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2500 or 4000 size spinning reel for 30-50 lb braid?

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I'm looking for a new spinning reel for jigs and soft plastic frogs in heavy vegetation.

Before somebody suggests a new baitcaster, I've got plenty of baitcasters, but I've found lately that I just prefer spinning reels.

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i hate 2500 size spinning reels.i love a 4000 series.bigger spool casts better and drags are stronger.since you aren't using it for finesse it makes a lot of sense.kvd also uses 400 series spinning reels so i guess we aren't crazy!!!

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I prefer to match up the reel to the rod, what rod are you using with it?

I haven't decided on a rod yet. It'll probably be a 6'6" MH something.

I've got a Symetre 2500 on a 6'6" Med. Crucial and a Sahara 2500 on a 6'8" ML BPS Extreme "Woo Daves" drop-shot rod. Neither setup is really suitable for yanking large bass out of heavy vegetation...although it doesn't keep me from trying anyway. :)

I've found some really good deals on last year's Sahara in either 2500 or 4000, and I have some $$$ sitting in my Paypal account that I need to get rid of. So, I fgured I'd pick one up to mount on a dedicated frog/jig rod.

What I'm having trouble with is the weight difference between the two (9.7 - 12.1) vs. the max drag difference (11 lb - 17 lb). Is the difference in weight worth it for the stronger drag?

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I prefer to match up the reel to the rod, what rod are you using with it?

I haven't decided on a rod yet. It'll probably be a 6'6" MH something.

I've got a Symetre 2500 on a 6'6" Med. Crucial and a Sahara 2500 on a 6'8" ML BPS Extreme "Woo Daves" drop-shot rod. Neither setup is really suitable for yanking large bass out of heavy vegetation...although it doesn't keep me from trying anyway. :)

I've found some really good deals on last year's Sahara in either 2500 or 4000, and I have some $$$ sitting in my Paypal account that I need to get rid of. So, I fgured I'd pick one up to mount on a dedicated frog/jig rod.

What I'm having trouble with is the weight difference between the two (9.7 - 12.1) vs. the max drag difference (11 lb - 17 lb). Is the difference in weight worth it for the stronger drag?

Why do you need a 17 lb. drag ? Stick with the 2500.

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absolutely!!!if you're yanking fish out of weeds it's definately worth it.you wouldn't go tuna fishing with a panfish setup.if you want to use spinning for heavy vegitation you will have tp put up with a heavier reel unless you buy a magnesium framed reel.

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_98349_100001002_100000000_100001000_100-1-2

the 4000 size in this reel is 9.6 oz.

same here.read the reviews!!!

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_94739_100001002_100000000_100001000_100-1-2

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absolutely!!!if you're yanking fish out of weeds it's definately worth it.you wouldn't go tuna fishing with a panfish setup.if you want to use spinning for heavy vegitation you will have tp put up with a heavier reel unless you buy a magnesium framed reel.

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_98349_100001002_100000000_100001000_100-1-2

the 4000 size in this reel is 9.6 oz.

same here.read the reviews!!!

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_94739_100001002_100000000_100001000_100-1-2

How powerful is the drag on those bad boys ?

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i don't know but my 4000 series pflueger medalist is plenty powerfull when tightened down.i use a bps extreme 6-6 mh rod with 20 pound power pro and it pulls fish out of thick weeds really well for a spinning rod.

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This is an interesting discussion.

I like a 6' 6" or 7' heavy baitcasting rod with a 5:1 or 5:3 ratio baitcaster for the winch power when using braid and fishing frogs in slop, pads and grass.

Now you want to use a spinning rig, which seems to me to be a little light for heavy braid fishing and winching fish out of the heavy cover.

I would suggest the 4000 spinning reel as you will need the power to drag the fish out of the heavy cover, so I vote with dodgeguy.

If you use a heavy 7' rod I would think it would balance with the 4000 spinning reel and the extra reel weight would not be a problem.

Be sure to send pics of the monstors you pull out of the heavy cover.  :)

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I found a new Sahara 4000FB in the "Flea Market", so that's what I'll be using once it arrives and I find a rod to put it on.

I really prefer a 6'6" rod over a 7'0", especially in the kayak, so it'll be a 6'6" MH something. I noticed BPS offers a "Woo Daves" model Extreme in 6'6" MH, so that's a definite possibility. I've got three Extremes already, and they're actually decent rods for the money.

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