Best all around 1/2 day reel

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

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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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jer dog

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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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that's a really old one, check out the Curado 300 E
its a Level Wind Salt water Bass reel, It Cast so Nice
 

Jigslinger

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I think he meant people who can't cast conventional reels consistently without a backlash :-)
 

sealskinner

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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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If you try to talk sense. Some people just get a headache.
 
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OnoEric

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I think by level wind he meant a modern bait caster. At least that is the way I understood it.
Yeah, I wasn't exactly sure what he meant... Spinning reels have a level wind mechanism too, and those are probably the easiest to cast the farthest.

I just didn't want the OP to think that a Penn 209 was going to cast farther than a Penn 500, both of which are still made by Penn, and would be perfectly adequate, budget reels for ½-days.
 

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You tend to fish lighter lines on a 1/2 day trip. Bringing a conventional set up for tossing anchovies at the kelp line won't work, but having a baitcaster set up with light line will launch the chovies. Also you tend to fish shallower so a big conventional reel isn't necessary.
 

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Anything that doesn't start with shiman
 

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A 6000 sized spinning reel and a M 7 1/2 foot spinning rod and you can tackle almost anything on a 1/2 day. If your flylining small anchovies in the summer for calico or bones you will outfished all the baitcasters.
Bingo!
 

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hucklongfin

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A 1/2 day trip is all about the 3B's and you don't need a big reel for them. A Shimano Calcutta 400S will do it all on a 1/2 day in a non-levelwind. I'd probably go with a 300 sized low profile bait caster for a 1/2 day or twilight. Often both the bait and fish are small and the lighter spool casts better. I've done overnighters to Clemente and used nothing but 12# mono on a 300-sized baitcaster.
 

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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"?
Jesus Chrimney. Someone get this guy a new rag and some midol.
 

monster1

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To actually address the op though, i'd go with a sealine 20. Great reel with tons of freespool. I'd take this over a jigmaster because the jigmaster tends to eat line between the frame and spool with anything lighter than 30lb test.
 

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