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Anyone have any suggestions on rod and reels that work great for Northern Pike and Muskie fishing? I'm looking to get a new reel

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  • Anyone have any suggestions on rod and reels that work great for Northern Pike and Muskie fishing? I'm looking to get a new reel

    Anyone have any suggestions on rod and reels that work great for Northern Pike and Muskie fishing? I'm looking to get a new reel, possibly a Abu Garcia® Ambassadeur® Classic C3 reel. Is that a good reel? I have a ugly stick rod but I don't like it, it is to bendable. I'm looking to spend $100 and under for each one.

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    I've used Ambassadeur reels for decades and have always found them to be rugged and reliable, and that's in salt water which is tough on any tackle.

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      I like the US Reel SuperCaster baitcast reels. I used Pflueger Supreme's in the late 50's and early 60's. Then I went to the Abu Ambassadeur 5000's until the early seventies. Then the Heddon Mark IV was my reel of choice until I helped design the BB1. It was built by Shimano and I still use one on special occasions. I own Revo's, Calcutta's and many more reels. Now my favorite is the SuperCaster 1000 series. They have the best levelwind system on any reel today.

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      • #4
        I use the larger Ambassador C3's for muskie. My muskie rods are Cabela Tourney Trails.

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          I bought a Ambassador c3, and I watched tips online on how to use bait casters. But on my third cast I got a back lash. Anyone have any tips for using bait casters. I know you need to adjust the tension by using the knob on the side. Also i like to cast and reel a lot, instead of throwing a bobber and letting the fish bite. Would a spinning reel be a better choice. If so any suggestions.

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          • #6
            I have an ugly stick & would NEVER settle for anything else. I have always had great luck with my rod & I also have a new baitcasting reel from BPS(Bass Pro Shops). The reel is a CatMaxx CM3. it casts really smooth, winds fast & smooth, average cast for me is about 50 - 75 feet. the accuracy is like that of a sniper rifle...time & time again.
            HOWEVER, if this is your first baitcasting reel, I advise you to practise extensively FIRST. see the spool on the reel keeps sending out line even AFTER the lure hits the water. The only way to stop this from happening, is to use your thumb against the spool. Notice I said the spool & not the line on the spool.

            If you go to Field & Stream's website, look up a guy named Santa; he can tell you more about baitcasting reels than I ever could. I think it's what he does for a living. The guy is extremely knowledgable about fishing & its gear.

            BUT I STRESS, unless you have experience with baitcasting reels, you need to practise A LOT. I was practising every day for about 2 weeks before I used it for fishing for catfish.

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              oh I forgot to mention, I paid $60.00($59.99) for the reel...plus commission for congress of coarse.

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              • #8
                If you already have experience in baitcasting I would recommend investing in a high end baitcasting reel instead. In my experience, once I got used to baitcasting with a cheap reel, I immediately jumped to expensive baitcasting reels. I've never had any issues with my abu garcia revo sx since I bought it. The price was worth it.

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