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I'm going to be buying a reel for skipping jigs soon because my Revo SX decided to die on me. What reels do you like to use for skipping (life length, speed ratio, smoothness, etc). Thank you!

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8 minutes ago, Big Bait Fishing said:

it's not in the reel , it's all about your thumb !!!

I know most is about technique... but I've heard that some reels do skip better than others.

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1 minute ago, NEBasser101 said:

I know most is about technique... but I've heard that some reels do skip better than others.

it's 10% brakes , 20% bait , & 70% thumb ..

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I've had 2- 6.3:1 Revo Premiers (left hand) for quite a few years. I have had zero problems with them and they skip docks well. I will get backlashes from time to time but who doesn't, right? However, this spring I bought a 9:1 Daiwa SV TW Zillion (left hand) from Japan. I can't speak to it's longevity yet but it skips jigs like no reel I've ever used. You almost have to try to backlash it. Plus, the 9:1 ratio catches up to those fish running at you in a couple cranks. If you can swing the extra cash I think it's well worth it.

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Any reel can be a good skipping reel if you do your part...I'll be the first to tell you that your gear isn't making or breaking you when skipping with a baitcaster.  

Having said that, the Shimano Exsence DC and Scorpion DC are pretty awesome for this technique.  They won't take you from splashing to skipping without practice, but once you know what you're doing both of these reels are pretty amazing.  The 'F' mode on both reels is pretty forgiving so it may actually help you learn a little bit, but it sacrifices distance.  On the lower settings, the distance and 'carry' you can get is impressive.  If you want to go all out, look for one of these...They are great for everything else too so it wouldn't be a waste ;).  

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If you want the best baitcasting skipping reels, I'd definitely be looking at any of the daiwa sv reels, or t3 1016, mx, or sv reels. The sv spools make skipping a breeze, and it's even better with the magforce 3d braking on the t3 reels. The ultimate for me would have to be a t3 with an sv spool installed, but the alphas sv, sv103, and t3 1016 in that order aren't far behind. I like shimanos too, but the daiwa braking systems combined with sv or 1016 spools are the only reels I can skip with other than a spinning reel

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I have an Alphas SV and an SS SV, but the reel I find easiest to skip with is a Tatula CT loaded with 20lb fluoro. I think the thick line helps, but that reel is really easy to skip with. I wonder if the Twing helps with the thick line? I imagine a zillion SV would be the ultimate?

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Although any reel may work....depending on the user's ability...I'm sure there are some that work better than others.  Out of a list of about 30 reels, my Alphas SV105 was the first choice of a well known tuner.  I asked because skipping is something I want to learn.

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any daiwa /w an SV spool will be pretty much idiot proof. The T3's /w magforce 3d will work just as well, too. 

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2 hours ago, iabass8 said:

any daiwa /w an SV spool will be pretty much idiot proof.

i'm going to put that theory to the test and use my alphas sv 105 for skipping duty....  if i can do it then idiot proof it is!!

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The reel is less important than your technique. Hit the water at the wrong angle and even an SV reel will spill its guts. I would recommend you get some thick mono and go and practice on some water. The thick line means the spool level drops quickly, which helps with control, under filling the spool makes life easier too. 20lb mono would be perfect. You will have backlashes, so it's inexpensive to bin when you've ruined it! Enjoy. So satisfying when you get a good cast, and so frustrating when you don't!

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On 10/17/2016 at 7:43 PM, pawpaw said:

I've had 2- 6.3:1 Revo Premiers (left hand) for quite a few years. I have had zero problems with them and they skip docks well. I will get backlashes from time to time but who doesn't, right? However, this spring I bought a 9:1 Daiwa SV TW Zillion (left hand) from Japan. I can't speak to it's longevity yet but it skips jigs like no reel I've ever used. You almost have to try to backlash it. Plus, the 9:1 ratio catches up to those fish running at you in a couple cranks. If you can swing the extra cash I think it's well worth it.

 

@pawpaw Do you remember the the seller you purchased from. I'm wanting to buy the same reel but i want to buy from a reputable seller who has authentic reels

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Reoccurring theme here Diawa Zillion sv tws 7:3:1.  When set right this reel is easier to pitch skip or roll cast skip a jig than my Shimano's. I bought mine off eBay for $250.00 shipped to the door. 

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Im try to skip with bait caster as well and I found that almost any reel can skip if you know the reel enough and you have right equipment for the weight of what you gonna skip.

3/8 swim jig I use tatula ct pair with MH fast/xtra fast. 

Senko/fluke I use chornarch 50e pair wih medium / fast. 

I can skip now let say 50-70% of the time with out backlash, now gotta pratice for accurately and distance.

As side note, I tried to skip with curado 70 and I dont like the result at all.

 

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On 2/7/2017 at 9:49 PM, FishingNativeWaters said:

 

@pawpaw Do you remember the the seller you purchased from. I'm wanting to buy the same reel but i want to buy from a reputable seller who has authentic reels

Japan Tackle

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"Best Skipping Reel"

 

I'm gonna say Shakespeare

I tossed that reel SO hard, it skipped 5 times before finally sinking to the bottom    :goofy1:   

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I can skip with a $50 Abu Black Max, as good as I can with Revo STX....it's not the reel,

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I use daiwa sv variants to skip:  alphas sv and t3mx sv.  It is more technique than reel, but it doesn't hurt having a reel that has more control.

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Boy did I practice with my Chronarch 50e reels and a ML

Carbonlite rod, loaded with a 5" Senko (and other baits).

 

Was able to skip it pretty well and 9 out of 10 times w/o

backlash. My 50e was upgraded with Hawgtech bearings

and a 7.1:1 gearset. She can sing beautiful music for many

a technique.

 

Anyhoo, after months of practicing on my waters I came

to the conclusion that for all the awesomeness of the reel,

I preferred the simplicity, (less thinking about it, less worry

of conditions, bait weight, rod load and all that to make

sure everything would work properly) -- that I decided my

spinning setups were more fun and simpler to get what

I wanted where I wanted it.

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@darren. You know what you may be right about simplicity here. I bought two new casting reels and one new rod (tatula 6'10 MH/F) this year mainly for skipping. I can skip with my 50e pretty good but that not just enough for me so I bought tatula ct type R then another daiwa alphas 105.

In the meantime I got 3 spinning setup that I hardly use or hardly take them on a boat with me. I just want to be one of those cool guy skipping with baitcaster instead of make my old setup more useful.

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6 minutes ago, JustJames said:

@darren. You know what you may be right about simplicity here. I bought two new casting reels and one new rod (tatula 6'10 MH/F) this year mainly for skipping. I can skip with my 50e pretty good but that not just enough for me so I bought tatula ct type R then another daiwa alphas 105.

In the meantime I got 3 spinning setup that I hardly use or hardly take them on a boat with me. I just want to be one of those cool guy skipping with baitcaster instead of make my old setup more useful.

 

Heh, there's something to be said for that, James.

There's a coolness-factor to baitcasting which makes

one look more "pro" and all that. Some of my sons

are in that phase now and despite my explaining the

afore mentioned cool factor is just that and using

a BC does not make them a better angler :) 

 

Again, I'm not against using them, just being realistic.

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56 minutes ago, Darren. said:

 

Heh, there's something to be said for that, James.

There's a coolness-factor to baitcasting which makes

one look more "pro" and all that. Some of my sons

are in that phase now and despite my explaining the

afore mentioned cool factor is just that and using

a BC does not make them a better angler :) 

 

Again, I'm not against using them, just being realistic.

Although I agree in somewhat about the coolness, but I love using baitcasters because I find I can use a BC smoother than a spinning setup.  What I mean, for me a baitcaster is effortless and natural feeling vs using a spinning when casting and reeling in.  I also find for me I'm way more accurate with a BC.  Mind you I still have three spinning rods in my regular rotation though, love my FJ and CI 4+.

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