Quality low cost reels?

Discussion in 'Surf Fishing Reports' started by Crass, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. Crass

    Crass Gypsy Punk

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    Well, long story short im one broke, unemployed guy.. haha, but i need to pick up a spinning reel to get me into surf fishing but cant seem tind find anything thats not crap, without sellin my kidneys to get it. I saw Cabelas has a decently priced, well reviewed model.. but when a negative review came up it was real bad.

    anybody know of a good solution for me.. hah, or hell, has an old Shimano or somethin they're willin to part with for some $$?

    any, and all help would be dope.. come on & help the new guy!
     
  2. yknot

    yknot Well-Known "Member"

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    how much you got to spend on a reel? penn got some spinnings that run around $50 that might not be too bad. i don't fish spinning so i dont know.
     
  3. malibu64

    malibu64 Newbie

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    Try Big 5
     
  4. rojodiablo

    rojodiablo Dive club flunkie

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    Diawa, Shimano, Quantam all have some $30 ish dollar reels that work very well. Check Big 5, Wal mart, Sport Chalet. I laugh my ass off every time I see a $300 coffee grinder.
     
  5. vilters

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    my $.02 on surf fishing is that reels are disposable. buy cheap and replace as needed. turner's has sales from time to time, last spinner i bought there was 10 bucks spooled. you should be able to find something suitable @ there, walmart, big5, etc. i use baitcasters for surf fishing, i like the plastic no frill shimanos. rinse after use and lube occasionally. they just keep on ticking.
     
  6. vdub

    vdub Newbie

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    i got my okuma epixor ef15 on ebay for 40 after shipping for the surf. well worth it. it is easily my favorite reel right now
     
  7. kpk

    kpk Newbie

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    I can give you a reel free, I'm in long Beach.
    pm me
     
  8. UnReel

    UnReel Well-Known "Member"

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    If the free reel dont work for you get a Shimano Sedona 2500. They are 49.99and work great and have smooth drags. Just rinse lightly with fresh water after each outing and you'll be fine.

    If you want a good combo , put some 4#, 6# or 8# on the 2500 and match it with a Clarus 8', 8'6", or 9' M/L and your good to go. Total setup would cost from $100 to $125 w/line.
     
  9. jscrib

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    Just rinse and with basic maitenance a lower cost reel will last you long time.

    j
     
  10. TurdRoller

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    beer can with some fishing line you find washed up on shore. works great
     
  11. davidcordero1

    davidcordero1 Sea Sucio

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    You might want to check out Sports Authority also.
     
  12. Crass

    Crass Gypsy Punk

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    i went and checked out sports authority yesterday.. and if kpk comes thru on the reel, theyve got some primo ugly stik surf poles for about $28.. even the higher end shakespeare ones.. haha, and on top of that since they.. i dunno are retarded or something i can pick up a brand new stik WITH reel for about $85.

    oh how i love the "you pay what its marked, even if its a mistake" rule.
     
  13. norrinradd12

    norrinradd12 Newbie

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    i second that for this reel, have 4 of them
     
  14. bowback

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    :rofl:
    You might want to add the sparkplug sinker to that setup!
     
  15. kpk

    kpk Newbie

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    sending you a reel on thursday

    Kevin
     
  16. jerryG

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    For just about any other type of fishing I would have to say cheap reels are a waist because a high quality reel will out last and out perform a low end reel in most situations. In the long run you end paying more for less.

    However where surf fishing is concerned I agree with the post above because the surf environment seems to destroy expensive reels just as quickly as it does the cheap ones. Go with a disposable. I stick with the low end shimano lite spinninig reels for surf fishing. You can pick one up for about $20 and I think you will be impresed with the durability and performance.
     
  17. Crass

    Crass Gypsy Punk

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    thank you my new best friend on this message board. haha

    THANKS! :D
     
  18. joshua

    joshua Newbie

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    I swear by the Penn 104CS reel: sturdy, works well with 8#-25# test. In the $50 range, easy to get parts and repair. For big surf/long casting I use a 12-foot or larger pole.
     
  19. Bullring

    Bullring The BIG KA-TUNA

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    Wal-mart has a Penn spinning combo in the 7' m action with a decent reel i thinkits 50 or 60 bucks good luck.......and GET A JOB
     
  20. BirdNest

    BirdNest Newbie

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    I agree with the posting that Surf Fishing reels are pretty much expendable, and with that in mind, the Okuma's make pretty good reels for that use, since they don't have to last more than 3 or 4 seasons anyhow.
     

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