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- Daiwa Exceler LT Spinning Reel
- Lew's Mach II Speed Spin Spinning Reels MH2-300A - 6.2:1
- Pflueger President XT
- Lews Tournament MP Speed Spool LFS
- Lew's Mach Crush Speed Spin Spinning Reels MCR400A - 6.2:1
Daiwa Exceler LT Spinning Reel
This is a great reel for bass or whatever else you are after in freshwater, plus it is durable and strong enough for saltwater fishing! This reel has a carbon drag system that maxes out at 22 lbs. of force and a spool capacity of up to 160 yards of 16 lb. monofilament. This combined with the 5.3:1 gear ratio and 5+1 ball bearing system gives you an incredibly smooth reel that is fantastic for landing some big fish! Oh yeah, and even with all this power, the reel only weighs 7.5 oz, so it won't wear you out during a long day of casting!!
Lew's Mach II Speed Spin Spinning Reels MH2-300A - 6.2:1
The Mach II by Lew's is a great reel for anyone who enjoys fishing local creeks, ponds, streams or lakes. This size 3000 reel is small enough for finesse fishing for trout and walleye, but strong enough to handle things like big bass and pike. You can fit about 150 yards of 10 lb. monofilament on it or any line of equivalent diameter. The drag maxes out around 11 lbs. and the bearings and gears are super smooth for reliable casting and retrieving.
Pflueger President XT
The pflueger president is amazing. It’s smooth reel can handle all fish that you will face on your BWCA trips! It’s also one of there lightest which is needed on long portages and hikes. And with its amazing selection of metal it won’t corrode.
long periods on the water retrieving lures; bait rig's-still presentations with live bait. The 10-bearing system on this reel will deliver smooth performance season after season allowing you to concentrate on the fish; not the reel.
Excellent drag system, and automatic bail. A great spinning reel to master this type of reel.
Lews Tournament MP Speed Spool LFS
The aluminum case holds up to big fish through cover, and won't flex as much as graphite! Its dual brake system helps cast light lures without backlash for great accuracy with all lures. The reel's P2 pinion (larger gear) gives you more torque to handle heavy fishing applications. The 7:5:1 Gear ratio is perfect for topwater like buzz baits, frogs, and reaction baits around moderate cover.
Lew's Mach Crush Speed Spin Spinning Reels MCR400A - 6.2:1
This reel comes ready to grind with an 18 lb. max drag and a spool capacity of 300 yards of 20 lb. braid or 190 yards of 12 lb. monofilament! You get a smooth 35 inches per crank with the 10+1 ball bearings, and the 6.2:1 gear ratio gives you the reeling speed and power you need to keep the big fish on when they do those crazy runs!
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