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Baitcast reel for under $100
« on: February 16, 2015, 08:38:46 pm »
Looking to get everyone's opinions on the best buy for the money on a baitcast reel for under $100. Currently I am testing out a walmart special Lew's Laser, Abu Garcia Black Max (Christmas present) and grabbed a Vortex (store brand) from Gander Mountain that was on sale last week. Who uses what and would you recommend it to another or not? Thanks.

Also, I am going to try and make it to the meeting on the 7th but I am in training that might not allow it. I will check on here for any details that were passed in the meeting if I can't get there.

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Re: Baitcast reel for under $100
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2015, 09:45:32 pm »
Have both a lews and some abus, no complaints on either

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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2015, 10:07:22 pm »
I have 4 bass pro qualifiers and I love them, I also have a Walmart lews and will probably get another one

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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2015, 09:43:06 am »
For the $100 price point, hands down the Bass Pro Qualifier.
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2015, 11:07:05 am »
I love my Abu black max. Have 5 of them so far. As far as the performance and money, I'll buy more, especially at $50 each. Don't really know anything about the other brands you mentioned other than what's been said.

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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2015, 05:33:27 pm »
Appreciate the input guys. Derrick, I looked up the Qualifier and the reviews are great. They are on sale right now for $79.97 as well in case anyone was looking to pick one up. After tossing both the Abu and Lew's, I think I would have no issues picking up another of either one. Jury is still out on the Vortex as I have yet to fish with it enough to tell but it does not seem to be as good as either the Abu or Lew's. Just found out the $65 Lew's Laser Speed Spool can be ordered on Walmart.com for ~$58 and shipped to the store for free so that saves a few bucks as well.

Tacking on a couple additional questions... the first being if anyone here has used the 13 Fishing Omen Black series of rods? Working night shift has opened up my Youtube time and the reviews seem to be quite good on these rods. The cost is on par with other nicer brand entry level rods as well.

My other question is more geared towards this season. I have never fished any of the lakes in the circuit and therefore have no idea what type of cover, depth, forage, techniques to consider when setting up the gear for these tourneys. If anyone wouldn't mind shooting me some things to expect (not looking for GPS points of honey holes) I would greatly appreciate it. I hate flying blind and trying to unlock the code on the fly when I am fishing a new spot.

Also, if anyone is in need of another in their boat on Sun-Tues/Weds, please hit me up as I am usually free on those days. I am in Hoke Co. but don't mind meeting somewhere to make it work.

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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2015, 06:54:23 pm »
Reels
Again, the BPS Qualifier is a great reel...reviews will guide you in the right direction there. I have 4 of them and they have lasted me several tournament seasons. That said, I'm in the process of slowly upgrading my equipment....in the $150-170 price range of Lews right now. To be honest, price points are a key thing to look at too. Just because it's a brand name reel, a $50 reel is going to fish like a $50 reel....it may work for some but when your going out fishing tournaments and putting these things to work as often as we do, you got to get something that is above entry level. Some would say the same about the $100 reels, making the same case for you to spend $200 lol. I made the decision to go with a low mid grade reel like the pro qualifier....it's still a good reel and I'm very happy with it but it's still not a top of the line reel is the only point I'm making. Ask 100 people this question and you'll get a 100 answers.

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These days there is a rod company on every block. The market is flooded with them. Rods are more important than the reel, a lesson that took me a while to learn. I'd stick with a brand name, not the rods you see on Facebook or what some pro staffer you know is trying to sell you. What I mean by brand name is, can you buy it at www.Tacklewarehouse.com or www.basspro.com  That's just my 2 cents on rod brand. As far as types of rods, that depends on what type of fishing you do.  Your looking at length, action, speed, and power. Length is easy...6 1/2' to 7 1/2'. I use 7 foot rods in most applications. Action is the rating: Light-extra heavy. Med-Heavy is all purpose. Speed is the tip. Extra fast tip bends at the very top and nowhere else. Slow will bend down all the way down to the middle of the rod. I use a fast tip for general purpose. You need a slow rod for anything with a treble hook (fiberglass rods are slow tips). I'd you hear the pros talk about having a lot of tip they are talking about a faster action rod as the bend is more in the middle of the rod for slower rods. And finally power rating. This is different than action because a high power rod in med-heavy will actually feel like a heavy action rod in a lower power. Basically, power allows the rod to handle more weight. Power is usually found in the model number. A 703 model rod is a 7 foot rod in a 3 power. It's a all purpose rod. A 705 is a 7 foot rod with high power to handle the weight of flipping in grass or top water frog rod. A lot of swim bait rods now are up to 6 power in order to cast a huge swim bait or a-rig. Some rod companies don't give you all this info and just tell you what lures they recommend for it. Most companies that only make rods do give you this info though.
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This by far is your toughest question. It really can only be answered once your out on the boat and get some more experience on our waters. In a nutshell, crankbaits like the KVD 1.5, 2.5. 5XD, lipless crankbaits, (all shad colored), shakey head (small and large worms), top water, worms, flukes,  and spinnerbaits all work well. Places to fish include wood, grass, points, and areas close to deep water. 
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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2015, 07:51:35 pm »
Thanks Derrick. Being from FL I am used to always expecting the same for cover; grass. Its either matted or submerged. Occasionally we would come across some down timber or the random Christmas tree sunk by some crappie anglers. Most lakes were 10ft or less in depth and rarely would the water be open enough for throwing anything with a lip in terms of crankbaits. That being said, I can flip and pitch well and know how to pick apart the weeds but when it comes to fishing off shore or deeper than say 8-10 feet, I am still a novice. With what I have read online about the lakes in the circuit, it seems I will get a good chance to learn more of the offshore structure game. I look forward to getting after some fish with everyone this year.

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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2015, 07:58:01 pm »
Your strengths in fishing weeds will help you at Harris. I'd focus there in Spring and Summer. Use the same stuff you have confidence in. There is a lot of submerged grass and and weedy banks at Harris, also a few places where you have thick weed mats. I wouldn't even bother changing up your style until the heat of the summer, and even then they are in the weeds in the morning. As for some of the other lakes, I'm a little behind the power curve, don't fish the others as much. I will have to spend a lot of time at Jordan this year.
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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2015, 09:19:15 pm »
Deep cranks are key during the summer time. I found this out last year, if you can find a good point 15-25 ft of water the fish will school up really good. My go to deep water crank last year was the strike king 10XD, as well as the Rapala DT16. I think the key is to grind those bad boys off the bottom (as is the key with any crankbait really). Another thing that was good to me during the summer time at Jordan/Falls was wood. Not always deeper wood either as u might think. Tommy made me a believer in the biffle head swing jigs, i paired them up with a berkley havoc craw and won the Falls tournament last year pitching wood. Derrick is right tho about Harris, you cant go wrong fishing the grass pretty much year round out there, there isnt a whole lot of other options at Harris in my opinion, very few rock piles, and the wood that is out there is covered in really nasty slime that grabs your bait as soon as it hits the water.

Now, wheeler lake is a thorn in my side, if they are on beds out there i can catch them, otherwise its a crap shoot. I hear chatterbaits and shakey heads were what caught most of the fish in our tournaments last year, but no luck for me.

Tillery is a fun lake. You can catch 30 fish a day out there and all of them are 1lbers. The key is finding a big kicker fish to anchor your bag. Biggest one i have ever caught there was just under 4lbs, everything else is usually in the 1 1/2 to 2lb range. Buzzbaits are killer there for me, and of course its loaded with docks, so skipping a worm or a jig is always deadly. Hope this helps and i look forward to fishing with you some this year
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« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2015, 10:00:40 pm »
Awesome. Thanks for the reply James. I look forward to fishing with you all as well. Looks like I will need to add some shakey heads to my kit as I have never owned one before. From looking at pictures and videos on Youtube, it appears as the water in the lakes is fairly clear. How many of you guys run braid over mono/flouro/co-poly lines?

Side note: Is anyone into the whole swimbait-trophy fish targeting game? I am talking about chunking a 2-5 oz, 6-10" style bait until something huge decides they want to eat it. I have a set up for it and a few baits but I have just started so I have yet to get anything on it.

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« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2015, 10:28:36 pm »
Most of the lakes are clear usually, jordan can get muddy at times in the river. Chris Alphonse is in our club and he loves throwing 12" swimbaits that sound like a cinder block when they hit the water

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« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2015, 07:44:09 am »
The only thing I can add to what James put out is fishing a spoon deep and poppers in case you get some topwater action close by , Like James said I had alot of success  fishing a swinghead jig paired with either a biffle bug or a beaver style bait in bama bug or green pumpkin with the tail dipped in chartreuse dip ( pretty sure it mimics bluegill really well) and everyone in the club can agree on a shaky head.Also both Harris and Jordan het a good frog bite going

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« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2015, 07:46:30 am »
Oh and a chatterbait !

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« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2015, 01:54:28 pm »
yea spoon is a big key at Harris, cant believe I forgot that. All this fishing talk is making me salivate, I just drooled all over myself.