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Hello there,

Just after peoples reviews or opinions on a few reels, I'm still very much so a novice at fishing and looking at the selection of reels is a little overwhelming. But I'm looking at 4 in particular, Penn affinity longcaster 7000/8000, Penn surfblaster 7000/8000, Shimano aerlex xsa 8000 or Shimano speed cast 14000 xsb.
They are within a £50-£100 budget, I'm in south Wales fishing mixed ground aswel as clear ground.

What are your thoughts or pointers.

Many thanks
 

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Veals has an offer on the spinfisher LC would think they are better than all of your suggestions
Alternatively save a few pennies more and get an ultegra.
 

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Shimano. All day, every day. Not even a contest in my book.
I'm still using two Shimano reels I bought more than 20 years ago off the beach. They still run sweet as a nut and the line-lay and drag are still precise. My Penns are in Cuba, where I gave them away. The noise they were making, I thing they're probably being used as coffee grinders. Poor line-lay too.
The Shimano Ultegra 10000 XSC is an outgoing model and therefore falls within the top end of your budget. As Chukka says, it's a no-brainer.
 

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Agree with marktheshark all the way. Ultegra 10000 or 14000 xsc still in shops but superseded by xsd model so well worth looking around and haggling. I managed to nock 30 quid off a discounted ultegra 14000 xsb a few years back when the xsc came out. Hard work finding a shop that had one but well worth the effort.
 

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I have a Shimano Beastmaster (the cheaper of their line of reels and I reckon that is a better reel than my two Surfblasters. The Penns line lay is better but for everything else the Shimano seems much more refined and durable
 

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Appreciate the feedback, looks like I can't go wrong with a shimano. I've looked over the ultegra range and makes sense to spend a little extra if it's going to last that bit longer. Thanks again.
 

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Speedcast is an ultegra with less bearings and one spool you can change nylon bearings for ball bearings and bring right up to reels above ultegra's XSC was a bit flimsey in frames many complained just hope learn't lesson and XSD is better line lay/workings are very nice on XSD!
Also have a look at the Daiwa Emblem around £60 new bullet proof forget emcast "shocking"!
Speedcast 8000 is not same body as the 14000 8 is similar to the Aerlex/Beastmaster/Technium style where as 14 is ultegra styled plus 10.12.14 are same spool just arbor larger/smaller outside is same plus 5500 and below is smaller bodied reel 6000 which don't get now just spool size and upwards ie 10/12/14 are the same reel body so spools interchangeable.
XSD they just do the 14'000 atmo but comes with arbors.

Depending on where/what fishing for choice! to a degree as if need max distance a longer spool/good line lay needed/helps esp if using light line but if fishing likes of walls/piers/rougher ground/big tides like severn! esp with weed then go with a more sturdy reel like the Aerlex/beastmaster/speedcast/Emblem etc
 
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