Reply
Go Back   TexasBowhunter.com Community Discussion Forums > Topics > Around the Campfire
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-28-2020, 04:15 PM   #1
cuttingedge
Ten Point
 
cuttingedge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Colorado Springs - sadness
Hunt In: hardly at all here
Default Which spinning reel freshwater only?

I am going to be purchasing a new spinning reel for this season. I live in Colorado and currently I am only fishing from the shore. My target species will be largemouth, smallmouth, walleye, pike, wiper (hybrids), and larger trout. My budget will be $100 for the reel, though I would prefer around $60. I am leaning toward the 3000 size, or 2500 at minimum. Some reels that I am considering are: Daiwa Legalis, Regal, or Exceler -- Shimano Sedona or Sahara -- Penn Fierce II -- Quantum Energy PT (on sale for $70) -- Pflueger President or President XT. Let me know your thoughts on the above, or any others you recommend. Being a shore guy I usually only carry one rod and reel and cover a good bit of ground so it needs to be reliable.
cuttingedge is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-28-2020, 04:27 PM   #2
DKirk
Ten Point
 
DKirk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Lake Jackson
Default

Check out the Penn battle.
DKirk is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-28-2020, 04:39 PM   #3
unclefish
Pope & Young
 
unclefish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Katy, TX
Hunt In: Elk in NM
Default

That Pflueger President is hard to beat. Silky smooth and around $55-60 for a 35 series.
unclefish is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-28-2020, 04:48 PM   #4
cuttingedge
Ten Point
 
cuttingedge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Colorado Springs - sadness
Hunt In: hardly at all here
Default

I can get the Fierce II right now for $60 on sale. I like the fact that it is kinda a no frills reel and won't blind you if you look at it in the sun
cuttingedge is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-28-2020, 04:54 PM   #5
HELLRAZOR
Pope & Young
 
HELLRAZOR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: SAN DIEGO,TX
Hunt In: JIM WELLS COUNTY
Default

PENN BATTLE ii or the Clash model believe me u wont be dissapointed
HELLRAZOR is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-28-2020, 04:57 PM   #6
Stick bow
Four Point
 
Stick bow's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Rosenberg , Texas
Hunt In: Boling
Default

My vote goes to the Shimano Sedona due to its specs. My second would be the Daiwa Exceler
Stick bow is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-28-2020, 05:06 PM   #7
tmurray
Ten Point
 
tmurray's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Cypress, TX
Hunt In: Webb County
Default

I like this guy https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/lew...tSku=113424310
tmurray is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-28-2020, 05:11 PM   #8
Walker
Ten Point
 
Walker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: San Antonio
Default

Penn Battle. I use them in salt water and they last me at least 5 years. Ought to last forever in fresh water.
Walker is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-28-2020, 05:27 PM   #9
hully1029
Pope & Young
 
hully1029's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Pottsboro
Hunt In: Cooke
Default

Penn Battle II on a Ugly Stick GX2 7' med action..

One of the best combos you can make for right at 100 bucks. Will last years and years..

Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
hully1029 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-28-2020, 06:39 PM   #10
Texas Grown
Pope & Young
 
Texas Grown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Burleson, Texas
Hunt In: Kick CoViD's tail!
Default

Your choices in Shimano or Diawa get my vote. I'm a variety fisherman also. I'm not dedicated to one species. I also look for reels with long spools for spinning. As they allow just a bit longer cast. I also prefer a reel with a rear drag despite being a "larger" reel. It's just easier for me to reach back and increase/decrease drag. To bad they are being phased out of the industry. There used to be a bunch of models available. Now, everybody wants the "compact" reels.


The 2500 reels are great small/mid sized reels. And what make up most of my spinning gear. They are great for small to mid sized cats, sandies, stripers, crappie with minnows, and most game species. I don't' fish for Bigmouth bass. But will put one on the stringer if it's big enough.



One of my best heavy reels is a Diawa 4000C I bought back in 1981 for stripers and cats. I've fished it from below many a dams for cats, stripers, and many others. Even caught my first smallie (4.5lbs in a river) after get-n broke off a few times on a lighter rig. I've also used it for trolling, still dropping, bank fishing on lakes and docks, and just about anything possible. It's mounted on a 8' Diawa heavy action rod with 20, or 25lb test.

Last edited by Texas Grown; 01-28-2020 at 06:43 PM.
Texas Grown is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-28-2020, 06:43 PM   #11
HoustonHunter94
Pope & Young
 
HoustonHunter94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: San Antonio
Default

I wish I could remember exactly what we had up in Canada. I know it was Ugly Stick rods, probably 7í. I know Shimano reels but no clue the model, etc. 4 days of northern pike up to 42Ē and hundreds of fish and that combo was awesome.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
HoustonHunter94 is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-28-2020, 07:05 PM   #12
toomuchsun
Eight Point
 
toomuchsun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: cant find my way home
Hunt In: on the edge
Default

I have a kazillion hours fishing salt and fresh. I am no expert, just a worn out over fished fella and used about all the gear sold in the last 60 years. Primary I use Pflueger Presidents, 3 sizes + one Bait Caster that is also super. Semi larger for reds and surf. Medium for anything and micro for Rainbow (yes Texas has a few) and white bass. Can get salty and sandy and still work. Power smooth action. And no I am not a dealer. Had many other brands but I now use these almost 100% I have 15 to 20 rigs and these load 1'st. Lots of good stuff to confuse choices. Good luck and Tight Lines!
toomuchsun is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-28-2020, 07:46 PM   #13
scott123456789
Ten Point
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Weatherford, TX
Hunt In: Lone Camp, TX
Default

Check out EBay for a better deal on a Shiman Nasci in 3000 series for $70ish.

presidents are great till you use them heavily, they just don’t hold up.
scott123456789 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-28-2020, 10:51 PM   #14
cuttingedge
Ten Point
 
cuttingedge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Colorado Springs - sadness
Hunt In: hardly at all here
Default

I am surprised no one has mentioned 13 Fishing, Kastking, or Piscifun...

I am leaning toward Daiwa, Shimano, or Penn.
cuttingedge is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 12:14 AM   #15
altez
Eight Point
 
altez's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Default

Another vote for the Shimano or Diawa options. I would go for the Shimano Sedona.
altez is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 12:17 AM   #16
scotth89
Ten Point
 
scotth89's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Conroe
Hunt In: Splendora, TX
Default

Why spinning? Iím a freshwater and bass about 95% of the time. A spinner has its place in my boat for certain things. For an all around I would choose baitcaster all day. Just my .02
scotth89 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 05:42 AM   #17
Snowflake Killa
Pope & Young
 
Snowflake Killa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Shepherd
Hunt In: East Texas
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by cuttingedge View Post
I am surprised no one has mentioned 13 Fishing, Kastking, or Piscifun...

I am leaning toward Daiwa, Shimano, or Penn.
I own 6 of the Piscifun spinning reels no complaints. They are super light and work great. Now there not a Shimano but there not 200 dollars

Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
Snowflake Killa is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 06:33 AM   #18
cva34
Ten Point
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: van vleck
Hunt In: LOOKING
Default

Personally you'r leaning towards the best...I got several of each...As for Kast and Piscif..I aint gona bad mouth cause I have never owned...
cva34 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 07:21 AM   #19
SL1
Eight Point
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Boerne
Hunt In: Anywhere
Default

Im with texas grown. Ive always had the best luck with shimano and diawa. These days I try to buy shimano. I do have a handful of abu's for the casting rods. The cheaper shimano spinning reels last forever and are great for kayaking or knock arounds. Only thing is make sure the bail and the roller guide systems are completely metal(no plastic). I had one with plastic on both sides of the line roller and it grooved after about 10 years of use.
SL1 is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 07:26 AM   #20
cuttingedge
Ten Point
 
cuttingedge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Colorado Springs - sadness
Hunt In: hardly at all here
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by cva34 View Post
Personally you'r leaning towards the best...I got several of each...As for Kast and Piscif..I aint gona bad mouth cause I have never owned...
I have owned a Kastking Spartacus and a Piscifun Perseus and honestly they weren't bad at all, especially for the price. They aren't Shimano or Daiwa, but they were only $40ish dollars each.
cuttingedge is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 07:38 AM   #21
munchie
Four Point
 
munchie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Shiner
Hunt In: Mexico
Default

I bought three Kastkings a couple of years ago. One for my wife and a couple for guests and they have help up amazingly well. Top of the line model was about 50 bucks on ebay. My wife uses hers in saltwater wadefishing and has caught up to 12 pound reds on it so far.
munchie is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 08:39 AM   #22
Coastal Ducks
Ten Point
 
Coastal Ducks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Middle Coast
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by cuttingedge View Post
I can get the Fierce II right now for $60 on sale. I like the fact that it is kinda a no frills reel and won't blind you if you look at it in the sun
The Fierce II is a solid reel. You wouldn't be disappointed and I don't know that you can do better for $60. I had a set of the original Fierce reels for my customers to use and they held up to the abuse really well. I mainly use Battle IIs now but there isn't a ton of difference between them. The Battle IIs have a better drag material but there is nothing wrong with the Fierce's drag for the types of fish you listed. And if it comes to it you can buy replacement drag washers in the same material the Battle IIs use for a few bucks.
Coastal Ducks is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 10:38 AM   #23
cuttingedge
Ten Point
 
cuttingedge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Colorado Springs - sadness
Hunt In: hardly at all here
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Coastal Ducks View Post
The Fierce II is a solid reel. You wouldn't be disappointed and I don't know that you can do better for $60. I had a set of the original Fierce reels for my customers to use and they held up to the abuse really well. I mainly use Battle IIs now but there isn't a ton of difference between them. The Battle IIs have a better drag material but there is nothing wrong with the Fierce's drag for the types of fish you listed. And if it comes to it you can buy replacement drag washers in the same material the Battle IIs use for a few bucks.
I actually did a little research and the felt drag in the Fierce II can be replaced with the drag for the original Battle, which would be an upgrade.
cuttingedge is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 12:59 PM   #24
bowhntrmatt
Pope & Young
 
bowhntrmatt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Stockdale
Hunt In: Comstock, Runge
Default

I’m not a big spinning reel guy, but I have a wright McGill Skeet Reese series reel I bought like 8-10 years ago that still works flawlessly after all those years in the salt. (Used a couple times a year, rinsed and put away) its never even been taken apart.
bowhntrmatt is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 01:18 PM   #25
marc.munoz31
Four Point
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Default

Penn Battle or Fierce
marc.munoz31 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 01:25 PM   #26
Fmjag64
Ten Point
 
Fmjag64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: N.TX
Hunt In: N.TX & W.TX
Default

Shimano Stradic.
Fmjag64 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 01:27 PM   #27
Kenner97
Ten Point
 
Kenner97's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Hunt In: Atascosa, Wilson, Karnes County
Default

I bought a Penn Battle II last summer and like it. Got it on Amazon for $72.90.
Kenner97 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 01:50 PM   #28
Snowflake Killa
Pope & Young
 
Snowflake Killa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Shepherd
Hunt In: East Texas
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fmjag64 View Post
Shimano Stradic.
He said 60 dollars

Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
Snowflake Killa is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 01:51 PM   #29
Clark
Ten Point
 
Clark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Austin
Hunt In: Collingsworth Co.
Default

http://www.alanhawk.com/reviews/shr17.html

Alan does beyond legitimate reviews on spinning reels.
More saltwater reels than freshwater, but I'd start there.

I think his highest rated freshwater reel under $100 was the Shimano Sahara.
Clark is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 04:05 PM   #30
Daniel32
Ten Point
 
Daniel32's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Victoria, TX
Hunt In: Victoria & Kinney County
Default

My vote would be Shimano Sedona
Daniel32 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 04:26 PM   #31
cuttingedge
Ten Point
 
cuttingedge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Colorado Springs - sadness
Hunt In: hardly at all here
Default

Thanks for all the input. I ended up buying the Daiwa Revros LT 3000 C. It was $50 plus tax and seems very smooth. I think it will do the job I need it to.

Last edited by cuttingedge; 01-29-2020 at 04:31 PM.
cuttingedge is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 04:48 PM   #32
Stick bow
Four Point
 
Stick bow's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Rosenberg , Texas
Hunt In: Boling
Default

**** after all that you didnít even listen
Stick bow is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 05:11 PM   #33
toomuchsun
Eight Point
 
toomuchsun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: cant find my way home
Hunt In: on the edge
Default

I had the Sedona and it worked great for a while and liked it. Was not one of my long life reels but I catch Monster fish and really need a tanker to land em I used Shakespeare Agility (several) for very cheap Academy or Wally world which still have on that will not die. 7 bearings (I think) and good bails. Unsure if even still sold? Like $25. Another blast from the past was the ole Mitchell 300 but newer is not the same as the solid made in France originals.
toomuchsun is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 05:36 PM   #34
cuttingedge
Ten Point
 
cuttingedge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Colorado Springs - sadness
Hunt In: hardly at all here
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Stick bow View Post
**** after all that you didnít even listen
I did listen to all of you. In the end my wallet and I came to an agreement on the Revros. It seems as smooth and the next higher model, way smoother than the Penn Fierce II, and it was less money. If it holds up for a couple of years it was money well spent. I do primarily fish with my baitcasters, but sometimes a spinning reel is a better choice.
cuttingedge is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 05:38 PM   #35
joel45acp
Ten Point
 
joel45acp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: San Antonio
Hunt In: Land Baron in Rocksprings TX
Default

I’ve been sold on the Penn Fierce reels. I’m using the 2000 series with 10lbs braid for all my medium light action fresh and saltwater needs.
joel45acp is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2020, 06:19 PM   #36
toomuchsun
Eight Point
 
toomuchsun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: cant find my way home
Hunt In: on the edge
Default

Texas is versatile. If all else fails, I have observed folks perhaps from other countries fishing with line found on the shore, wrapped around a can or bottle and the bait thrown by hand. What the heck, if it works! I seriously lived on the beach for days at a time as a teenager and would catch my supper using scraps of line and dropped hooks off Bob Hall Pier, gather some wood and go in to the dunes and cook and eat. Actually a true and fond memory. Those little spade fish had a nice brown colored meat and were so good. particularly if nearly starving. All in fun but a true story from the 60's. Cuttingedge go get em
toomuchsun is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:44 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright 1999-2012, TexasBowhunter.com