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Steez vs. Core 50 vs. Pixy vs. Aldebaran

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Daiwa Steez:

12 lb/120 yds

5.6 OZ

7.1:1

11 BB/1RB

$480

Shimano Core 50MG7:

12 lb/85

5.5 OZ

7.1:1

8 BB/1RB

$370

Daiwa Pixy:

8 lb / 80yds

5.7 oz

5.8:1

8BB/1RB

$330

Shimano Aldebaran Mg7

12 lb / 100 yards

5.5 oz

7.0:1

8BB/1RB

$389

The BASIC stats look all about the same to me. Are these reels all designed to do the same stuff (finesse?)? Which one is the best quality and how do you tell apart from price?

Not knowing much about the internal workings of reels and the latest technology, do these reels really have different offerings for the angler? If you own one of these or multiple, would you please compare them here and describe what the reel most excels at in your opinion?

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One glaring difference is line capacity.  If you don't use light mono or braid, your list is down to 1 domestic model.  If you use braid or light mono, the list is 3...  depending on what you want to do with it or out of it, should help you decide.

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The Pixy is made for finesse fishing, the spool depth is for line under 10 lbs, the drag is for line under 10 lbs.

Many people have modified the Pixy for doing something it was not meant to do by upgrading the drag ( not an easy chore and better doen by someone who has done it, it 's not just only changing the drag pads ), but you can 't add more depth to the spool, it will always be a shallow spool reel.

The Pixy excells at what it does, casting light lures ( 1/8 oz and less ) effortlessly and with good distance, change the drag to do other chores and fish with 1/4 + oz baits and it becomes a very good reel but with limited line capacity.

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I can only comment on 2 of the reels (and I use both almost everyday):

Steez - smaller size,smoother operation,more solid feel,exact click setting on spool tension knob,no play or excessive motion in handle,mag brakes with easy adjustment using external dial

Core 50 - larger (than the steez but still small size), cast a little farther, some back movement in the handle,no click feel with spool tension knob,mechnical brakes require opening cover to adjust

I like both reels, they each excel at specific tasks.  

The Steez is the better finesse reel, its really shines when slow fishing with senkos and and other plastic worms.  The ultra lightweight of the Steez reel and rod combo is perfect for slow fishing.

The Core 50 feels better to me with action lures like spinners and buzz baits.  The reel is small and light but feels as durable as heavier reels.

I also have a Core 100 that I use for frogs, jigs and cranks cause it is like a tank and handles heavy action best.  Ive considered replacing the core 100 with a 50 but have decided to keep the 100.

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