Budget baitcaster reel

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Sun May 28, 2017 12:50 pm

I have this problem with my kids taking a liking to my lightweight baitcaster setup as its obviously lighter and easy for them to use. To be honest, is freaks me out seeing them nearly dropping my precious, precision, expensive fishing gear overboard as well as the other abuse young kids seem effortlessly capable of, so..

I'm after a budget baitcaster reel that I can add to a older road I have laying around. I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction for something semi-durable for sea fishing.. for around the $100 mark.

I'll also clarify that the kids come out on the BOAT, not the kayak, so hopefully it won't be getting dunked on every trip. I also survive my own gear regularly.

This it what I'm considering so far: I'm after opinions and/or other recommendations too,

Shimano Caius 150A Baitcast Reel
Manufacturer: Shimano
Model: Caius 150A
Variable Brake System
Retrieve per crank: 67 cm
Bearings: 3+1
Max drag: 5 kg
Drag type: Star
Weight: 205g
Powerpro cap: 20 lbs / 150 yds
Gear ratio: 6.3:1

or maybe,

Okuma Ceymar Baitcast Reel
Model: C-266W-CL
Bearings: 6BB+1RB
Gear Ratio: 6.6:1
Line retrieve: 28.5"
Line capacity:
-mm/m: 0.29/160, 0.33/130, 0.37/95
Max Drag: 5kg
Weight: 215g
Handle Side: Right

The Okuma Citrix is more than what I'm prepared to invest right now unless maybe you have a second hand one going..
Thanks heaps

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Mon May 29, 2017 8:27 am

I have a baitcaster set here - a tica baitcaster and a catana rod. $70 if you want it. Good working condition.
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Mon May 29, 2017 8:56 am

I had a caius - good little reel.

I never tried it on anything really big but it has handled
~2.5kg Kahawai
50cm+ snapper
40cm+ blue cod

I had mine on a 5'6" eclipse rod. Great little rig for catching pannies.
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Mon May 29, 2017 1:19 pm

Thanks sk8e8, I'm really after a low profile baitcaster and I already have a catana rod in the shed to put it on.
Thanks Mike, the fish you mention would be typical target species. I'm leaning more toward the shimano, I've come across a few good reviews now.

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