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ive boughtcountless flueger, qauntum and a couple of shimano low profiles over the years, but most of them either i dont like to use or break on me. ive had the same daiwa millionaire since 2002 and it just keeps on ticking. its just a tough little reel and does what i want it to the best. does anyone still use round baitcast reels? not bashing on low profiles, just courious.

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I still use round reels.  I only use round reels for saltwater unless I"m fishing some soft plastics with my curado reel.  Anyways I have this really old Quantum Iron IR300 round reel that I just can't let go.  I know it's pretty cheap nowdays but man it still reels in the fish.

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i know it must be somthing sentimental, but even with a 7 year old reel i seem to outcast my pflueger supreme. new reels are nice and i still use em, but i dont think all the new ones are all what they are hyped up to be.

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I use an Abu Garcia round body for my pitch/flipping/frog stick. The bait monkey had me buy it, and I was thinking "Why did I buy this again?" when I walked out of the store. But it ended up working perfectly fine for what I got it.

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yea I agree with the fact that new reels are causing too much hype.  The main difference I see between old reels and new ones are that new ones can cast lighter lures better, but older reels can far outcast any new reel when using regular weights like 3/8 and up.

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Shimano Calcutta & Cardiff ;)

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Shimano Conquest, Conquest DC and Calcutta GT

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(2) CTE200GT

8-)

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I have had good luck with Cabelas Prodigy round reel. Casts as good as anything I've used, even light lures, but the rod needs to be matched to lure weight just like any reel.

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My deep diving crank and H20 Xpress swimbait setup is an Abu Garcia 5600 C3  with a Bass Pro 4 1/4" Power Handle added. It's matched with a 7' Bass Pro Tourney Special Med/Hvy rod, IM7 graphite with just the right amount of give in the tip. Casts a mile after I removed the brake shoes from the spool. These reels are easy to open up and clean, real basic build, easy to modify and tune up. I have two 5600C3's and a 4600UC that I use regularly. Got a bunch of LP reels too, but the round reels certainly have their place in the arsenal. 

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Ive got a Daiwa Luna (great prices on ebay), haven't really fished with it yet but hope to at the BR Roadtrip.

Ive been reading about the Daiwa Pluton but not yet convinced its worth the price for a reel that would not get much use by me compared to my other reels.

The round reels are battle tanks compared to the low profile reels.

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I have 5 Abu Ambassadeur rounds. Started using them around the mid-60's. Still have the first one I started with too. I've cast many types of lures, along side a lot of folks using much more expensive equipment than I do. I am able to do just about everything they can do, so I guess I'm doing O.K.!  ;)

Best part is, I'll be able to pass these reels down to my grandkids; who will probably pass them down as well.

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I still use an Abu C3 5500 for crankbaits.

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I have several Calcuttas

(2) - 400B

(1) -200B

(1)- 200

(1)- 50

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Love my Abu's!!!

Here's my little family!

4600 C3(silver)

5600 C4 Limited(Violet)

5600 C4(gunmetal)

5600 C5 Mag(green)

6600 C5 Mag(green)

6500 C3(silver)

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Still using 1980s model 4500 and 5000 Abu Ambassadeurs. Changed out the spool bushings to bearings, huge performance difference. Also pure simplicity when it comes to disassembling them for maintenance.

200 yard spool line capacity on a 5000 the only complaint I have, but 100 yards of backing takes care of that.

Pick you a few more off eBay of the model you like, clean them up, order a few parts, enjoy fishing.

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I have 4 Ambassadeurs. 6500c, 5500c, 2500c, and a 5000 that was my first, bought in 1965. They are all in great shape and I still use them on occasion. ;)

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I have 14 y/o calcuttas that just will not quit on me.  use the calcutta 200gtb for my frogs.  I dunno it just gives me more confidence yanking through pads with 70 lb samurai on the calcutta than a curado or any other lowprofile.

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I'm still using the old Abu Garcia 5501C my wife bought for me in 1978. Still casts smoothly and with less overruns than any of my more expensive modern reels. Came in a leather case with tools, manual, lubricant and spare washers, etc. They dont come like that any more. This old reel is built like a jewel, and after 32 years of service is still a joy to use . . . .

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Shimano Calcutta & Cardiff Wink

Ditto.

Love the Calcutta and the Cardiff has been very dependable. The Cardiff 100 is really light for a roundy. Also use a 5000 regularly.

Have a couple 5500's, but they don't get out of the box much.

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I'm pretty sure Ike has one for cranking. I believe he almost lost it in the lake once...I have one that came as a $60 combo at walmart that I was skeptical about but seriously, $60 bucks? It actually turned out pretty nice. The rod is a little stiff for what I want it for but it gets the job done.

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but older reels can far outcast any new reel when using regular weights like 3/8 and up.

:-?

O RLY?

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Still getting a lot of use out of my Cardiff.

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