Help me decide, panfish reel.

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Help me decide, panfish reel.

Post by Just_Bass » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:38 am

First off, I have been happy with my pixy airy red + ray’s studio spool casting 1-1.5grams jig head with crappies plastic. I also have scorpion 70 + ray’s spool that can get the job done but not as easy to control especially windy days. This make me think of getting new crappies reel with magnetic braking system instead of centrifugal. Now my dilemma is should I buy a used reel, regular alphas air (not ASC) or should I just get another ray’s spool for my alphas SV105. Please comments only these two reels since my budget is limited.
Will stock alphas air give me at least the same result as pixy+ray’s spool. How about alphas SV, which I would spend only 50 bucks for new spool.
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Re: Help me decide, panfish reel.

Post by Tim Kelly » Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:43 pm

Surely a new Alphas Air is more than 50 bucks? Don't understand your reasoning. If you've got an Alphas SV with a rays spool, you know what that will do. Alphas Air isn't as much of a finesse reel as the ASC.

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Post by hoohoorjoo » Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:40 pm

Find another cheap Pixy and put another Ray's spool in it. No need for all the Pixzilla upgrades if you're fishing for panfish, just a dab of Cal's drag grease on that cork drag washer and a light drag setting, so you don't tear out that hook.
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Re: Help me decide, panfish reel.

Post by Just_Bass » Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:49 pm

Tim Kelly wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:43 pm
Surely a new Alphas Air is more than 50 bucks? Don't understand your reasoning. If you've got an Alphas SV with a rays spool, you know what that will do. Alphas Air isn't as much of a finesse reel as the ASC.
I got pixy with ray’s spool, and also regular alphas SV. I either buy used Alphas Air from my friend or buy ray’s spool for Alphas SV.

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Post by Hobie-Wan Kenobi » Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:30 pm

The Alphas AIR is pretty nice for the money. The ASC is nice too. Both are better than the Ray's DIY spools in my opinion. The Ray's has more line capacity. That and the price are the only pros of it.
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Re: Help me decide, panfish reel.

Post by Just_Bass » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:11 am

Hobie-Wan Kenobi wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:30 pm
The Alphas AIR is pretty nice for the money. The ASC is nice too. Both are better than the Ray's DIY spools in my opinion. The Ray's has more line capacity. That and the price are the only pros of it.
I hope you are right since I have alphas air coming my way.

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Re: Help me decide, panfish reel.

Post by Hobie-Wan Kenobi » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:51 am

Just_Bass wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:11 am
Hobie-Wan Kenobi wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:30 pm
The Alphas AIR is pretty nice for the money. The ASC is nice too. Both are better than the Ray's DIY spools in my opinion. The Ray's has more line capacity. That and the price are the only pros of it.
I hope you are right since I have alphas air coming my way.
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Re: Help me decide, panfish reel.

Post by Just_Bass » Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:35 am

Damn and I don’t like Daiwa. I hope to save money for aldebaran bfs.
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Re: Help me decide, panfish reel.

Post by goldrod » Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:10 pm

Conquest 50
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Re: Help me decide, panfish reel.

Post by Just_Bass » Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:01 pm

goldrod wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:10 pm
Conquest 50
Got that, it is as good as my aldebaran mg7 with Yumeya spool but not for 1.5gram jig head.
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Anyway today went to test out alphas air and caught about 10-15 small crappies. So far I can say not very impressed, it cast good but not better than my pixy with ray’s spool. I can whip with pixy harder.

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Re: Help me decide, panfish reel.

Post by goldrod » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:33 am

Nice catch
What about a KTF in the Aldebaran?
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Re: Help me decide, panfish reel.

Post by Just_Bass » Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:06 am

goldrod wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:33 am
Nice catch
What about a KTF in the Aldebaran?
Nah too much money, and I already got rid of aldebaran for this alphas air. I think I’m good for now with 3 setups that capable of 1-1.5 grams jig head plus small crappies plastic. I might get aldebaran bfs later on if my wife allow. Ultimately I want to be able to cast 1/64oz jig head for trout and bluegills.

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Post by Smalleyez » Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:31 am

Alphas Air Stream Custom?
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Re: Help me decide, panfish reel.

Post by spencerinstl » Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:14 am

At 1/64 oz your really pushing the limits of even the best finesse baitcasting reels. Even if you could get a baitcaster to cast that light your not going to have very much accuracy. There are others that can cast much better than me, but anything under 1/16 oz and I'm going for a ultralight spinning rod.
Thanks for the epiphany captain obvious

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Re: Help me decide, panfish reel.

Post by Just_Bass » Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:32 am

spencerinstl wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:14 am
At 1/64 oz your really pushing the limits of even the best finesse baitcasting reels. Even if you could get a baitcaster to cast that light your not going to have very much accuracy. There are others that can cast much better than me, but anything under 1/16 oz and I'm going for a ultralight spinning rod.
You might be right, as of my equipments now I can cast 1/20oz jig head plus 2” plastic a good 20 plus yards and about 50’ with 1/32oz. But for 1/64 that is gonna be tough. I plan to also get a wimpy UL spinning rod for that too. Been looking at Daiwa Presso 6’ for that.

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