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I just broke my spinning reel and need to replace it. It is the orginal reel from the combo that came with the rod. The rod is a Diama graphite composit Black Widow. Its a 7 foot Medium rod any suggestions as to what you might get for it? i need something that can cast far (since i am fishing from the shore) and is not gonna break the bank. I would say less then 150-200 if possible. Thanks for any advice you may have in advance.

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I've always had good luck with Shimano reels, even the cheapies. I never saw the need to spend a ton on a spinning reel.

To this day however my favorite spinning reel is the Garcia/Mitchell 300. You can pick them up on Ebay for a few bucks and you'd be hard pressed to find a better made reel anywhere today. Heck, some of these things are 40+ years old and still work perfectly.

As far as casting, distance comes mostly from your line/rod/lure combo rather than from the spinning reel. As long as your reel is suited for the rod and line it has very little affect on your casting distance.

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For freshwater in the $150 price range............Stradic !  Top performer and cheap enough to buy a new one every couple of years for the latest technology.

Pflueger's are reasonably priced and well worth $60-100, but still not a stradic.

I'm phasing out my Abu cardinals.

I own all of the above.

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I would suggest either the New Quantum Kinetic PTI-B or the Shimano Sahara. I own both and since they shaved some off the weight of the Kinetic and tightened it up its a great performing reel and won't break the back and can be had on Ebay for less than the MSRP. I also own the Shimano Sahara 1000FD and even with it being a graphite frame its a great reel and haven't experienced any of the flex I've heard associated with graphite frame reels. Other suggestions would be the Shimano Saros which is still at Cabelas for $130 or the Quantum Catalyst for $139. I just picked up the Catalyst off ebay for $60 and will put it through it's paces til the end of the season on my crankbait rod.

I don't think you can go wrong with any of those choices and all less then $150

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excellent advice guys thanks for the help... if you think of anything else let me know.. I will try and look at some of these in the stores if at all possible first then see if their is a site with a better price.

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Check out the Pflueger Supreme. Super light magnesium, butter smooth drag, and probably one of the best bails out there.

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I assume you're joking, yes?

While you certainly could, it won't be ideal. I see people do it and upon seeing them I feel like walking up to them to slap 'em silly.  :D

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LOL yes i was joking becasue when i copy and pasted one of the reels that was suggested a baitcaster came up so i was being a little sarcastic at the same time... sorry about that

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I would but the stradic CI4 based solely on sex appeal.

lol. I have noticed that more chicks have been checking me out lately with my new CI4. Nuts, and I thought it was my new haircut. ;D

FYI, go with a Stradic FI or Saros in that price range. Great reels. The CI4 is awesome but I think the Stradic FI is also solid.

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I wish you hadn't posted that link, it'll probably cost me money ;D

Roger

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A woman is sexy, a reel is only a tool.  New stradic is pretty but is it really better and worth more money than the fi?

I'm waiting for the c-14 to be last years model and available in the 4000 size, if that ever happens.  I want to see the reviews after this new lady has some wear and tear over the next 6-8 months.  Almost all new reels are great out of the box.

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awesome might just wait till the weather gets a little colder and prices come down a little.

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