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View Poll Results: Reels. Shimano Vs Penn Which manufacturer do you prefer for reels?
Shimano 73 40.33%
PENN 69 38.12%
No preference I like both 36 19.89%
No preference i like neither 3 1.66%
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Old 11-17-2008, 10:03 PM
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the baitrunner is a low end shimano.




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Old 11-17-2008, 11:56 PM
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The reel was a sedona. Put it this way I wont be buying another. A 60 reel shouldnt have freeplay. I started with shakspear alphas and they dont even have freeplay in the anti-reverse.




A penn fan will tell you shimano and diawa are junk. A shimano fan will tell you penn and daiwa are junk. A diawa fan will tell you penn and shimano are junk. If my wife would allow Id probably buy a VS and say there all junk. Then again ive head of them breaking once in a while too.
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Old 11-18-2008, 12:41 AM
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every reel has a tolerance. most brands have discounted/middle of the road/good/excellent models. sedona? ... i have owned/used/repaired/and threw out my share of reels. all i am saying in this regard is buyer beware and do some soul searching when it comes to tackle. i would like to say "buy this fella" but since there is a large variety and sometimes money is the question. a used reel of substance on ebay could be alot better than a brand new piece of crap of the same price range. i wanted to know how that sedona went when someone bought it a while back but nobody gave an evaluation on it for us.



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the baitrunner is a low end shimano.
NOT!!!!!!

the baitrunner is a great priced googan machine. fyi....i used mine at montauk...and it spent more time underwater than my grease packed penn7500ss (old discontinued metal version) and when i stripped it down to look inside at the hotel, the inside was clean as a whistle...and everything was smooth as could be. i know it may not last a season of harsh treatment if left unserviced. but i know for a fact i could torture mine next year and it will take the abuse as long as I keep it clean and oiled/greased after every few trips. its a very versatile and dependable reel.....and its very well balanced on the afaw estuary rod.
PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT...CHARLIE!!!!!
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Old 11-18-2008, 11:22 PM
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like i said. the baitrunner is a low life's shimano!



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Old 11-19-2008, 02:49 PM
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I agree...but they take a beaten and keep on ticking'
Thunnus is the way to go.
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:15 PM
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I am more incline to go with Shimano after all the bail problems I had with the Penn reels. The only reel that was reliable was my old Z reels that I always found too heavy. Anyway I got two Shimano baitrunners to fish with this coming season
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Old 11-23-2008, 10:39 PM
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I am more incline to go with Shimano after all the bail problems I had with the Penn reels. The only reel that was reliable was my old Z reels that I always found too heavy. Anyway I got two Shimano baitrunners to fish with this coming season
good choice, what size? the 4500b is perfect for general applications. you will not be disappointed.
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for that money i'd have gone with the cabo 40 or 50. alot less weight and the only thing is it is not a baitrunner (some like that option though)



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My primaries are the ZB and the VS
For surfcasting the 704 - 06 cant be beat

The Cabo is a very nice reel too. My choice is the baitrunner more than the Cabo for bait fishing and the Cabo more than the baitrunner for plugs or slinging eels.
The Cabo is a quantum.
The other consideration for me with that reel - is the handle. I know its an improvement over the old one that had issues but it feels fat and a bit oversized for my liking.
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btw? you never told me how that little quantum i gave you fished?



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Santa Should leave me a VS with my hard earned money. =)
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good choice, what size? the 4500b is perfect for general applications. you will not be disappointed.

I got a 4500B and 6500B reel baitrunners for next year. I just need to get two rods for them to fish this coming year.
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I got a 4500B and 6500B reel baitrunners for next year. I just need to get two rods for them to fish this coming year.
i use my 4500 on an afaw 11' estuary...and i love it. ive also built a 9' lami mb108 3m that fished well with the 4500b and the 3500b.
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i use my 4500 on an afaw 11' estuary...and i love it. ive also built a 9' lami mb108 3m that fished well with the 4500b and the 3500b.
Jim
Really sounds like you have a nice setup with that 11 and 9 footer. I have heard so many positive things about that AFAW rod and you must be grinning as an owner. Right now I am looking at the Lami Triflex stick or maybe try a Tsunami Airwave rod for fishing. I just want to get something not too expensive, because I am not all too sure if I will fish with those reels.
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