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Hi, guys, Iím looking at buying a fishing reel that can handle catching a kingi off the rocks or from a wharf. I am looking into the low/mid-priced reels.
This will be my stick bait/popper reel and be loaded with 50-80lb braid

Low price range:

$239 PENN Spinfisher V 8500 - 15.8kg Drag
$269 Fin-Nor Offshore 8500 - 27kg Drag

Mid price range:

$399 Shimano Saragosa 10000 15kg Drag
$499 Daiwa Saltist 6500 15kg Drag

I am new to Topwater fishing so i have no idea if these reels are suitable to do the job. Any recommendations of other reels or feedback on these ones would be greatly appreciated.
Calvin D. Melton
(This post was edited by wiperhunter2 on Jun 11, 2018, 6:08 AM)
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I have a few of the PENN Spinfisher V 8500's ...I think they are great reels for the price....quality seems to be good so far as well. Not bad IMO for a budget but quality reel.
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If you don't mind can you update us on your findings? I'm also interested in getting one of these reels. I'd like to hear your thoughts.
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I like to use the Okuma Coronado and the Makaira reels.
I have one of the Coronado CD 90 and the EX 100 series.

They are very good for top water and can handle large line.Fish On


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