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
3
2%
$100 - $125
11
6%
$126-$150
25
13%
$151-$175
14
7%
$176-$200
39
21%
$201-$250
28
15%
$251-$300
18
9%
Budget? What Budget? Enthusiasts don't care about no stinkin' budget!!
52
27%
 
Total votes: 190

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papabassin
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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby papabassin » Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:30 pm

Whatever makes me :big grin:

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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby BigG » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:10 am

I like premium reels at discount or used prices, which means I have to wait awhile to get what I want. I haven't been bitten by the TWS bug, so I'm still buying the classic reels. My last three reels have all been TDZ variants.

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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby Kurt L » Sat Mar 11, 2017 1:41 am

JigginOG wrote:With the current exchange rate, Metanium MGL is hard to beat.
I like to live lavishly.


+1 on this!

Kurt

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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby gailt » Fri Apr 07, 2017 5:58 am

I seem to have developed a fetish for some of megabass offerings.

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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby Lexy 123 » Thu May 25, 2017 12:30 pm

Sky is the limit for me as long as it's a Shimano.

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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby illini » Fri May 26, 2017 5:24 am

For the money the Curado 70 and 200I is hard to beat.
Curado 200I paid $99 from Scheels
Curado 70XG paid $142 from scheels (price match)
I cant express enough how big a deal X-Ship is to these lower end reels.

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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby basskeeter1 » Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:56 pm

Lexy 123 wrote:Sky is the limit for me as long as it's a Shimano.

Well said.... =D> End of story.... I love my Cores....

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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby mickeyfin » Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:26 am

I try to keep inshore reels under $250 and offshore reels under $500
Inshore reels like the new Tranx that sell for $280-300 are on my
shopping list so "out the window" goes my cost controls
Maybe do

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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby Houndfish » Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:26 pm

While I have a few reels over the $200 mark, I have been on a an older Daiwa buying kick of late. I picked up an Alphas Finesse Custom for like $115 shipped and honestly like it more than the $200 NIB SV105s I got earlier in the year. Same thing with a used PX68 I got for just under $200. I think I am going to buy up a few more older Alphas series reels before I dip my toe into anything nicer. I think I would almost rather get an older used reel and spend the money to send it to a good tuner then to spend the same money on a NIB reel.

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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby RB 77 » Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:27 pm

I fish 99% Curado's and Calcutta's so I voted the $176 - $200 range although I do have some of the larger 300 CU's and 400 CT's (and a 400 CT). A $175 to $250 price range would describe me to a T! Haha

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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby Drew03cmc » Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:37 am

While for some the new Curado 70 reels are a budget buy, for me, they are pretty pricey. I have one, along with a Stradic FJ, but for budget reels, I'd say in the 90-125 range is the best choice for my situation.
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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby rockchalk06 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:46 am

I chose the 250 as a max. Reason being is you can get some high end gear at used prices very cheap. Guy has a used Met MGL JDM reel for sale here at 275. Thats a 420 dollar reel retail. You can't beat that price.

I found a used Met MG7 on the forums a few months ago for 150 shipped. Close to 4 bills new and the reel had a few marks on it. Maybe a 7/10. 6 months ago, guy had a brand new in the box Met MG. 200 shipped.

Hard to beat the used market.

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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby ctm23 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:08 pm

$ 200 and under -then don't feel bad when I switch

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Re: Budget Sweet Spot... Casting Reels

Postby jwfflipper14 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:57 pm

I mainly buy between $250-$450 Daiwas but I try to keep under $300 when I can.

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