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Re: Budget Rod/reel options

Postby Juan » January 8th, 2020, 4:11 pm

Like most, I have to defend my $200 Stradics. They're great reels but I've also got a couple of KastKing Sharky II and IIIs that have more bearings, a lot more drag, throw just as far, cost under $50. each and catch just as many fish. Paired with a Shakespeare Ugly Stick or Lew's Speed Stick from Wally World and you've got a great inshore budget combo for around $100. or less.

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Re: Budget Rod/reel options

Postby silverking » January 8th, 2020, 4:56 pm

[quote="Juan" I know, but I had to do it. :-D[/quote]

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Re: Budget Rod/reel options

Postby silverking » January 8th, 2020, 5:01 pm

Don't overlook yard/garage and estate sales or pawn shops for quality pre-owned tackle. Some might require some cleaning and/or servicing, but you can find some good buys that way. You could also find some classics that are worth some serious money at bargain prices.
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Re: Budget Rod/reel options

Postby GusMccrae » January 8th, 2020, 11:58 pm

Thank you to all for the excellent advice. Juan, particularly, I have always wondered about the Kast Kings.
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Re: Budget Rod/reel options

Postby BloodyChamp » January 24th, 2020, 12:19 am

I started using baitcasters when they were all expensive, but didn’t all work very well. Fast forward to now and the truth is I haven’t used 1 in a very long time that doesn’t work pretty well. And I’ve used to cheap ones. Baitcasting reels are 1 of the few things in life that are made well across the board imo. 1 of the expensive ones I actually bought back in the day from a sporting goods store is in Walmart now for under $40!

I can also vouch for EBay. It seems like an unlikely place for good fishing stuff but it’s there and it’s plentiful.
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Re: Budget Rod/reel options

Postby spoton » January 25th, 2020, 8:22 am

I bought a Kast King Sharky II a couple of years ago when someone was promoting them on here and was quite pleased with it. Very smooth, good drag control. However this fall after I had not used it in a couple months it apparently had a bearing failure and locked up tight as a drum in the middle of a fishing day. However for what I paid for it I still would not rule it out as a budget option.
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Re: Budget Rod/reel options

Postby silverking » January 25th, 2020, 9:32 am

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Re: Budget Rod/reel options

Postby Juan » January 25th, 2020, 12:57 pm

spoton wrote:I bought a Kast King Sharky II a couple of years ago when someone was promoting them on here and was quite pleased with it. Very smooth, good drag control. However this fall after I had not used it in a couple months it apparently had a bearing failure and locked up tight as a drum in the middle of a fishing day. However for what I paid for it I still would not rule it out as a budget option.


I've had three of them for a couple of years now and so far they're still working like day one. But I did discover when I bought them they didn't have any lube at all in them so I serviced them and lube the bearings about every 6 months. I'm gonna catch h-e..double LL (again) for posting this but I like trying out the new cheap reels.. who knows, I may find one that lasts forever and like you said, for the price why not? I found and bought one a few months ago that so far imo performs better than the Kast Kings.. It looks better, casts great, has more bearings and it's cheaper too. Time will tell if it's worth keeping but so far, so good.
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Re: Budget Rod/reel options

Postby spoton » January 25th, 2020, 7:19 pm

Yeah, I still love my Shimanos but I have a 17 yo daughter who is enamored with a boyfriend who loves to fish and hunt and goes with him all the time. I'm just not going to let her take out my best stuff. I've been thinking about trying one of the "South GA " reels for her and see how long it lasts. BTW, at her age the relationship probably wont last that long, but we hope this boyfriend sticks around for a while.
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Re: Budget Rod/reel options

Postby Juan » January 26th, 2020, 8:08 am

spoton wrote: I've been thinking about trying one of the "South GA " reels


Ha! I spelled it without the "u" . (So gay) :-D They are made in China where Kast King reels are made in New York and I'm not giving up my Shimanos either but so far I still say they're decent reels and certainly worth every penny.
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Re: Budget Rod/reel options

Postby FishWithChris » January 26th, 2020, 10:45 am

Juan wrote:
spoton wrote: I've been thinking about trying one of the "South GA " reels


Ha! I spelled it without the "u" . (So gay) :-D They are made in China where Kast King reels are made in New York and I'm not giving up my Shimanos either but so far I still say they're decent reels and certainly worth every penny.
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Re: Budget Rod/reel options

Postby Juan » January 26th, 2020, 2:28 pm

FishWithChris wrote:
Juan wrote:
spoton wrote: I've been thinking about trying one of the "South GA " reels


Ha! I spelled it without the "u" . (So gay) :-D They are made in China where Kast King reels are made in New York and I'm not giving up my Shimanos either but so far I still say they're decent reels and certainly worth every penny.
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I'm sure the parts come from China. Kast King & Sougayilang = China, Shimano, Diawa, etc = Japan. 6 of 1, half dozen of the other. :-D
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Re: Budget Rod/reel options

Postby slow motion » January 26th, 2020, 3:33 pm

Please forgive my ignorance but what is a "SouthGaReel"? I certainly don't want my ignorance to cause me to miss out on the finer things in life, or not so fine either.
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Re: Budget Rod/reel options

Postby Juan » January 26th, 2020, 5:09 pm

slow motion wrote:Please forgive my ignorance but what is a "SouthGaReel"? I certainly don't want my ignorance to cause me to miss out on the finer things in life, or not so fine either.

It's just a play on words. Sougayilang is the real name we were joking about. :wink:
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