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I am looking for a good baitcasting reel for under $100.00. Do you have any recommendations?

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Right now you can get a Quantum Energy PT for $99 at Cabela's. This is a $190 reel and contrary to what the Shimano posse says it is the best deal out there right now. However, if you want a Shimano, several places, including Bass Pro and Cabela's have the Citica on sale for less than $100.

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Shimano Citica for 85 bones and free shipping courtesy or ***.

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Shimano Citica for 85 bones and free shipping courtesy or ***.

Ding ding ding.

Citicas can't be beat for the price IMO.

I liked mine so much I bought two more.

Very well made and cast great.

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Ding ding ding.

That sounds like a bell calling the BaitMonkey to a massacre, yeah, your wallet 's massacre.  :)

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The Quantum Energy PT is twice the reel the Citica is...However, the Citica may be less likely to have problems. My money would go with the PT or I would save $9 and get a Revo S. Abu has really stepped up their game IMO.

http://www.***.com/descpageRLCABUGAR-AGRS.html

If you want to stay significantly under $100 get a BPS Extreme reel.

The good news is that all of the reels suggested are good and will serve you well.

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The Quantum Energy PT is twice the reel the Citica is...However, the Citica may be less likely to have problems.

;D ;D

Now that ther's quite a statement!

::)  

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The Quantum Energy PT is twice the reel the Citica is...However, the Citica may be less likely to have problems.

;D ;D

Now that ther's quite a statement!

::)

Ha ;D That does sound a little funny. Here is a better way of saying that.

The Quantums are a crap shoot. You have a better chance of getting a lemon. However, all things equal, the PT is a much nicer reel. I personally would roll the dice for $99. I would NOT buy a Energy PT at full price.

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I gotta step in because there has been some extreme Quantum bashing going on here lately, especially by the Shimano faithful. Most of you guys have admitted to not using one for many years. Come on guys try one before you say anything. Things change over time. Lets look at what Abu and Shimano have done.

I know quite a few people with Quantums and no one has had problems with them. I've had 3 different ones and yet no problem. We're talking about difeerent models over many years.

The only complaint I have against the Quantum is they are heavy. Personally I like them more than the Citica. My advice is to go and atleast play with both reels and see how they feel on the rod you wanna put the reel on. I've never used a Citica or Revo but suspect you won't go wrong with any of the 3 reels based on reviews.

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I gotta step in because there has been some extreme Quantum bashing going on here lately, especially by the Shimano faithful. Most of you guys have admitted to not using one for many years. Come on guys try one before you say anything. Things change over time. Lets look at what Abu and Shimano have done.

I know quite a few people with Quantums and no one has had problems with them. I've had 3 different ones and yet no problem. We're talking about difeerent models over many years.

The only complaint I have against the Quantum is they are heavy. Personally I like them more than the Citica. My advice is to go and atleast play with both reels and see how they feel on the rod you wanna put the reel on. I've never used a Citica or Revo but suspect you won't go wrong with any of the 3 reels based on reviews.

I have no problem buying Quantum and need to say that I bought 2 Codes and 2 PT Energy rods this year. They all have performed well..especially the rods!! However, Quantum does not have the track record of Shimano for being trouble free.

Having said that, I would buy the Energy PT before I bought another Citica. I don't understand why the Citica is popular. I bought one newer one and have 6 of the old school ones. The newer one is now on my buddies pole that he lets his wife use. Its just an ok reel and they tend to be noisy. ..squeelers. The older ones held up and served there purpose but have been retired.

I have a feeling that Quantum is about to launch some really nice stuff and i will not hesitate to try it out.

BTW. I am not bashing Shimano or the Citica. i just think they are a touch overrated but definitely a solid product.

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Look for a Revo S on ebay.   Every time I've gone to the store this year to buy a Citica I always leave with a Revo.  The Citicas I've tried all have too much play in the handles for that money.  

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I think that quantum has came along way with their reels but after having two Energy P.T.'s crap out on me I don't think I willl buy another quantum. I will say this though quantum has some excellent customer service and quick turn around time.                                    

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Two new members, Welcome Aboard!

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Before I offer my opinion, I'll say that I don't think you can go wrong with any of the reels suggested.

Over the past couple of years I've bought a Citica, a Prodigy, and an Abu C4...all under $100 and all are good reels for the money.  

But the Cabelas Prodigy is my favorite, and since it is a store brand reel it should go on sale before the end of the season (I picked mine up for $69.99 in the fall).

Here's a review:

http://www.tackletour.com/reviewcabelas2007reelpreview.html

Good luck with whatever you choose!

Dan

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