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Best trout reels?

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Currently using a couple Abu Garcia spinning reel. They don't seem to perform well when pole is under tension. I am used to catfishing up north before moving here so I used ambassador series reels. ANYWAY I'm looking for personal reviews on reels. I would like to stay around 60-70 for a reel but I'm flexible. I've heard about the Penn clash but woud like to stay under 100. Any advise fellow anglers?

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I use the Penn Fierce 3000 on a 7 foot rod. Used 3 years plus one dunking in saltwater. I use the Penn Fierce 5000 on bigger rod for bull reds. No issues at all and think they run around $70. Happy fishing....
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First of all, if your reel is not performing when under tension, then you need to check and make sure the drag is set correctly. It sounds like that could be your problem. Abu Garcia is a reputable name in fishing reels but they have really good stuff and some crappy stuff too. Most manufacturers will have low end affordable gear and some higher end gear too. I'm not saying you have to spend a ton of money but I'd probably be wary of a $19.99 rod/reel combo that comes pre-spooled with line. You don't want your equipment to fail when you have that fish of a lifetime on the line.

I would say to take a look at some of Shimano's offerings in the $70-$90 range. I know a Sedona is a decent mid grade spining reel. Also, take a look at the Penn Battle spin reel, it's a great little reel in a 2500 or 3000, perfect for trout or even reds with the right line and drag setting.

That's my two cents. When it comes to fishing you'll likely get as many different opinions from as many people you ask.
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Check out the new Diawa bg reels in 2500 or 3000 series.just as good as stradics for 1/2 the price.between 85 and 95 depending where you shop.
Been using 2 of them for 6 months so far so good.
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When I want to be able to switch back-n-forth between redfish and specks I find the ambassadeurs work great. I use them all the time and have no problems. If I want to use something a little lighter I like to use the black max by Abu. Great rod/reel combo for under $100. I have three of them.

- Abu Garcia Ambassadeur S Baitcasting Combo
https://www.amazon.com/Abu-Garcia-Ambassadeur-S-Combo/dp/B00EUWYAEQ/ref=sr_1_2?s=hunting-fishing&ie=UTF8&qid=1509646309&sr=1-2&keywords=abu%2Bgarcia%2Bambassadeur&dpID=31LEB4c1V9L&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch&th=1&psc=1

- Abu Garcia Black Max Combo
https://www.amazon.com/Abu-Garcia-BMAX3-661M-Baitcast/dp/B011LV6SUW/ref=sr_1_2?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1509646377&sr=1-2&keywords=black%2Bmax&th=1
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Im a shimano guy.
shimano sahara 3000 should do the trick. $79.99.

keep in mind penn reels are larger i.e. penn 3000 = shimano 4000. if you decide to go with penn for trout fishing i'd say reel size 2000-2500.

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/shimano-sahara-spinning-reel-convertible#repChildCatSku=111683094
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What I mean by not working under tension is that it's hard to reel in. It likes to bind at first. I'm sure I'm using a low bearing/gear ratio. Once I get it turning it stay turning. It's almost as If the arm is too short therefore not enough tourqe to start.
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Me had been a Mitchel 300 reel user since the 60’s, graduated to Shimano reels, $30 then $60 reels, used / replace them for years, these reels would bind up for no reason. One trip they would not work, next trip the worked find, but me no have the patients for Shimano reels.

Moved on to the Penn Battle II BTLII1000, love them, have 8-10 reels now, they perform well and have no problem handling 12” trout or a 25# bull red. Me have had many fisherperson fish with us, after they try me rig with Penn Reels, no problem they go by 1 or 2 to fish with. I guess, (10-15 guess) we influence the sale / selections of rods & reels, we got positive feedback on same from all our guess.

As for rods to match with the Penn Reel, once again we use the Shimano Clarus 1 piece 6 foot rod, (w/cork handle) makes for a light rig, fish all day with it with no problem. It too can handle a 12” trout up to a 25 # bull red.

This rig also good for fresh water fishing, even with the ultra-lures me still able to use me rigs.

We filled the spool with 20# power pro, (with a 15# mono 12-16” leader) works great, can cast far, and you never lose a fish, plus you can flip most fish in the boat without a net, if they too big just grab leader and pull them in.

Above just a suggestion, it best you buy what you feel suites you, and maintains your confidence level for catching.

SF
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Go on Ebay, look at unbranded reels. I bought 4 spinning reels for 62.00 with the shipping. They are quality built and I have no complaints at all. I found some with 12 ball bearings. For a name brand with that you will pay over 100 bucks. When it breaks throw it away and order another one, and yes they are built in China, right where all the other ones are built. They just don't have the brand name stickers on them.
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I like and use the Shimano stuff. You can do a Sahara for not a whole lot, or go with the Stradic Ci4. I love mine, its just a little pricey. I've had it for a while and its still going strong. 2500 or 3000 size in Shimano is great for trout and some reds. I will say a few years back I went out on a limb and bought the Quantum EXOPT spinning reel in size 30. That thing is a beast and very light. Has like 20 lbs of drag. I dont think they make it anymore, but the smoke is almost identical. Hope this helps.

If you go the casting reel route, kinda hard to beat the Lews regular ole 90$ one. The cheapest one is one of my favorites actually.

Shawn
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My go to reel for specs. is a bait cast reel generally with plastics. I use the Shimano Chronarch, with a 7-1 gear ratio. I find I can control the bait much better and pin point the cast and also sweep the area better than a spinning. I do have a spinning and use it but when the specs are biting I can pull them in quicker with the baitcast. I mainly use the spinning with a cork but prefer tight line casting. Specs turn on as quick as they turn off. Hope this helps.
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Check out eBay and find a Daiwa BG-15 or GS-15 in mint condition. It should be in your price range. Reels used to be made strong and heavy to last. The trend toward lighter reels removed most of that strength and longevity.

Truthfully, most of us winch in trout but that is not what the reel is for. A knowledgeable fisherman drags the fish toward him and reels in the slack, keeping tension on the line.

The pros who fish all day long promote the light reels, but most sponsors switch out the pros' reels regularly. You and I have no one giving us a reel to 'use' and spend our hard-earned cash to buy one. I'm so sick of the plastic junk on the market, I look for new condition reels made 20 years ago when I need one. I can't tell you how many graphite reel feet I've broken setting hooks or fighting redfish. Never had a metal or cast reel foot break!
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Shimano Sedona, penn battle, or pfluegar president
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I used to use nothing but Shimano, but have recently switched to Penn. Shimano has changed up their line up some and the quality has gone down on several models. For a $70 reel you can get an all aluminum body reel from Penn or a plastic body from Shimano.
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Capt.Rory,Finally someone with experience chimes in regarding Shimano!!!I used to use exclusively Shimano,mainly higher-end bait casters but some very knowledgable folks(professional fishermen and reel repair shops)have mentioned to me the relative lack of quality in their bearings and I likewise experienced that same bearing failure too many times for my liking and have switched all my allegiance to Lew's,again exclusively their baitcasters and have been impressed with even the lower-end Lew's reels!!To each his own,but the gent who steered me to Lew's probably about 3 years ago did me and my wallet a major favor!!Lew's all de way and their higher-end reels incredible!!!

Mandevillian
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That is an ignorant statement to imply the comments of others are inexperienced, and I always wonder why people belittle others on forums such as this one. To say that there is a best reel for anything is a loaded comment because everyone has a different technique. I personally have both Shimano and Penn and they have both gone down in quality. Shimano more plastic, Penn made in China cheaper parts. Including the big game reels.
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shimano stradic ci4 3000. perfect reel for fishing the marsh and bays. light and powerful. find a used one for around 150. i know its alittle outside of your budget, but withthe amount of time and money we waste on this passion, 150 is a kick in the bucket for a great reel.
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Guess I shoulda qualified my comments,never intending to belittle anyone just wanted to point out that Charter Captains are typically fishing over 200 days per year vs what the typical Recreational fisherman would fish so the comment that I am belittling anyone way off base.

Mandevillian
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charter captains buy equipment that fit a certain price point. they are not going to go out and spend money on g loomis rods and high end st croix rods ( which i consider to be great rods) for every day use by their customers.
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Do know of a charter captain who does use G Loomis(for his hands)and some charter captains get sponsored by Shimano(guess which rods and reels they have on board???)and the very wise gent who pointed me in the direction of Lew's opened my eyes and ears to the fact that lots of charter captains are sponsored by Shimano and that would be certainly the reason they have lotta Shimano gear on their boats.My entire point about charter captains was meant to illustrate that they fish extremely hard,some 200 plus days/year just like duck hunting guides that duck hunt possibly all 60 days of a duck season vs the 20-30 hunts I try my best to make.You would certainly think they would have a lot of fishing experience on their hands and making money taking clients fishing and having equipment issues not a good thing.Reel repair professionals likewise would see equipment failures a lot more frequently than the average Recreational fishermen,just my humble 0.02!!Take it for what it is worth and do not get too worked up over my comment(s)!!In my estimation,Shimano quality no where near what it used to be and I had issues with two Shimano second generation Curado's and Gus' in Slidell alerted me to their inferior bearings(hint,hint)and this was years ago and I shoulda learned my lesson about inferior bearings in Shimano way back then!!!

Mandevillian
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I equip my boat with shimano sienna 4000! For $30 u cant beat it.
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I equip my boat with shimano sienna 4000! For $30 u cant beat it.
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