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Old 07-14-2019, 08:12 PM   #1
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Swapping to Spinning Reel

Ok, very tired of clearing backlashes and casting for boat guests. lol I’m about to make the swap to spinning reels, but never have been a spinning reel guy. Which reel in the price range of 150-250? Also, which poles to pair it up with. Typical trout and redfish pole suggestions, please (nothing with too much backbone).
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Old 07-14-2019, 08:24 PM   #2
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I have two faves: Daiwa Ballistic 2500 EX I use for my popping cork rig. I think they’re $180 ish. For my trout / red rods, I like my Shimano Stradic FK (now the FL) 2500, or Shimano Sustain 2500. Stradic will run you $180, Sustain about $300, but boy does it have drag.
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Get Penn Battle II setups. 3000 size. Great all around gear. Under your price range.

As a guide mine are in daily use for a couple years now....
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Old 07-14-2019, 09:25 PM   #4
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Thanks. What rods are you guys running?
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Penn Battle II rods.... 6.5ft medium action.... they rod/reel combo usually comes matched pretty well for about $120.

If focusing on more live bait and not casting as much a 7ft Medium action.

Some disagree but i prefer shorter rods. Especially for guests/customers so they dont drag rods and lures across everything in the boat and hit each other and hook everything they aint supposed to.

Oh....and rig theirs with about 17-20 pound big game mono rather than braid.... they will fight it less.... giving a novice braid they tend to get wind wrapped around the rod and fouled on the terminal tackle etc....
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Old 07-14-2019, 09:31 PM   #6
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Thanks. What rods are you guys running?
Depends what your doing, throwing corks I like a little more backbone. Just whatever kind you would use for a baitcaster. It’s the same concept just different reel. The only time I don’t like spinning reels is when I’m wading deep or throwing topwaters and plugs.
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Old 07-14-2019, 09:49 PM   #7
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I use Abu Garcia REVO2X30 reels with H20xpress (7', 8-17lbs) rods. The set up is about 160 bucks. The rods might be a little stiffer than you like but we use these for everything from croaker to redfish. Even take them offshore for dolphin.
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Old 07-14-2019, 09:57 PM   #8
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The Penn Clash is a nice reel. Anodized aluminum body, so it's light. And I like the slow-oscillation level wind - I thing you get less line twist and "wind knots". It's not a true sealed reel, but they use gaskets to minimize water intrusion.

You can buy them NIB on Ebay for about $140 all the time. If you wait for the right time, you can get them about 10% less than that, so about $126. Amazon is about to start Prime Day tonight, so I expect some discount codes for Ebay to compete with that.
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Lots of great spinning reels out there, my favorite is the Shimano Stradic, 3000 series is plenty for inshore.
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Penn Battle II is the only one that will last ... after that you have to move to a Van Stall to survive the salt


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