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Old 05-10-2011, 03:47 PM   #1
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Surf Casting Reel Advice Penn 309M or Jigmaster 500L

I am setting up a couple of surf rods for shark fishing. Most of the time I will be casting the baits out. I have a limited budget. I am planning on picking up a couple 12' Ugly Stick casting rods. My local Walmart has a few reels on clearance. They are:

Penn 309M
Penn 500L Jigmaster
Penn 220 GTO
Okuma Classic Pro302L

Which of these reels is best suited for surf fishing? Are there advantages and disadvantages between these reels? Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 05-10-2011, 04:07 PM   #2
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id go with an older jigmaster . the new penn stuff is ****
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:26 PM   #3
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the Penn 500L Jigmaster is the best choice out of your list
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Jigmaster

The Jigmaster has a better clutch system and has all metal gears plus the jigmaster has outer rings making it a little bit tougher.Low gear ratio
so you can haul in the big ones. dont get the 500S its gear ratio is 5to1
no power reel.Hope this helps.
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:50 PM   #5
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:36 AM   #6
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Thanks for the help everyone. I appreciate it. I was also looking on ebay last night and saw older jigmasters and squidders. Which is better the jigmaster or squidder. The most common size of squidder I saw was 140 is this the size I would want if the squidder is better?

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Old 05-11-2011, 07:09 AM   #7
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Sguidder is a great casting reel just not much line capasity go with it or the junkmaster is second but dont try tocast a 309 or a 209 they are boat reels .I started 30 years ago with sguidder now i throw 113 hlw penn.
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:14 PM   #8
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i have modified 209, 309, and stock jigmaster for surf fishing..the jigmaster still out perform the 209 and 309.
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if you are in it for the long haul , skip any level wind reel for several reasons.

go jigmaster or the older newells

might look into the tiburon frames as well
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Jigmaster would be the better of the 2.
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