taula CT on the proper rod can handle that job.   My standard Tatula on a M/F Team Daiwa cranking rod can throw a Rapala Fat Rap #5 (5/16 oz) on 10lb mono really well.

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My Curado E and Curado I throw 1/4 ounce baits on 10 pound test quite well. Even my BPS PQ can throw a 1/4 ounce jig plenty far enough if I'm swimming it or bouncing it along the bottom rather than your standard pitch and retrieve presentation. The same reel will bomb a 1/4 ounce buzzbait. 

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No idea what your budget is. Shimano core, diawa steez, shimano antares. Anything short of those three reels and I'd buy spinning gear. Nothing is more frustrating to me than not having the right tool for the job. 

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 Looking to keep it around 150 to 300.   So far I have been looking g at the shimono curado 70 ,. The daiwa tatula Cr and the daiwa zillion sw.    My Corrado 50 works great   Just looking for something else that will work as well as it

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The rod has a lot to do with it as well as skill level. I have watched videos of guys in Japan turning all the breaks off, including spool tension. I can cast 1/4 ounce on my tatula no problem on a calm day. But for a reel specifically made for bfs you want to research reels that are supported by aftermarket spools. Check out Japan tackle or hedge hog studios. Another reel that can be found pretty cheap is the shimano brenious. It comes from Japan with a shallow spool. 

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You can find a used Daiwa PX Type R within that budget.  I've seen them at $250.  Pixy prices have come way down and can now be found at the lower end of your budget.  I have zero experience with aftermarket spools for the 50 size Shimanos, but I'm pretty sure there are a couple that would fit your Curado 50 and allow casting lighter weights than the standard spool.  The rod is a very important part of the equation when looking to cast below 3/16 oz.

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The rod you use will influence your ability to cast light lures as much as the reel.  I have a combo that will cast crappie cranks and tubes with 1/16oz. jig heads with very little effort, but will still get them to the boat quick enough to eliminate concern over their survival. It's a Daiwa Sol paired to a Med power Mod/Fast 7ft. rod built on a Forecast blank.  I made the rod specifically for light lures and it fit the bill perfectly. 

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I find that most reels can handle 1/4 oz, but below that is when specialized finesse reels are more user-friendly.  I would take a look at the alphas sv and curado 70 if your throwing stuff just below the 1/4oz mark.  

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A senko is not really all that light. Any good casting reel setup properly will handle that. The 50 size is about as good as you'll find without opening your wallet for one of the specialized BFS models. 

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31 minutes ago, Delaware Valley Tackle said:

A senko is not really all that light. Any good casting reel setup properly will handle that. The 50 size is about as good as you'll find without opening your wallet for one of the specialized BFS models. 

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I must be all screwed up!

All my reels are a 200 size..Curado E, G I, Johnny Morris Sig, Abu Revo S, BPS Extreme and a PQ. The smallest I use is a Chronarch 100 sf. To me they are interchangeable for anything I want to throw regadless of weight. 

 

Mike 

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Crankbaits at or around 3/16 to 1/4 Oz, Daiwa Alphas SV all day. Weightless soft plastics lighter than a 4 inch Senko, such as trick worms, small creatures/craws and the like - get a Yumeya BFS spool for any 50 size Shimano reel. 

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Another vote for the Alphas sv.

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I've never thrown an Alphas SV, but I've read glowing reports about their light lure ability.  I do have a Pixy 68 that will do everything your asking and are frequently found on swap boards at prices well withing your price range..

 

oe

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A ned rig is easily thrown with an SV105. Total weight pictured of 1/20 shroomz head and 2.75"trd is .059g + 3.9g =3.959g right at .126ounces or 1/8 total. Using braid I skip this with the SV105 easily.IMG_2458.jpg

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I have a couple of reels that will cast very light baits -- using an appropriate rod.   A Daiwa PX Type R and Alphas SV105.  I love the PX-R and the love for the SV105 is developing slowly.  ;-)

Tight lines,

Bob

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Heyyyyyyyy wait a minute.... QuakenShake I thought JJ's Magic melted Elaztech plastics.....?

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14 minutes ago, Bass Turd said:

Heyyyyyyyy wait a minute.... QuakenShake I thought JJ's Magic melted Elaztech plastics.....?

It does it have seen it.  My son tried dipping an elaztech lizard. The tail fell off in the jar.  He tried to fish it without a tail and the rear legs came off on the first cast.  

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1 hour ago, Bass Turd said:

Heyyyyyyyy wait a minute.... QuakenShake I thought JJ's Magic melted Elaztech plastics.....?

Doesnt melt my TRD's or Finesse wormz the green wormz dont come out all that chartreuse like this color trd. I just went and pulled on the trd pictured and the thing still good no melting but the chartreuse color is fading.

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