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Reels. Shimano Vs Penn Which manufacturer do you prefer for reels?

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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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every reel has a tolerance. most brands have discounted/middle of the road/good/excellent models. sedona? :smiliedoh: ... 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.
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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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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 :smile:
 

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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 :smile:
good choice, what size? the 4500b is perfect for general applications. you will not be disappointed.
 

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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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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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I own a 10ft airwave and its great light and has alot of spring action to get the plug out there and tossing eels...I tried a huge eel one time and snapped it in 3.LMAO . But Thank god for warranty from Dicks bring it back and get a new one free.:a_goodjob:
 

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I own a penn spinfisher and I can't tell you how much damage I have inflicted upon this reel to no avail. I sw my fiance dunking it in salt water (the sea) after she stepped on it in the sand and she didn't want me to see it covered with sand. The thing worked like its brand new everytime


I also owna boca ( which is a cabo minus the holes) and its pretty good as well. I like the titanium bail specifically and I'm getting the PT series for my Lami 11'
 

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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.
I know this was an older post but thought I might chime in. I myself don't own and would not buy a VS. That's just me as for the money I think it should be better and more consistent from reel to reel. For the money I would rather have a Stella if I had to pick from the two, even though it's not completely waterproof. The ZB on the other hand is a fishing machine.

Back to the normal folks reels I like the Baitrunner series and I hope the new D series is as good as it looks and feels new. I tried one out at the store and it is very nice, hope to be slinging one this fall. I do agree though if throwing plugs all day the Cabo might be nicer on the arm and Quantum has greatly improved their reels over the years. The new Baitrunner D series is lighter than the older a and b series though when you compare equal models. It's pretty nice with 20 lbs of drag on the 6000, and those dartaniums should last.
For the money nothing beats the Z series on the beach, and just imagine it's a reel that was designed 50 or 60 yrs ago(704z). Many of the new reels made don't have have the drag those oold Penns have. Many folks try to make the HT100 drags work on their reels.
 

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I use both the shimano spheros 14000fb and saragosa 14000 love em both never let me down! I also have a Penn 750 ssm and 950ssm and both seem to have bail problems and have contacted penn on this problem and they keep sending new bails but they to are the same loose and floaty u would think that wouldn't be an issue for a reel maker like Penn so makes u wunder how good is Penn quality????
 

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Wow. I don't remember when i voted on this but it must have been a long time ago. I used to fish Penn but now I only use Shimano reels (with the exception of a Daiwa Sealine that I won).

I have had amazing results with all of my shimanos (2 curado 200's, shimano spheros, and a shimano stradic).

On the east coast Penn seems to be the reel of choice, on the west coast Shimano is one of the most popular reels....as a matter of fact Penn reels aren't used too much out here.


Shimano has great customer service as well. One night while fishing I made a cast and a bunch of pelicans flew by....one got stuck in my line and snapped my shimano clarus rod. I didnt have my receipt so the store wouldnt help me out. I drove up to Irvine, CA (shimano headquarters). The ONLY question they asked me:

Where do we send the new rod?


I actually plan on buying a curado 300 later this month...
 
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