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What is the consensus on trolling reels made today? I have a pair of red Penn 209's that must be 30 years old. New line every year or two, lube them, and they last. Never changed the drag disc's. ? Now Penn has a 209LC. What has been a good reel the past few years? I want to get reels for lead core use. Thanks.
 

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For me it is line capacity and retreive speed, Penn's I have gotten rid of all of them tooo slow great well built reel but need a motor to bring in a fish in a hurry on a long line.
 

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Shimanos in 700 and 800 are tough to beat for lead and copper


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Lots of guys like the shimanos. Personally, I have seen alot of issues with them. A good reel for core is the Penn 330. As for your 209's, They are not the top of line but will work fine, maybe get a fresh rebuild on them.
 

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Which model Okuma? There are a few on Ebay right now. What i want to use it for is a SWR, so I will not be loading it up with 10 colors. I need a reel that can hold ALOT of line behind the core. Thanks, Bruce.
 

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Go with the Convector 30 model. Should leave you plenty room for backer behind the swr. And from my experiences with that reel I have been very pleased with the performance for the money


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I have been hunting for reviews online. A few are negative thru the Cabelas site. China made, as of 2008, clicker, counter or spool issues. Bill in Lakeside and Dick's have then for a good price. Thanks for all the replies!
 

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No way, convectors wear out fast. The drags are sticky and touchy. Might be fine reels for moderate use, but if you are someone who fishes a lot or charters, you will get sick of the. Diawa is my favorite.

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What is the consensus on trolling reels made today? I have a pair of red Penn 209's that must be 30 years old. New line every year or two, lube them, and they last. Never changed the drag disc's. ? Now Penn has a 209LC. What has been a good reel the past few years? I want to get reels for lead core use. Thanks.
Daiwa or Penn. Those are the only options, IMHO.
 
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