That is an answer that's not as easy as it would seem. I'm using a 6'6" medium heavy rod for heavy cover. I coupled this with 80lb test braid (50-65lb will suffice). Now, I am not wealthy, far from it. So I picked a reel that was inexpensive yet would work for me. There are two reel types to look at: Spinning and bait casters. Spinning is more known for using plastics and can be used for heavy cover but I found that a bait caster makes more sense. Next, if you go with that, what would you use? Well, there are several good ones out there under $100. The first thing I would say is how fast of a retrieve would you like? 5:3:1 and 6:3:1 are probably the most used and known. Basically, the higher that first number, the faster the retrieve. You have to be careful. For instance, I have more rod reel combos (all Ugly Stiks). The bait caster reels are Daiwa. Two are 5:3:1 on 5'6" trigger rods and the other is a 6:3:1 on a 6'6" trigger rod. When I used a Strike King Swim Jig on the 5'6," I caught two bass. Not realizing the speed of the 6'6" rod, I used the same bait and was reeling it in too fast. So, the speed has a lot to do with what you are looking for. The next thing is feel. You should go in to Bass Pro shop and try out different reels and I would suggest trying even ones well outside of your budget so you can get an idea of how reels work. So, I can't give you an exact reel to use, I would suggest which reel works best for what you want to achieve and then narrow it down to speed and feel.
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answered 1 year, 11 months ago
- New Hampshire
It's great for all different kinds of fishing. especially heavy covor!
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answered 2 years, 1 month ago
- Merrimack NH
I'm Base-ing this On I reading this question On the Page where there is Spinning Rods and the 7 Foot Rod In Weighted for 8 -15 Line .. Ok So using 15 Pound test on the High In Of the scale and I guessing a 5/8 OZ Lure In Heavy cover Sounds like it going to be a Jig or a Maybe a worm in use.. Could be some Kind of braid Line Like Fire-line or Spider-wire . So want Reel ? I My Self have Used a Lot of Spinning reels Brands But I Keeping coming back to Shimano Brand of Reels and I sure Bass Pro make a great Spinning I Love there Bait-casters Reels .. Best the Best In that size that Uses that 15 Pound test as the Avg size Line on Most reel spools with the Most bearings with a front Drag. I feel Is better. Money ( cost) then Becomes the Problem ... Some times In the Long run a 30 dollar real Is the better buy If you in saltwater Fishing and if it breaks Down go get a New reel.. or if you do a lot of wading in where You reel could get wet more . I just can't see Putting a 250 dollor reel In those areas But You must have a smooth drag that set right ... No More than 1/3 of the Line test so for a 15 pound Line test You reel slip at 5 pounds of Pull max Pull I some times set it to 1/4 of the line Pull and must do that test every time that make a good reel whatever the Brand It is ..I know I gave you the run around with this question but It's want I feel about what a reel has to do and Not Fail at that time a Big fish get on. I Myself use a Shimano Sonora it a Mid Priced reel Cause I wade Rivers Allot and Fish Ponds for Big Catfish ( 20 # Cats) No Problem using 10 Pound Line . This reel Just hangs in there ..Oh I have 4 Of them Plus I bought My Dad One all On Different size Rods for me So i guess that a good call for a Reel .. Also I bought a Shamano Speed-master reel In 1977 in High School I Still Have the reel and It still works but I Re-tired It Last year. and I did allot of fishing with that Reel . from Canada Walleye & Northern to Missouri Small mouths to SW Fla. Snook .Same Reel.. I hope that clears some of Real talk Up !!
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answered 2 years, 5 months ago
- Near Houston , Mo On the West Fork Piny River
I have 7ft ugly stick med. with a wavespin by doug hanna with powerpro 30lb braid. This combo works for all my bass fishing needs.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
- central Illinois
I use a Bass Pro Shops Mega Tournament 30 model (in stores only I think) with trilene xl 8lb. Great for walleye and bass.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
- Ontario, Canada
I paired it with a Abu Garcia Cardinal and i do the same thing with it, heavy largemouth fishing. It works great, looks good, and its affordable.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
- North Carolina
if it is a spinning rod I would reccomend the U.S. reel 230 xl
answered 3 years, 2 months ago