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Old 04-19-2017, 03:45 PM   #11
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i never had a SS series. I don't know anything about those.

The current Lew's spinning reels are solid. I've been using the T-300s and they have been great. They have held up to a lot of use and abuse.
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Old 04-19-2017, 03:48 PM   #12
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Are you talking 100-125 for just the reel? If so, for $150, you can get a Shimano Stradic 2500HGFK from ebay Ebay Stradic 2500HGFK. They're $161.35 on Amazon Amazon Stradic 2500HGFK. If you want to buy a lightly used one for $125, PM me because I have one.
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Old 04-19-2017, 04:12 PM   #13
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Have you looked at the Penn Battle II? It comes in various sizes and is within your price range.

http://www.pennfishing.com/penn-reel...g/1347894.html

http://www.amazon.com/Penn-1338217-...TF8&th=1&psc=1

A lot 2Coolers here recommended that reel.
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Old 04-25-2017, 03:52 AM   #14
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Enjoy my penn battle and fierce reels. Really like my stradic, but just recently picked up a Daiwa Procyon. I'm quickly starting to like it more than my stradic(difficult to even say), and at $100 on amazon it was a pretty good deal.
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Old 04-25-2017, 07:55 AM   #15
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If you can fit a Stradic in the budget it will be a great reel for years, otherwise I would step down to the Pflueger previously mentioned. I haven't had much luck with the cheaper Shimanos but I have bought those Pflueger combos for guest set ups and they are very durable.
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Thanks for all the good input guys. We ended up going with the penn battle 2-3000 series, now it's time to put it to work this weekend! Little dude usually out fishes me!
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Thanks for all the good input guys. We ended up going with the penn battle 2-3000 series, now it's time to put it to work this weekend! Little dude usually out fishes me!
I've got a couple and they have been good reels for the money. I don't heavily abuse my stuff, but every now and then I forget to wash them off after use. One is probably 3 years old and could use some new bearings but still works great, the other is only about a year old and has no issues. I think you will enjoy them, I prefer the smaller 2500-3000 series reels, makes for a lighter setup that will still catch everything is ask them too.
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Old 04-25-2017, 08:11 PM   #18
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Definitely a solid winner. However, I also own a Penn Battle that I would recommend.
After you choose what you want it's all about the maintenance.

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My choice in that price range would be the Pflueger President XT. Solid performance/reliability in a pretty light reel for the price.
Edit: And now I see the second page. Anyhow, the Battle is a good choice.
I recommend a good wash after every trip. I actually take a long hot shower with mine, no kidding.
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Old 04-26-2017, 06:34 AM   #19
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The guy who repairs reels at Cut Rate Tackle in Houston says never put water on your reels, instead clean them with Windex after a trip. He's seen water get into too many reels.

I had a couple of guides on my boat last week, they buy new $30 or $40 dollar spin reels like the Pflueger and use them until they get a little rough, then toss them and buy new ones. They're really smooth for a while. I have a couple that are several years old and they've caught a lot of trout. They said if water gets in them, and you take 'em apart and add grease, they quit working after a week.
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Old 04-29-2017, 11:58 PM   #20
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I was looking for something for a bit less money and tried the Okuma at Academy. That was about 7+ years ago and now I have 3 of them. I clean them regularly and they are still really smooth. Others are also good but didn't see anyone mention the Okuma so I thought I would throw it into the mix.
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