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f250 8 years ago

Hello folks, what's a good saltwater reel under a hundred bucks ?

itsaboat 8 years ago

What type of reel are you after?

Thread line, over head, side cast etc.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
f250 8 years ago

Spinning reel, braided line.

itsaboat 8 years ago

OK...A spinning reel. Also known as a thread line reel or egg beater.

In the sub $100 range the choice is large. As usual, I suggest taking a look at Shimano. They make great reels and quite a large range in the entry level price range.

If you are concerned about corrosion, then pick a model with a graphite body and a graphite spool. Spinning reels have either bearings or bushes and they all have gears. Look for stainless steel bearings. If you go with bushes, they will be brass.

What style of fishing are you doing? ie beach, rock, lake etc

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
f250 8 years ago

Thanks, that's a lot of information, most time I fish rollover pass, texas it seems like everything comes through the pass from croaker to bull redfish ,sharks and what ever else and I need a light saltwater reel that can handle the pressure.

itsaboat 8 years ago

No worries.

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as an all round general purpose set up.

You want something delicate enough for small fish, but robust enough for the odd passing shark...Even a small shark of say, 2 foot, will give you some fun and put your gear to the test.

There is really no way around it...You need at least 2 rod and reel set up's. One for the small stuff and one the bigger fish.

If I may make a suggestion...Get your self a set up for the smaller stuff first. Then you can save for a bigger rig. Keep an eye on garage sales (you might call them yard sales), deceased estates and even auctions. A year ago I picked up over $600 worth of brand new, still in sealed boxes, tackle and two reels for $50, from a deceased estate.

Forget the braid...Braid has it's place but it only has a couple of advantages over mono. There is cheap braid and then there is braid that will actually work . You will not spool even a cheap reel with good quality braid for under $100 (including the price of the reel).

Mono is the way to go...but once again there is mono and there is mono that actually works !! As a general rule look for "made in Japan". Avoid the cheaper mono lines, they will just give you trouble and heart ache and will say "made in China".

Back to your original question...Now that I know what sort of fishing you are after, I think I know a reel that just might fit the bill.

They only come in 2 sizes. The 2000 or the 4000. You might know it as 20 and 40. No bearings (brilliant) all brass bushes. Graphite body and spool. Stainless screws... Great little reel and in fact I have 2, 4000 and 1, 2000. I would suggest the 4000 since it has 7kg (15 pound) drag which is enough to slow down a 2 foot shark...but your skill will have to do the rest You probably wont load it with 15 lb. line anyway, but if you wanted to push the drag to the limit you could !

What rod are you planning on putting this reel on ?

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
f250 8 years ago

Okay ,sham it is I have been looking at those for some time, now the rod, that's a fight for another day. And thanks again I feel like I been to reel school. On the sham 40 what lbs test line you recommend ?

itsaboat 8 years ago

I was going to say 10 to 12 lb... But I just had a look at Rollover Pass. I would go with 15 lb and set the drag to about 3/4.

It would be worth while to take a walk and see what other people are using. Especially the locals. From the pics on google that looks like a very unusual fishing spot, definitely not a normal situation.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
f250 8 years ago

It's very unusual anything in the Gulf will come through from the gulf to the bay, from the bay to the gulf, many Fisherman use 50 lbs in over test line . for some reason state government s trying to close it down.

itsaboat 8 years ago

Yes, that location changes things quite a bit.

I would still be inclined to suggest starting with a smaller set up. Once you have mastered the basics then look at something bigger. I think if you are going to be fishing that location on a regular basis you will eventually need some fairly heavy tackle.

For future reference...If I were going to fish there, I would use either 20 to 50 size casting over head or an Alvey side caster. My rod choice would be a medium to heavy action 8 to 10 foot for the over head and a 10 to 12 foot heavy action if I used the Alvey.

Yes I was reading about the closure. I don't know much about US law but I don't see how they could close it. It is private property. The owner has filed a legal claim against the Gov and the Army Engineering Corps. The owner is claiming economic and environmental damage will be caused if it were closed.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
f250 8 years ago

R u a professional fisherman, your answers are spot on ? Seems like you above average fishing knowledge.

itsaboat 8 years ago

No mate, just been fishing a long time. I caught my first fish at age 5 and that was 47 years ago.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
f250 8 years ago

Okay, a man with 40 plus years fishing experience and cousins to crocodile dundee and you are not a professional, I guess you could tell me you guys don't have great whites. Happy new year mate, I wish you could see the smile on my face when I say that.

itsaboat 8 years ago

I was just thinking about the first fish I ever caught... and it came to me how to fish Rolling Pass for under $100 -

Use a hand line !!

50 to 100 lb line on a simple (and cheap) plastic hand reel. No moving parts, no rust, no worries.

Sorry for the slow reply. Thank you and I wish you all the best for the coming year too

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
Hingol 8 years ago

I would suggest Penn Btl-8000.

itsaboat 8 years ago

Yeah that would do it. But a BTL8000 is more than $100.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
f250 8 years ago

Yes, that's the reel I brought about weeks ago hay guys thanks a lot.

AndyS 8 years ago

Is that better? LOL!

itsaboat 8 years ago

Thanks mate ...

I am not sure if my above deserves any merit thou...Rolling Pass !!! really what a typo that is !!

Rollover Pass sounds more correct.

I have still been thinking about fishing this spot. I can think of plenty of places that command good knots and heavy tackle, but this Rollover Pass is looking like quite a challenge. I reckon a hand line with 100 to 300 lb line and a 50 lb trace. The heavy line is not for the is for the thickness. You need thick line so it does not cut into your hands.

I am looking forward to see how f250 goes.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !