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General Bass Fishing Discussion => Rods, Reels and Fishing Line => Topic started by: Polaris425 on June 29, 2014, 05:51:20 PM

Title: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: Polaris425 on June 29, 2014, 05:51:20 PM
This was mine, got it in the late 80's from my aunt, when my uncle passed away. I was probably 8 ish. Used it for a long time, well into my 20's. It sits on my cedar stump now, which also has lures hung on it that I've found.

Abu Ambassador Mag1. Wish I knew when it was made.


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Title: Re: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: Polaris425 on June 29, 2014, 05:53:47 PM
Here's the stump I mentioned. Looks like I need to rearrange them a little, a few have fell. The frog on top was my grandfathers.

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Title: Re: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: Smallie_Stalker on June 29, 2014, 06:07:34 PM
I still have mine. It is mounted on a metal rod and has no levelwind. You can turn the handle in either direction!   :o
I think I was around the same age, maybe 7 or 8 when my dad started me using it. I will have to find some time to dig it out of storage and put up a pic.
Title: Re: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: Gwamba on June 29, 2014, 06:18:41 PM
Dad gave me his original South Bend 5.5 foot metal rod and direct drive matching level wind reel circa 1955 or 56 when I started at 6 yrs old...

My first purchase was a Lews 6' MH black glass rod and BB1 back in about 1967...Caught a lot of bass on that rod  ;D

Still catchin em on Lews... 47 years later... ~gf
Title: Re: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: steve76 on June 29, 2014, 06:30:05 PM
 My first was a Mitchell X200. Cheap reel I bought at Wal-Mart to learn on.



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Title: Re: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: Tavery5 on June 29, 2014, 06:36:09 PM
This was mine, got it in the late 80's from my aunt, when my uncle passed away. I was probably 8 ish. Used it for a long time, well into my 20's. It sits on my cedar stump now, which also has lures hung on it that I've found.
Abu Ambassador Mag1. Wish I knew when it was made.

Mag 1 was produced sometime  around 1985
Title: Re: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: Tavery5 on June 29, 2014, 06:46:09 PM
Not my first but it was one of the early ones I owned.
Shimano Mag Plus 250Xsg XHS (Xtra High Speed 5.1:1)  Shakespeare 5'6" graphite composite rod.
Reel was purchased from Woolworth Woolco in about 1983 for about $70 dollars, which was a lot of money back then for a fishing reel.
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Title: Re: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: Polaris425 on June 29, 2014, 06:54:02 PM
Mag 1 was produced sometime  around 1985

Thanks. I guess that means he had only had it a short time then, he passed away in 87.
Title: Re: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: Tavery5 on June 29, 2014, 07:07:44 PM
Thanks. I guess that means he had only had it a short time then, he passed away in 87.

Could have been a little earlier than that, maybe 1983, I just remember it being one of the first magnetic baitcasting reels that I can remember.  I graduated H.S. in 1983 and  remember this reel in showcases around that time frame.
Title: Re: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: Donald Garner on June 29, 2014, 07:45:32 PM
Mine was a Green Abu Garcia 5000D.  It was purchased in 1973 I had it matched with a Lew's pistol grip 6ft MH casting rod.  The whole rig cost less than $50.00 dollars back then.   I don't have it any more but there was some trying / fun times learning how to use it.     

Title: Re: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: Pferox on June 29, 2014, 09:21:20 PM
 I inherited a Shakespeare round level wind from my cousin's husband, probably boyfriend back then. I think it was a True Blue, but not exactly sure. Don't think it had any breaks on it, more like a conventional reel than anything else. It was probably made in the 60s or a little before.

We mostly fished for panfish and catfish back then and man did I catch a bunch on that reel.
Title: Re: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: fleurdelisxliv on June 29, 2014, 10:14:47 PM
My first was a abu red 5500
Title: Re: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: LgMouthGambler on June 30, 2014, 05:16:28 AM
Mine was a Shimano Curado200B. While I don't have the original one, I do have a mint 200B on my shelf now as remembrance.
Title: Re: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: MCS on June 30, 2014, 07:51:05 AM
I learned on a buddies Abu Ultra Mag I but my first one I bought was a Quantum Energy PT VI 7.1:1 burner.
Title: Re: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: Cheap Hooker on July 23, 2014, 09:51:52 PM
My First reel in the 60's Garcia Mitchell 300 on a 6'6" Shakespeare Ted Williams Approved rod, purchased from Sears with on big old ugly aluminum ferrell in the middle! Was like a Bull Whip

Then many years later my first Bait caster was a Pflueger Trion
after trying about 15  to 20 other reels that is what I went back to, only reel I use now .I was able to get a few on closeout for 45 bucks when the discontinued them last year.
Title: Re: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: FlatsNBay on July 24, 2014, 05:27:20 AM
My first baitcaster was a Daiwa Pro-Lite PL100. I saw it at Woolworth when I was a kid. I walked into the store every week just to pick it up and feel it until I could save up enough money to buy it. It was a great reel! Oh, the memories with that thing!
Title: Re: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: Dennis1022 on August 14, 2014, 08:40:05 AM
My very first Bait caster was the Abu Garcia Cardinal Red round reel. I never got the hand on it, I've tried more and more but still never got the nack of it. I had my 1st brother in-law and he used bait casting but he said if you want to use this you need to use it every day. I tried it for about a month of not one fish from that reel, so I gave it to my in-law. But now I use Silver Max and Black Max also BassPro Tournament and cabela's Tournament reel. The hardest thing to me is perfection of casting at a certain area it goes alittle off.
Title: Re: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: Polaris425 on August 14, 2014, 09:57:47 AM
^ that's where standing in the yard with a dog bowl comes in. Lol put it out in the yard and cast at it over and over.
Title: Re: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: Brocksdad1 on August 14, 2014, 02:17:25 PM
Mine was a Team Diawa 103HD Mag Force V 
Left hand. Got it used at a local bait shop for 15 bucks. And still use it. I have 4 lb test on it on a 6ft medium rod for crappie cranking. (http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/08/14/37f4ee8bfbf7c52e1f0d01322703830f.jpg)(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/08/14/35df939aed93b35e444b6c4185f8ed49.jpg)
Title: Re: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: cbburke on August 14, 2014, 05:06:51 PM
Mine was the Bass Pro Qualifier - I wanted to have something to learn on without crappy stuff

Next thing I knew, I start buying those high end stuff which cost me a fortune  ~b~
Title: Re: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: njpaulc on August 14, 2014, 06:51:15 PM
Wasn't really a baitcaster, Penn 65.  Fished with my dad off the Marine Parkway Bridge. 50 foot drop to the water, 3 ounce sinker, your thumb leaned real fast.  Every 3 or 4 backlashes, my dad gave me a dope slap.  Learned how to pick 'em out pretty quick.

Years later, I used my friends Ambassadeur 5500c reel, and it was an extension of my arm.  Bridge fishing really educated my thumb.
Title: Re: Your first baitcaster?
Post by: tholmes on August 19, 2014, 12:41:35 PM
First baitcaster was a Shakespeare 1920 Wondereel on a 5'6" Shakespeare steel rod, given to me by my grandpa in 1962 when I was 10 years old. I fished that rig for several years.

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That was followed by an Ambassadeur 5000, Shakespeare 1980 President II, Daiwa Millionare 5H, Pfleuger Supreme 511, Ryobi AD4000V, Shimano B100 Mag and BTX 100 Mag, then I finally settled on the round Ambassadeurs as my reel of choice and haven't found a convincing reason to change yet.

Tom