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Feb 22, 2021 13:00:09   #
Danger25 Loc: Cape may New Jersey
 
I can afford and will be purchasing one of the following 3 reels.....
Penn Squall
Diawa Seagate
Shimano TLD 20

All 3 are priced about the same, all seem to fit what i need ( drifting/ trolling/ bottom fishing off cape may) and are all very good.

The advice from you guys will determine which one i get....ive never been steered wrong on here...

So ...gentlemen...start your opinions!

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Feb 22, 2021 13:08:50   #
Gordon Loc: Charleston South Carolina
 
I have six TLD 25's. I use them for trolling for Dolphin, Kings, Wahoo and Tuna. I also bottom fish in 60 to 120 ft.depth for Black sea bass, Snapper, Porgies and many other fish. That's my 2 cent worth. Good luck Danger

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Feb 22, 2021 13:13:51   #
Danger25 Loc: Cape may New Jersey
 
Thanks Gordon...the 25 is just a bit bigger than i need...the 20 is in my wheelhouse i think .

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Feb 22, 2021 13:28:03   #
Spiritof27 Loc: Lincoln, CA
 
No experience with any of them, but I'm a shimano guy, been using them for the past 40 years or so. Penn is tried and true, probably can't go wrong. But I don't care for Daiwa. My two cents. Were it me, I'd go with the Shimano.

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Feb 22, 2021 13:28:48   #
Gordon Loc: Charleston South Carolina
 
The 20 will do you just fine. I'm just letting you know the TLD's are a very good sea worthy reel. I think you will be well satisfied.

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Feb 22, 2021 13:34:28   #
Danger25 Loc: Cape may New Jersey
 
Spiritof27 wrote:
No experience with any of them, but I'm a shimano guy, been using them for the past 40 years or so. Penn is tried and true, probably can't go wrong. But I don't care for Daiwa. My two cents. Were it me, I'd go with the Shimano.


Thanks spirit...may i ask why u dont card for diawa?

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Feb 22, 2021 13:37:10   #
Danger25 Loc: Cape may New Jersey
 
Penn used to be made here in Philly....giant factory not far from where igrew up...

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Feb 22, 2021 13:38:17   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Houston TX
 
Shimano...Just Sayin...RJS

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Feb 22, 2021 13:46:26   #
Danger25 Loc: Cape may New Jersey
 
Thanks Mr Samples......i had a feeling you’d be leaning shimano....lol.

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Feb 22, 2021 14:06:07   #
hemihappy Loc: pawleys island s.c.
 
What I always do is look the items up at amazon and go through the under 4 star comments and see what they say. I get, I think, some unbiased info about the item. I almost bought a Diawa reel last week and changed my mind. Not the model you are looking at but a different one. I like to get hints on customer service.

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Feb 22, 2021 14:21:18   #
Spiritof27 Loc: Lincoln, CA
 
Danger25 wrote:
Thanks spirit...may i ask why u dont card for diawa?


I've owned a few and I just never felt like they were as well built as the shimanos. I've got some shimano reels that I've been using for over 20 years and they perform as well now as they did the day I bought em. I bought a Daiwa Tatula last year about this time and used it once and it quit on me - the level wind quit working. I returned it and bought a shimano. I only own 1 Penn reel, an old 501. It's a work horse, but I never use it, I don't do that type of fishing. I'm familiar with Penn's reputation and it's a fine one.

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Feb 22, 2021 14:21:36   #
Danger25 Loc: Cape may New Jersey
 
hemihappy wrote:
What I always do is look the items up at amazon and go through the under 4 star comments and see what they say. I get, I think, some unbiased info about the item. I almost bought a Diawa reel last week and changed my mind. Not the model you are looking at but a different one. I like to get hints on customer service.


I do that exact thing....all 3 reels get great reviews.....i figured with the wealth of knowledge on FS id get some input.

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Feb 22, 2021 14:58:53   #
Gripnriprod Loc: Concepcion Costa Rica
 
I'm a Penn guy. Have several both spinning and conventional. Take care of them and they will take care of you.

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Feb 22, 2021 15:20:14   #
FourchonLa. Loc: Fourchon Louisiana, South Louisiana
 
Danger25 wrote:
I can afford and will be purchasing one of the following 3 reels.....
Penn Squall
Diawa Seagate
Shimano TLD 20

All 3 are priced about the same, all seem to fit what i need ( drifting/ trolling/ bottom fishing off cape may) and are all very good.

The advice from you guys will determine which one i get....ive never been steered wrong on here...

So ...gentlemen...start your opinions!


Shimano or Penn. I have some of each, not those models but quite a bit older, both dependable.

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Feb 22, 2021 17:10:47   #
GaryH Loc: Northern Pa.
 
You can’t go wrong with any of the ones your considering. But like many before me Shimano guy all the way.

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