BaitFeeder - BaitRunner Reels

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2019/06/23 06:43:56 (permalink)

BaitFeeder - BaitRunner Reels

I've just recently begun using Baitrunner Reels and am a little skeptical of all the different brands out there... About 3 weeks ago I purchased a new COONOR TeamFreeder Reel at a Fleamarket for $20 and have had it out a few times since then. (I know it's a China - Off Brand) but the reel has been working flawlessly thus far.. Then the other day I got on Ebay and picked up a pair of (China - Off Brand) Dr.fish Hercules 2 Reels for $60. Only issue I can see right now is that they have plastic pieces that connect the bail wire to the reel. I haven't tried these 2 out yet, so no idea of how they'll actually preform. I'm thinking of saving up a little now and buying myself a pair of Okuma Avenger Baitfeeders next.... So my question is; What is everyone's favorite Baitrunner Reels and why do you like them so much? Also, do any of you have any experience with the reels I've purchased?
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    CATMAN610
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    Re: BaitFeeder - BaitRunner Reels 2019/06/24 15:47:36 (permalink)
    I have 2 avenger okuma and no issues. Like them both alot.
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    Majik
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    Re: BaitFeeder - BaitRunner Reels 2019/06/25 12:00:23 (permalink)
    I'm new to the entire "Bait-Feeder" thing... I only bought the Coonor Reel because it was only $20 and has 11+1 ball bearings. I hear people talk all the time about (the more bearings - the smoother the reel), But like you, I happen to like the Okuma Avengers ( I have 3 of the regular ones )… And I can honestly say that ( Thus Far ) the Coonor Reel has been working flawlessly! Then I bought the 2 Hercules reels mostly because they were the same price for 2 as i'd have paid for 1 Okuma. And they also have 11+1 BB.... 
    Though after close inspection of the Herc's; I think I should have just bought an Okuma... LOL... only time will tell though.
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    Re: BaitFeeder - BaitRunner Reels 2019/06/25 13:51:53 (permalink)
    Shimano Baitrunners are pretty solid reels..........been using them for years w/o complaint. Real workhorses that have held up to use/abuse without fail.
     

    4 out of 3 people don't understand fractions.
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    Re: BaitFeeder - BaitRunner Reels 2019/06/25 17:16:21 (permalink)
    I also tried a BPS baitfeeder reel this spring it seemed solid but was too bulky for the rod I bought for it so I bought the second Okuma.
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    Majik
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    Re: BaitFeeder - BaitRunner Reels 2019/06/26 09:57:48 (permalink)
    I just use 9' UglyStik GX2's for my baitfeeders.
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    Re: BaitFeeder - BaitRunner Reels 2019/06/26 14:54:27 (permalink)
    What the F is a "bait-feeder" reel?
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    KingKool
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    Re: BaitFeeder - BaitRunner Reels 2019/06/26 16:32:44 (permalink)

    4 out of 3 people don't understand fractions.
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    Re: BaitFeeder - BaitRunner Reels 2019/06/26 18:47:25 (permalink)
    Spinning reels with a free spool option on them designed for live bait fishing. Basically the same function as a clicker on a baitcaster.
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    Re: BaitFeeder - BaitRunner Reels 2019/06/26 22:15:52 (permalink)
    Bait Runner / Bait Feeder... same thing. Just depends on which company is making them.... Basically it's just 2 drags on one reel.... But a great thing for any type of bait fishing!
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    ZelieSam
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    Re: BaitFeeder - BaitRunner Reels 2019/07/01 08:57:18 (permalink)
    PSU how have you never come across a bait runner reel?  They are the bee's knees for certain types of fishing, and a rodsaver when you are on a pier with big boys that hit randomly and scream drag.  Essentially lets you flip a switch to go very light drag for the strike, then as soon as you reel it engages normal drag to set the hook and fight the fish. 
     
    I have a battleship Shimano baitrunner, the older model.  I want to say BRT6000.  It is spooled with rope sized braid and only sees use in Florida.  We've landed some huge fish with that reel.  For local use I have a bunch of the Okuma baitrunners.  One 1000 size, couple 2000 and couple 3000.  We use them mostly for bait soaking for catfish while we actively panfish but they are also handy for leaving a minnow out on the bottom for just about anything.  Really no downside to using them.  
     
    If you are looking for mid sized reels in this category the Cabela's Salt Striker series is a very nice option.  
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    Re: BaitFeeder - BaitRunner Reels 2019/07/05 16:00:29 (permalink)
    I have almost always used standard spinning reels, recently got into some bait casters, but these things are totally new to me. I'll have to check one out up close.
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