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GroverGrover Posts: 64 Deckhand
So I'm looking for a spinning rod setup to use as a pitch bait rod for live and dead bait ideally i don't want to break the bank. But something that can handle fish up to around the 100lb mark

suggestions please :)

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  • reel stamasreel stamas Posts: 6,153 Admiral
    The new Shimano Spheros SW series is a lot of reel for the money... as are the new Cabos (or Bocas)... Alan Hawk is the Spinning Reel Guru & I'd recommend you read his reviews for 'Best Buys' (& reels to avoid)
    http://www.alanhawk.com/reviews/lists.html
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  • FishingAddictFishingAddict Posts: 170 Deckhand
    I usually spend decent money on a baitcasting reel and rod. But when it comes to spin cast fishing, you can get away with not getting a fancy set up because the drag washers are bigger and how well it is made isn't a factor for casting.

    I have an el-cheapo Eagle Claw spin reel ($35) and a cheap Silstar surf rod with 50 or 65 pound braid that I've caught tarpon to #100 pounds and a shark that was about 6 feet long. I bought it when I was in a pinch and didn't expect much from it, but it's done very well over the last three years.

    I have some sort of inexpensive BPS rod that I put the reel on when I'm on a offshore boat fishing bottom (I can feel the bottom a little better with it) and it handles stuff well.But spinning reels will really wear you out on a boat when the bite is on and I'll switch to a standard reel. I keep expecting it to break so I can go buy a "nicer" reel, but at this point, if it does die, I'll probably get another one as it's way out preformed for the price.

    What really surprised me is how I was able to put a hurting on the fish fairly quickly with such an inexpensive set up when you are fishing off the shore and not trying to dig a fish off the bottom. I recommend braid if you can handle it as it cast much further with it. Just make sure your rod isn't outmatched by the braid, if you go the braid route.
  • CarloCarlo Posts: 345 Deckhand
    I was considering going cheap or used for my next rig, and then I wandered into a tackle shop and handled the new Saragosa SW. **** nice feel. Not sure anymore
  • reel stamasreel stamas Posts: 6,153 Admiral
    Carlo wrote: »
    I was considering going cheap or used for my next rig, and then I wandered into a tackle shop and handled the new Saragosa SW. **** nice feel. Not sure anymore

    a Saragosa SW 6K or 8K is at the Top of my WTB list right now... (unless I find a 'deal' on a lightly used Stella SW)
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  • BallaCoiPersiciBallaCoiPersici NW Italy (Laveno Mombello)Posts: 6,013 Admiral
    I bought Saragosa 6k and, although I still have to test it on the job, I can say that it seems a very nice reel.
    Here you can found some other info.
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  • Lobstercatcher229Lobstercatcher229 Posts: 4,845 Captain
    I bought an older version of the Penn SSV 9500 at a garage sale and it has helped me bring in a number of dolphin. New that reel is 200.00 at TackleDirect.
  • Chewdog2121Chewdog2121 Posts: 469 Officer
    Can't go wrong with Penn spin gear in the 7500 and up series reels for a pretty reasonable price. I fish Shimano spin in everything, but would own a Penn again. I own a small Saragosa 4000 for reef, redfish, trout etc. I went a little more expensive with this reel because I used to wade a lot. It's durable, smooth, drag is second to none, and has been a great reel for a couple years now of moderate heavy use. I would not hesitate to get the 6000, 8000, and up models etc.

    I also own a Thunus 8000 and a Baitrunner 8000 I primarily use for pitch reels offshore, live baiting on reef and patches, backcountry snook/tarpon etc. The baitrunner feature is invaluable to me, and both of these reels have it. It's there if you need it, and if you don't then don't use it.
  • DogDocDogDoc Posts: 686 Officer
    Grover wrote: »
    So I'm looking for a spinning rod setup to use as a pitch bait rod for live and dead bait ideally i don't want to break the bank. But something that can handle fish up to around the 100lb mark

    suggestions please :)
    I know that everyone has their favorites, and that my experience is limited, but here goes:
    Have used a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 for years, and it's handled tarpon upwards of 125#'s, pitched to dolphin to 40, and wahoo to 60...it's a bit worn around the edges like me, but both of us are planning to keep at it for a long time.
    Added a Saragosa 8000 a few years back, complete with matching Trevala rod and braid...great set up. I loved it on tarpon, just not quite as much as the Goliath that took the whole setup back to its home as we were unhooking it.
    Not excited about another $500 on a replacement outfit, I went with the Penn Battle and have been very pleased...maybe not the drag strength of the Saragosa, but I've now got 2 Battles for what I would pay for 1 Saragosa. ( I still have them perched on Travalas though.)
  • JackAttack24JackAttack24 Posts: 113 Officer
    I use the Shimano Baitrunner 12000D For tarpon works greats!
  • Matt1340Matt1340 Posts: 123 Deckhand
    Ive always been a fan of the penn 9500's for using live bait when catching dolphins. Not that this matters but I wouldnt use them to troll with, TLD's are the way to go, you always want that extra line on in case you hook up on a big bull.
  • Paragon1Paragon1 Posts: 510 Officer
    Saragosa 8k paired to a terez 50-80 7'2.

    Nuffield said
  • ZimmerNoleZimmerNole Posts: 9,244 Officer
    Penn Battle combo 5000-7000, great reel, decent rod for the price and built to last with a decent spray down after a day on the boat (all metal body) $120 out the door.
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  • dilligaf84dilligaf84 Posts: 876 Officer
    I use Penn Battle on Trevala rod. Have only battled AJs on it so far but its a blast to fish with.
  • jcanracerjcanracer Posts: 4,344 Moderator
    Paragon1 wrote: »

    Saragosa 8k paired to a terez 50-80 7'2.

    Nuffield said

    That's a good looking combo.
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  • LilZubeLilZube Posts: 16 Greenhorn
    ANY StCroix ROD MUST BE USED.
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