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I have about $100 and I'd like to get a new bait caster. Right now I have a diawa magforce plus with the twitching bar and I'm kind of happy with it. It's been my first baitcasting reel. I'd like to get a new reel an my only requirements are it has to have the handle on the left, and I'd like a gear ratio from 6.4-1 or faster. Any suggestions? I fish alot of spinner baits, chatter baits, and topwater. I'd like it to be easy to cast far  also.

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Shimano Citica 200E  :)

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I'd look at a Abu Revo S or a Shimano Citica.  Shame the Abu Orra doesnt come left for ya.  :) 

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The Citica (you will want the 201E) is a very nice reel for the money and a used one can be bought in the flea market on this site for around 70-80 bucks.

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I'd like it to be easy to cast far

Another vote for the Citica 201E.

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Citica 201E, Revo S, BPS Pro Qualifier or BPS Carbonlite would all be good choices.

I personally prefer the Revo S or the Citica.

Later, :)

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I'm ready to be chastised here. I hate my citica. I would go with the BPS Pro Qualifier or the Revo S if I was you. The Citica does not cast well for me and changing the brake is a pain. I might be the only person on this site who does not like the Citica though, so there is a pretty good chance you'll enjoy it. It is just not for me.

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I would recommend the Cabelas Prodigy PRC201 which is made by Daiwa for Cabelas. I have a model from a couple years ago and it's very smooth and you can't beat the Cabelas warranty. It is 6.3:1 has 6+1 bearings and weighs in at 8.6 oz. and right now is on sale for $79.99 which will leave you money left over for some good quality braid.

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I'm ready to be chastised here. I hate my citica. I would go with the BPS Pro Qualifier or the Revo S if I was you. The Citica does not cast well for me and changing the brake is a pain. I might be the only person on this site who does not like the Citica though, so there is a pretty good chance you'll enjoy it. It is just not for me.

Nah, you're not the only one. I picked up a Citica and a Curado at the same time last year. The Curado was/is fantastic, but the Citica was a dud. It cast fairly well, but the drag wouldn't fully back off and the gearing was noticeably rougher than the Curado.

I made a few casts in the yard, put it back in the box, and sold it on a local forum. I have no interest in ever owning another one. If I needed/wanted another reel in that price range I'd be looking at the Pro Qualifier, Revo S, Pflueger Asaro, or maybe an Okuma Cayenne.

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I'm ready to be chastised here. I hate my citica. I would go with the BPS Pro Qualifier or the Revo S if I was you. The Citica does not cast well for me and changing the brake is a pain. I might be the only person on this site who does not like the Citica though, so there is a pretty good chance you'll enjoy it. It is just not for me.

Nah, you're not the only one. I picked up a Citica and a Curado at the same time last year. The Curado was/is fantastic, but the Citica was a dud. It cast fairly well, but the drag wouldn't fully back off and the gearing was noticeably rougher than the Curado.

I made a few casts in the yard, put it back in the box, and sold it on a local forum. I have no interest in ever owning another one. If I needed/wanted another reel in that price range I'd be looking at the Pro Qualifier, Revo S, Pflueger Asaro, or maybe an Okuma Cayenne.

you must have gotten a dud, I have a Citica D and love it.  I have two more Citica E's on the way.  I think it is just as smooth as my Revo STX.

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That's entirely possible, but I'm not willing to try another when there are so many other quality reels out there in the same price range.  :)

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That's entirely possible, but I'm not willing to try another when there are so many other quality reels out there in the same price range. :)

Very true, I got my Citica D for 67 bucks and the two Citica E's for 150, I couldnt resist lol.  I was just going to get a Curado but couldnt pass up the deal.

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I have been really happy with the Quantum Accurists.  I don't know if it is because I learned on them or what, but I prefer them to the more expensive reels that I have had (Although I have never gotten into the steelz, etc.).  I am switching almost everything to accurists now.  You can pick them up new for $99 or used for around half of that.

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though ive never used i have heard hat the pro qualifier is an awesome reel for the money

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I got the citica 201d and the cabelas prodigy and the shimano is better as far as smoothness but not by much. Couldn't tell you how the new citica is but I am happy with the prodigy because the prodigy is WAY smaller than the citica

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My choice is the Pro Qualifier. I've been very happy with all three of mine.

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My choice is the Pro Qualifier. I've been very happy with all three of mine.

x2. I have 5 PQs with one more planned.

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