Best Finesse Baitcasting Reel for under $200

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Re: Best Finesse Baitcasting Reel for under $200

Postby Lexy 123 » Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:07 pm

bassninja wrote:1) The Scorpion 1000XT is going for around $200 almost every where you look - ebay, rakuten, japantackle. Last time I looked, isn't the MSRP of a Chronarch 50E $200? :-k
MSRP price of 1000XT is about $240. Yes, U can buy it for $200
MSRP price of CH50E is $200. But U can buy it all day long (eBay or forums?) for around $160-170
So it's still a $30-40 difference in price
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2) 1-year warranty is nice if you should ever encounter some major issues with the reel within 1 year. But that's what all that overloaded factory grease is for, to get your reel through that first year of use. Also, Scorpion parts are interchangeable with CU/CH 50E, so getting parts from Shimano America shouldn't be an issue as long as they have them in stock. Upgrading with Core 50 parts is even a better option. 8-)
Shimano USA won't touch Scorpion for warranty during the first year or any service after the first year (my own personal experience). I would have to ship the reel to Japan for that. Turn around time is crazy.
Shimano USA does not have any problem taking care of me if it's a Shimano USA reel.
Btw, talking about overloaded factory grease, I always strip that down for every new reel. It improves at least 10%.


3) I could be wrong here but I'm pretty sure that the Scorpion 1000XT is a more sought after reel than a CU/CH 50E. :D
Not true from my personal experience.


I'm a big Shimano fan but I'm little shy away from JDM products because of the few reasons above.
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Re: Best Finesse Baitcasting Reel for under $200

Postby bassninja » Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:17 am

I must've missed the part where the op said $160 with manufacturer support and accessibility to OEM parts. I thought he just meant performance wise. :D
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Re: Best Finesse Baitcasting Reel for under $200

Postby tywithay » Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:38 am

bassninja wrote:I must've missed the part where the op said $160 with manufacturer support and accessibility to OEM parts. I thought he just meant performance wise. :D

The word "best" would seem to point to that. The 1000xt comes 'tuned' as well with the A-rb throughout and no antireverse pawl. They're quite an upgrade over the stock 50e's.

There's a ton of guys on this board I'd trust to service my reel as much, or more, than Shimano. That's a non-issue in my eyes.
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Re: Best Finesse Baitcasting Reel for under $200

Postby Lawaia » Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:01 am

Based on personal experience with using and owning all three, hands down I prefer the JDM Scorpion XT over the CH e or CU e anyday.
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Re: Best Finesse Baitcasting Reel for under $200

Postby BRbasser » Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:37 am

The Scorpion XT is a killer real with the Avail spool.
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Re: Best Finesse Baitcasting Reel for under $200

Postby mark poulson » Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:33 am

Bootytrain wrote:This weekend I was throwing 1/16 and 1/8 oz lures for what I estimate is a good 50 feet using a stock Curado 50 on 4lb mono using a 6'6 Damiki dark angel EX medium powered rod with a rating of 1/4 to 3/4. I'm sure with a lighter powered rod it would be better. I'm not sure how that would rank compared to higher end finesse baitcaster capabilities but for $200 and under IMO its great :-) of course you can get the current Chronarch 50as its the same reel. Hope this helps.


I agree. Finding a casting rod that will load with a 1/16 oz bait is the key.
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Re: Best Finesse Baitcasting Reel for under $200

Postby Strewth » Wed Aug 28, 2013 1:54 pm

+1 for the XT1000. I use mine stock, after cleaning the spool bearings in acetone and re-lubing with a light oil (Friction Zero or Smith IOS-1). Very smooth for the $ due to the material used in the pinion and drive gears, as well as the high quality bearings (S-ARBs) throughout.
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Re: Best Finesse Baitcasting Reel for under $200

Postby rbredefe » Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:44 am

No Lew's fans in the house???
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Re: Best Finesse Baitcasting Reel for under $200

Postby BlaineFred » Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:28 am

rbredefe wrote:No Lew's fans in the house???


I like the Tournament Pro's but the spools are too large and deep to make a good finesse reel. Are there other models that can be used for finesse??
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Re: Best Finesse Baitcasting Reel for under $200

Postby Hogsticker2 » Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:36 am

BlaineFred wrote:
rbredefe wrote:No Lew's fans in the house???


I like the Tournament Pro's but the spools are too large and deep to make a good finesse reel. Are there other models that can be used for finesse??

Smallest capacity Lews reels I see hold 120 of 12. I find it hard to believe that with all the models Lews has released over the past two years they have not come out with more of a finesse oriented reel.
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Re: Best Finesse Baitcasting Reel for under $200

Postby 21farms » Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:22 pm

BRbasser wrote:The Scorpion XT is a killer real with the Avail spool.

yes! putting a shallow spool into the scorpion XT transforms the reel into a sweet finesse caster. however, the yumeya and avail spools are around $100, bringing the combo into aldebaran BFS territory.
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Re: Best Finesse Baitcasting Reel for under $200

Postby takrat 67 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:22 pm

Like the man said, go on line to Ichiban and get either an Alphas or a Pixie. They will do the job and won't break the bank. You can always upgrade 'em later.
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Re: Best Finesse Baitcasting Reel for under $200

Postby 21farms » Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:49 am

takrat 67 wrote:Like the man said, go on line to Ichiban and get either an Alphas or a Pixie. They will do the job and won't break the bank. You can always upgrade 'em later.
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i agree on the pixy...i think a used pixy is the way to go if you absolutely had to keep it under $200. next in line would be a scorpion 1000XT.
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Re: Best Finesse Baitcasting Reel for under $200

Postby dragon1 » Wed Sep 04, 2013 4:26 am

Some killer deals on TDZs on the Buy/Sell/Trade.
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Re: Best Finesse Baitcasting Reel for under $200

Postby fletch616 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:51 am

Just got a japantackle 1000xt...im casting yamamoto shad shape, 3/0 mustad tube hook on 10lb sniper..its like throwing one once football jigs..goes forever..the best caster I have had..and thats with the stock spool!!
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