Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Reels are the hottest topic for TackleTour. Everyone wants to know what the latest and greatest is and how they compare to the old guard. What's the best for light stuff, or what's your suggestion for heavy cover. Do we really need different retrieve ratios? It's all in here.

What is your budget sweet spot when looking for a new reel?

Under $100
5
2%
$100 - $125
12
5%
$126-$150
32
13%
$151-$175
24
9%
$176-$200
58
23%
$201-$250
37
15%
$251-$300
24
9%
Budget? What Budget? Enthusiasts don't care about no stinkin' budget!!
62
24%
 
Total votes: 254

SSS
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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby SSS » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:39 pm

If i had $200 for a rod n reel, i'd get a used TDZ for $100-120 and a Corzza from MC.

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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby jjbassnforfun » Sun May 20, 2018 2:43 pm

Depends on if the wifey finds out.......... :talk hand:
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bpettus2
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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby bpettus2 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:51 am

I’ll pay for rarity and limited editions love having things others don’t . That being said I say 400.00 can get most of that

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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby btoups » Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:55 pm

I end up being too worried about scratching up my higher dollar reels so end up fishing the mid range ones more often.

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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby mark poulson » Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:03 pm

btoups wrote:I end up being too worried about scratching up my higher dollar reels so end up fishing the mid range ones more often.

Me, too!

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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby LgMouthGambler » Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:25 pm

Wow. I didnt think the 200 to 250 margin was gonna be soo low on this site. :lol: Thats my sweet spot.
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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby jvelth74 » Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:32 pm

Budget sweet spot is Tatula from Autumn discount ~$100. It's worth of much more :) Still I love my SV Zillion and OG Zillion and planning to buy Steez.

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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby K3RRY » Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:42 am

$200 for me but I just got a 17 scorpion dc and a curado dc so there goes my budget
A metanium mgl for $285 is tempting

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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby HobeyBaker » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:20 pm

The Tatula 100 is a nice caster, good ergo, and somewhat light. One would need to move up to a Met MGL or Steez to get a better combination, in my opinion. The Bantam MGL is a hell of a reel if you don't care about weight, but if you do then you're looking at a $400 msrp reel.

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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby Just_Bass » Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:57 pm

100-200 is good start, but also depends on size and comfort of the reel. I'd love to spend more but family come first. My recent purchased 1 brand new Bantam MGL, followed by a brand new Shimano SLX.

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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby noc10 » Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:46 pm

This is my first post here, though I have been reading the posts here trying to learn things for quite a while now. This thread seems like a good place to jump in and a logical place to tell a little about my taste in gear.

I've got maybe 30 reels. Some of them are middle of the road or budget reels. For example I have 6 crappie rigs Ozark, B&M, and Fenwick rods. On something like that there is no point in using top of the line gear so I have them all outfitted with Pflueger President 20 size reels. Those are $60 reels that work extremely well for what I need them for.

I have a bunch of other middle of the road stuff for various uses. Some trolling gear for Walleye and white bass fishing, a few little panfish rigs for Bluegill, a couple of big Fenwick heavy rods with ABU 5599 c3 for Cat fishing and the like. Trolling rods with big spinning reels etc. Most of those setups are $100 rods like ABU Veritas and $50-150 reels like Pfueger's Supreme XT, Daiwa Laguna, and Abu G3 SX.

Now, to the stuff I really care about, I use ABU Volatile Inshore (serious backbone), G1 Villain and St. Croix Tournament rods, $150 to $280. This is the group that I based my budget vote on. I like many others tend to buy older reels. I have 4 OG Steez, 4 Px68R, 4 TD-Z, An SS SV, A Tatula CT-R, and a Tatula SV TWS.

I voted the $300 range because I buy these reels used (except the Tats and SS) for maybe $150-250 and then spend money on cleaning them up, upgrading drags, replacing worn bearings or adding more etc. So in the end they end up costing maybe $300. But I never buy beat up gear and when I am done, for $300 I have a top notch reel for a decent price. My most recent project is a SS SV (5.3:1) I just bought for $172, I just ordered a set of 4 knob bearings and a 100mm handle and am trying figure out the drag upgrade. Hopefully I end up with something new and custom that is similar to the OG Steez.

The problem I'm seeing is that the parts for these older classic reels are becoming scarce and I cannot seem to find anything new that compares well with the old Steez, and most particularly the PX68 and TD-Z reels.
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