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    Question Baitcasters!!!!!!

    So i was looking online for a cheap baitcaster for my friends and team-mates on my bass team to use because they like to throw around my 200$+ Lew's, and Abu Garcia's. So i came acrossed the Shakespeare Alpha for 15$ on ebay new, and i know it won't be as great as my high-end reel's but is it even worth the 15$ just for a throw around, also it still has to work as a good reel not just a rag doll.hehee

    Has anyone used or have a shakespeare Alpha low profile baitcaster?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sportsman296 View Post
    So i was looking online for a cheap baitcaster for my friends and team-mates on my bass team to use because they like to throw around my 200$+ Lew's, and Abu Garcia's. So i came acrossed the Shakespeare Alpha for 15$ on ebay new, and i know it won't be as great as my high-end reel's but is it even worth the 15$ just for a throw around, also it still has to work as a good reel not just a rag doll.hehee

    Has anyone used or have a shakespeare Alpha low profile baitcaster?

    Thanks,

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    A paltry 200 bucks? Ya gotta be kdding me! Here's what I want for Christmas(NOTE: NOT a "baitcaster:

    http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=8A5A

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    Nice That would be a good gift. I do spend alot more on my fly outfit than my bass fishing outfits (Baitcasters.etc) though, $500+ I love orvis.
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    I don't allow a sheakspear on my boat. Bad juju. Friend use to use a couple of them, nothing but trouble. But...just my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge47 View Post
    A paltry 200 bucks? Ya gotta be kdding me! Here's what I want for Christmas(NOTE: NOT a "baitcaster:

    http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=8A5A

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    When I was 14 as is our OP, I fished with whatever Dad had in the basement. I was lucky to have any gear at all and honestly didn't care what brand it was. A lot of the time it was a stick with some fishing line tied to it. The fish didn't seem to mind.
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    Yep. Cane poles for me. I don't think I saw $200 until I was probably 15....maybe 16. My first car didn't cost that much.

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    Yep. Cane poles for me. I don't think I saw $200 until I was probably 15....maybe 16. My first car didn't cost that much.
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    Sure they did Sarge.

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    Most of the shakespeare reels are junk. I have an underslung spinner I like but it's a constant struggle to keep it functioning, mostly cuz they rust. Real quick.
    When I was 14 I think I still only had the 5 foot Zebco all in one push button. I had that thing far too long but like crash said, the fish don't care.
    Now I use a $75 Shimano baitcaster for the lake and a $160 Shimano baitcaster for surf casting. The spinner just rides around in the truck on a take-down rod during the summer in case a fishing opportunity presents itself.
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    I bought a Shakespeare Alpha spinner /Ugly Stick combo for surf fishing a few years back and while I admit it's junk, I wasnt paying a lot for 3-4 trips to the beach per year.
    I have Mitchell and Zebco rigs for fresh water fishing which I do almost every week till the seasons end.
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    Cool Well, since you asked...

    For bait casting it's Zebco all the way. For Fly Fishing I have several rod & reels that I've bought over the years. My favorite is the Lefty Kregh 9' 5wt. that I bought from Cabela's on sale with Free shipping for $150 bucks, I think that includes tax as well. I have an 8.5' 9wt. Shakespeare fly rod that I bought at a Yard Sale for five bucks, but the Orvis reel and fly line ran me about another $90. To be honest, I do a lot more fly fishing than bait casting......
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    Thos open bait caster always birds nest on me, so I just use the closed face reels!

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    i USE ALL MY OLD pHLEUGER level wind reels .. used em since 1958 .. still catch fish ...too old for a switch up ( or too stubborn)
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    My first baitcaster was given to me by my brother-in-law in the late 1980's. It was a Daiwa Black Widow. I couldn't cast a baitcaster for shift. Everyone else we fished with prefered them and they would tell me to switch from my Shimano spinning gear to a baitcaster. I would try theirs and walk away while they tried fruitlessly to untangle the birdsnest that I put in their reel. Knowing that I could fish for a while in peace while they worked on their rig. LOL

    I was fishing with that same Black Widow last weekend.

    I was really trying to get the hang of that Black widow by casting in the yard and not doing well at all. Then some guy stopped right in the middle of the road and said he knew what my problem was and showed me how to use my wrist. An hour later I was a baitcasting fool.

    My brother-in-law fished a Team Daiwa combo which was a nice combo kinda high end for me. He was given a new one as a gift from his uncle. He gave me his old one and I was a Team Daiwa fan. Though I ran Berkley Lightning Sticks in combo with the reel. after awhile I broke the case on the reel somehow and when you set teh hook the case would open up and allow the spool to spin to loosely on the drag to get a good set. I couldn't find anymore Team Diawa reels. I had always bought up good deals and we all had many rods and reels. I fished Shimano Coriolis and Citica. I currently fish A Shimano Curado CU2000 though that needs to be rebuilt.

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    I don't even pay attention to the brand of my fishing gear.... Usually it's cause the alternative is a stick with a rock for a sinker, an old hook and some old untangled line. LOL! But I figure if my reel reels, and it's not one of those stupid 'push button' reels that winds itself up every cast, then it works fine for me. I catch plenty of fish.
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    Ive got a $25 open face Shakespear I use regularly and have no issues with it.

    Im sure a $200 reel would be slick as snot on a doorknob, but... Im not into slick reels or paying too much for the basics.


    I think the lure is way more important than the reel that is bringing it in...

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    You can catch fish with a willow stick and a primitive line. You don't need a good reel and rod combination to catch fish. If you want to enjoy catching fish you don't need the high end stuff either. But, if you want to hook up on the lunkers then a good reel and rod make a whole world of difference. I can put food on the table with a willow rod and a grub.

    He said bass team and that's either fishing local tourneys or a lunker club. Lest I read that wrong. He is looking on more hook ups. The next thing is good line...

    I haven't fish a tourney since Fenwick Lunker Line was made. The god of all mono!

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    I fish as a free lancer for different teams and with a few of my friends and the tourneys are not that local, and i mostly fish the national Jr.Bassmasters due to me being 14. and im on a Pro-Staff so im used to using the "High end" stuff, it comes with the "PRO" teritory and when im just camping i sometimes use a self made cane pole.
    And Batch set your spool rotation and your friction control right and you won't get back lashes, also is Fenwick still in buisness, my grandpa used to use it alot, would make a good b-day present?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sportsman296 View Post
    And Batch set your spool rotation and your friction control right and you won't get back lashes, also is Fenwick still in buisness, my grandpa used to use it alot, would make a good b-day present?
    I was using my whole arm to cast and that was the problem. Fenwick had a Lunker series of rods and sold a line of mono called Lunker Line. I used that line with line dressing on baitcasters in the 1980's and it was the smoothest casting, lowest memory, strongest by weight class line there was back then.

    Your right if you set your cast control system just right for the bait and there is no unexpected precast snag or after cast impact you should not have a backlash on modern baitcasting gear. Not so back then and if you go gator hunting with me and you are slinging 5 oz trebles on a jig master or a squider out at the distances you have to when the late season is on and your using braided line. You will backlash period.

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