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i am looking for a spinning reel to match my veritas for under 100 dollars and i wonder if pro qualifer spin reel is good reel with good drag?

is bps extreme reel good or should i get different kind reel?

i will be fishing smallies and lmbs too

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At that price point I'd save $20 and just pick up a Shimano Sahara... tough to beat with other sub-$100 reels.

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The Abu Cardinal isn't half bad and much less than $100.

I just picked one up two days ago and it has been good so far.

I would ask others about it as I have only had mine for a short period of time.

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I'm very impressed with my browning citori spinning reel. It was/is my light/ medium cranking reel. It has given me flawless service over the last four or five months.

Other than that, I'd say a Shimano.

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All the cool people fish shimano spinning reels, lol  ;D

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plueger president is hard to beat for $55

i also have a quantum kinetic that i like and i got it for about $75

am sure there are many...and others will offer their favorites..

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For less than 100:

Shimano Sahara

Daiwa Exceler

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plueger president is hard to beat for $55

i also have a quantum kinetic that i like and i got it for about $75

am sure there are many...and others will offer their favorites..

x2 on the President

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I just got a Shimano Sahara for $79 shipped from *** and I can tell you it is the smoothest spinning reel I've ever seen.  haven't had a chance to use it yet, but I'm impressed :)

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Shimano Saros on Ebay. I got mine nib tyd for $100. Just as nice as the new Stradics, the ONLY difference is where the Stradics have a worm gear, the Saros have a round gear. Big whoop.

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i like the Browning Medallion for $60. 250 frame size at a weight of 8.7 oz's and holds 140 yards of 8 lbs test.

i did clean and relube mine before i put and hard use on the thing. 

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All the cool people fish shimano spinning reels, lol ;D

That's the mentality that makes me not even consider them when buying a reel.

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If you ever plan on using braid get the Saros at least if you look at a Shimano. I have a Sahara and the only difference between the 2 is that on the Sahara on the right side of the reel where the reel handle goes through there is a plastic bushing. On the Saros it's another bearing.  Bearings (good ones) support loads a lot better than bushings. My Sahara went south after about 3 months and it was the bushing that got a little out of wack that sent the alignment of everything of a bit. I threw a bearing in there and it is much better, but I think the damage has been done. :'(  It feels and sounds like an old Mitchell 300 now.

With no stretch braid really puts a lot of strain on a spinning reel.

Pflueger President (or a Sale Supreme if you can find one) are great reels. I have a Supreme XT and it's pretty nice got it on clearance for $70 or so...

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Pflueger Supreme, or

Saros if you can find it for $100, or

Symetre.

All are quality and will serve you well.

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All the cool people fish shimano spinning reels, lol ;D

That's the mentality that makes me not even consider them when buying a reel.

How does my stupid comment draw you away from SHIMANO?

I mean after all, it was MY comment so it has to be wrong right? :) ;D

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I picked up a Pflueger Trion this past June and absolutely love it! 49.99 at BPS. Very smooth and very reliable :) :)

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Whether spending over or under $100 the same issues still apply.

Speaking for myself only, I never buy a reel based solely on recommendation, that's a popularity contest.  I take my time and do research.  What am I going to use that reel for, weight and how does it balance on the rod I'm going to use it on? . What is my target species and do I really need a reel with a strong drag, not all are equal?  Does size, line capacity and materials used in construction matter?  Personal past experience with that brand and if needed how is their customer service.

IMO most reels today are pretty decent, but if I'm unhappy with my selection it becomes part of the learning process.

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I picked up a Pflueger® Supreme® XT from "the bargain cave" a few months ago.  They normally go for $129.99 but they occasionally put some in "the bargain cave" for $64.99.  I like it a lot.

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webertime, thanks for the comment on the bushing in the Sahara. I just bought one without checking the bearing count and location as compared to the Sedona which I have 4 of. I just

checked the parts list and exploded views for each. I only use spinning reels for finesse presentaions and was not concerned with bearing count, just the gear ratio.

I'll get a bearing to replace that bushing. I use superline on all my spinning reels, but I set my drags closer to the mono line diameter rating rather than the superline strength rating.

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Another vote for the shimano symetre.  I have 2 of them and really like them.  They retail for $99,  but can be found for less on ebay.

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Okuma Epixor. Also like the Pflueger reels, trion is a workhorse for only $40.00. Okuma's will be a little more between $60-$70.

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