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    Looking to get a good quality, user friendly bait cast to replace my day to day spinner. Have looked a lot at the Revo. Seems to be decent bang for buck. Any other ideas?
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    I got one on sale at CTC, not sure of the make, as it was my first bait caster, 6ft medium action rod. I will use nothing but from now on. It does have a learning curve and the rats nests can be frustrating, but once mastered it is a great combo for bass and pike. I only use braid line, which means I had to learn braid knots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by line052 View Post
    It does have a learning curve and the rats nests can be frustrating,
    That's as far as I got...spent most the aft sort out the 'nests', so it now it collects dust...Ha Ha..
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    Might be too big for your needs but I've had great luck with my Abu Garcia ambassador on my musky setup! It was my first successful baitcaster setup, not sure if the 100lb braid has anything to do with it but it will out cast all my spinning rods. It's mounted on a 8'6 shimano musky rod.

    My first baitcaster was a bill dance special from bass pro, absolute garbage!!! Rats nested almost every cast and it didn't cast very far. After one ruined outing it's been sitting on my rod rack completely rats nested. Moral of the story, absolutely DO NOT cheap out on a bait casting reel


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    Quote Originally Posted by SIRsleeper View Post
    Might be too big for your needs but I've had great luck with my Abu Garcia ambassador on my musky setup! It was my first successful baitcaster setup, not sure if the 100lb braid has anything to do with it but it will out cast all my spinning rods. It's mounted on a 8'6 shimano musky rod.

    My first baitcaster was a bill dance special from bass pro, absolute garbage!!! Rats nested almost every cast and it didn't cast very far. After one ruined outing it's been sitting on my rod rack completely rats nested. Moral of the story, absolutely DO NOT cheap out on a bait casting reel


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    That exact set up except okuma rod is my musky caster. I don't want things quite that large for bass pick and pike casting
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    Abu Revo and daiwa lexa are both great baitcasting reels.
    The larger the braid you use, the better it will be for your 'learning curve' using them.
    I suggest moving up 10-20 lbs from what you need the first year, and work your way back down.
    A lot of people have an easier time with musky gear, because you're using 80 or 100 lb line.
    Those are my suggestions....

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    I ve had great luck with the top of the line Quantum Tour baitcasters ... also bought a couple Abu Garcia Revo (X's ??) and found those to be very good as well ... I think I paid $ 169 - 15% at Sail ... the Quantums were $259-$299 if I recall correctly ... I d save the cash and get another Abu Garcia next time ....

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    I bought an Abu Ambassador Record a couple of weeks back but couldn't get it to set up right. I'm thinking there was a brass or two missing behind the knob....swapped up for a Shimano Curado 301. Infinite adjustments with it.
    A lot cheaper with similar versatility, maybe have a look at the Shimano Caenan 101

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    Have 2 of them........Abu STX and Shimano Citica both great reels. I suggest starting with mono until you get the hang of it......cheaper to scrap and easier to untangle. I still keep mono on one of them and braid on the other.

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    As always lots of opinions no basis. You cannot simply go by any baitcaster and have it fit your fishing requirements. There are many good reels available today. What will you be casting? How heavy of baits? Baitcasters come in a variety of gear ratios. Too simply say I want to fish a baitcaster or try one is like saying I'm going hunting pick me a bow. Give some details as to the species of fish you are targeting and type of baits you want to cast and the size and weight of baits. From there you can get some feed back on a reel size, line size and type and reel options. Otherwise you will be making birds nests and be like most others whom try out a baitcaster. They are awesome in the right situation when dialed in correctly.


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