Best all around 1/2 day reel

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  1. Shimano Penn

    Shimano Penn Well-Known "Member"

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    I guess a lot depends on how much fishing you are going to do and how long you want this reel to last. I'm with the "don't over think it" crowd. It's half day fishing, pretty much ANY reel will work. If you want it to last a long time and plan to service it annually then yeah go with quality. The Sealine X20SHA mentioned above would be a great start, spend more if you want to but it isn't necessary. If it's going to be a "disposable" purchase for occasional use and no plans to spend money maintaining it then any name brand "on sale" reel at Walmart or Big 5 will do :D 5-6 years ago I bought a Penn Defiance 30 combo at one of the chain sports stores for $129, rod and reel. That little sucker has never been serviced, cleaned or greased. She has countless YT, schoolie YFT and rockfish notched on her grips and is still going :)
     
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  2. mindbent

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  3. jerbax18

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    Penn fathom 12 says haaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiii:lux:
     
  4. tj805

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    Torium 16 would Work out well.
     
  5. Cubeye

    Cubeye I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    These are good suggestions. They are not only inexpensive, but they are low maintenance reels. The 500 is easy to service. The Shimano 15/30 is all graphite and needs very little maintenance. Unless you are handy, and able to service your reels on a regular basis (after each trip) , a low maintenance reel that is easy to service should be a major consideration in your decision.
     
  6. kenstevens1

    kenstevens1 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Don't get something you'll leave at home on a longer trip. Curado komodo revo etc, nice and will go on the Twilight 3/4 day overnight trips.
     
  7. Highwayman

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    I like a Liveliner/Baitrunner 5500 size on a 1/2 day. Easy casting on a crowded boat.
     
  8. marlyn

    marlyn I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Newell 220,sl20 or an sx on a 196 and your dialed,no levelwind required.I never owned a levelwind until I got a Calcutta to throw plastics with and i did fine.
     
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  9. fishstomp

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    We all have our favorites......lol. But I would start with a sl20sh. Caught a lot of fish on a Sealine. Including a 40# tuna. But the pic is of my new favorite......

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  10. Arcadia Mike

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    look 1/2 ,3/4,full day diawa 300 or fth12 or 15 might be more now but there really solid reels and if you want something different you could easily sell them.
     
  11. 998R

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    Tourium
     
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  12. princefredo

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    tranx 400hg on a Black diamond 808 or 809.
     
  13. titan05

    titan05 Pelagic Terminator

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    The most fun 1/2 day set up for me is a old yellow glass, not honey tan, original Sabre 870 with a Penn Squidder 146....just love the old retro gear :)
     
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  14. OnoEric

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    I like your style, Jim!

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  15. bob1825

    bob1825 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Torium 16HGA is a fantastic star drag. I've caught rock fish to dorado on it. Casts great!
     
  16. bueller

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    Okuma Cortez 5. It has proven itself to me. I have two of them and have caught countless YT and YF and last year a 48lb BF with never even a hint of being outmatched. And can be found for around $100.
     
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  17. russ1962

    russ1962 Fish To Live...Live To Fish

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    Fathom 25n with 4.8:1 gears.
     
  18. Saski

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    Agreed with this, my cortez 5 is loaded with 300yds of 50# braid and I can get 100+ yards of 20 mono. I got it for around $90 on amazon or ebay, and its caught everything from small dorado and YFT, to 20lb class YT and YFT, and my first BFT at around 30lbs. None of those fish ever took enough line so that my braid went out. Oil it up and the freespool is INSANE. Great little reels for the price, nice drags too.
     

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