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A question for fishing guides on reels to recommend

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You guys probably see and use more spinning equipment than about anyone else. My old Shimano Sedona 4000 has given me great service on specks and reds. But it's getting a bit worn and beat up. It' time for a new reel or two.

What do you recommend for the bayous, marshes and lakes?

Abu Garcia/Daiwa/Mitchell/Okuma/Penn/Pflueger/Quantum/Shimano????.

Any particular size or model?
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I have real good luck with the shimano stradics. I have a few of the 4000s and 2500s it the only reel that has been holding up
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I'm not a guide, but do put a lot of miles on my gear. I like my Okuma Salina. It's really smooth operating. Caught bull reds, shark, Drum, specks. It's been holding up well for several years.
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   Ricky Pon
I am curious to see what they say. My ambassador had a bad run in with an alligator and I think the gears are stripped. My Abu literally fell apart before my eyes while fighting an unknown fish. Both were almost 10 years old.
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I love my Shimano Stradics and Symetres. I have 3000 and 4000 models in each. Stadics have a $200 price tag and Symetres have $100 price tag. If your going to use braided line I find the the Stradic is more suited for the punishment braid brings to the table. Both reels will bring you many years for service. I clean an oil my reels once a year and never have any issues. This is something that must be done regardless of brand you buy to ensure longevity.
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Thanks for the thoughts guys.

WOW! Over 500 views and not one response from a fishing guide. They're mighty energetic posting their business commercials about successful trips, but seem less keen in contributing to this forum in other ways.
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Hi Ive used penns for the last 10 years. I fish almost every day because I have lake ponchatrain 300 ft from my house. Penn has just come out with a combination of penn reel and 7 foot rod that is the most balanced combination I have used in my life. I picked mine up at Hook and Line on paris rd. In chalmette. I loved the thing so much i went back and purchased 2 more.
Oh! Get this 100 percent guaranteed no matter what you do to it. HEAVEN! I have atleast 15 different rod and reels. Unless im doing a 30lb redfish thing back to back in grand isle...I use this penn combo on everything. You ll love it.😘
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Thanks for the info Speck.
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I have tried many and have settled on the Penn Fierce. I had the 4000 for the customers but as soon as I started using them, I realized that they were a little heavy to carry all day and dropped to the 3000. With the latest generation advanced lines the 3000 holds plenty of line and does an excellent job. I even have one on the offshore boat for my sabiki rig and it has held up for years of abuse. Like all reels there are good and bad. From using multiple Penn Fierce reels, I have learned a trick that extends their life for years. When you take the reel out of the box, below the spool on the front of the reel is a small plate with a small screw holding it in place. Behind this plate is an oiling port. Before the reel ever sees saltwater ,take this plate off and fill the guts of the reel with a spray white lithium grease. Do this and maintenance every once in a while and it will last for years. It will cast a mile and handle the occasional Jack when the summer brings them into the bay.
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Thanks Reel Screamers and Speckletrout. I'll check the Penns out. The 3000's are $54.78 at Amazon.com with free shipping if you have Amazon Prime. That seems like a really good price.
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I have been using the shimano sienna 4000 for two years now and for $25 at academy you cant beat it! There light hold plenty of 20 pound braid and the drag is excellent!
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Penn Battles are good and the Penn Clash are even better....
Shimano do not hold up as well as the Penn
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