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I am looking to buy a new baitcaster with my BPS gift cards. I dont see a lot of talk about Pflueger baitcasters on the forum. I own 4 P spinning reels and was interested in their baitcaster line. I Fish a lot of top water lures. Does anyone own Pflueger baitcasters? Are they any good?

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I have 6 of the Supremes that I have had for about 17 or mores years I guess and I have not had any issues at all,and they have been used a lot.I don't know about the new ones.

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I bought a super cheap pflueger about 15 years ago from walmart. Abused the snot out of it. To the point where the drag stayed locked, spool tension was always free spool and the brakes had no effect. 15 years of hard abuse from a 12-27 year old and it still casted great and retrieved my lures perfectly. Caught some giant indiana bass/catfish/gar on it. Finally a knob fell off the handle so I retired it. Solid choice in my opinion. 

Add: I never cleaned or maintenanced the reel in the slightest bit. 

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I got my kid a Supreme XT for Christmas, but we haven't got to use it yet. I'm kind of excited to try it out though, as I've heard exceptionally good things from people who would know.

 

From my experience with their spinning reels, I had no problem taking my chance on it plus I got it at a great price.

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Bluebasser86 is your man.  He uses the Pflueger BC's and loves them.  I've been meaning to try one out just based on his recommendation. 

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I own several Pflueger casting reels I love all of them. My favorite is probably the President XT. The casting reels don’t get talked about as much as the spinning reels from Pflueger, but they’re every bit as quality. 

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I have two Patriarchs on my Musky rods and they are truly acceptional reels.  I am not a pro by any stretch, but I can't imagine many reels are up to this level.  Especially since you can pick them up for so cheap comparitively speaking.  Their spinners are awesome as well, and I use them to death.  I use my 33's for a lot of pitching and flipping, so the Pflueger BC don't get a lot of work there, but they are great, no doubt.

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Thanks for all the input, I found out today that Bass Pro is no longer selling Pflueger baitcasters in the stores and only a couple options online. I have a lot of .gift cards from BPS to spend.

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I have 3 Presidents, a President XT, a Supreme, and several Supreme XTs. They're very nice reels that don't get much attention for whatever reason. Pflueger and Okuma are the main baitcasting reels in my lineup other than old Shimanos. 

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Coming in a little late on this. But I have a pflueger patriarch bait caster that i got for a discounted cost. I think very highly of this reel. In fact I could have saved money on higher end reels and bought more of these little guys and been just as satisfied. I'm not really sure why they don't get the respect they deserve. 

 

Does anyone know how old the current lineup of pflueger bait casters are? Maybe something to do with it?

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9 hours ago, kykayak said:

Coming in a little late on this. But I have a pflueger patriarch bait caster that i got for a discounted cost. I think very highly of this reel. In fact I could have saved money on higher end reels and bought more of these little guys and been just as satisfied. I'm not really sure why they don't get the respect they deserve. 

 

Does anyone know how old the current lineup of pflueger bait casters are? Maybe something to do with it?

 

I don't think so.  At least not since I've been back into fishing ('09).  Pflueger baitcast reels have never received much attention on the forums I read.  Back in '05 TT gave the President a Best Value Award.  They seldom test a Pflueger.  The others tested only received a Good rating.  I still have one of the older Trions (gave one to a deserving young man).  These have aluminum frames.  Not light, not pretty, but cast heavier weights extremely well.  Have the older blue colored President XT.  It casts an unweighted 10" ribbontail worm with brakes set lower than any other reel I own.

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There is nothing wrong with the Pflueger reels. Cabelas carries the Pflueger reels and I think this is a marketing thing. I believe you will see certain brands being sold at Cabelas and certain brands sold at Bass Pro. If both stores carry exactly the same stuff why own and operate two brick and mortar stores. No matter which one you buy from JM still makes his money!

I realize that does nothing for you wanting to use those gift cards.  Take a look at a Daiwa Tatula CT or one of the many offerings by Lews. I am sure one of those would work for you. I would suggest a Shimano Curado K, but they are so new I have no idea what you will get. I guess you could go with a Citica, I but again I have no experience with them. I turned to Daiwa a few years ago and now 8 of my 14 baitcasters are some version of an Exceler,Tatula, Tatula Type R or Tatula CT.  All have performed great. My choice now is the Tatula CT or Tatula SV TWS.

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thank you everyone, I will check out the Daiwa reels, have not had a Daiwa in many years and that was a closed faced reel.

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If you go with the Daiwa be sure to watch this video. Many of the Daiwa reels have a breaking system called Mag Force Z and they adjust differently than any other reel. Think of the break system like the governor of a lawn mower.

Here is a video that explains what it is and how it works and how to adjust it. Otherwise you will not be happy with them.

 

https://youtu.be/Zj-7DUpJLGI

 

It is simple to do, but it is adjusted different than any other brand reel.

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Thank you very much fishnkamp. I was wondering about the braking system, when I was looking at one a few minutes ago online.

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