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What is your opinion of a Fishdrops bait caster reels ?  

 

Also what other reels would make for a good budget beginners bait caster. ?  (No Walmart crap)

I've always been a spinning reel kind of guy but I'm trying to expand my horizons :)

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Best budget baitcaster is a Daiwa fuego CT, you can find for below $60 on Ebay and Amazon. Shimano Slx is also really nice in that price range but it will cost you a bit more.

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I have never heard of Fishdrops before.  I would highly recommend spending another 30 bucks and get a Diawa Fuego CT on Ebay for $65.

 

IMO it is the best budget reel available right now., especially for a beginner.  Excellent braking system and casts surprisingly far.

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I should have figured as much.  It was one of those spur of the moment purchases, but at least I don't have too much invested in it.. 

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29 minutes ago, Flatrock said:

I should have figured as much.  It was one of those spur of the moment purchases, but at least I don't have too much invested in it.. 

Return it if you can and pick up a Daiwa Fuego CT or Shimano SLX like others have suggested. You will spend more time being frustrated with a bad baitcaster reel.

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1 hour ago, BaitFinesse said:

Fishdrops used to be called Shishamo.  Garbage reel.  Stay sway.  You would be better of with a Daiwa Fuego CT or Shimano SLX.

Shishamo was a bad name but Fishdrops is worse. Every time I see that name I think of what Channel Cats do to my kayak when I catch them.

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Never heard of Fishdrops. 

 

I started on a Abu Garcia Black Max. I think it is a great starter reel for the price. If you can find it on a deal it is a really good deal. If you are committed to using a baitcaster long term it will be worth spending a bit more for something that will last longer. The Tatula CT is awesome. 

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2 hours ago, Flatrock said:

I should have figured as much.  It was one of those spur of the moment purchases, but at least I don't have too much invested in it.. 

Which one did you get? The $34 one with the carbon fiber paint job or the $44 one with the words "Carbon Totally" printed on the side?

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Thanks for the advice..  I'll invest in a Daiwa in time..  Mean while I picked up a Garcia’s REVO SX  for $75 and a second rod.  From what I read in the reviews, its a good work horse mid range reel.

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Not one sponsor recommendation(Kastking) very interesting.

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2 hours ago, nascar2428 said:

Not one sponsor recommendation(Kastking) very interesting.

 @greentrout and I are the resident Kastking cheerleaders on these forums. I can’t speak for him but I know I am tired of popping on these threads to suggest Kastking as a good beginning baitcaster. 

 

The chorus of “$60 Daiwa Fuego beats everything” has worn me down. Even when you can get a Kastking baitcaster for less than $30 with the right sale.

 

I have had baitcasters for years and rarely used them. 2 years ago I bought a Kastking Stealth and Spartacus. These reels when set up properly were virtually backlash free and helped me fall in love with Baitcasters. I never had that kind of success in casting with my Abu Black Max or Daiwa Megaforce. 

 

I have since graduated to higher quality baitcasters like the Lew’s LFS, Tournament MB and Mach Crush. The Kastking baitcasters will always have a place in my heart though.

 

I still use my Kastking Speed Demon regularly as it is my fastest baitcaster. The rest have gone to my son.

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own the kk royale legend elite rage red ... 8:1:1 ... max drag 17.65 ...weight 7.2 oz. ... bb 11+1 ... ipt ... 34.06 ... smooth as silk with excellent drag ... with rating 1 to 10 with 10 the highest ... 9 1/2 ... bought it during an amazon fire sale for 48$ total ... normally 76$ ...

 

good fishing ...

 

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30 minutes ago, greentrout said:

own the kk royale legend elite rage red bought it during an amazon fire sale for 48$ total ... normally 76$ ..

That’s a great deal. Even THE REEL TEST on YouTube loves that reel. He was critical at first of how Kastking’s new offerings are in the price range of the well known and established brands like Shimano and Daiwa but he became impressed with the reel’s casting ability and other features. 

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I read a quote today that makes total sense.... 

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A $30 reel in the hands of a good fisherman, is far better than a $400 reel in the hands of an amateur.

 

When I first bought the Fishdrops, I read several reviews and several reviews rated the reel in 5th place out for top 10 reels.  Then again I was also told by the guy that sold me the reel that it was basically a Shimano, which its not. 
 

I came across this extremely detailed post, complete with pictures,  about this real.  Now granted the original owner of the reel used in salt water, but I was amazed at his findings.   The only good thing he had to say was the drag system was all metal, something you only seen from reels from the 70's... that even your modern $400 reels weren't all metal. 

 

http://www.*/bass-fishing-forum/index.php?topic=144910.0

 

 

So yes the Fishdrops is a junk reel...    So lets see how I do with this Garcia Revo Sx
 

 

 

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