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So i'm looking to finally get a dedicated crankbait reel. I've been using a 6.4.1 gear ratiol up until now but if I use it for more than a hour straight it absolutely destroys my wrist. So i'm looking for some recommendations for a new reel. My only requirements is under $130 and it needs to have a 5 gear ratio. Doesn't really matter to me if it's a 5.1.1 or a 5.9.1 etc, just needs to be a 5 gear. 

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BPS Pro Qualifier is a good option for half that when they're on sale. 

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6 minutes ago, Bluebasser86 said:

BPS Pro Qualifier is a good option for half that when they're on sale. 

Yeah all my reels are pro qualifiers. I just wasn't sure if I wanted another one of those or branch out and try something different. 

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Go get a Diawa Tatula they are smooth and have a great drag.  I have been changing all of my reels over to them after I bought two last year and fished them hard.  i presently own five and one Diawa Exceller.  Go here  https://www.amazon.com/Daiwa-TATULA100P-5-4-Medium-Action/dp/B00F5EGFQY/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1467866941&sr=1-1&keywords=Tatula100p  This reel retails for $149 almost everywhere else.

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I have a Diawa Lexa 4.9:1 I'll sell you really cheap. I bought it new and got about half a dozen trips before it started making an awful noise and grinding to a stop on the cast. It looks perfect on the outside, just does that about every 10 cast or so :Copy_of_icon_thumleft: 

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1 hour ago, fishnkamp said:

Go get a Diawa Tatula they are smooth and have a great drag.  I have been changing all of my reels over to them after I bought two last year and fished them hard.  i presently own five and one Diawa Exceller.  Go here  https://www.amazon.com/Daiwa-TATULA100P-5-4-Medium-Action/dp/B00F5EGFQY/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1467866941&sr=1-1&keywords=Tatula100p  This reel retails for $149 almost everywhere else.

I'll keep that reel it mind. It looks pretty nice. I can't tell from the picture, but is the braking system accessed externally or internally? 

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Externally on the side  carretilha-daiwa-tatula-r100xsl-type-r-8

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lews LFS can be had for $99  or a lews tournament mb for around 130 but can bve found on line brand new for 104

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11 hours ago, fishnkamp said:

Externally on the side  carretilha-daiwa-tatula-r100xsl-type-r-8

Thanks. 

5 hours ago, dsqui said:

lews LFS can be had for $99  or a lews tournament mb for around 130 but can bve found on line brand new for 104

I've heard good things about the LFS but then I've also heard it doesn't hold up if you use it a lot. 

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I have a Lews BB1 in a 5.1:1 that I bought for crank baits.  Very durable, casts a mile and you can get them in your price range.  

 I personally just seem to like something a bit faster, so mine is sitting on my kitchen counter while my wife waits for me to do something with it.  Lol. 

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I have a Curado I Series 200PG, 5.5:1 gear ratio. Reel is brand new in box, and I can do $125 tyd for it. My buddy has a couple and he loves them. Great reel for cranking. 

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11 minutes ago, NYBasser said:

I have a Curado I Series 200PG, 5.5:1 gear ratio. Reel is brand new in box, and I can do $125 tyd for it. My buddy has a couple and he loves them. Great reel for cranking. 

If it's legit (and I have no reason to believe one way or another), snap that up @Wulf_97!

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1 hour ago, Evan K said:

If it's legit (and I have no reason to believe one way or another), snap that up @Wulf_97!

Only selling this low because they go for $140 new on Ebay ..... plus I've already got the 200E5, a gem of a reel. If you PM me an email address/phone number, I can send pics. 

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12 hours ago, Wulf_97 said:

Thanks. 

I've heard good things about the LFS but then I've also heard it doesn't hold up if you use it a lot. 

ive had mine going on like forever never had any issues with it.  just do the usual maintenance grease here oil there the thing has been bullet proof. honestly i swear ive had it going on at least 7 years if not 10 years.  i also fish quite a bit, at least twice a week but usually more from ice out to freeze up.  it was my first bait caster i ever purchased so its definitely took more abuse then other reels i own

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4 hours ago, Onvacation said:

I have a Lews BB1 in a 5.1:1 that I bought for crank baits.  Very durable, casts a mile and you can get them in your price range.  

 I personally just seem to like something a bit faster, so mine is sitting on my kitchen counter while my wife waits for me to do something with it.  Lol. 

I also have a BB1 that I use for Crankbaits and it took a minute for me to get used to, but I've grown to love it.  It casts extremely well and is a surprisingly smooth reel for less than $150.

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1 hour ago, dsqui said:

ive had mine going on like forever never had any issues with it.  just do the usual maintenance grease here oil there the thing has been bullet proof. honestly i swear ive had it going on at least 7 years if not 10 years.  i also fish quite a bit, at least twice a week but usually more from ice out to freeze up.  it was my first bait caster i ever purchased so its definitely took more abuse then other reels i own

The Lfs design reels haven't been out that long. 2 maybe 3 years. They replaced the regular speed spool reels

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uhh ya they have i have a ss1h lfs and i bought it when st croix debuted the mojos what ever year that was

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it might not be the exact same as what is out now because things change as years go by but all in all its there 100 baitcaster if anyhting they should have gotten better

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22 hours ago, NYBasser said:

I have a Curado I Series 200PG, 5.5:1 gear ratio. Reel is brand new in box, and I can do $125 tyd for it. My buddy has a couple and he loves them. Great reel for cranking. 

Sorry I didn't respond until now. Been busy as of late. I ended up going with a Tatula but I really appreciate the offer man.  

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If you can find a used Revo Winch or a Lews Super Duty 5:1 ratio I'd go with that. 

I can barely even feel 10XD's on my Super Duty.

If you aren't throwing magnum cranks the Orra Winch is a great reel at a great price. 

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The Tatula in the 5.4:1 is the best reel in that price range. The 5.2:1 BPS Pro Qualifier is the best sub 100 dollar reel around. Sometimes you can find a Curado on sale for around $130, and they are worth every penny, better than both the PQ and Tatula.

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You can get a lews bb1 on eBay new for 125$ with free shipping I've got one in 5.3:1 and love it. Or for 26$ More you can get the bb1 pro for 151$ 

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On July 7, 2016 at 0:11 AM, Bluebasser86 said:

BPS Pro Qualifier is a good option for half that when they're on sale. 

X2 plus they come on 4.7:1 as well. 

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On 7/8/2016 at 5:16 AM, dsqui said:

uhh ya they have i have a ss1h lfs and i bought it when st croix debuted the mojos what ever year that was

The LFS Speed Spools have been out only like 2-3 years. 

Lews has had a $99.99 Speed Spool for a long time but the LFS series of reels from Lews just came out recently.

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