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Old 11-09-2010, 10:32 AM  
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Fishing experts - Reel suggestions

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...
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:33 AM   #2
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:37 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:37 AM   #4
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Pflueger President XT. Pflueger puts out some great reels. Perfect for walleye, white bass, wipers.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:38 AM   #5
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:41 AM   #6
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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.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:47 AM   #7
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:47 AM   #8
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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-S...44496/-1014920

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Old 11-09-2010, 10:53 AM   #9
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Agree w/ Chiefnj2, it would be a crime to spend $150-200 on a closed-faced reel.
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Old 11-09-2010, 11:02 AM   #10
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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-S...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.
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Old 11-09-2010, 11:23 AM   #11
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At the end of the day, I would have given that laughing guide a fish head for a tip and walked away LOL.
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Old 11-09-2010, 11:38 AM   #13
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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.
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Old 11-09-2010, 11:52 AM   #15
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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.
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