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Diego916
08-31-2005, 06:26 PM
Hey guys,

I'm looking for a good baitcasting reel for freshwater bank fishing. Its got to have a clicker and good free spool for casting. I'll be using 8 pound diameter power pro line. Has anyone tried out the Shimano low-profile reels? I'm looking for something under $80, if possible.

Thanks in advance :)

SuperDave
08-31-2005, 07:14 PM
Diego, this is what I got with a similair question a couple months ago. Apparently, folks don't read too well, or they are politely telling you to get something you didn't ask for. The Abu Garcia low profile baitcaster for $79 interested me but I didn't end up getting it. For all the store shopping I did, the smoothness just isn't there. If you see the reel I did end up getting in the attached link, I think it is very smooth but hasn't stood the test of heavy use yet.

http://www.fishsniffer.com/cgi-bin/forumsyabb/YaBB.pl?board=boats_motors;action=display;num=1119 450692

PlugROCKSTAR
08-31-2005, 07:59 PM
Diego,

Check your PM. you might be interested. It's a good Deal ;)

ghostfish_slayer
08-31-2005, 08:21 PM
abu garcia ambassadeur pgs is kind of low profile.it also has a clicker.i have had the older eon 6601 for well over a year.it has seen salt almost every day.it is still working good.i don't wash it every time either.they have a free spool and i think 7 bb's it casts good and has landed halibut stripers and big salmon.

mike22ca
09-01-2005, 08:14 AM
Your answer seems to be a Abu Garcia 6500 series reel. I have a Abu 6501C (Left Hand) that I'd be willing to part with ;D....

Diego916
09-01-2005, 06:33 PM
Thanks for that link, Hindrid. I know nothing about baitcasters. Sounds like Abu has a lot of support.

So, no one here besides 916 has used a shimano baitcaster?

Wolf74
09-01-2005, 07:32 PM
I have. When I asked the same question looking for a good salmon baitcaster all of the suggestions I got were Shimano. Thats what I ended up getting a nice Shimano Curado.

mike22ca
09-02-2005, 08:24 AM
Thanks for that link, Hindrid. I know nothing about baitcasters. Sounds like Abu has a lot of support.

So, no one here besides 916 has used a shimano baitcaster?

Oh sorry man. I thought you were looking for inexpensive ones. Oh yeah, then shimano all the way! Thats all that I fish with. Some of the Calcuttas and Calcutta TE's have clickers...check them out. They are going to be a lot more pricey then any Abu Garcia though.

jon_may
09-02-2005, 10:35 AM
curado or calcutta (shimano) is the way to go ;)- you won't get one for that price, though.... :( which is why i didn't respond at first...

GT
09-02-2005, 10:49 AM
If your looking for shimano under $80...then you'll have to buy a used curado or a new crestfire or callisto. I have a couple of curados and they have performed flawlessly for five years.

PlugROCKSTAR
09-02-2005, 10:52 AM
If your looking for shimano under $80...then you'll have to buy a used curado or a new crestfire or callisto. *I have a couple of curados and they have performed flawlessly for five years.

I just offered him a Callisto Combo ;D

mike22ca
09-02-2005, 01:41 PM
Yeah, but he said he wants a clicker though...so the only casters (non-conventionals) that I know of that have clickers are Calcuttas and Calcutta TEs

Diego916
09-02-2005, 02:13 PM
Thanks everyone for the help. So, if I can afford the shimano I'll look at the Calcuttas and Calcutta TEs. Otherwise, Abu seems to be the way to go; 6500 series.

I have this great old Eagle Claw medium action 7' baitcasting rod that I've been using with a spinning reel, but I feel it is time to upgrade to the reel it was made for. ;D

ghostfish_slayer
09-02-2005, 02:36 PM
the abu eon has a clicker if you check out egay they have a few on there right now for under 60 bucks.i looked at the pgs and it doesn't say anything about a clicker.it is almost the same as the eon.it is newer and has a mag breaking system. my eon never said anything about a clicker but it has one..also check out ffo fishermans factory outlet they have a few for cheap..they have the oen 5601 saltwater reel for $50.72.the only difference between the saltwater and the freshwater reel is the handle.for the price it cant be beat.the pgs 5600 is $59.60. the 5601 is under specialty and the others are under casting.00 is right and 01 is lefty.

joe_tomlinson
09-03-2005, 07:30 PM
I think a shimano corvalas would be perfect, they are about $80, and the 400 has a clicker.

Diego916
09-07-2005, 01:31 PM
Is a "line-out alarm" the same thing as a clicker?

If so, I think the Abu 5600c4 Elite has the most bang for the buck.

ghostfish_slayer
09-07-2005, 10:37 PM
yes..

Diego916
09-08-2005, 04:41 PM
Alright, I wound up getting a Abu Garcia Ambassadeur Classic 6000 from my dad for free ;D

Unfortunately, its a right-handed reel (I like to turn the knob with my left and hold the pole with my right), but you just can't beat that price ;)

Time to start saving for the next one hehehee

dimpala95
09-09-2005, 09:59 AM
Just a word of advise, change out those drags disks. You don't want to find out they're crap when you have a big fish on. I recommend the Penn HT-100 drags.

Lawaia
09-13-2005, 02:59 PM
I agree with Dimpala on the drags, whether its a Shimano, or Abu or Diawa change out the stock drags (yes, even the Dartaniums)and add some Penn HT-100's and throw on some Shimano drag grease,I promise you'll understand what a smooth bullet proof drag is!