Brat Bonker wrote:yeah curados are nice but I love my revo but for $200+, it might be out of your price range. Black maxs, pinnacles, and culcuttas aren't bad. My first bait cast was a ambassadeur 5500, nice reel but I like smaller profile ones now.
I believe cabelas has some nice rod reel combos that are really affordable and good quality.
I'm with you all the way on that! Curados are nice but for the price there's a lot nicer out there. More and better bearings, more and better features and fit and finish, why would you paint a $200+ reel green? Urp... I don't need to pay for the name. Now if you want to talk Calcutta, there is a very nice reel!!! Now for spinners, I'll do a Shimano any day. Everything else I've tried has fallen apart after a couple years.
Now FB2 if you are truly constrained by budget, I'd start looking at round reels too. A nice lightly used 5500 or 6600 can cast a 1/4 oz lure and you can land a big King with it too. All in all a lot more versatile reel than a low profile. They hold plenty of line so you don't need to kill yourself running down stream or trolling. They're fine for fishing the Big C, Trolling or Hogline. If you want a lefty, that should be cheap on EBay and maybe find a new one too. I used a round reel for years and never found it to be a detriment in any way.