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Spinning Reels for kids?

greyreefsharkgreyreefshark Posts: 508 Officer
edited May 2018 in General Fishing #1
I have two nephews, 7 and 8 years old. They fish freshwater primarily. When they were younger I got them Zebco 33’s to fish with. But now that they are older I want to get them spinning reels. 

Do you guys have any recommendations for kids at that age. To give a hint of what quality I was looking at, I won’t use those cheapy Shakespeare reels that come on the Ugly Stik combos. The rods are great, it’s just those reels fall apart all the time.

And $60 on a 2000/3000 Fierce is too much to spend on a kids reel right now. So somewhere in between that quality and price.

Thankyou

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  • LostconchLostconch Posts: 789 Officer
    I would say that they aren't old enough yet but thinking about it I was casting baitcasting rods at their age.  I guess I would look around for a good used Mitchell 300. 
  • gatorsaintgatorsaint Posts: 186 Deckhand
    The Pflueger President is a good reel you can get for around $50. I have a friend that swears the Shimano Sienna is a good cheap reel, they are around $30.
  • 4WARD4WARD Cross Creek,FLPosts: 2,094 Captain
    For two $20 reels that fall apart(X2), you can get a couple decent setups that will last a bit longer.

    The presidents will hold up and most of the bubblepack shimanos even for $40 to $60.
    I spent a lot of money on the boys growing up, cheap is not cheap.
    Once they learn to care for them and not lay them in the mud that $60 will be well spent.
    Hit some garage sales?
    When my last Shakespeare reels blew up, I replaced with little shimano AX 1000.
    Still use them for pinfish and pitching beetlespins at the lake. 4 or 5 yrs but like I said, they learned to not toss them in the dirt.:)
    "I hate graveyards and old pawn shops
    For they always bring me tears
    I can't forgive the way they rob me
    Of my childhood souvenirs"... John Prine
  • JmacjjsJmacjjs Posts: 24 Deckhand
    I concur with the Pflueger President.  My 9yr old has been using one for the last two years with no issues.
  • LostconchLostconch Posts: 789 Officer
    I woild like to revise my opinion. I was at Cooks Sporting Goods today. I lookef at some Quantum rod and reel combos for 40 nucks that looked like good starter setups for anyone.  The million dollar ? Is where and how often would they be used

  • greyreefsharkgreyreefshark Posts: 508 Officer
    Thankyou guys!
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 13,503 AG
    Lostconch said:
    I woild like to revise my opinion. I was at Cooks Sporting Goods today. I lookef at some Quantum rod and reel combos for 40 nucks that looked like good starter setups for anyone.  The million dollar ? Is where and how often would they be used

    The cheap diawa combos at **** Sporting goods are about 24-29 dollars are 2-3 use only before they break.  I do not suggest those.   The anti reverse breaks the 1st time you use it and the rods fall apart if you say the words salt water. 
    Like is like a Helicopter.  I do not know how to operate a Helicopter  
  • tailchaser16tailchaser16 Posts: 655 Officer
    greyreefshark
    Where are you located?  I have a few that need a new home.  Free of charge since it's for the children

     


  • SaltygatorvetSaltygatorvet TallahasseePosts: 5,808 Admiral
    greyreefshark
    Where are you located?  I have a few that need a new home.  Free of charge since it's for the children

     


    Nice
    You should have been here yesterday
  • greyreefsharkgreyreefshark Posts: 508 Officer
    greyreefshark
    Where are you located?  I have a few that need a new home.  Free of charge since it's for the children

     


    Tailchaser16, 

    That is So Cool and Awesome of you Tailchaser! I would have been right on that for sure! But I’m in Illinois right now. When I’m in Florida, I’m in Pompano Beach.
  • tailchaser16tailchaser16 Posts: 655 Officer
    oh well, message me whenever you are in Pompano, I am in North Miami Beach.   I have a pretty good assortment of spinners, nothing fancy but will get the job done!.

     


  • greyreefsharkgreyreefshark Posts: 508 Officer
    I sure the heck will Tailchaser!👍 Thanks Greatly man! That is very kind of you.
  • stc1993stc1993 Albany, GA Carrabelle, FLPosts: 7,640 Admiral
    You can find some pretty good reels at yard sales sometimes.  Yrs ago I used Ebay could get some good Penn reels reasonable back then $15-$20.  Don't know about now though.
  • BTVengeanceBTVengeance SCPosts: 33 Greenhorn
    greyreefshark
    Where are you located?  I have a few that need a new home.  Free of charge since it's for the children

     


    Nice
    👍👍👍
  • SaltygatorvetSaltygatorvet TallahasseePosts: 5,808 Admiral
    Probably a good thing if your going to put your reel in the sand for a pic
    You should have been here yesterday
  • DropTheHammerDropTheHammer East CoastPosts: 556 Officer
    Good Morning Saltygatorvet. :) From my understanding gators are far more domesticated than crocs. ;)
    It's moss on a stone during an ebb. I never ate an Alidile or a Crocigator. I heard some sportsman or
    politically correct sportspeople have bow hunting endorsements to take one. The lure is nothing but A wobbler.


  • cprcpr Posts: 9,309 Admiral
    I learned the hard way if kids are going to have fun and enjoy fishing get the cheap reels and consider it disposable. If it lasts a year I was happy. Lucky for me Bridgmasters in Lk Wales had refurbished reels for a good price. Funny thing is a have a refurbished bass pro qualifier I got for $12 about 18 years ago and it's still works after many a dunking. It's now the reel I let non fishing friends use for beach and wade fishing. You'd be surprised how many 50 year olds will dunk a reel after you tell them to keep it out of the water.
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  • SaltygatorvetSaltygatorvet TallahasseePosts: 5,808 Admiral
    edited May 2018 #20
    DTH, that’s cool, if you want to put your gear on a salty patch of moss, then go for it. And that is a pretty cool lure. Looks like a spoon. It would be a more effective video for the manufacturer if it showed a fish eat it in that crystal clear water 
    You should have been here yesterday
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