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mnhunter2

Best deep water panfish reel

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Looking for a great reel for fishing really light line in deep water for panfish, price is not part of the process.

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Can't really go wrong with Shimano Sedona's.  They only cost $25-30.

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The Sedonas are good, although mine seems sluggish in the cold.  I have had good luck with the Mitchell Avocet in 500 size, have 3 or 4 of them and am very happy.

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The reel that comes on the 13 Fishing wicked ice combos are pretty good and whatever they lube them up with works great in the extreme cold....Can get a great rod and reel for $50 or under

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Since your asking for opinions (we all have one lol) - my "best" would be the 13 Fishing 6061. I have this reel on all of my UL Panfish Rods. My SUL Panfish Rods have normal 1:1 black betty's but don't fish those deeper than 12 or 15 foot max.

All of my L rods (that I use for light jigging spoons for crappies / perch / big gills) have the Wicked Long Stem reels DLD24 mentioned. The long stem is awesome for jigging with gloves. I actually take these reels off my ice rods in Spring and put them on my Ultralight open-water panfish rods and they work great for that too.

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I really like using either Shimano Sienna's or Cabela's UL 500 reels for pannies.  I've never had any problems with them getting too cold work and the line comes off of them pretty good, even with 2-3# test line.  Of course, you can never go wrong with a Shimano.

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