View Full Version : Best spinning reel question

01-19-2015, 02:02 PM
I am planning on setting up my bass boat for trolling this spring and have decided to go with BnM Prostaff rods. Which spinning reels would you guys recommend with these rods and braided line?

Also planning on using 1/8th oz jigs. There is lots of structure where I am at so that is why I need the braided line. Any hook recommendations?

Thanks Guys!

01-19-2015, 02:07 PM
Monks crappie has some good deals,Grizzly jig is having their sale.

01-19-2015, 03:22 PM
I'm always for Shimano! They've just been too good to me.

01-19-2015, 04:52 PM
They don't have to be expensive but they do need a good drag. I have some Shimano's that have been in use over 10 years, and they weren't high dollar in the first place. Loosen the drag when you store em and they'll last a long time.

01-19-2015, 05:31 PM
As already mentioned you can't go wrong with shimano

01-19-2015, 05:47 PM
You might consider the Mitchell 308xe if you're using braid ... but, fill the spool about 1/2 way with old mono & then finish filling with your braid, regardless of what brand reel you get.

If I were using 1/8oz jigs ... I'd want a #2 lite wire hook on them.

Also ... if using braid, be sure and have a wood dowel or something similar to wrap the braid around to pull your jigs free. Using your hands or rod handle can result in "cuts" to either. Also nice to have handy is a pair of Fiskar Childs Size scissors to cut the braid with, as it cuts the tag end blunt, which makes putting the braid through small jig hookeyes a lot easier.

... cp :kewl

01-19-2015, 05:51 PM
I like and use Pfluger reels...President

01-19-2015, 05:57 PM
Shimano Stella 1500

01-19-2015, 07:00 PM
Abu Garcia S10sx is a pretty good reel with a good drag.

01-19-2015, 07:12 PM
I got the bass pro tourney special last year $ 25.00 a peice they work great.

01-19-2015, 07:55 PM
Shimano Stella 1500

Really? For crappie?

01-19-2015, 07:56 PM
Shimano for me too!

01-20-2015, 12:57 AM
Like the Shimanos also a couple of Abu Garcias that have performed very well.

01-20-2015, 06:27 AM
I like and use Pfluger reels...President

:hesaid I picked up a Pflueger President last summer, reall nice and smooth. Id definately get another.

01-20-2015, 08:48 AM
Shimano 2000X...I have them on all my rods and they work well. You can open and close the bell with one hand and they are very durable. I leave mine outside in the elements in my boat and have not had any fault issues or problems with them in the year I have owned them. I have 10 of them and not one has had any issues.
Academy - Shimano IX2000RC Spinning Reel Convertible (http://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/shimano-ix2000rc-spinning-reel-convertible/pid-11367?N=273169066&Ntt=shimano&Ntk=All)
Take a look at the bell release in the pictures. You use your index finger to pull the lever by the rod on the reel and the bell opens. Then you just close the bell and your fishing. Mine all hold 15 lb braid (equivalent to 6 lb mono) and I use lite wire hooks for both my minnow rigs and jigs.

01-20-2015, 09:26 AM
I think I had every one of these reels in my hand last week at Cabelas. (I was bored and had nothing better to do). Personal favorite for me is the Shimano Stradic Xi (they are around $200.00 though). Someone mentioned the Mitchell 308 and I found that to be a really nice reel. Personally, I like the Quantum reels as I own several of them. The optima, the opix, they are both good.

01-20-2015, 11:17 AM
You never said what your budget range is? You can spend anywhere from $25.00 up to $300.00, so it would help to know what you are looking for, price wise. Let me say this however, I've been a fan of Shimanos for more years than I care to think about. I have four of them right now, including a tiny Symetre 750, which is no longer produced. The Shimanos are really starting to get too expensive, in my opinion.

I've had some great Abu's as well. Very good reels. No complaints, but nothing extraordinary either. This past spring, I picked up a Pflueger President 6920. This small reel only cost about $50.00. I've used for only one full season so far however, but I'm convinced enough so that I'm definitely going to be picking up another one this spring. This reel is noticeably smoother than any of my Saharas or Symetres - it's an amazing little reel.

The drag is equally smooth and effective. I've found no negatives with it so far and I'm liking it more and more, as I use it. I have mine filled with 2# test Fireline Crystal and a 3' section of 2# test flurocarbon. (We fish clear water with very little in the way of snags.) This reel/line combo on my 9' B n' M SHSS is just flat out beautiful. Casts like a dream too. The line is very strong for such a light test; but from what you said, I'd probably step it up a notch, to 4# test Crystal, with a matching 4# test fluoro leader. You need the fluoro for it's abrasion resistance. This should keep you fairly snag free. This line is tough stuff!

Take a serious look at the new Pfluger reels. Worth your look-see, I guarantee! :)

01-20-2015, 12:41 PM
Pflueger President's have done me well.

01-20-2015, 12:49 PM
Lews Mr Crappie work really well.

01-20-2015, 02:09 PM
I forgot to mention. I've had Diawa Gold reels for years (from the 70's). Usually, the bail springs wear out but I have found guys that will work on them and make them good as new. I own four or five of them and seem to find them at yard sales. The older Mitchell 303's is another good one to find at the yard sales. The old saying "they don't build them like they used to" holds true with reels however, years have added inovations, better materials and so on, but also added price!

01-20-2015, 09:16 PM