I do fine with baitcasters while vertical jigging. Casting? Well, now that can become an ordeal. However, I am willing to put a foot forward to give one of these animals an honest go. That said, I’m on the hunt. Budget limit is $150.00/$175.00. I’ll be using this for top water bassing and pike fishing. I’d like to use braid but a decent mono in the 12-15 pound range will work too. The reel will be going on a 7 foot rod with what feels like a medium action, one that I think will toss swimbaits like the 4.2″ Kietech Swim Impact, maybe a crank of 5/8 to 3/4 ounce. So….
I see a lot of options in the Diawa line as well as a few in Shimano and other brands. Just in reading some of the descriptive stuff on the different reels I am leaning towards a Tatula of some sort. Any recommendations and why?