20# Class Reel

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  1. Pangamaster

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    Hey Guys,
    Lots of post about heavy gear. What reel are you using for your 20# rig? Lots of reports the last few years on the bluefin only biting 20#. I’m thinking great free spool. Probably a star drag....single speed.....gasp! My 25 year old Newel 220 I don’t think is up to finessing in a bluefin. It still casts farther than most reels today thanks to modern bearings and lubricants.....I just don’t think the drags are up to the task.

    Thoughts? Recommendations?
     
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    Trinidad 16 or 20
     
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    Trinidad 10a with 50# Max

    Guaranteed to catch fish in hi vis yellow!
     
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  4. hucklongfin

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    Then put new drag washers (ht-100 or Carbontex) in that 220 and get it back in the game!

    My 20# reels are Penn Fathom 12, 525 Mag, Pro Gear 255 or an Avet SX
     
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  5. joshua cunningham

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    Avet SX G2, but would love to aquire a Trini 14a or 16a for the same purpose.
     
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  6. stella marina

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    Love my lexa 400, avet sx is great. Komodo 463
     
  7. mcrae

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    You don't need much drag for 20 lb test. You could probably stop at Wal-Mart and find a reel up for the task.
     
  8. T.O.T.W.

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    Penn Torque 12 or 15. I think there’s still a black 12 on the shelf at Dana Landing.
     
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  9. FishAcquisition

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    Trinidad 12A. Holds 300yd of 30lb spectra. Killed MANY BFT last couple years on 15-20lb when no one else can get bit or cast out enough to get bit. Super fun reel and have landed BFT upto 40LB on it so far.
     
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    Ocea Jigger 1500HG with 40# JBraid and FG knot to a 20# flours leader. But you may have brought a knife to a gunfight!
     
  12. Pangamaster

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    Lol...I guess your not picking up what I’m putting down. My Newel is pretty sweet....looking for something modern that might replace it.

    Some other good suggestions so far.
     
  13. Fishybuzz

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    Saltiga 20.....or Penn Torque 12
     
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    A 20#-class reel is easy for everything EXCEPT finicky Bluefin. If those are the target, then you are going to want more line capacity than is needed for other fish. I fought one Bluefin that only went about 35 pounds but almost spooled me three times on an Avet SX. Not a fun fight. If tuna are the target, I suggest something that holds 400 yards of braid and a topshot of mono to cast. I use a Penn 113 "Baja Special" for my "light" Bluefin reel. I have never once been in a fight with a Bluefin and thought, "Rats! This will be too easy!"
     
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    This is the dope I’m looking for!

    I know the use for 20# on a true long range trip is limited.....as I previously posted we ended up on my last 16 day trip fishing for local 20# class bluefin tuna....even my bait rod was too heavy....
     
  16. terryc.

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    Only line class I haven’t updated still use Diawa SL30 and 229 Newell don’t see the need to upgrade
     
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    Here’s one of my 25lbish BFT from last year on the Trinidad 12. Lots of fun haha

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    Okuma Metaloid 5 II speed. Holds 300 yards of 50 lb spectra. 17 pounds of drag in strike and 23 in full. Caught a lot of smaller grade bluefin on those reels.
     
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    Maxcuarto on my Pro Gear CS 500, 501,or 551s. All of them work with 50lb Maxcuarto or 40 lb test Power pro.
     
  20. George Mara

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    Accurate Valiant bv300. Will hold a ton of 30 or 40 maxquatro. Great smooth twin drag. Top it with Izorline xxx 20 or 25 Tip it with a little fluorocarbon. Trinidad 12 or 14 will do equally well but bluefin over 50 will require finesse, time and some luck to land especially on a full boat. But fun as hell.
     
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    If I had to go to 20lb it would be on my Accurate 270 backed up with 40lb solid. Worked with a 30lb top shot for the yf below on my last 12 day. Probably want a rod with more backbone than the one I was using though......

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