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Caliyak    165

Torrent is cheaper in price 

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Bluebasser86    15,886

Our site sponsor Kastking has some very affordable reels you might look at. I just got my new Spartacus Plus in the mail today, and they're less than $50.

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DroneFisher    13
4 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Our site sponsor Kastking has some very affordable reels you might look at. I just got my new Spartacus Plus in the mail today, and they're less than $50.

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Id really like to know how this one performs. Been a fan of KastKing for a while now.

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Bluebasser86    15,886
17 hours ago, DroneFisher said:

Id really like to know how this one performs. Been a fan of KastKing for a while now.

It's rigged and ready to rock for the weekly tournament tonight. Hopefully it gets a good workout. 

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Chance_Taker4    166

x2 on the KastKing lineup.

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CTGalloway21    99

Id avoid all that cheap stuff.  a dadgum Shimano Caenan can now be had for $79.99 MSRP so Im sure you can find them cheaper than that.  

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BEWARE OF CHEAP BAIT CASTING REELS.   Rumor has it that you get what you pay for.   Kinda long ago, I bought a US Reel Supercaster Hidden 800 SX.   I bought it because, throwing half ounce practice plugs in the parking lot, with a kind of tippy 6'6" rod (labeled MH but really more of a medium power & action)  you could throw a long ways with reasonable accuracy.

Fast forward to real time, throwing any kind of bait on the water, and it don't work very well.  Anytime your bait caught any air back lashes happened.   I couldn't find a technique that it was even decent for and there was nothing it was good at.

 

I have a collection of cat fishing gear and the Hibdon Supercaster is in with that bunch of gear, early retirement as it were.    I've used it twice in the 5 years I've owned it, I had a spread of catfish lines out and that Supercaster rig never got bit.  I'm concerned what would happen if a decent cat or a bigger carp picked up the bait and made a run on that reel.   I wouldn't be surprised if the gears disintegrated.

 

However, if you want to throw practice plugs in the parking lot, it is a good reel for that.

 

To reiterate - DON'T BUY CHEAP BAIT CASTERS.

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DroneFisher    13
3 hours ago, Fishes in trees said:

BEWARE OF CHEAP BAIT CASTING REELS.   Rumor has it that you get what you pay for.   Kinda long ago, I bought a US Reel Supercaster Hidden 800 SX.   I bought it because, throwing half ounce practice plugs in the parking lot, with a kind of tippy 6'6" rod (labeled MH but really more of a medium power & action)  you could throw a long ways with reasonable accuracy.

Fast forward to real time, throwing any kind of bait on the water, and it don't work very well.  Anytime your bait caught any air back lashes happened.   I couldn't find a technique that it was even decent for and there was nothing it was good at.

 

I have a collection of cat fishing gear and the Hibdon Supercaster is in with that bunch of gear, early retirement as it were.    I've used it twice in the 5 years I've owned it, I had a spread of catfish lines out and that Supercaster rig never got bit.  I'm concerned what would happen if a decent cat or a bigger carp picked up the bait and made a run on that reel.   I wouldn't be surprised if the gears disintegrated.

 

However, if you want to throw practice plugs in the parking lot, it is a good reel for that.

 

To reiterate - DON'T BUY CHEAP BAIT CASTERS.

Define "Cheap Batcaster" please :)

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MasterBasser    12
On 8/16/2017 at 9:16 AM, DroneFisher said:

Id really like to know how this one performs. Been a fan of KastKing for a while now.

Me too.  I wish they did a better job of differentiating their products.  All the manufactures.  What is the difference in the plus other than $3 and less gloss?  

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Bluebasser86    15,886
21 hours ago, CTGalloway21 said:

Id avoid all that cheap stuff.  a dadgum Shimano Caenan can now be had for $79.99 MSRP so Im sure you can find them cheaper than that.  

I had a Caenan and Casitas and didn't like either of them. Both felt very cheap and strained under load of fighting a fish. 

One thing that has to be taken into consideration with the "cheap" KastKing reels is they only sell online, so there is no middle man markup like there is with Shimano and all the other major brands (and I used to work retail, it's a pretty significant markup). So if you put the KastKing reels on the shelf of a BPS, they'd likely be priced the same as those 2 Shimanos, and maybe if they were priced higher they'd have more people believing in them because they weren't priced so cheap. 

I have 5 or 6 KastKing reels now, they all get serious use right along side my more expensive reels, and they've all performed beyond my expectations. Not just saying it because they're a sponsor, I've only been given 2 reels by them to try initially, they've just impressed me enough to pay for the rest out of pocket. 

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kickerfish1    1,979

Keep in mind that Bluebasser fishes more than most. I am lucky to get out once or twice a week for 3 or 4 hours. I bet he fishes several days a week or more with plenty of full days in the mix. He uses his equipment a good amount so if he seems to be impressed by something (especially since he has been using a few of those reels for months now) I would value his input. It is not like he fished them once or tossed them around in the backyard and then wrote a review. Plus he bought a few on his own dime which to me says something and it is much more than a mod pumping a sponsor product.

 

Also a few YouTubers I follow have been using the KastKing reels for a while and one as a frog set up. These guys are hard on their gear and fish a ton as well. They seem pretty satisfied as well. For what you pay for them I think folks would be pleasantly surprised. Will they last for years...that is the only question I would have but if they dont you aren't out much.

 

Other option would be to buy a used reel something that would have retailed for $100 can be had for $50-80 pretty easily.

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NYWayfarer    934
19 hours ago, MasterBasser said:

Me too.  I wish they did a better job of differentiating their products.  All the manufactures.  What is the difference in the plus other than $3 and less gloss?  

 

Spartacus Plus has the rubber cork handles with the Kastking logo.  It also mimic's the paintjob of it's big brother, The Spartacus Maximus. The regular Spartacus has the foam handles.

 

I had the Spartacus and loved it. It's retired now as I took it apart to clean it and dropped it and all the pieces. I put it back together but like Humpty Dumpty it will never be the same. I upgraded to the Assassin and couldn't be happier.

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CroakHunter    460

I have one of if not the cheapest Kastking baitcaster. The royale legend. I own three of them and paid full retail for all of them. 1 on a frog rod 50lb braid, 1 on my big worm/carolina rig rod 17lb copoly. And one spooled with 15lb copoly I keep as a back for any of my reels that may malfunction before I can fix them or buy a new one. I am very pleased. Have landed multiple catfish and gar up to 20 pounds when we made a random trip to the river.

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primetime    794

KastKing or Piscifun reels are not "Cheap" reels. I still use my "Expensive" reels the most out of habit and because I like them,  but I now have a few KastKing reels from baitcasting, round, and spinning I put on some lighting sticks and ugly sticks for friends, and all have taken a beating for months now, and they are still doing great. Piscifun has a good reputation but I have only held a few, never used one for long.

 

I purchased a Pro Max 3 Abu Garcia on Ebay about 6 months ago for $40 which came off a combo, and I have been super impressed with it.

 

If you want to stick with name brand, reels like the Trion, Black Max, Silver Max, Pro Max, Orra, BPS, Academy reels are all solid reels without breaking the bank.

 

Ebay has Daiwa Tatula's for $80, this is the time of year when you gen find clearance deals since all the new models are coming out.

 

Check out the Okuma Calera and Cerros reels. They are fantastic for the price, but Kast King is no different than any other company with the exeption of Daiwa and Shimano, and probably/maybe Lews.

 

When I first tried the Stealth, I figured for sure it was too light of a reel, the drag would not be good etc. since it was only $40 and looked so pretty. After 8 months? that reel has been spooled with heavy braid, 15-20lb Mono, and it has handled 10-15 pound Red Fish. I would love to find something wrong with them, but the bottom line is, they are only getting started, hard to find negative feedback on their stuff, Guys are based on Long Island and will replace anything, and just look at how many reels they sell each day on Ebay. They don't advertise much either, and each year they have nicer and nicer reels as they become more profitable. 

 

KastKing is no different than buying a New Duckett reel or any other brand for that matter. Companies manufacture overseas and sell them here, KastKing is now creating new designs each year. I am not saying the Stealth at $40 is better than a Lews $100 reel, but I would put it head to head vs. the Carbon Fiber Lews reel any day which costs $60+? Just my take. Why do we consider China any different than Taiwan, Thailand, Korea etc. anyway. Every country has engineers capable of designing and making a good reel, KastKing stands by their products just like every other major company.

 

I can cast my Stealth with the magnets on 8 farther than any other reel I own. I had a hard time getting it dialed in at first with both braking systems(Not sure why but it took longer than usual), but at 8, it is amazing how far it casts. I know casting distance is a stupid way to judge a reel, just sayin. 

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primetime    794

Last comment on Kastking.....When they were first starting out, one of the things they did was send free reels to many of the guides and outdoor writers on Long Island and NY. Since they do not pay for Advertising as Bluebasser mentioned, people just think they are cheap. If you go on youtube, watch the videos where guys break them down looking to "Find the cheap parts" and then listen to what they discover.

 

If that Picture above was Silver and said Pflueger President, I bet nobody would hesitate to pay $80 and call the President a steal. (I like Pflueger reels). How much is pure Fishing marking that reel up since it is a huge corporation who has a ton of overhead? 

 

If it had a *** on the handle knobs, it would fetch 4x the price, only difference is *** has an office in Florida, KastKing in NY. Plus different designs, price point, and all are made overseas to the specs they pick. KastKing has expensive reels now as well, but for entry level, hard to beat them, although reasonable people can disagree and suggest an Abu,Shimano, Daiwa, Pflueger, Okuma and nobody is wrong.

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DroneFisher    13
On 8/18/2017 at 9:24 AM, Finesse Wayfarer said:

 

Spartacus Plus has the rubber cork handles with the Kastking logo.  It also mimic's the paintjob of it's big brother, The Spartacus Maximus. The regular Spartacus has the foam handles.

 

I had the Spartacus and loved it. It's retired now as I took it apart to clean it and dropped it and all the pieces. I put it back together but like Humpty Dumpty it will never be the same. I upgraded to the Assassin and couldn't be happier.

Been there done that too! You learn to carefully remove everything lol.

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