Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
zbigbadaaron

Best spinning reel under $100.

Recommended Posts

Go to Cabela's website, click on Bargain Cave, click on fishing, check out the Prodigy for $79.99 on sale right now.  I bought one last year and love it.  Very smooth and tight reel.  Made by Daiwa, better than the Exceler since it has the sealed drag system.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One thing to consider....the Daiwa Exceler (and Cabela's Prodigy) has a 4.7:1 gear ratio where the Sahara is 6.2:1 so there is quite a difference in gear ratio for you to consider there.   Don't overlook that for personal preference.  It is the one thing I sometimes miss with my Prodigy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Reel performance is wonderful these days, even lower end reels.  Trion, Shakespeare agility or dimension, Abu line, hard to go wrong.  An $800 Van Staal won't catch you more fish.

It isn't gear ratio, but inches per wind, something I pay little attention to.  With minimal experience winding a little faster or slower is just built into muscle memory.  Even with crank baits I vary the speed of the retrieve.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thats all very true indeed.  I just like the faster reels to take up the line quicker between casts.  'bout the only time that matters to me with a spinning reel is when I'm sightin' cruisers.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Symetre at $99. Can't be beat for what it offers.

X2 and love the new one piece bail.

Later, :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Shimano Sahara $79.99 or Shimano Sedona $59.99  :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

the winner is the pflueger supreme!!!it's the lightest and smoothest reel in that range.you'd have to buy a diawa steez to get lighter.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
the winner is the pflueger supreme!!!it's the lightest and smoothest reel in that range.you'd have to buy a diawa steez to get lighter.

What Dodgeguy said. The supreme is a very quality reel.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You can't beat the Sahara. I have 2 and also 2 of their Symetre models as well. I really can't tell the difference between the two models! I've had the Saharas for 1/2 doz. years and the Symetres for 2 years. Both seem trouble free and have excellent drags. I love how they evenly load line on their spools too!

This year both those models have had price hikes, but their still a top notch value - IMO!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The new one piece bails on the Symetre and up reels is very very nice.  No more getting your line snagged on the bail.  The Sahara and below still have the old style bail.

Later, :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In the winter months I give up bass fishing and fish for crappie 2/3 days a week(I'm retired). The method of crappie fishing that I do requires constant casting and movement of your wrist. I use two reels for this fishing, a Shimano Symetre and a Pfleuger Supreme. Both reels have performed flawlessly and I have no complaints with either and would recommend either. That being said, I will always start the day with the Supreme just because of the weight difference. At the end of 6-8 hours fishing there is a hugh difference.

Bare in mine I'm in my sixties and the weight difference  may not matter to the the younger folks.............Tight lines...Al

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Another Symetre fan here, I have three that always perform flawlessly. I have a couple of Saharas as well, other than the frame material, I cannot tell a difference.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't own a spinning reel that cost more than $100. Of the ones I have and use regularly the Pflueger Supremes are hard to beat, they are the ones I have in my boat now, but I have also had excellant service from my Pflueger Presidents, and Diawa Excellers, and have kept them for back ups, and for bank/pond fishing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You might also check out Cabela's Bargain Cave for the Quantum Catalyst.  They're on sale now for only $59 and that's a bargain.  I love the 20 size I've got and it's as smooth as silk.  They have a good warranty, lifetime on the bail, and the bail system is magnetic, which, to me is soooo easy to use.  Just my thoughts.  I also have Sahara's and a Daiwa Xia I really like. It has a really large spool for longer casts and faster line pickup.  Really a smooth reel,with 10 bearings, and I think they're on sale at BPS for about $40!  Check 'em out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oy!  That Catalyst sounds like a good deal.  I'm not a quantum fan but thats a big price cut!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Symetre at $99. Can't be beat for what it offers.

Word!

8-)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I do/have owned every reel mentioned so far in this thread except the Supreme.  My three favorite spinning reels are the BPS Pro Qualifier, Shimano Symetre, and Pflueger President.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

im kinda in the same boat as the origonal poster , but im looking for a UL/Light reel thatll take a beating if i do some light saltwater fishing.

id prefer an aluminum frame , but its not a must. id rather sacrifice smooth-ness for a durable reel that will last.

those quantum catalyst looks good , but ive had my eye on the abu cardinal 601alb.

the abu has got a good review for the 502 model on tackletour , but the more i look into them , they seem to have spool wobble or something else.

i currently have a flooger president 6725 , but i just want something with more 'balls' to it.

any suggestions?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Been using the Diawa Capricorn for 3 years now its great. Nice and smooth and doesnt get bogged down in the rain like the Shimanos have been known to do. I think they run 50-70$

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • fishing

    bass fishing

    fishing forum

    fishing rods

    fishing rods

    fishing rods


    fishing rods

    fishing reels
    fishing gear

    Truck Caps

    fishing reels
    fishing reels

    fishing

    bass fish

    fish for bass
    fish

×