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Which reel do you guys recommend out of this list for both performance and money. I have an older quantum Accurist PT right now, i'm looking for a new reel. I fish lefty retrieve. So here's my list:

-Shimano Curado E 200 (E5)

-Wright & McGill Skeet Reese Victory

-Abu Garcia Revo SX

-Quantum Energy PT

I want a solid reel, it will only be used for bass, pickerel and other similar sized fish. I'll be fishing anything from weightless worms to heavier spinner baits, probably using power pro.

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Well the 200E5 is a right hand retrieve reel, Shimano does not make that reel in a left hand retreive.  They do make the 201E7 which is a left hand retrieve, it is a 7.1 retrieve rate.

I would look at the 2010 Revo SX or if you can afford the extra $30 the Revo STX.  Both of these reels are great reels but the STX is really worth the extra $30.

I would really avoid the other 2 you mentioned.

Later, :)

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Well the 200E5 is a right hand retrieve reel, Shimano does not make that reel in a left hand retreive. They do make the 201E7 which is a left hand retrieve, it is a 7.1 retrieve rate.

I would look at the 2010 Revo SX or if you can afford the extra $30 the Revo STX. Both of these reels are great reels but the STX is really worth the extra $30.

I would really avoid the other 2 you mentioned.

Later, :)

I agree, if you can fork out the extra cash for a STX I would go that route.  If not I would still go with the SX, built like a tank and will last you for years of fishing! 

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Although I have more Shimano reels than any others I would agree with what adclem suggested.

The E5 is a slow retrieve which is good for crankbaits.

Of the remaining three, I support the Abu selection.  :)

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If you want to save some money for the bait monkey, Tackle Warehouse has the 2009 ABU STX in lefty on sale for $119.99, and it should be free shipping.  Tough deal to beat on a great reel.   I paid that for mine used and was happy.  Still am!

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Like Dave suggested, the Revo STX-HS lefty is on sale at *** for $120.

That is my recommendation regarding performance and value 8-)

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Abu Garcia Revo SX

Tight Lines!   

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If you want to save some money for the bait monkey, Tackle Warehouse has the 2009 ABU STX in lefty on sale for $119.99, and it should be free shipping. Tough deal to beat on a great reel. I paid that for mine used and was happy. Still am!

I paid full price for my '09 STX's, and I'm still happy with them. I haven't tried the Victory reel, but of the other three, I prefer the Revo.

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I'd say either the Energy, SX, or Curado (I'd go E7)...I have all three and prefer the Curados...

as for the Victory reel 

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So now it's down to the Shimano Curado E7 or Abu Garcia Revo STX. What do you guys think out of those two? I know there's a huge shimano following here, and I love both companies, but as far as using and knowing about these two models exclusively, i'm lost.

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So now it's down to the Shimano Curado E7 or Abu Garcia Revo STX. What do you guys think out of those two? I know there's a huge shimano following here, and I love both companies, but as far as using and knowing about these two models exclusively, i'm lost.

I have a Curado 201E7 and love it... I also have a Revo Winch for cranks which is super smooth & has a sick drag.

Curado is a great reel. Its a workhorse...

That being said when I fill my 6.4 spot it maybe an STX. :)

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So now it's down to the Shimano Curado E7 or Abu Garcia Revo STX. What do you guys think out of those two? I know there's a huge shimano following here, and I love both companies, but as far as using and knowing about these two models exclusively, i'm lost.

If you are planning to buy the 2009 Revo STX from TW, remember that it has only magnetic brakes.

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So now it's down to the Shimano Curado E7 or Abu Garcia Revo STX. What do you guys think out of those two? I know there's a huge shimano following here, and I love both companies, but as far as using and knowing about these two models exclusively, i'm lost.

doesn't it always come down to that? ;D

i have been insanely happy with my stx's. got three of em and plan on gettin a couple more. I appreciate having the option to adjust centrifugal  breaks without havin to pop a sideplate open. I wish the stx had a slower gear ratio. And I think the Curado is lighter.

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...adjust mag breaks without havin to pop a sideplate open.

Pretty much all reels that use magnetic brakes have an external control, while reels with centrifugal brakes require you to open up the palm plate to make adjustments. The Curado's have a simple turn-key method to open the palm plate.

I wish the stx had a slower gear ratio.

You can order a set of gears 6.4 to 1 gears from ABU and drop them right in

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Both are great reels. I think at this point what it really comes down to is mag breaks or centrifugal brakes.

I prefer the Revos but you can't go wrong with either.

Something to keep in mind: Revos will cast light baits better than the Curado.

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shimano! centrifugal brakes are way better than magnetic imo.. i do own the sx and its a good reel but i don't think it cast lighter baits well. i tried to use it for my backup wacky setup and it would not throw a weightless worm very good.

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I can find the STX for 180 and the curado for 144, both in left hand retrieve, both 2010 models. I won't be getting it until christmas, so i'm looking at my options now.

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I don't have a Revo to compare it to, but my Curado is awesome... pleasantly surprised how far I can cast with that thing and it is very smooth. Not sure if the STX is worth the additional $34 you mentioned in the deals you found. Just about everyone seems to like their Curados and STX's, so you'll be happy either way with these two being your finalists.

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I have one of the STX-HS reels from TW, and I had a Curado 201E7

The STX is smoother and has a superb drag system. It can cast light baits (1/4oz is a light as I've tried) well, but requires diddling with spool tension and the mag brake. The reel is great with heavy baits too. I have it mounted on an Avid 7' MH/F rod

The Curado E7 is a fine reel as well. The handle ergonomics are fantastic, as is the rest of the reel. Fits my style well. The drag is adequte, but I wonder how long the single drag disc and plastic drag washer will last? What I really liked about the E7 was it's ability to cast any baits with no fussing. I set two brake shoes out, and set the spool tension to just take up any side to side slack in the spool. I could cast senko's or 3/4oz spinnerbaits and everything in between and I never messed with the reel settings. The factory spool bearings were greased. I flushed 'em out and lubed with a light bearing oil. It made a significant difference. The Curado is "set it and forget it" reel. Mine was mounted on a Crucial 6'6" MH/F rod.

Hope that helps. For a $120 you can't beat the '09 STX. Get 'em while they're cheap.

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So the STX is a higher quality reel than the curado? I never thought i'd hear that! What's the major differences in quality?

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I have three STX's and I love them. I read a few days ago that some guys were having some quality issues with some curados. I searched for the thread and came up empty.

I can't remember the details but I know David P. was chiming in on them. Maybe he can help. I'll shoot him a pm for you. I think he can provide the answers.

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I would get the Quantum Energy out of those reels. They will cast weightless lures with ease and also heavy lures too. Once you get the reel dialed in it will not backlash easily. All of the backlashs when it is dialed in will be the anglers fault.

Hope this helps

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