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New Rod and Reel Help
« on: May 03, 2011, 11:38:50 AM »
Hey guys,

So I finally decided that I NEED to learn to use a bait caster, so I'm buying a new rod and reel.  I have $75 worth of BPS gift cards and probably another $75-$100 in spending money.  Any suggestions? I know I want a split grip and I like longer rods .. 7'+ .. I can always revert back to my favorite Ugly Sticks if I have to to afford a better reel.  Also, was planning on spooling it with 8lb mono just like my main spinning gear .. and comments on that? I know most people prefer braid, but I'm used to mono and fluro more than braid.

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Re: New Rod and Reel Help
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2011, 01:15:16 PM »
The smallest line i use on a baitcaster is 12lb test, there's no advantage i see using light line on one.

If your going to the BPS store you should find a decent combo in that price range. I'm partial to Shimano reels 8)

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Re: New Rod and Reel Help
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2011, 01:25:43 PM »
I also prefer Shimano reels. The Citica is a decent reel in the $100 price range.

As for line size, I typically use nothing less than 14 - 15 lb. line on baitcasters. Just my own preference, but I think 12 lb. would be the minimum I would recommend, unless you're buying a rod reel specifically for light-line tactics. AT that point, go with a spinning rod.

If you spend $100 or so on a reel, you should be able to land a decent rod for $75 or less. If you go the Combo route, you'll also get a better deal.

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Re: New Rod and Reel Help
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2011, 05:52:36 PM »
Guess I'm going against the grain, I fish 6lb test with light crank and hard jerk baits with a baitcaster.  granted, it's a custom rod built on a "spinning" blank paired with a Japanese Shimano Scorpion reel but the set up was put together for casting light baits.
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Re: New Rod and Reel Help
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2011, 06:15:33 PM »
Ray, I wouldn't say you're going against the grain, but that's not your typical baitcasting setup  ;)

Because of the amount of smallie fishing you do on Quabbin each year, you tend to use more light line than someone who buys an outfit for all-around use.

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Re: New Rod and Reel Help
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2011, 06:53:06 PM »
Thanks guys, I have a ton of 15 and 20 lb test laying around cause I never really use it except to tie weed guards on jigs ... How are quantums bait casters? I have a quantum spin reel that I absolutly love, never really used any shimanos ... Any specific models you guys can recomend?
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Re: New Rod and Reel Help
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2011, 08:42:06 PM »
I prefer the Shimano Curado, but it's not an entry level reel. For you, I would recommend the Citica. It's priced around $100. You might be able to get a better price on eBay though.

Here's a link to eBay for the Citica: Shimano Citica on ebay

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Re: New Rod and Reel Help
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2011, 10:11:58 AM »
I tried a KVD model quantum two years ago and didn't care for it!  I returned it for a Curado and couldn't be happier with it 8)

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Re: New Rod and Reel Help
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2011, 11:06:30 AM »
I have an old Quantum MG1310. This reel is a workhorse!

But I bought another newer Quantum baitcaster a few years back and it's not great. The spring in the thumb bar is wimpy and the handle is really small. It just doesn't feel very good to use, so I have it sitting in my cabinet downstairs as a spare, just in case I need it.

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Re: New Rod and Reel Help
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2011, 12:32:20 PM »
Curt, your right about the Q, the only point I was trying to make is that baitcasters are just not for "heavier" lure presentations.
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Re: New Rod and Reel Help
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2011, 12:43:02 PM »
Absolutely Ray! Being a rod builder makes it easy for you to have a great light baitcasting rod :)

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Re: New Rod and Reel Help
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2011, 01:03:13 PM »
If I had spinning rods and was going to add one baitcaster I would add a 6'6" medium heavy and spool it with 15-20 lb line for spinnerbaits, jigs and heavy cover presentations. Your spinning rods will do the rest.

Bass Pro, Berkley Lightning and Shimano Clarus rods are good for cheap. If I was on a tight budget for the reel I would buy an Abu Garcia round reel C3 or bcx model.  Rod and reel less than $125
 

 

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Re: New Rod and Reel Help
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2011, 10:54:48 PM »
Yah being in college means only workin part time, which doesnt leave much flexability unfortunatly, back to full time work next week though so I may put off a few weeks and save some more money, havnt decided yet ... Got a long shoppin list for this season :-D
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Re: New Rod and Reel Help
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2011, 07:46:57 PM »
Well guys I bought it ... Went with a 7' St. Croix mojo bass and a BPS Qualifier series reel with a 5:2 gear ratio
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