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Need help people. Give me a good first baitcaster suggestion. Looking to spend no more than 150. What gear ratio also.

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Shimano Citica E, $120, 6.2:1-General all around ratio.

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I have a citica and love it, but it is hopped up a bit with the Abec bearings . For the money though I think the Revo S in about the best deal going. That will be my next baitcaster. if you are used to a spinning reel you cast with your right hand and reel with your left, get a left hand baitcasting reel!!!!! Load it with line, Then walk the lure out a little farther then you think you can cast. Go back to the reel and put a piece of sticky tape across the line on the spool then reel your line back in over the tape. put on a weight with no hooks that is at least a 1/2 oz. Set you spool up so it just creeps down when your in freespool. Thats how to set one up, then start praticing. Put a bucket in your yard and cast at it. Then when you can put the lure where you want it, try pitching to it. If you practice in your yard and get some confidence in it first before you hit the lake you will have a much better experiance the first time out.

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I have a citica and love it, but it is hopped up a bit with the Abec bearings . For the money though I think the Revo S in about the best deal going. That will be my next baitcaster. if you are used to a spinning reel you cast with your right hand and reel with your left, get a left hand baitcasting reel!!!!! Load it with line, Then walk out a little farther then you think you can cast. go back to the reel and put a I piece of sticky tape acroos the line on the spool then reel your line back in over the tape. put on a weight with no hooks that is at least a 1/2 oz. Set you spool up so it just creeps down when your in freespool. Thats how to set one up, then start praticing. Put a bucket in your yard and cast at it. Then when you can put the lure where you want it, try pitching to it. If you practice in your yard and get some confidence in it first before you hit the lake you will have a much better experiance the first time out.

Very well put. If you go out on the water first you worry about everything, my first time was at my local pond where there are alot of trees and casting was very difficult, I stopped baitcasting for 2 months after that. So learn first then go out and fish.

-Dylan

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a 4600 abu. very forgiving.

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for 150 and under i would either go with the Quantum catalyst or the revo s... both are very good reels for the money

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Oops, yeah same thing lol, pretty much any shimano would be a good starting reel, to be honest I started with a Baitcaster that was attached to an ugly stick (Dicks Combo). My next step was a cheap daiwa combo, but because i started with terrible reels IMO it makes me a better caster. Pretty much everything in fishing comes down to personal opinion, you only ask questions to see what the majority likes so you have a better chance of liking it. If there was a perfect baitcaster that had the perfect casting and smothness then it would be elite, but everyone looks at every reel differently, I.E when I say quantum on this forum everyone thinks it bad, but there are a few (maybe several) who thinks it is as good as other brands out there. Just my opinion  :)

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If you go the Ebay auction route you can get a new Patriarch for around $140 - 145 total.

Prices have been jumping up on those lately. The days of $125 Patriarchs are over.   :)

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Shimano Citica E, $120, 6.2:1-General all around ratio.

Don't get no better than that :)

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Right now I am using a Revo S and a Citica which are my first baitcasters I have used successfully. I started out with a magnetic braking system reel last year and couldn't get used to it at all. I bought the Revo after suggestions on this site and out of the box it was 100% different, the centrifugal brakes were much better to deal with. So I replaced the original reel with a Citica 200D and loaded it with 40lb PowerPro braid. Took it out for the first time yesterday, used the same settings as the Revo and had no issues. Right now each reel has two brakes on, with loose spool tension.

I guess after all that, in my opinion as a new baitcast user, go with centrifugal brakes.

Oh and now that I am comfortable with these reels. I didn't touch my spinning rod at all yesterday.....

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I like the Quantum baitcasters.  But really as long as it has a respectable amount of bearings and has backlash control, that is all you need for a first baitcaster.  I had a Diawa Capricorn from Dick's for my first.  It had 8 bearings and a 10 setting backlash control.  It was perfect for a first caster.  Got my feet wet and only cost 70 bucks.

I would go low 6's :1.  I would say they are the most versatile in fishing.    You can use it with any bait/lure.   And you still have some speed to cover lots of water.  I found the burners are hard with spinners and cranks.  You have to turn the handle so slow.

I have a Quantum PT Tour 2008 Edition with a 6.3:1 and love it.

I use it for everything.  Cranks, topwater, spinners, jigs, jerkbaits, swimbaits.  EVERYTHING

One other suggestion I do have is if you are going with braid.  Go with Sufix Performance Braid.  It is a lot limper than most braids.  It spools great and I very rarely get backlash.  And If I do its not a birds nest.  I have used powerpro, spiderwire, and fireline, and did not like them.  Personal preference though.

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Quantum over Pflueger bait casters any day of the week.  The only Pflueger I would ever think about buying buy is the patriarch.

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