Best all around 1/2 day reel

Lukewrxsti

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Aug 9, 2016
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Wrxsti
What's your guys opinions on the best 1/2 day reel. Lever drag or star? For both jigging, bottom and live bait fishing. Getting some ideas because that will be my next setup.
 

Juan23

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May 31, 2016
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Juan Ramirez
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I wish...
Dude are you serious? You can use any reel as long as it has the line capacity to fish the bottom. Don't overthink or over complicate fishing.
Or do you want me to say "Get a $500 talica 2-speed"?
 
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jer dog

Fishing is life
Jun 22, 2006
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One that floats
Dude are you serious? You can use any reel as long as it has the line capacity to fish the bottom. Don't overthink or over complicate fishing.
Or do you want me to say "Get a $500 talica 2-speed"?
a 300 size Curado, to be able Cast, into the Rocks or Kelp
is the way to go.
 
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funnyguy

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Chris
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19 foot Trophy CC
Half day.....go cheap. Diawa X20sha #50 braid to 20 to 30# topshot.
Hello,

X20sha is a perfect 1/2 day reel if your starting out and don't want to drop a lot of cash, you can pick up a used one on eBay for about $50. If you have a little extra coin and want something a little tougher check out the Fathom 12 or 15. Run 50lb braid to a short 30lb leader. When you start going on 3/4 and longer trips you'll be happy you spent a little extra money.

Chris
 
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wieisme

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James
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22' IMP
What's your guys opinions on the best 1/2 day reel. Lever drag or star? For both jigging, bottom and live bait fishing. Getting some ideas because that will be my next setup.
If this will be your next setup what is your current setups?
 
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cortezpirasea

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Feb 23, 2012
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Russell
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21 ft panga Sea Moan/17 ft gregor Pirasea II
Diawa sealine 20 or 30.
 

SDBorracho

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17ft,angler,Reel Loco
Another vote for a Penn 500-501. Tried and tested.
 

SouthBayKiller

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Lexa 300 or 400, cool bass reels, good for rockfish, tough enough for yellows if that is ever in the picture.
 

sealskinner

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Penn 500 or a Shimano 15/30. No experience w/Diawa. But those should take you to 1day fishing. Save your money for trips.
 
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jer dog

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One that floats
Penn 500 or a Shimano 15/30. No experience w/Diawa. But those should take you to 1day fishing. Save your money for trips.
that's all I used to have, where the 15/30 and the 20/40
Tld's , and they were great for offshore ,and Pattie
hopping, but most of the 1/2 day trips fish the Coast
so the Guys with the level winds , Have the advantage
being able to Cast a lot farther, into the Kelp Beds.
 

sealskinner

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Franks ho
that's all I used to have, where the 15/30 and the 20/40
Tld's , and they were great for offshore ,and Pattie
hopping, but most of the 1/2 day trips fish the Coast
so the Guys with the level winds , Have the advantage
being able to Cast a lot farther, into the Kelp Beds.
I guess if you can't thumb your line. A level wind is your only hope.
 

jer dog

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One that floats
I guess if you can't thumb your line. A level wind is your only hope.
I used to do some 1/2 day trips years ago
and if you only Had a Conventional reel
when they fished the Kelp along the Shore you
were Screwed, last year I Did a Hand full
of 3 /4 day trip's and it was Nice to have a Level wind
 

sealskinner

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I used to do some 1/2 day trips years ago
and if you only Had a Conventional reel
when they fished the Kelp along the Shore you
were Screwed, last year I Did a Hand full
of 3 /4 day trip's and it was Nice to have a Level wind
Well good for you. I learned to cast a conventional when I was 10.
 

OnoEric

Sometimes I fish
Dec 13, 2003
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Eric
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Grady White 208
that's all I used to have, where the 15/30 and the 20/40
Tld's , and they were great for offshore ,and Pattie
hopping, but most of the 1/2 day trips fish the Coast
so the Guys with the level winds , Have the advantage
being able to Cast a lot farther, into the Kelp Beds.
I'm confused by this statement. All other things being equal, a conventional reel is going to cast farther than a level wind. When casting, the only thing the level wind does is create drag on the line going out.

Level wind:


Conventional:
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