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Line capacity consideration for new spinning reel?

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I am looking at getting a new spinning reel. Looking mostly at either the Lews MH2-200 or MH2-300. Only real difference is the line capacity. The 200 is a 120/8 and the 300 is a 145/10. I'm going to put Sufix 832 braid on it, just not sure what strength line yet. Is there any "performance" difference between the two sizes of reels? I will never be on the water and "need" that extra 25 yards of line on the reel. Just wondering what all I should be considering here.

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Never be on the water? Do you mean you are fishing from shore?

Tom

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2 hours ago, pauldconyers said:

I am looking at getting a new spinning reel. Looking mostly at either the Lews MH2-200 or MH2-300. Only real difference is the line capacity. The 200 is a 120/8 and the 300 is a 145/10. I'm going to put Sufix 832 braid on it, just not sure what strength line yet. Is there any "performance" difference between the two sizes of reels? I will never be on the water and "need" that extra 25 yards of line on the reel. Just wondering what all I should be considering here.

Realize that braid is thinner than the equivalent strength mono.

My Garcia Avocet RZ-2000 holds 120 yards of 8#mono, but 160 yards of 10#braid. So factor that into your consideration.

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4 minutes ago, WRB said:

Never be on the water? Do you mean you are fishing from shore?

Tom

I meant I'd never be fishing sun up to sun down, specifically with just this 1 rod where I'd potentially use or waste a ton of line in a single day where having 25 yards more would be something I need.

I guess is the ONLY difference is does the 300 hold more line and that's it or do they some how "fish" or perform differently compared to each other

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The 200 is a smaller size reel weighing less then the 300 size reel. Using braid the 200 is a good choice, you don't need more line then the distance you are casting for bass fishing, 120 yards is enough with 70 yards to spare.

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I don't know about this particular brand, but on some brands the smaller reels have lower drag ratings and less washers. The drag max should be listed in the specs, and/or you could download the parts diagram to check the washers. Other than that, I would go with the smaller reel - no need to waste line.

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I have 2 factors to consider when choosing what size reel.  First, I always use backing to eliminate wasting line.  I respool often.  So, "normally" for me, I get the larger reels for line capacity on setups where I will be making long casts.

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Agree with the previous comment on casting further. Also slightly more line retrieved with each turn of the handle.

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