Reels for Better Distance for Lighter Baits

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.
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Reels for Better Distance for Lighter Baits

Post by nolegsinmiami » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:51 pm

What is better for casting distance with lighter baits in the 1/4 to 3/8: Metanium MGL vs. Curado 70 vs.Chronarch ? Any perspective?

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Re: Reels for Better Distance for Lighter Baits

Post by Tim Kelly » Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:29 pm

Longer rod and lighter line. ;)

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Re: Reels for Better Distance for Lighter Baits

Post by DirtyD64 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:07 am

My Chronarch MGL is no slouch for casting light lures, but any SV reel should top those and do it easier (at least in the lightest scenarios). I would say from those you listed, the Metanium MGL (JDM) would be first, then the US Metanium (spool is deeper), then the Chronarch MGL, then the Curado 70. For some reason the Curado 70 spool weighs 15.7 grams, only .3 away from a huge reel like a Zillion TWS (with bearing). The small line capacity helps it out though and with braid I know a Curado 70 is still a capable finesse casting reel. I think having a fair amount of braid backing with only about 70 yards of fluoro on the Chronarch MGL really helped.

This all being said, a shallow spool Metanium MGL would bomb for those lure weights, especially with lighter line and a long rod with the right taper and action.

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Re: Reels for Better Distance for Lighter Baits

Post by Kurt L » Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:19 am

The JDM Met. MGL is a casting machine, and an absolute joy to use.

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Re: Reels for Better Distance for Lighter Baits

Post by LgMouthGambler » Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:52 am

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Re: Reels for Better Distance for Lighter Baits

Post by domthewon » Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:37 pm

Out of the 3 mentioned metanium mgl hands down. Then chronarch than curado. Metanium and chronarch mgl spools start up easier and are lighter and cast very good.

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Re: Reels for Better Distance for Lighter Baits

Post by ShimanoFan » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:56 am

Try the new curado DC!
Why is there a concerted effort of hate? And why is it allowed?

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Re: Reels for Better Distance for Lighter Baits

Post by Hogsticker2 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:46 pm

ShimanoFan wrote:Try the new curado DC!
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Re: Reels for Better Distance for Lighter Baits

Post by bassnn15 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:43 pm

I have a ton of reels and absolutely love my Chronarch mgl. Im not brand specific either. I have some Lews that are excellent as well. But my all time favorite for poprs etc is a Curado 101D or Chronarch D7. If you can find a good used one..

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Re: Reels for Better Distance for Lighter Baits

Post by Hogsticker2 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:52 pm

60% spool, 40% rod. The reel itself has little to do with it, other than how it accommodates said spool.

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Re: Reels for Better Distance for Lighter Baits

Post by robsone79 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:34 am

Curado 70 can get it done

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Re: Reels for Better Distance for Lighter Baits

Post by btoups » Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:17 pm

Of the ones you mentioned, I only have the Curado 70 and it handles light lures fine when paired with the right rod.

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Re: Reels for Better Distance for Lighter Baits

Post by SSS » Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:48 pm

T3 MX with a R+ spool.

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Re: Reels for Better Distance for Lighter Baits

Post by 5bites » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:08 pm

I assume by your options weight is a concern but don’t forget about the bantam. If anything it palms better than the met and chronarch and is mgl. Smoothest of the bunch too.

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Re: Reels for Better Distance for Lighter Baits

Post by DirtyD64 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:51 am

Not sure if anyone has, but the newer Aldebaran MGL would probably best all of these, and can be had from a JDM site for a decent price too, under $300 at times I think. I'd say it has the lightest spool by a bit (JDM Metanium MGL second) and even though it has the lowest line capacity there should still be enough (with lighter line) to throw the furthest.

My mistake, just read back, 1/4 to 3/8 would probably dump the spool on an Aldebaran MGL unless using very light braid.

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