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Hey guys I'm looking to upgrade a couple of bait casters. Requirements

1) LH retrieve

2) Good all around, cranks, spinner baits, even light grubs and rubber

3) like to be in the 6.5:1 range

4) Price preferably under $150 each

What's working for everybody? I'll typically run a reel for 2 to 3 years and then upgrade again.

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Baitcast reels working really well for me now are the Quantum Accurist PT, Daiwa Exceler 7.X, Cabelas Prodigy. I also have a Quantum Kinetic PT but it doesn't have any water time yet. All are LH reels with the Accurist being the oldest at 3 yrs and working very well.

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A BPS pro qualifier fits every one of those needs and still leaves you with $50 for whatever.

-gk

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I have a couple of Shimano Citica 201E reels that I really like. I didn't go with a curado because I wanted a reel that was between the 5:1 and 7:0. I got one at www.americanbassoutlet.com for just under $100 shipped. Another I found on a sale table at Gander Mtn for $89!! This is the first season I have used them and don't have any complaints so far.

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A BPS pro qualifier fits every one of those needs and still leaves you with $50 for whatever.

-gk

YES, yes they can. my brother has one, its a great reel. i fish with a carbonlite, pflueger summit, and a pinnacle something, the name escapes me lol but i would not hesitate to recommend a PQ, neither would Edwin Evers!!!!!!!!!

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YES, yes they can. my brother has one, its a great reel. i fish with a carbonlite, pflueger summit, and a pinnacle something, the name escapes me lol but i would not hesitate to recommend a PQ, neither would Edwin Evers!!!!!!!!!

A Curado 101d will fit that bill.

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If you wait a couple of weeks (until June), that's when a lot of companies start discontinuing reels to make room for new models. You'll see some good sales starting then.

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The Pro Qualifiers are great reels. I love mine and am getting more before long. Im also enjoing my three Okuma Aluminas. Been fishing them for about three years now. They have held up amazingly. Had a Diawa Excellor that i just gave to my cousin, who just started fishing. It too was an awesome reel.

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Curado E7 all the way. Bought mine on ebay for $139 brand new. That reel is so smooth, casts a mile, and can be set to hardly ever backlash. I used to use my baitcasting rods for spinnerbaits and cranks only. But I like that reel so much I find myself using it for other applications as well. I hear you can buy different gears to make it into a 6.3 for pretty cheap.

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The Pro Qualifiers are great reels. I love mine and am getting more before long. Im also enjoing my three Okuma Aluminas. Been fishing them for about three years now. They have held up amazingly. Had a Diawa Excellor that i just gave to my cousin, who just started fishing. It too was an awesome reel.

The Exceler is a very good reel for the price and just sold one to a board member after picking up a Quantum Kinetic PT.

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Curado E7 all the way. Bought mine on ebay for $139 brand new. That reel is so smooth, casts a mile, and can be set to hardly ever backlash. I used to use my baitcasting rods for spinnerbaits and cranks only. But I like that reel so much I find myself using it for other applications as well. I hear you can buy different gears to make it into a 6.3 for pretty cheap.

I'm not so sure of that. The only LH Curado E is the E7. But if it does work that way, I'd love to get a LH Curado E5...

The older Curado 201Bs fit the bill of the OP though.

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I'm not so sure of that. The only LH Curado E is the E7. But if it does work that way, I'd love to get a LH Curado E5...

The older Curado 201Bs fit the bill of the OP though.

I believe changing a Curado 201 e7 to an e6 is a matter of taking the Citica 201e gears and dropping them into the Curado. you need left handed gears that will fit. Since there is no 201 e5 in either model, I am unsure of how you would get a curado 201 e5.

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I believe changing a Curado 201 e7 to an e6 is a matter of taking the Citica 201e gears and dropping them into the Curado. you need left handed gears that will fit. Since there is no 201 e5 in either model, I am unsure of how you would get a curado 201 e5.

Ah. I see now. I didn't think about the Citica. my mistake.

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Daiwa Advantage A is a solid choice here.

TDA153HSTLA would fit your requirements nicely. I recently picked up a Lew's Tournament Pro Speed Spool that's be great so far. and not to be left out if you can find a NIB Revo STX 6.4:1 that would be sweet as well.

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I bought 2 LH Quantum Accurist AC501PT reel off ebay for $45 each and love them.

I fish using RH retrieve and thought that I wanted to try a LH for my topwater baits, it works real good.

I like the action I get out of using my right hand to control the lure.

If you have ever had trouble walking the dog or making your skitter pop "POP"

Give this a try. It's like using a spinning reel with backbone

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