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I need a bait caster that's not going to be a pain in the *** and has a descent braking system. Something better than average at leas

I know absolutely NOTHING about reels and some super cool people on this board offered me these really good deals. Which one should I buy? What's the best bang for my buck here?

I can read about these reels, but hearing from people that actually use the stuff is 100x better.

All prices include shipping.

Thanks in advance.

Abu Garcia Pro Max - $45.00 (I think)

cabelas tournament zx baitcaster - $50.00

BPS bionic plus $35.00

Both Quantum- E600PT for $50 or an E860PTXM for $60. Both are about 5-6 years old

Quantum Accurist II (AC500CX) $45.00

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If the Pro Max is the old school made in Sweden Round reel thats a quality reel that will last forever. If its the newer one, I cant comment because I've never used one. As to the other reels, again I cant comment for the same reason

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Ive used the Tournament zx for almost three years now, it was the first baitcaster I ever bought. The drag is good but has a little problem pulling the bass out of thick pads. The brakes are great and it casts smooth and accurate.

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Quantum Accurist II AC500CX, that reel has an aluminum frame and 5 bearings.  Good reel for $45.  Where is this available for this price??  I may be interested myself.  That's a good price. 

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The round Abu Pro Max reels were made back in the late 60's in 1600 and 3600 sizes.  8.5 oz, 8 ball bearings, all metal, and cost $169.  Top of the line Abu at the time!  They have a non-synchronous level wind system (it doesn't race back and forth during the cast, which is a good thing).  Their exterior is often rough looking because they were painted silver and the paint wasn't durable.  But the insides are very high quality and the design is the most backlash resistant I've ever used (and I've used a bunch of newer reels).  They came with a lifetime warranty.  $45 is a good price for one in decent mechanical condition.  They use the same 3x10x4mm spool bearings as a Curado 200 and parts are still available from Abu Garcia.  Simple design, easy to work on and maintain.  I don't favor round reels but the Pro Max is small and so smooth and trouble free that I keep using several of them.  They're the best jig pitching reels I've ever used and cast great, especially with line 12lb test or smaller.  The Pro Max came with 5.3:1 gears, fairly slow by today's standards but still favored by many crankbait fishermen.  You can upgrade to 6:1 gears if you want faster.  Bottom line, if it's in good condition, it's a good price on a great reel.  I think Abu also made some low profile Pro Max reels later that were not as good as the round models.

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Abu Garcia currently offers Black Max, Silver Max, and Pro Max all in low profile models (newer reels, not older versions), all have plastic or graphite frames.  Some of these (maybe all) are names resurrected from the past from reels that were better than the modern day namesakes are. 

Surprisingly I've actually heard good things mentioned about the current Black Max and Silver Max though, being that they are cheaper reels.  The Pro Max is a grade higher but I hardly hear anything about it.  Myself, if it doesn't have an aluminum frame, I won't touch it. 

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i would get a brand new pro qualifier from bps with dual brakes.

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