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RockChalk
11-09-2010, 09:32 AM
So my dad's 57th birthday is coming up and I want to get him a good quality reel for it. I'm thinking something in the $100-200 range.

A little background: he doesn't go fishing every weekend, but pretty close. When he's at his lake place (ozarks) that's all he does. He also makes an annual trip up to northern Minnesota to fish for walleye and pike. At the ozarks he just mainly fishes for bass. He's more of a fish for the fight, catch & release kind of guy. When he went up north last time, his guide laughed at him and wouldn't allow him to use his own reels (weren't good enough in the guides opinion)

Anyways, any help would be appreciated as I know there are some guys on here who know their stuff...

Chiefnj2
11-09-2010, 09:33 AM
http://www.cabelas.com/fryprod2-1/738349.shtml?type=product&WT_tsrc=CSE&WT_mc_id=GoogleBaseUSA&WT_z_mc_id1=738349&RID=40&mr:trackingCode=19D9CECA-958E-DF11-A0C8-002219318F67&mr:referralID=NA

RockChalk
11-09-2010, 09:37 AM
http://www.cabelas.com/fryprod2-1/738349.shtml?type=product&WT_tsrc=CSE&WT_mc_id=GoogleBaseUSA&WT_z_mc_id1=738349&RID=40&mr:trackingCode=19D9CECA-958E-DF11-A0C8-002219318F67&mr:referralID=NA

Thanks. His personal preference is a Spincast reel (closed). I should have mentioned that, although he may be open to the Open reel you referenced.

bluehawkdoc
11-09-2010, 09:37 AM
Pflueger President XT. Pflueger puts out some great reels. Perfect for walleye, white bass, wipers.

MOhillbilly
11-09-2010, 09:38 AM
Been fishing these for 15 years. Still have the 1st one i bought, still works like new even after leaving it out for a couple years(yikes). Super sensitive rod tip lets you feel every strike/nibble.

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_10205015_100003002_100000000_100003000?channel=froogle&mr:trackingCode=0A3EE9AD-03A7-DF11-904F-002219319097&mr:referralID=NA

bluehawkdoc
11-09-2010, 09:41 AM
MO, wouldn't it be great if we could just quit our jobs, drama, etc. and just fish for a living? Seems about the only time I am really at peace. Probably wouldn't be as appealing if I had to rely on it to put food on the table though.

MOhillbilly
11-09-2010, 09:47 AM
Ya it would be nice to live off the land. Every mans dream.

Chiefnj2
11-09-2010, 09:47 AM
Thanks. His personal preference is a Spincast reel (closed). I should have mentioned that, although he may be open to the Open reel you referenced.

I'm not trying to insult your dad, but most people feel that closed face spincast reels are beginners reels for kids who haven't learned how to cast yet. That's probably why the guides wouldn't let him use his own stuff.

You can catch fish on just about any reel. If he doesn't want to go open faced spinning because he's set in his ways then I've heard the Zebco Omega is a good closed faced reel, although I don't have any experience with it myself.

http://www.basspro.com/Zebco-Omega-Spincast-Reel/product/44496/-1014920

Good luck.

bluehawkdoc
11-09-2010, 09:53 AM
Agree w/ Chiefnj2, it would be a crime to spend $150-200 on a closed-faced reel.

RockChalk
11-09-2010, 10:02 AM
I'm not trying to insult your dad, but most people feel that closed face spincast reels are beginners reels for kids who haven't learned how to cast yet. That's probably why the guides wouldn't let him use his own stuff.

You can catch fish on just about any reel. If he doesn't want to go open faced spinning because he's set in his ways then I've heard the Zebco Omega is a good closed faced reel, although I don't have any experience with it myself.

http://www.basspro.com/Zebco-Omega-Spincast-Reel/product/44496/-1014920

Good luck.

No insult taken. I don't think he's opposed to an open-faced reel. He's just too damn cheap to buy himself a good one.

Chief Chief
11-09-2010, 10:23 AM
At the end of the day, I would have given that laughing guide a fish head for a tip and walked away LOL.

dtforever
11-09-2010, 10:26 AM
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Fishing/Fishing-Reels/Spinning-Reels%7C/pc/104793480/c/104760180/sc/104837580/Shimano-Stradic174-FI-Spining-Reel/728293.uts?destination=/catalog/browse/fishing-fishing-reels-spinning-reels/_/N-1102842/Ns-CATEGORY_SEQ_104837580

Smooth as silk.

tooge
11-09-2010, 10:38 AM
I'm partial to Shimano reels. I would get him a medium shimano real. Something with at least 6 ball bearings, open face with a bale and rear drag control. That will take care of walley, pike, bass, crappie, whatever.

Demonpenz
11-09-2010, 10:51 AM
reely good thread

tooge
11-09-2010, 10:52 AM
I'm partial to Shimano reels. I would get him a medium shimano real. Something with at least 6 ball bearings, open face with a bale and rear drag control. That will take care of walley, pike, bass, crappie, whatever.

Shimano Symetre would be a great real. Gonna set you back about $110. Has all the stuff a serious multigame fisherman has. Trust me on the rear drag. Most reels dont have it, but it is the only way to go when fighting a larger fish.

Bill Lundberg
11-09-2010, 10:57 AM
Pfleuger, Pfleuger, Pfleuger
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Pfleuger, Pfleuger, Pfleuger
Pfleuger, Pfleuger, Pfleuger
Pfleuger, Pfleuger, Pfleuger
Pfleuger, Pfleuger, Pfleuger
Pfleuger, Pfleuger, Pfleuger
Pfleuger, Pfleuger, Pfleuger
Pfleuger, Pfleuger, Pfleuger
Pfleuger, Pfleuger, Pfleuger
Pfleuger, Pfleuger, Pfleuger

I'm a little partial to Pfleuger...

OctoberFart
11-09-2010, 10:58 AM
Pflueger President XT. Pflueger puts out some great reels. Perfect for walleye, white bass, wipers.

I second that.

Red Beans
11-09-2010, 11:08 AM
I'm partial to Shimano reels. I would get him a medium shimano real. Something with at least 6 ball bearings, open face with a bale and rear drag control. That will take care of walley, pike, bass, crappie, whatever.

I'd agree. I've had good luck with shimano. I'd say splurge on the reel (the more bearings the better) and go with an Ugly Sitck for a rod. Good quality, and reasonably priced.

MOhillbilly
11-09-2010, 11:09 AM
Bass Pro outlet stores will have hundreds of rod and reel combos from 40-60% off. Make sure to check everything out in house and keep your receipt.

I know the home store in spfld has an outlet just south east of the main store, not sure about the others though.

Chiefnj2
11-09-2010, 11:11 AM
Fishing reels are like cars - people are loyal to certain brands.

Light baitcasting - I love Swedish made Abu's.
Heavier conventional - old, old Penns or Newells.
Spinning - Daiwa.

MOhillbilly
11-09-2010, 11:12 AM
ugly sticks suck.

MOhillbilly
11-09-2010, 11:17 AM
XPS extreme is a good ass rod.

50$-70$ at the outlet store.

http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-XPS-Extreme-Spinning-Rods/product/10204869/-1646027

Red Beans
11-09-2010, 11:18 AM
ugly sticks suck.

They arent the best, but I'm saying go for broke on the reel and get a mid grade to cheap ass rod. The reel is the investment, rods come and go. Plus if you fish like I do, I'm not spending a shiton on a rod. I'm going to be down at the river bending eyelits and breaking the tips off the sob. It's inevitable, that if you drink and float, at some point a rod's going to be sacraficed. I'm going cheap and replaceable.

tooge
11-09-2010, 11:21 AM
ugly sticks suck.

I like my ugly sticks. I use them for almost everything except for flyfishing of course. pretty damn indestructable and the light weight ones are fairly sensitive too. Personal preference I guess, but why dont you like em?

Chiefnj2
11-09-2010, 11:22 AM
I like my ugly sticks. I use them for almost everything except for flyfishing of course. pretty damn indestructable and the light weight ones are fairly sensitive too. Personal preference I guess, but why dont you like em?

For their price, and the abuse they take they are a good deal. IMO, the tips are too flexible but that's why they don't snap. Lamiglas is the best.

MOhillbilly
11-09-2010, 11:26 AM
If i want a cheap ass float fishin/bank rod i buy a walmart zebco rhino. If i wanna catch fish i buy a bass pro special.
Those XPS rods can take a beating, but cant take a cinder block.

MOhillbilly
11-09-2010, 11:32 AM
I like my ugly sticks. I use them for almost everything except for flyfishing of course. pretty damn indestructable and the light weight ones are fairly sensitive too. Personal preference I guess, but why dont you like em?

I like to feel through the rod/rod tip when i fish. You just cant get the same sensitivity with a cheap rod.

Alot of times i fish in the dark, no light,while frogging, rods make a huge difference in the ability to tell a strike from a rock,tree, ect.
And i dont want the fish to inhale the lure because i cant feel the nibble/strike. Catch and release.