Originally Posted by VaRandy
Just to clarify, anyone that has to use their non reeling hand to gain line to be cranked on the reel has an insufficient ratio for such a large fish. That is why there is a REAL need for two speed offshore reels.
Penn has two speed 130 Internationals, but when the fish are that big it doesn't matter, you can't gain on them, thus pulling down the line and reeling at the same time, trust me. For all the guys wondering about leaving the rod in the holders, the thing you have to understand is that the 130 setups are huge and not suited too well for the stand up game. The other thing that most people don't understand is that 70% of the guys out east catching the giants are commercial fisherman who depend on the fishery for money. There is usually a crew of two (sometimes one if you're hard core) guys, one to run the boat, one on the rod. With the rod in the gunnel, once the fish comes to the boat somebody puts a harpoon in its ass and the other guy gets a tail rope on it, which is hard to do if you are strapped to a chair or in a harness.
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