I just got into consistent bass fishing this year when my Dad bought me a cheap abu garcia blackmax combo from Walmart and I've had some good success since then, (first time I went bass fishing with my dad with the new reel i caught a nice 4 pounder in a place though to not have any bass left in it from chain pickeral and when fishing at one of my friends neighbors ponds i hooked what we estimate to be around 8 pounds bass bite my chrome rattle trap and come to the surface and seconds later to snap 10 pound test line(no idea how this happened but anyway), also went to his other neighbors to do some bluegill and see if anymore bass were left in the place and had an ultralight or light spinning reel with four pound test and a rebel cricket and an estimated 5lb bucketmouth took it and i had the fight of my life getting it to the shore since we didnt have a net only to see him get unhooked but oh well) but id like to find an reel thats an upgrade compared to the blackmax i would prefer aluminum frame for durability and would like to stay around 100 and i just want something thats versatile. What are your suggestions?
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I would go with the Tatula for $100. A second would be the Citica I.
You can get the >$300 reels later, but this should slowly ease you into the addiction.
I try to keep track of how many fish I catch and use it as a value system for Largemouth bass usually consider them a point and bluegill and crappie .5 a point unless they are of the bigger size which is rare they can count as 1 but I try to set a certain period of a time and time spent fishing and see if the dollar amount is lower than the amount of points. Since the blackmax was bought by my dad i do not know the specific dollar amount but i estimate it was around 60 or 65 and I estimate my points to be a little over 100( yes i have spent a good bit of time fishing throughout the summer ) therefore I believe I have gotten the value out of the combo which has served me well great starters reel if you dont mind not having an aluminum frame havent had any problems with the reel and also trying to find a very very cheap rod to go with it because the rod it come with is horrible in my opinion I heard what sounded like cracking with a hard fighting 3lber but anyways I know that I have not been into bass fishing long but Id like to give some advice to some of the memebers on here you don't need the most expensive setup out there go back to basics I realize that the smoothness and performance of these setups can be great but i remember as my Grandpa told me when i was very little was that the money doesn't make the fisherman, a good fisherman makes the money. I was reminded when my old neighbor brought home multiple 10lb bass one year using guess what a cheap walmart combo. I digress (rant over)
If you buy a used workhorse, say a TD-Z or a Curado 200 that people have come to know and love over the years, you can usually sell them at the right time, to the right person years later (condition being a factor of course) for little to no loss.
A couple of years ago I went on a buying binge for Curado 200s and 50s. I paid between 100 and 150 based on condition and seller. Had I sold them before the newest Curado came out ( seeing that the previous one was a flop and made people pine for the old models) I could have actually made money on reels that I had caught literally hundreds of fish on, each. Today, I could likely still get my money back were I inclined to sell (which I am not).
There are some reels, and companies as a whole out there, that offer incredible initial value, but just won't hold it. Some are proven winners, and some are just resale nightmares ( I am looking at you, Quantum).
Buy what you like, and like what you buy.
For the money get the Lews LFS reels.
Unless you are brand loyal like some people, its hard to beat a Lews.
The LFS version retailing for $100 is a good deal for a beginner.
The LFS tournament MB retailing for $140 is also a good deal.
Both models can be had for much less on ebay.
I have several of the Tournament MB reels and they fish just as good as the much higher priced Lews, Shimano or daiwa reels.
These Lews will preform great straight out of the box.
Like the previous post stated, read the reviews on tackle warehouse