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Bryce Hagar

Low Cost Range Baitcaster

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Hello everybody! First of all I want to apologize if i become an annoyance for i have many inexperienced questions to ask you. Okay this is my situation. I am fairly new to bass fishing. I have fallen in love with it though and it has become an addiction of mine  :). I have two spinning reels which I use solely for freshwater purposes. I also have two "round" baitcasters which i use for inshore fishing. I love using my baitcasters but I am on the hunt for a low-profile baitcaster designated for my bass fishing. I will use it for throwing lures or the good ole carolina rig or texas rig. Some of my most used techniques are in order from most used to least: topwater plugs, spinnerbaits, texas rigged worm, crankbait, and topwater frogs. I want this reel for a multi-purpose setup as I am 15 and do not have enough money nor the transportation to have numerous rods and reels. Much of my stuff has been accumulated over summers of working hard everyday. I want to be able to throw stuff down to 1/4 oz. My price range has a maximum of $75 which is high for me as of right now and i will only do that if the item is on a particularly good sale. I have researched heavily and my options are slim. These are some of the reels i have inspected

BPS* Daiwa Procaster Tounament

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_97968_100001001_100000000_100001000?cmCat=CROSSSELL_PRODUCT

BPS Tourney Special

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_104116_100001001_100000000_100001000_100-1-1

Cabelas Prodigy

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?_DARGS=/cabelas/en/common/catalog/item-link.jsp_A&_DAV=MainCatcat20166-cat20331&id=0053216122487a&navCount=1&podId=0053216&parentId=cat20331&masterpathid=&navAction=push&catalogCode=9IS&rid=&parentType=index&indexId=cat601233&hasJS=true

Daiwa Strikeforce

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?_DARGS=/cabelas/en/common/catalog/item-link.jsp_A&_DAV=MainCatcat20166-cat20331&id=0053216122487a&navCount=1&podId=0053216&parentId=cat20331&masterpathid=&navAction=push&catalogCode=9IS&rid=&parentType=index&indexId=cat601233&hasJS=true

Cabelas Tournament ZX FS

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?_DARGS=/cabelas/en/common/catalog/item-link.jsp_A&_DAV=MainCatcat20166-cat20331&id=0053216122487a&navCount=1&podId=0053216&parentId=cat20331&masterpathid=&navAction=push&catalogCode=9IS&rid=&parentType=index&indexId=cat601233&hasJS=true

I realize that this is an extremely long post and I apologize for that as well, but i greatly appreciate and information, opinions, or suggestions you guys may have!

Bryce Hagar

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I have the Cabelas Prodigy and its a great reel and even a better bargain at the sale price. Pretty easy to setup and as my second baitcaster it was and still is worth even at the full price. I haven't tried to cast anything extremely light with the combo I have but it worked well.

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I have a Shimano Bantam CU-201 for sale. Which is a great beginners reel can cast a senko 30-40 yards with a 6'6"M Rod. If you are interested send me a PM

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The accurists are also great reels, I own one of them as well. They went on sale in march for $50 at BPS. Its a great casting reel with ACS which is a very easy to use.

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You'll find good deals on here also , check it out.

That's my thoughts.

If you're patient, you'll find some

great buys on our Flea Market.

8-)

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I would do a search to see if you can find somewhere a Daiwa Procaster PR100H better known as Procaster 6+1, it 's been discontinued for about a year but it 's one heck of a reel and it used to cost only 70 dollars.

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bryce, from your list, i think the cabela's prodigy is the best choice. it is essentially a rebadged and only slightly modified daiwa tierra. it is the only one with a one-piece aluminum frame which is arguably the single biggest difference between cheap and better reels. the other reels with multi-piece or composite frames will flex under load, causing them to  squeak and feel rough. one-piece aluminum framed reels stay rigid, keeping the gears in alignment for smoother performance and will last longer too.

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bryce, from your list, i think the cabela's prodigy is the best choice. it is essentially a rebadged and only slightly modified daiwa tierra. it is the only one with a one-piece aluminum frame which is arguably the single biggest difference between cheap and better reels. the other reels with multi-piece or composite frames will flex under load, causing them to squeak and feel rough. one-piece aluminum framed reels stay rigid, keeping the gears in alignment for smoother performance and will last longer too.

I agree about the Prodigy and here is the setup listed in the flea market.

http://www.bassresource.com/bass_fishing_forums/YaBB.pl?num=1248372546

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Okay now my next step is the line and rod. For the line I think im going to go 30lb Power Pro and for the rod im thinking a 7' medium action shimano voltaeus.

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