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Im torn between abu garcia, shimano, and quantum. possibly abu garcia premier or something. or  a top end shimano or quantum. What is the best and why?

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You will get a ton of different opinions on which is the "best" but most of it comes down to personal preference.  I like Shimano and Daiwa reels better than the rest, but know other companies make some fine products as well.

The newest Chronarch D is a fine reel, as is the Curado E.  The Core 50/51MG7 is also an outstanding reel.  The "flagship" Calais are among the smoothest, best casting reels out there but are larger and heavier than many of the low profile reels made today.  Good luck on your choice!

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They all make quality reels ,you have to find the brand that suits your style and taste.

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They all make quality reels ,you have to find the brand that suits your style and taste.

X2 or you can do like I did and buy each of them. Truly all are fine and it boils down to what you want. Just stay with the mid to high end and you will be satisfied.

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Find the reel you like the best and buy the best model you can afford.  You will not regret it.

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SHIMANO ;) the revos are also good but i don't think they compare to shimano.. and quantum well you couldn't pay me to use another one!!! junk

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you want a proven performer, a tank, no frills baitcasting reel, the Curado hands down. No questions asked.   Im not a part of the Shimano posse by no means, I've fished them and fished them hard.   Now I exclusively fish Team Daiwa, dollar for dollar, ounce for ounce, Curado.  Having Curados, Revos, Fuegos, and Zillions I like the Daiwa, but for the money Shim gets it done, and I aint kissn no Shim arss.

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curado is a great reel. read some reviews on it.

if money is not much of an issue, id look at the core.

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Find the reel you like the best and buy the best model you can afford. You will not regret it.

X2 Good advise!!

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Thank you all good advice has helped alot, And money is no issue i want the best of the best. But i dont want to spend hundreds of dollars for a piece of crap.l

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I haven't had the best of luck with Quantum, but Shimano and AG have very solid performers in all of the price classes. I would recommend selecting the one you like best in your local store and then going online to find the cheapest price on a new reel, and if you don't like it, you can sell it on the Flea Market forum on this site for a loss of just 15-25% if it's in good to excellent condition.

I personally like the Shimano Curado E and Abu Garcia Revo STXs. I own 9 of them. These will run you about $150, and are very popular and easy to sell if you don't like them.

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Thank you all good advice has helped alot, And money is no issue i want the best of the best. But i dont want to spend hundreds of dollars for a piece of crap.l

Daiwa STEEZ (don't under estimate its size and weight)

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I'm an old daiwa man myself, but the advice I always give to people especially young people who ask this question is "Buy what your friends have"

Seriously... unless they use real crap like shakespeare or the non repairable Bass pro shops labeled reels then using what your friends use means some level of familiarity and less ridicule when you backlash.

Otherwise the quality Shimano's (the ones NOT in the blister pack) are probably the most popular.  But the Daiwa's have the most high performance after market and customized features, so they score big on the snob meter......not to mention being a quality reel right out of the box.   the external brake control is a big plus for those new to baitcasting.

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There have been plenty of pro & con threads about all the above brands.

I have read many more negative posts about Quantum than the other 2 that you mention.

Not a scientific survey just what I remember.

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Don't you mean reels?  As you assemble your arsenal, you are going to want more than one.  There is much to be said for having all your reels match.  When you lay down your jig rod and pick up your spinnerbait rod, you don't have to compensate for the different weights.  It just takes another variable out of the equation. 

A number of years ago, I fished a BFL tournament on Truman Lake.  The aspiring pro I drew had me in an area of active fish and varied cover and we were frequently switching from spinnerbait to crank to worm and back and forth.  I was consistently missing on my first few casts after I switched outfits.  The pro told me I needed to get all my reels matched up and it was good advice.

A year or two later,  spring rolled around and I had a modest roll of cash in my pocket.  After some negotiation at a local tackle store,  I acquired a half dozen 11 ball bearing Calcutta reels, at a considerable discount from published catalog prices.  Green money was a factor in this purchase.

Anyway, good luck picking one, you really can't go wrong unless you go too cheap, and even cheap reels work ok for a while.

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