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Offline PhishingPhreek

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Spinner Reels For Crappie
« on: April 16, 2018, 06:05 PM »
I busted one of my favorite crappie reels this weekend and I decided to look for a good replacement. I Googled it and wasn't really happy with the results. I had one guy saying "Go Shimano" because they make the best, highest end reels on the market which seemed like a ridiculous statement...  :icon_scratch: Then I had another website who gave their "best 5 crappie reels" and only a few of the links they supplied went to valid locations. Needless to say, the results I found were terrible and didn't really help me at all.

I wanted to reach out to everyone here and find out what reels you use for crappie fishing. Do you guys even care about the reel or is all about the rod to you? Do you use different types of reels on your trolling rods vs your shore tossing jig rods? Or do you just buy a combo at Walmart and use it for trout, crappie, and bass (Which I'm definitely guilty of doing!)  :greengrin:

I wouldn't mind hearing everyone's thought on this.

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Re: Spinner Reels For Crappie
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 10:08 PM »
I use Shimano Sedona spinning reels and have never had any issues with them.  You can get them for under $100 and they will last forever if taken care of.

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Re: Spinner Reels For Crappie
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2018, 07:29 AM »
For the long rods I use Bass Pro spinning reel ($60). For casting the banks I use a Zebco Omega Pro ($80) 

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Re: Spinner Reels For Crappie
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2018, 07:33 AM »
+1 on Shimano.  I bought a little Sahara SH-1000FI Spinning Reel that is perfect for casting light jigs.  $80 but shop around & check for weekly or holiday sales.

http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Shimano_Sahara_FI_Spinning_Reels/descpage-SH.html

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Re: Spinner Reels For Crappie
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2018, 07:59 AM »
for casters the Omega reel from zebco is fantastic, I used to wear out a 33 or other version of zebco's in less than a year (cheap built) went to the Omega which has real ball bearings etc. and I get 2+ years on them before I wear them out and they have a real drag on them so you can set it or adjust if you happen to hook a big bass or cat.
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Re: Spinner Reels For Crappie
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2018, 08:51 AM »
for casters the Omega reel from zebco is fantastic, I used to wear out a 33 or other version of zebco's in less than a year (cheap built) went to the Omega which has real ball bearings etc. and I get 2+ years on them before I wear them out and they have a real drag on them so you can set it or adjust if you happen to hook a big bass or cat.
I also use Shimano for my open face reels.  I have several Zebcos including Omega but I only put fluro or mono in those as the crystal fireline/braid doesn't work as well.  I use crystal fireline/braid for a couple of my open face reels I like the line has no give and easier to pull snags out of trees with that line.

Offline PhishingPhreek

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Re: Spinner Reels For Crappie
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2018, 09:12 AM »
for casters the Omega reel from zebco is fantastic, I used to wear out a 33 or other version of zebco's in less than a year (cheap built) went to the Omega which has real ball bearings etc. and I get 2+ years on them before I wear them out and they have a real drag on them so you can set it or adjust if you happen to hook a big bass or cat.

If you noticed, I put spinner in the title because I knew you were going to come in and bring up your Zebco.  :P :P :P

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Re: Spinner Reels For Crappie
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2018, 10:05 AM »
Open face for most everything ,for Jigging and slip bobbering  I use Pflueger Presidents 20,s and 25,s for 49.99 and 59.99 you can not buy a better reel, spend more if you like but these will outlast most everything else ( I have several Shimanos seldom use them )  and balance really well on a 5'6" to 7.5 ft rod ,all of them are spooled with Fireline crystal on some as light as 2lb test most have 4 lb . For casting really light jigs I use the large spool Pfleugers in the 30 size and again fireline 2 lb test (I have seldom had a break off from fighting a fish with fireline that includes up to 45 inch Northern pike the drag is that good on a President ). My theory on Rods particularly jigging rods is simple find an one piece action you like for the weight of bait you are going to use then give it this simple sensitivity test , hold the rod In your casting hand place your thumb on the blank gently touch the rod tip to the carpet or floor go over some imperfection in the surface you are touching if you can not feel it you with you thumb put the rod back in the rack. You will be surprised how many $50 rods pass this test and how many $200 ones do not . Seriously trolling , cranks , spinners bottom bouncers for Walleye , small mouth , musky etc I use Garcia C3 except when a line counter is required then I use Daiwa 17 ,27 ( for lead core a 47) all with 10 -14 lb fireline .I have to agree with Art on the long poles,any open face with 4 bearings or more I can buy for $20. cause on a long pole 10-16ft , it don't matter, you do not reel in unless you are long lining then not nearly as much as when you are casting or jiggin so get a good B&M pole or Poles and save a bit on the reels . I really do not know anyone who uses closed face equipment up North as they do not have the durability to stand up against really big fish. I do have a few 33s for the grandkids to start off with .  Now that I actually think about it maybe I have way to much fishing equipment  .... Naaaa !  got the attached on a Penn open face in Costa Rico. Bottom line is use what works for you .

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Re: Spinner Reels For Crappie
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2018, 11:26 AM »
for casters the Omega reel from zebco is fantastic, I used to wear out a 33 or other version of zebco's in less than a year (cheap built) went to the Omega which has real ball bearings etc. and I get 2+ years on them before I wear them out and they have a real drag on them so you can set it or adjust if you happen to hook a big bass or cat.

If you noticed, I put spinner in the title because I knew you were going to come in and bring up your Zebco.  :P :P :P

spin cast are dumb for casting a lot to shore, the closed face is the way to go,no tangles no line bind easy to operate even when enjoying a cold one. Kind of like I used to use spin cast for surface and swim baits for the big stripers once I mastered the bait caster it is the only way to go for that purpose. Very easy with closed face to under hand cast it underneath brush or a tree. :bootyshake: :bootyshake: :sign0099:
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Re: Spinner Reels For Crappie
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2018, 11:35 AM »
I also use Shimano for my open face reels.  I have several Zebcos including Omega but I only put fluro or mono in those as the crystal fireline/braid doesn't work as well.  I use crystal fireline/braid for a couple of my open face reels I like the line has no give and easier to pull snags out of trees with that line.

I was having issues with the braided line on my spinner reels. I wasn't able to get it to grip onto the reel for most of the morning. Once the line got wet and was wound a few times it got better, but was never perfect. Is there something I need to do different when spooling it? I don't have this issue on my deep sea reels, so I know it's not "that's just how braided line works".