Best level wind reel for 9 year

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  1. Cool-Hand-Luke

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    my oldest son is turning 9 in two weeks
    I bought him a used seeker pinhead d8 (with the pinhead guy on it)

    Now I need to find a reel to pair it with

    This will be his first "big boy" rod/reel so I want a reel with a level wind on it while he learns

    Mostly be bottom/rock fishing and sand bass, maybe some halibut drifts

    I was thinking of the getting him a Fathom 15 or 20 levelwind

    What do you guys think?
     
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    Id go with the 20 and use mono
     
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    agreed with the saltist. they are built like tanks, can take some abuse.
     
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    A Penn 310 GTI will take lots of abuse! Load it with #30 braid.
     
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    Original model Daiwa Lexa 400. Used this for my son at the same age. Larger spool area without cross bar than the fathoms, allows kid to more easily thumb spool on the drop.
     
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    I would not buy him a levelwind unless you fish a levelwind.

    Just fill the reel all the way, he likes to fish he'll learn quick enough.
     
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    20 years ago my son used a corsair 300. He had some 50 fish days with that reel. I took him on his first overnighter to Clemente the next year when he turned 10. The Corsairs had issues and a Shimano gave us a Catala to replace it.
     
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    To clarify, the 310GTi has been discontinued for more than 5 years. The direct replacement in PENN's lineup is the Squall 15LW [graphite frame/sideplate]. The next "step-up" is the Fathom LW series [metal frame/sideplate] mentioned by the OP. The 15 and 20 sizes are the same except for width.
     
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    I use my 310gti for my rock codding, has worked well for years. Clean n lube, good to go!
     
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    Penn 975 was one of my favorite inshore reels. It's a little more expensive but a great reel
     
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    The new fathom 15 ii levelwind seems like an excellent idea, but probably best to match with a lighter rod. For a 9 year old kid I like Marco’s idea of Lexa 400 better; and match with matching inshore rod. Light setup to fight fish not the equipment.
     
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    Definitely a Lexa or Komodo.

    For the Cool factor.

    The cool big kids don't use levelwinds on SD sportboats. But they do use the Lexa//tranx//komodos.

    Important stuff to a 9 yr old.
     
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    Penn 209
     
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    No need for a level wind. Let him learn like we did trial and error. The new saltists blue by daiwa I think are nice maybe a 15 series or 20. I know it sounds mean or whatever but let him learn and make mistakes. Will make him a better fisherman. Watch in a year hopefully he will be asking for a Newell 332 and a jig stick.
     
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    Same
     
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    Hey Luke I bought my 10yo daughter a Daiwa Saltist 20H-C and she did not care for the auto engage feature. The penns are nice reels... however I would check out the lexa 400 HD. This is what my daughter uses. It has the capacity for bottom fishing and it will build confidence in casting conventional.
     
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    I have two 9 year olds (twins) and gave them my two old TLD star 15/30’s for their 30 lb rods and my two old Daiwa Sealine 20’s for their 20 lb rods. They practice at home in the yard.
     
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    I agree with this... explain to him that mistakes and failure is ok because it happens to everyone.. then let him help in the selection process
     
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    Love that pinhead D8. Have one as well and it is a great all around stick. Can do pretty much everything, bottom fishing/yoyo, 30/40# flyline, surface iron. It's a deckhand rod though so I am not sure why everyone is recommending lexas and other reels that don't have clamps. Unless you are into spending another 50 bucks on a tiburon clamp.

    It is already a pretty big/heavy glass rod. Level wind or not, look for a light reel with a clamp that can fish 30 or 40# and you should be good to go.

    Like others have said, I would probably want to just start my kids right out of the gate with a conventional reel. But you know your kid best, and if would be best to start them out with a levelwind, nothing wrong with that. Transition to a non level wind will be easy when the time comes.
     
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