01-08-2003, 07:37 PM
I grew up in Kansas fishing for cats and carp with Zebco 202 spincast reels till I was about 12 years old. Then I graduated to spinning gear and Mitchell 300 and 308s. I loved those reals and abused the ##### out of them for years! Now I see they have brought them back!! 10 ball bearings, two spools and able to hold 240/8 line capasity, for only $59. I was getting ready to buy the 4000 series Stradic for twice as much, now I don't know? This reel will be used on my 7 foot MH spinning rod that I use for jerkbaits, Pike jigs, Wiper lures, etc.
01-08-2003, 08:01 PM
Hi, I use the 300 and 308 because of the low gear ratio.I am sure that the new reels have a higher gear ratio.I use the 300 for Salmon and the 308 for casting jigs and minnows for Walleye.I fish slow.
01-09-2003, 08:24 AM
I have used both the 300X and 308X last season. They are wonderful reels. Smooth, drags are good, no complaints. The reels feel like the older style in your hands, but will most definitly out perform the models we grew up with. If you like them before, you will love them now.
01-09-2003, 08:35 AM
I wonder just how many fishermen out there have Mitchell 300 stories. My dad bought me my first when I was 9 years old. I still have it in the garage in the old fileing cabnet. The wife used it as early as 4 years ago, for casting bobber and raw spawn rigs for Salmon off the Port Austin Break Wall. It still kicks the crap out of 22 pound kings. If the new ones are half the reel the old ones were, the decision should be easy.
01-09-2003, 05:03 PM
Got my first Mitchell 300 in 1953 (won't say how old I was) and it is still in service (my son uses it). Got a 408 in '63 and I still use it regularly. 'Nuf said.