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How-To Tell if a Baitcaster is the Right Reel for You



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If youíre thinking about getting a baitcasting reel, you should consider the following six scenarios to figure out if itís going to be right for you.

They may say that Baseball is Americaís favorite pastime, but the truth is, fishing is the real favorite pastime the world over. With so many of us enjoying this sport, itís easy to see how one could get caught up in the desire to buy new fishing gear and try new techniques to have a more enjoyable experienceóin other words, catch more fish. The most essential piece of equipment is a rod and a reel. And with that comes the decision of what type of reel is best for you. Reels can be categorized by their levels of difficulty to learn to use, from spincast being the easiest, spinning reels in the middle, and baitcasters taking a bit more skill. So to help you figure out if a baitcasting reel is right for you, weíve compiled a list of things you should consider to help inform your decision.
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I thought the picture and ad was a joke. I guess not. Has the fishing become so dismal that we are at risk of being lured away (pun intended) to fish baitcasting reels? Never!! In the words of William Wallace...

Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you'll live... at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!
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It's spam. I'm sure the account will be deleted at some point by the real "editors". Looks like while they are nominally not a commercial site they are clickbait, and probably paid to be so, for storefronts.
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It's spam. I'm sure the account will be deleted at some point by the real "editors". Looks like while they are nominally not a commercial site they are clickbait, and probably paid to be so, for storefronts.
Ummm .... it's not spam
This is an account created by the VS marketing team to advertise to multiple VS forums. The Speypages falls into into the "fishing" category ....
I have previously deleted the account and banned them before the Spey Admins told me who they were .... oooops
I have already mentioned the "interest" the members of this forum may have in "typical fishing gear". Was hoping the marketing team would post in the Advertising sub-forum, so those that may be interested could view it.
I think I need to send them another note .....


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Ah, OK. The subheading "editorial content" does seem to indicate it has the support of the admins at some level. My overall concern would not be with one advertiser or advertisor-paid poster, but that it would get out of hand some at some point, and the signal to noise ratio would go down since the space of potential commercial ventures is so much larger than our little community. The fact that one such off-target post sticks out so much is just evidence that the admins are doing a pretty good job in this respect!
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I will cheerfully be lured away to use baitcasters, which I have enjoyed using for 45 years now, but not all were created equal.. Here are a few of interest, 1960s Hardy Elarex(made by Jack Luke). Tiny Hardy Jock Scott with line winder pre 1953. Very small watchlike, 1970's ABU Ambassadeur 2500 (2 1/8" diameter) and a modern but retro model Ambassadeur 4600C.

All are used on bamboo which puts the icing on for me.

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I hope this doesn't become the norm!!!!!!


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Very cool collection Malcolm
Just moved this to the appropriate sub-Forum


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I will cheerfully be lured away to use baitcasters, which I have enjoyed using for 45 years now, but not all were created equal.. Here are a few of interest, 1960s Hardy Elarex(made by Jack Luke). Tiny Hardy Jock Scott with line winder pre 1953. Very small watchlike, 1970's ABU Ambassadeur 2500 (2 1/8" diameter) and a modern but retro model Ambassadeur 4600C.

All are used on bamboo which puts the icing on for me.

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I have a 2500C as well, the spool is really tiny!

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Yes a lovely reel, just the job for tossing a tiny Heddon Zara Puppy for bass along the side of those weed beds in the evening. This on the first bamboo rod that I made almost 20 years ago now. You may be interestered Tyke, my ABU Tight Lines catalogue (UK) of 1976 included the reel for the first time, with a whopping 36 pounds price tag, which would have not been much short of a weeks wages at the time, I seem to remember.



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I like the pattern of those flies in the first post. Looks like some Skagit Junk I've seen that'll get down in a hurry.
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Im adding the OP to my ignore list. I fish with conventional tackle as well but dont come here for that
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I tried to give it this a positive twist, I suppose. I have long loved quality reels of all descriptions, and I have many made over the last 100 years or so.
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I will cheerfully be lured away to use baitcasters, which I have enjoyed using for 45 years now, but not all were created equal.. Here are a few of interest, 1960s Hardy Elarex(made by Jack Luke). Tiny Hardy Jock Scott with line winder pre 1953. Very small watchlike, 1970's ABU Ambassadeur 2500 (2 1/8" diameter) and a modern but retro model Ambassadeur 4600C.

All are used on bamboo which puts the icing on for me.

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I had a Garcia Ambassadeur back in the 70s in my early teens. Lot of snook and Jacks, pretty vicious gamefish, with it. Pretty sure it is the same reel, or very close vintage. Mine was bright shiny red! I remember it almost as well as my first crush. At the time it was the only gear I owned that wasn't totally covered in brine and reeking of bait residue since I bought it new and used it with only with lures. I wish I still had it for sentimental reasons. Also wish I still had my Penn Squidder from back then for the same reason.

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Yes a lovely reel, just the job for tossing a tiny Heddon Zara Puppy for bass along the side of those weed beds in the evening. This on the first bamboo rod that I made almost 20 years ago now. You may be interestered Tyke, my ABU Tight Lines catalogue (UK) of 1976 included the reel for the first time, with a whopping 36 pounds price tag, which would have not been much short of a weeks wages at the time, I seem to remember.



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Inflation was rampant in the 1970's, early in the decade the red Ambassadeur 6000 was £13.95 I seem to recall (still a lot then) & my fishing mad uncle combined with my parents to buy me one for Christmas - I was absolutely delighted as it was a complete surprise.

45 or so years later I still have it & it still works just fine.

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