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I need a spinning reel that I can cast 200 lb test braided line easily and can make long casts with a 3 ounce weight. This reel needs to have strong enough gears and a smooth drag to hold up to a 500 lb alligator.

I cannot be real big either if it will hold close to 200 yards of line would be great . I need to have it somewhat balanced on an 8 ft heavy action rod.

Any suggestions would be helpful

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I need a spinning reel that I can cast 200 lb test braided line easily and can make long casts with a 3 ounce weight. This reel needs to have strong enough gears and a smooth drag to hold up to a 500 lb alligator.

I cannot be real big either if it will hold close to 200 yards of line would be great . I need to have it somewhat balanced on an 8 ft heavy action rod.

Any suggestions would be helpful

My suggestion: see a shrink you're nuts fishing for alligators! LOL

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This reel needs to have strong enough gears and a smooth drag to hold up to a 500 lb alligator.

Wow.  :)

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Well I am trying to be serious . Its my job to catch them. I just have been going through reels and need to invest in one thats castable but has strong gears and if possible a high gear ratio

I reeled this one in a few weeks ago and he was hooked in the tail

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If you are serious, the Stradic 6000's are on clearance at my local Cabelas for $110.  Normally close to $200.  Holds 165yds of 12lb mono, or the same amount of 40lb braid.  

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Beleive it or not I caught that big gator on this reel

http://i32.tinypic.com/24ctnow.jpg

I am unsure of the year of the reel but its strong geared .  I tightened the drag too tight on an 8 footer and the mount on the reel snapped. I wish I could fix that mounting part of that old reel. But I need a new strong one

I heard Penns are good I never have tried one

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my buddies and i do the same thing in gator season. i have a PENN spinning reel thats works good. dont know the exact model but its a biggun. here's a pic of our gator -10'2''

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj274/alger319/s528010529_471679_7917.jpg

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If you are serious, the Stradic 6000's are on clearance at my local Cabelas for $110. Normally close to $200. Holds 165yds of 12lb mono, or the same amount of 40lb braid.

I might check them out this braid is Tuff Line 200 lb test . I beleive the diameter is same as 50 lb mono. I need atleast 200 lb test if they roll in the line they can cut 200 lb test with their scutes sometimes

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Hey Alger im not trying to be nosy but is One of your friends named Jerry?

I might have to try a penn . do they come with a lifetime or any kind of guarantee.

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dont know bout the guarantee.  and naw dont know a jerry

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It'll cost you, but the Shimano Stella has one of the stongest drags in the industry.

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Shimano stella 20000FA, Daiwa saltiga 6500 and the Van staal if you can spend about $600.

These reels have landed big marlins and huge tunas, it will pull the aligators like nothing! You will need a popping rod rated to 250g!

A cheaper reel up to the standard is the okuma vs 80 or the penn 750ss!

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What about a Penn Senator Level Wide, Maybe 4/0 or 6/0.

Just a suggestion. For alot more money you could try a Penn International Torque. It has level drag as well. I am not sure how they cast. But it might be worth a shot. For a spinning reel maybe a Penn 8500 or 9500. These reels hold a ton of line and you can find them on Ebay reasonably priced. Just another thought.

http://www.pennreels.com/01_products/reels/spinning/09_ssm/950ssm.htm

http://www.pennreels.com/01_products/reels/conventional/10_torque/TRQ200.htm

Big T

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Gator BK,

I beleive that the Penn spinning reels that I linked to sell for around $150 new, the Torgues are real pricey. I see alot of Penns on ebay. Another option that I just thought of, is a Daiwa Black Gold. They sell for aound $99 dollars brand new.

Big T

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You can buy a Penn or any other reel for that matter and pay less.  You'll probably end yup replacing it several times.  

Get a Van Stall VS 300.  Since this is your work and this is equipment, it would be tax deductible.  

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