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#2937608 - 09/09/12 08:26 PM Re: Reminded why I hate baitcasting reels [Re: Fence Post]
AllOutdoors
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 Originally Posted By: Fence Post
John, the first problem is that the cranking handle is on bassakwards.....Best thing you can do with it is break it off at a comfortable heighth and bring it next time you come to the "hills" scouting.


Cranking handle looks fine to me.
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#2937711 - 09/09/12 09:54 PM Re: Reminded why I hate baitcasting reels [Re: AllOutdoors]
Kevin
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well i can tell you from personal experience, you need to upgrade your reel. My grandfather had that exact reel, and as a 13 year old i took it off a pole and threw it in the water!
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#2937981 - 09/10/12 08:54 AM Re: Reminded why I hate baitcasting reels [Re: Fence Post]
moondawg
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 Originally Posted By: Fence Post
John, the first problem is that the cranking handle is on bassakwards.....Best thing you can do with it is break it off at a comfortable heighth and bring it next time you come to the "hills" scouting.


\:D

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#2937993 - 09/10/12 08:58 AM Re: Reminded why I hate baitcasting reels [Re: Kevin]
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 Originally Posted By: Kevin
well i can tell you from personal experience, you need to upgrade your reel. My grandfather had that exact reel, and as a 13 year old i took it off a pole and threw it in the water!


Probably so. It's an Abu Garcia...somethingoranother. I don't remember what model. I bought it at Wal Mart in 1995, maybe 1996. So yeah, I probably need an upgrade.

FWIW...I tied the crankbait on and noticed the line in between the thread of the O-ring on the bill. I thought it was odd, and that I needed to fix it. Instead, I got lazy and didn't; I thought it'd be ok.. Thus, the lost crankbait and the birdnest. NEXT TIME I will re-tie the crankbait if I don't think it's right.
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#2938303 - 09/10/12 02:37 PM Re: Reminded why I hate baitcasting reels [Re: moondawg]
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I love em,about all I fish with anymore,get a REVO,great reels
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#2938314 - 09/10/12 02:43 PM Re: Reminded why I hate baitcasting reels [Re: Football Hunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Football Hunter
I love em,about all I fish with anymore,get a REVO,great reels


I hear the REVO reels are awesome, problem is my 1978 year model 5500C wont die on me. That thing is still butter smooth casting and a beautiful drag. I have 3 newer Garcia reels I use as backups or for my kids but the older one is still the best one of the bunch. If one ever dies, I'll get a REVO
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#2939727 - 09/11/12 03:24 PM Re: Reminded why I hate baitcasting reels [Re: Dbllunger]
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There is nothing like a good baitcaster will always outlast and outperform a spinning reel. Besides that the rods made for baitcasters are built better. I love my Abu Garcia Recore 61, and Shimano Curado. Im from Washington State and I know they can hold up to anything.
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#2939765 - 09/11/12 03:53 PM Re: Reminded why I hate baitcasting reels [Re: Gzee]
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I carry 5 baitcasters and two spinning reels in my boat. The baitcasters get all the work.

5500C are the best reels ever made in my humble opinion!
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#2939968 - 09/11/12 07:16 PM Re: Reminded why I hate baitcasting reels [Re: Unicam]
KatManDew
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I got 3 that I can't get to backlash no matter how hard I throw em. The key is getting a quality reel and getting them setup right. Spend at least $150 on the reel. You may get away with less with a few reels, but $150 class reel is a good baseline. Pfluger president or lews tment series are good quality $150 setups. I got a couple pfluger Patriarchs that cast like a dream and are a big step up from the President depending on your budget. They are about $225-250 depending on where you get them.That's a lot for a reel, but you wouldn't believe the difference.
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#2940288 - 09/11/12 10:19 PM Re: Reminded why I hate baitcasting reels [Re: KatManDew]
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KMD... Let me hold them. I'll show you how to bird nest them.

$150 is not a baseline. There are tons of quality reels under that. Abu Garcia Orra is $99 and I'll put it up against any $200 reel. It's as smooth as my Revos.
The Abu 5500 C3 reels last a lifetime and they are less than $150. I've got several that are 20 years old now and still run fine.

I've been throwing some type of bait caster for 30 years now and there is not a reel out there that is not going to bird nest some time. If you watch BASS you will see the best in the world do it a lot!
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