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Ideal Beginners Bait Casting Reel

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Hi All,

I am looking to find an ideal bait casting reel for myself to learn to throw and hopefully not tangle up too much with birdsnests. I bought a cheap one awhile ago but it didn't work very well. If anyone can point out some good beginner reels to use/try please let me know or if you have any for sale please let me know but again I stress beginner and not rich here. Thanks for all your help.

Mike

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Hi,

Last year I bought a cheaper shimano  ($60) for my son to learn on, bad idea.  Was frustrating but he did learn.  At the end of the season I bought an Abu Garcia Revo for him.  It was night and day difference.  I was very pleased for $99.  When he's not with me I use it for my wacky worm reel/rod.  I know I will hear it from the Shimano guys, but there's not alot of difference between my curado's that were twice as much money.

GO BIG RED

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Although I use Pflueger Trions I learned on a BPS Extreme 6.2:1 LP.with a narrow spool  amd a BPS PRO QUALIFIER and they  great reels to learn on! i got them used from Mr.Carp7 and Pond Hopper, good deals!

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Thanks for the info.  I have been trying to read up a bit on baitcasters and I have heard there is a night/day difference with good reels and cheap ones.  I'm just looking for something decent I can learn with and move up from there eventually.  I appreciate the suggestion and your experience.

Mike

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Also when practicing make sure your weights/magnets are set all the way tight and the same with your spool tension. And just slowy let off a bit. I don't know how much you know about BCs but just a little, I MEAN A LITTLE turn on the spool tension knob will make a HUGE difference. As for a reel.................SHIMANO!!!! :P

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For what it's worth, I bought a Daiwa Exceler for a friend that I introduced to baitcasting and it casts really well.  I was pleasantly surprised by the performance.  I had no trouble adjusting it for him to start "thumbless" at first and then each day backing it off a little.  He's now casting it like a pro and loves this reel.    Seems to have a decent drag as well.

I have no idea what the lifespan will be but for $60 it's a keeper so far.  I can't give you an objective comparison to other reels in this price range because I have nothing to compare it to...  but it has a lot of features typically found in more $$ reels.  I'm not usually a Diawa guy but if mine is "typical" for the Excelers, this is an easy reel to recommend to people looking in this price range.

edited to add:  It also comes in LH if you need it. (which is how I found it)

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If you reel with the left hand, Cabela's Prodigy is on sale for $64.88 but only the left hand retrieve models are available. They are a good price for $100 and they are an amazing price for $70 (with tax). They are basically the Daiwa Advantage with an additional bearing. I had my little cousin casting it when he was 12 and he did perfectly fine. Just tighten the magnetic brakes and gradually progress and loosen them up.

John

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hey..

I am new to baitcasting as well and the difference between a Real Cheapee" and a reel you can learn with (as I am doing) seems to be, and I hate to talk money, the $100.00 range. That's when you see a REAL difference. But first, read the ABC's of bait casting right here on the BR threads.  How they work, what the magnets are for etc. I also agree with a narrow spool, one that fits your thumb snuggly. Practice makes perfect: stick with it and it gets to be second nature!!

Good luck!

bassnajr

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PS for a cheaper real...the Diawa Megaforce with twitchen switch isn't bad either......and I agree with the comment about the flea market here. I bought a reel last week from fivebasslimit for a great price waiting for it to arrive. Give him a PM. I am sure he can help you and keep keep the price down!!!

ajr

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WOW...thank you all for all the responses and I am grateful for your input and suggestions.  Just to clear things up I am a right-handed guy so I'm used to reeling in with my right hand.  Just more natural for me I guess.  Keep the suggestions coming and if anyone here has one for sale send me a PM or let me know where you saw a good deal.  I'll try and make a desicion soon.  I want to learn but also want something quality and reasonably priced.

Thanks,

Mike

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Shimano Citica. nothing more nothing less. if you want the best reel for your money that will last the longest and be the best quality. buy this reel!

i dont think anyone will dissagree.

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