Reasonable jigging spinning reel

Billy9871Billy9871 Posts: 116 Officer
Going to give jigging on my kayak a try. What's a reasonably priced spinning reel and size to get started at this???


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  • jcanracerjcanracer Posts: 4,330 Moderator
    I started with a Penn Battle 5000, which was sufficient until I got into deeper water beyond 300ft. Then the year after at Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament the bearings went bad. Not completely the reel's fault as I was not good with maintenance. I think if I had to do it over again on a similar budget, I'd still get a Penn spinner, but this time a Battle II 6000 for $120. $40 more and you could get the SSV 6500 which is similarly weighted, but has like 5# more drag and a bit more water resistance.

    Full disclosure:
    1. No, I don't work for Penn, but I just think they're pretty good on a budget.
    2. I owned a BTL5000, upgraded to SSV6500, and also have a Shimano Spheros SW8000 in the tackle collection. Currently putting the Shimano through its paces, so I cannot say which I prefer, only that they have differences which may be pro/con to different anglers.
    Hobie Kayak angler for life!
  • Billy9871Billy9871 Posts: 116 Officer
    I was looking at the ssv6500 I thought It was a good reel. What pound braid you using???


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  • Android77Android77 Posts: 484 Deckhand
    Quantum Boca 80 reasonably priced plenty of drag and line capacity. Caught plenty of big fish including AJs and I'm going on two years. Buying another soon.

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  • jcanracerjcanracer Posts: 4,330 Moderator
    Billy9871 wrote: »
    I was looking at the ssv6500 I thought It was a good reel. What pound braid you using???
    40# currently, but I think 30 is fine.
    Hobie Kayak angler for life!
  • Billy9871Billy9871 Posts: 116 Officer
    Thanks for the input guys


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  • kitesfrkitesfr Posts: 356 Officer
    You can start with something cheap, like a Fierce. Lash it down. I have lost lot's of equipment overboard!
    Fair winds and following seas!
  • kitesfrkitesfr Posts: 356 Officer
    PS Just followed Androids suggestion Boca 80. Thanks Andy!
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  • John McKroidJohn McKroid Posts: 1,793 Captain
    Line wise, I would not use anything less than 40lb for offshore jigging.
  • ProduktProdukt Posts: 592 Officer
    jcanracer wrote: »
    40# currently, but I think 30 is fine.
    Line wise, I would not use anything less than 40lb for offshore jigging.

    I agree that 30# is too light. I started with 30# and got broken off enough times to realize it's not going to cut it. Get 40#.
  • SaltLife89SaltLife89 Posts: 19 Greenhorn
    Think the Fin nor offshore 6500 is of great value
  • JaxonCuda14JaxonCuda14 Posts: 22 Greenhorn
    What brand of Braid do you guys use?
    Tight Lines!! :fishing
  • ProduktProdukt Posts: 592 Officer
    What brand of Braid do you guys use?

    I used to use PowerPro but switched to Sufix 832 and I'm happy with it
  • jcanracerjcanracer Posts: 4,330 Moderator
    I use spiderwire ultracast, have also used berkley fireline which worked fine too.
    Hobie Kayak angler for life!
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