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Old 03-26-2020, 08:43 PM   #1
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Baitcaster Reel Suggestion

Hi, looking to buy a bait caster for fishing the docks and 20-50 ft around the kelp for Sandies and Calicos. Probably using 3/8 to 5/8 oz lead heads most of the time. I dont want anything too big. Probably spool it with 15-20lb test mono or braid. Need something in the mid range at most, for cost but I don't want a 'cheap' reel (quality).

Does it really matter if it is designated a 'salt water' reel?

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 03-27-2020, 06:15 AM   #2
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I love my Daiwa Lexa. I use the 300hds just in case I get into something big, but any size will do. Biggest thing I like about them is how well they handled maintenance on the reel when I sent it in recently. Emailed me an online form for payment and had it back on my doorstep in 48hrs.
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Old 03-27-2020, 06:16 AM   #3
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This shit looks like voodoo magic and I want to try one https://www.instagram.com/p/B9e0Rw-g...d=nsyi4b3j8i5i
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Old 03-27-2020, 08:52 AM   #4
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My Daiwa Coastal TWS 200 has been rock-solid. It's my go-to calico reel. I have it paired with my St. Croix Avid inshore, and with a 5/8 or 1/2 oz jighead, it'll cast a mile (about 40-50 yards which I think is great considering I'm sitting in a kayak). Plenty of power to handle any inshore fish all day south of ten pounds.



It also doubles as my swimbait reel when I'm fishing freshwater.



Daiwa also came out with a slick 150 size, which I've been trying really hard not to buy these last couple weeks in lockdown mode.
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Old 03-30-2020, 01:16 PM   #5
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My Daiwa Coastal TWS 200 has been rock-solid. It's my go-to calico reel. I have it paired with my St. Croix Avid inshore, and with a 5/8 or 1/2 oz jighead, it'll cast a mile (about 40-50 yards which I think is great considering I'm sitting in a kayak). Plenty of power to handle any inshore fish all day south of ten pounds.



It also doubles as my swimbait reel when I'm fishing freshwater.



Daiwa also came out with a slick 150 size, which I've been trying really hard not to buy these last couple weeks in lockdown mode.
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Old 03-30-2020, 07:07 PM   #6
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If it's just vertical fishing, no casting, get the cheapest low pro with the strongest drag, something like a revo s. Fill it with some heavy grease while avoiding the drag area and spool bearing area, and make sure to use quality spool bearing oil.


If it's something more sensitive like live bait fishing, or fishing in the deep, then it can pay to shell out, but for what you're doing it's not that important. At the most you'll only ever have 70 feet of line between the rod tip and the lure.
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Old 03-31-2020, 07:53 AM   #7
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That new tatula coastal looks pretty sweet. I had a 10 year old zillion coastal for a long time that I loved then bought some shimano curado E or I or something and the bearings rusted. I fixed them and immediately sold them. I've been running zillion hd since they came out for spotties and calicos with the high speed gear for the last few years and they've held up really well. I also have a regular coastal from 2 years ago that's still as smooth as the day I got it.
Holy crap. Just looked at the price for the new zillion hd and wow has it gone up in the last few years. I guess I'd go with the coastal.

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Old 03-31-2020, 12:58 PM   #8
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I've been using Sixgill reels for the past year and they are worth a look. Usually fish SD or Misiion bay for SBB but have caught some halibut with them. The currently have a reel BOGO going on, just got 2 200 sized reels for $120 shipped, not a bad deal. BTW, I'm not sponsored by them or anyone else. I'm just passing on a deal that someone may want to check out. If you want to try them, hit me up, I'm in SD.
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Old 03-31-2020, 03:53 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the info.
I decided to go with the Daiwa Coastal TWS 200. Seems to be the right size for the type of trolling and vertical fishing I am doing and will also perform well for casting lighter baits to the docks.
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