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Old 04-29-2008, 09:23 AM
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Default What is your reel of choice?

Im looking to spend around $100 for a new spinning reel. There is so much out there I am having a hard time making up my mind. How about the Baitrunner option? So I present it to you all.
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:56 AM
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Default Re: What is your reel of choice?

The baitrunner is the way to go if you fish live bait with a spinning reel...otherwise you have to tighten the drag in order to set the hook which is much tougher than clicking the baitrunner into gear.

My buddy has a nice Okuma Baitrunner reel that he loves.
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:00 PM
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Default Re: What is your reel of choice?

Shimano Baitrunner 4500 is arguably the best baitrunner reel on the market for striper fishing. Usually runs around $120.00 though.
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:04 PM
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Default Re: What is your reel of choice?

The Okuma Coronado is the baddest mutha' out there with a baitrunner and really won't break your wallte like some Penns, etc...

Probably around 70 bucks or so- but I betcha' could eBay one for even less...

I own tons of Okuma spinning reels, and they have withstood eight seasons fishing for tarpon and snook nearly everyday in the Everglades... 8-10 ball bearings make them smooth as silk, and the dual drag lets you adjust the main drag seperatly from the 'baitrunner drag'...

Sweet reels- I swear by them. The Okuma Epixor are even sweeter, but lack the baitrunner feature, so they aren't as good of a fit for live-lining baitfish...

If they can stop a 140lb Silver King without heating up, they can whip a Striper in no time, with no worries... They are good ones, man!

OKUMA!!!
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Default Re: What is your reel of choice?

You should be able to get a nice Okuma OR Penn for about $70.00 (as Jimmy stated) ... $100 for just the reel is alot IMO. I picked up a nice Penn combo at the Riverbasin for about $110.00.

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Old 04-29-2008, 12:59 PM
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Default Re: What is your reel of choice?

I just ebayed a nearly new Penn 850ss for $60. I use these and the 750ss for all my surf and river fishing.
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Default Re: What is your reel of choice?

What a bunch of meatchuckers

If you're planning on spending most of your time plugging keep your eyes open for a used Penn 706. If you look hard you can score a scuffed up, but operational one for about $125. Use it for a season then send it off to the Reel Dr. in the off season to be rehabbed to back to new status for $40.
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The Okuma Coronado is the baddest mutha' out there with a baitrunner and really won't break your wallte like some Penns, etc...

OKUMA!!!

But stay far away from the Corrida - total POS
I picked up two to give out as loaner reels. The gears on one stripped out the first time it got used.
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Default Re: What is your reel of choice?

So far after all the looking ive done the Penn Captiva Liveliner, Shimano Bait Runner and the Okuma Epixor.
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:00 PM
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Default Re: What is your reel of choice?

I have 2 shimano baitrunner 350's , these reels are about 12 years old and have landed hundreds of stripers & salmon and still in great working condition
my first choice.

next is a Penn 760L Live Liner , used this for 2 striper seasons so far and all is well.
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:49 PM
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Default Re: What is your reel of choice?

shimano baitrunner and don't look back years of service
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Default Re: What is your reel of choice?

A baitrunner was my first choice however with a limited budget, recent reel blowup and several days of searching for deals on ebay I went with the Penn Captiva Liveliner for $64.99 to include shipping. I willlet you know how I fair. Now its time to think about retiring the old mono for some braid. More research needed.
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Old 04-30-2008, 04:43 PM
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Default Re: What is your reel of choice?

a daiwa emcast is only 80 bucks. I used mine for freshwater, boat fishing and surfcasting
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Old 04-30-2008, 04:50 PM
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Default Re: What is your reel of choice?

Hey Neversink,
Okuma Epixor does come in a bait runner model. I've had to 50's for a few years now and I think they are super. Oh yeah, they both were under $100 each.
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Default Re: What is your reel of choice?

I love my shimano baitrunners I have 2....$119 each
I also have Okuma epixor I think it was $79 which is great also..
and for a cheapie reel I have penn silver 105cs which for what I paid $29 it is a great reel...to knock around or for the kids to use
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