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Baitcaster recommendation for someone returning to the sport?

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New member, first post.  Life has gotten in the way of fishing for the last 20 years, but as I ease toward retirement I'm starting to anticipate returning to fishing. I went out for a little boating/fishing last weekend and discovered that my baitcasting reels are worn out.

That's not really a surprise because my favorites were a couple of Daiwas (PMA1000 is the model) that I bought in 1987. They saw a lot of use and the bearings and springs seem to be pretty well worn out. So that brings me to my question: what's a decent baitcaster to replace my old reels? I paid $39 for them 29 years ago, so I'm thinking an equivalent reel would probably be around $100-120 today. I generally fish with 10-14lb line if that helps.

If you were spending $100-120 on a baitcasting reel, what would you choose?

 

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Welcome to Bass Resource and welcome back to fishing!

I think Lews make a pretty good baitcasting reel in that price range. I am sure others will chime in with their favorites but I have switched all my baitcasting reels over to Lews. Here is their lineup: 

http://www.lews.com/castingreels.php

Take a look at this one: 

http://www.lews.com/casting-speedspool.php

Also, Delaware Valley Tackle might be able to bring your old reels back to life. They are a site sponsor and they offer a 10% discount on reel repair service for BassResource members: 

http://www.delawarevalleytackle.com/

 

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How y'all are? ;)

Since you're familiar with Daiwa before why change?

They have outstanding reels in the price range.

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Daiwa is my go to. There are two series of reels for you to take a serious look at. First Daiwa has a feel called the Exceler/ It retails for $99.  It is available online for $70.  I fish one and I have a friend that fishes at least 4 days a week. He is "TOUGH" on equipment and he fishes a bunch of them and they seem to hold up fine against bass, stripers and big snakeheads. Even better pick up a Daiwa Tatula CT. They are terrific. You will find Daiwa Tatula, and Tatula Type Rs as well as Tatula CT and CT type Rs.  The difference between a standard tatula and Tatula Type Rs is the R replaces one regular bearing with an extra corrosion resistant (2 instead of 1) and some cosmetics. Save the almost $50. The sane goes for the two versions of the CTs. Again save your dollars. I own some of each, fish them hard and love the smoothness, the T wing line winder, and the silky smooth drag. The Tatula CT is the newest piece in the lineup/ It has a bit narrower body and sits a bit lower so it palms a bit better. If you want to get a Tatula CT give me an e-mail at fishnkamp@comcast.net and I will send you a source where you can get one shipped to your door for $100. They retail for $130. If you live anywhere near MD I would be happy to meet you and let you cast one of mine.

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:happy-127:   Welcome!

Original Tatulas can be gotten for around $95.  The newer Tatula CT models usually cost a little more, but I think I saw them on sale for around $100 recently.  Add a few more dollars for the Type R versions....which I prefer mostly for their looks although the original Tatula doesn't have the 8.1:1 gear ratio that is available in the Type R. The Lews Tournament MB is a fine reel at slightly under $110 off the big auction site.  The Daiwas are magnetic brakes.  The MB has dual brakes.

Now if you don't mind spending a little more, I can highly recommend a Pinnacle Primmus.  These reels seldom get mentioned, but are a great option.  Especially if you can find them on sale as I did.  A $225 reel for less than $105.  Reels are factory tuned, very light at 5.9 oz., nice looking and fantastic casting.  Centrifugal brakes only.  I sat mine with 3 on (of 6), set spool tension very loose, and haven't had to adjust it since.  Liked my first one well enough to buy 2 more.  It is a better set-and-forget reel than some of my Shimanos.

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A Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier, is a solid choice in the $100 category. It goes on sale a few times a year and is a great value then. 

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Thanks for the recommendations. I have seen some pretty good deals on the lower ratio Tatulas that are worth looking into. Pardon another dumb question, but has counterfeiting of high-end reels been a problem? I saw a Tatula for $70 and wondered if the deal was too good to be true.

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21 hours ago, Catt said:

How y'all are? ;)

Since you're familiar with Daiwa before why change?

They have outstanding reels in the price range.

Ditto :thumbsup:

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1 hour ago, Elkins45 said:

Thanks for the recommendations. I have seen some pretty good deals on the lower ratio Tatulas that are worth looking into. Pardon another dumb question, but has counterfeiting of high-end reels been a problem? I saw a Tatula for $70 and wondered if the deal was too good to be true.

I have never heard of counterfeit reels.  You can get a new Tatula (original model) for $95 all day long.  I can believe $70 if a store is closing them out.  My first Curado 51E was purchased on close out.  A $199 reel for $98.  I've bought a new Helios Air for slightly over $120 off, two Pinnacle Primmus for $123 off regular price.  My Daiwa Procaster 100HN was a $79 reel purchased for an even $30 on closeout.  So yeah, I think that is a legitimate price on a legitimate reel.  I'd grab 2 or 3 if I were you.  :D

EDIT: I sold a like new Tatula for less than that to a young college student wanting to get into baitcast reels.

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