best 100 $ reel

Looking to invest in a new reel for 100 $ or a little more for a reel in the 2500 or 3000 size but im sick of having problems so what is your most reliable reel?
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  • SwampsquashSwampsquash Posts: 164 Officer
    I bought some of the new penn spinfisher 3500....maybe a bit bigger the 3000 you want and about 125-135 on e b a y. But I love them so far.....very solid reel and they are "sealed"....I string them with power pro and have had no issues..

    good luck
  • reel stamasreel stamas Posts: 6,153 Admiral
    Daiwa Tournament SS is the best ~$100 Inshore Reel available...
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  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 4,154 Moderator
    As much as I am a Daiwa fan, you can't beat the Shimano Symetre for $99, or even a Penn Battle at the same price
  • cprcpr Posts: 9,283 Admiral
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  • Baja280Baja280 Posts: 440 Deckhand
    i have 2 shimano symetre for the last 4 years.....and they perform like day one. Awesome reel for 100 bar-none.
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  • anejo22anejo22 Posts: 1,511 Officer
    Got two 7 years old one needs some love the other is still good as day one and they get fished a lot symetre all the way.
  • minowjoeminowjoe Posts: 717 Officer
    penn fierce
  • FishWithChrisFishWithChris TallahasseePosts: 138 Deckhand
    I have a Penn Conflict in 2500 which I enjoy quite a bit, pulled in plenty upper/just over slot reds.

    I also have a Shimano Symetre (new style) that I absolutely love.

    Go with the Symetre. srsly..
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  • dieselbeefdieselbeef Posts: 652 Officer
    penn fierce..........yeah these are are great. ive got 3 of em...get em on sale at **** for less than 100
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  • jimmy77jimmy77 Posts: 1,689 Captain
    I've been very happy with my Shimano Sahara reels. I've got an older model and a new one. Those that have fished both the Sahara and Symetre, is there that much of a difference? The price point is almost the same with the Sahara being a few dollars cheaper.

    According to the Shimano site the Sahara has 3 SS Bearings to the Symetre's 4 S A-RB Bearings. The gear ratio for the 4000 class is 5.8:1 to 5.7:1 respectively.
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  • FlatsFrenzyFlatsFrenzy Posts: 893 Officer
    As much as I am a Daiwa fan, you can't beat the Shimano Symetre for $99, or even a Penn Battle at the same price

    Yup. I am phasing out my Penn Battles and replacing with Shimano Symetres of the same size mounted on St Croix Mojo Inshore rods.

    I have two Penn Fierce reels that I have on Ugly Sticks...those are for my kids to throw out shrimp under a cork. I wouldn't use them for anything else.

    I would use the Battle as a live/cut bait reel or a kayak reel. Its heavier but tougher. The Symetre feels MUCH better throwing artificials.
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  • cprcpr Posts: 9,283 Admiral
    jimmy77 wrote: »
    I've been very happy with my Shimano Sahara reels. I've got an older model and a new one. Those that have fished both the Sahara and Symetre, is there that much of a difference? The price point is almost the same with the Sahara being a few dollars cheaper.

    According to the Shimano site the Sahara has 3 SS Bearings to the Symetre's 4 S A-RB Bearings. The gear ratio for the 4000 class is 5.8:1 to 5.7:1 respectively.

    I also have both and I can't say there's much of a difference. The Max drag is 15 on both. I have older model Symetres that have the screw that you can oil the gears like the old stadic. I was at sports authority and a sales rep who was there told me the Symetre was basically the older model stradic. I was lucky and got 3 Symetre 4000 for $65 a piece. I still have 2 in the box, so until they get ruined or lost I'm a Symetre man. Both are solid reels.
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  • GillsGoneWildGillsGoneWild Posts: 13 Greenhorn
    :Popcorn
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  • GILS_GONE_WILDGILS_GONE_WILD Posts: 111 Officer
    I see there's another GillsGoneWild. Do not confuse him or his posts with the otherl GILS_GONE_WILD. :)

    Thanks!!!

    Gil
  • JuicebucketJuicebucket Posts: 139 Officer
    Fished a buddys Symetre a couple weeks ago and went straight home and bought one. I have 3 Ci4 Stradics I have to take in at least once a year for various problems and the Symetre fished every bit as good as they ever did out of the box for less than half the price.
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  • Red-ManRed-Man Posts: 331 Deckhand
    Symetre or sahara, cant go wrong with either. Never tried a penn battle. The penn fierce is ok but seem to get a lot of line twist and wind knots with them using braid. Just like any reel though, wash them thoroughly at the end of the day and keep them oiled...easy maintenance.
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