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Right now, you can get a Pflueger Supreme XT on Amazon for $120. I highly doubt you'll find a better reel even if you increase your budget notably. My oldest son has a Shimano Curado K, and I actually like the Supreme XT better! It's lighter, might reel a little smoother as well and casts further than any reel I own. I own a few Daiwa Tatula SVs as well and they are great, but they sacrifice casting distance for braking -- well worth it for 3/8oz and lighter lures or skipping but for heavier lures I'd take the Supreme XT.

 

Alternatively you can get a Tatula CT or Shimano SLX for around $90 or so on ebay, and you can't go wrong there either.

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On 4/9/2019 at 9:11 PM, greentrout said:

KastKing Royale Legend Elite Rage Red ... 8:1:1 ... 69.98 ...

 

good fishing ...

Got one and I love it. 

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On 4/9/2019 at 9:59 PM, Catt said:

Lew's Speed Spool LFS 😉

Yes sir !!!

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On 4/10/2019 at 8:11 AM, NYWayfarer said:

Another vote for the Lew's.

I vote Lew’s LFS too. Small, easy to tune, and it looks good. I’m not sure why I don’t notice more Lew’s users. Lew’s has been pushing their low-end reels in Walmart. But the Speed Spool LFS is still a quality item that you can’t get there.

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15 hours ago, bigjean663 said:

KastKing Royale Legend Elite Rage Red ... 8:1:1 ... 69.98 ...

Got one and I love it. 

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Lew's Tournament MB

Daiwa Tatula CT

Shimano SLX

Daiwa Fuego CT

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I have 3 Fuego CT and am wanting a 6.3 ratio now. 

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For $130 you can get a Daiwa Tatula CT (retail price). For $110 you can get a Daiwa Fuego CT (retail price). For $100 you can get a Shimano SLX (retail price). You can find sales or go to Amazon or eBay to get them all cheaper. 

 

I have Tatulas and Fuegos and my dad has the SLX. My choice would be finding Fuegos for $50-$75. Outstanding reel that isnt much different than the Tatula but is relatively cheaper.

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Shimano Citica $99.99 right now at Academy!

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I'm sure the Lews LFS is a solid reel, but for $100 it doesn't make much sense not to upgrade to Tournament MB

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Tatula 100 $109

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On 4/13/2019 at 9:53 AM, Catt said:

Shimano Citica $99.99 right now at Academy!

I just checked and it's still $149 today.

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On 4/13/2019 at 1:21 PM, LionHeart said:

I'm sure the Lews LFS is a solid reel, but for $100 it doesn't make much sense not to upgrade to Tournament MB

I agree. LFS retail price is $99 you can find it on sale rarely for $70

 

Tournament MB retail price is $139 you can find it on sale for $110 or lower. Dollar for dollar one of the best reels I own. It’s a tank of a reel.

 

Never buy a reel for full price.

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3 hours ago, Brett's_daddy said:

I just checked and it's still $149 today.

 

$99.99 at our Academy 😉

 

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I bought a lews LFS a few years ago and hated it.  Felt cheap compared to my similar priced pflueger and Abu reels.  Ended up selling it on eBay

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1 hour ago, Catt said:

 

$99.99 at our Academy 😉

 

Guess it's just an in-store deal, not online.

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30 minutes ago, Brett's_daddy said:

Guess it's just an in-store deal, not online.

 

Yeah it was a 2 day sale here & are now listed back at $149.99

 

I should have bought one yesterday when I was there!

 

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On ‎4‎/‎9‎/‎2019 at 6:02 PM, HoosierFisher said:

I like my Daiwa Tatula CTs. Can be found for around $100 on eBay. 

+1 or for $65 or so the Daiwa Fuego CT in 7:1 or 8:1 gear ratios are a great value .

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