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[Cabelas] Pflueger President XT Spinning Reel-$76.99

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[Cabelas] Pflueger President XT Spinning Reel-$76.99

Great deal on a fantastic reel. 10 bearings, various sizes. Have this reel on a few of my rods, smooth as can be.
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Bought this because it is a nice price and price had gone up since. However I find that it is not as smooth as the Shimano Nasci reel I got about a month ago (from Ali Express and about same price).
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kopi0 wrote:
Mar 29th, 2019 12:03 pm
Bought this because it is a nice price and price had gone up since. However I find that it is not as smooth as the Shimano Nasci reel I got about a month ago (from Ali Express and about same price).
Which seller did you go with? What size did you get? I was looking at a 500 but some sellers are not properly displaying the 500 (calling it "other)


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A spinning reel with 6+ ball bearings will initially be smoother but the better spinning reels only have 3-5 ball bearings. Sand and grit get into the bearings and eventually destroy the reel's smoothness. I have a cheap Shimano Sycopate 2000 that literally lasted forever (and is still going strong). Simple design, great build quality, and indestructible. Just look at the Penn SS series. Simple design and built to last. IMHO if you over-spend on fishing gear you're always afraid to use it because you're afraid to scratch your ruin your expensive fishing gear. Fishing is a hobby meant to be enjoyed by everyone at a minimal cost.
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I have a KastKing Summer 500 reel, for which I paid ~$25, and it's adequate for the trout fishing that I do.
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wilson wrote:
Mar 29th, 2019 2:24 pm
A spinning reel with 6+ ball bearings will initially be smoother but the better spinning reels only have 3-5 ball bearings. Sand and grit get into the bearings and eventually destroy the reel's smoothness. I have a cheap Shimano Sycopate 2000 that literally lasted forever (and is still going strong). Simple design, great build quality, and indestructible. Just look at the Penn SS series. Simple design and built to last. IMHO if you over-spend on fishing gear you're always afraid to use it because you're afraid to scratch your ruin your expensive fishing gear. Fishing is a hobby meant to be enjoyed by everyone at a minimal cost.

Yes and no.. Quality of bearing is more important, than quantity. Having more lower ABEC rated bearings isn't as good as having less higher rated bearings, as you'll have to replace the lower rated ones quicker, as well with corrosion resistance specs. All bearings being equal, the more puts less stress on the reel. I have a cousin who fishes tuna regularly overseas, and I've seen first hand crappy far east bearings on reels he lets newbs use. You won't notice much on a 500-1000 size spinning reel fishing perch and bass, but on a level wind hauling in a 500lb fish, you'll see it when you take the reel apart with the naked eye.

The best reels are the best ones you can afford. I usually give everyone the same advice, on a specific budget (spinning/baitcast/levelwind) upgrade the reel a little at the sacrifice of the rod. Vice versa with fly fishing stuff, where put a few extra on the rod taken outta the reel budget.
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No, I don’t have a time machine, but I did get the pfluegger supreme xt for the same price. Watch it on amazon, it drops fairly often

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