Alan Tani scores 93 pound bluefin on little Torque TRQ15LD2

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    Alan Tani landed this 93 pound bluefin on the Ocean Odyssey yesterday using a little PENN Torque TRQ15LD2 and 30 pound test topshot. Alan landed the beast in only 15 minutes. Captain Rick Scott does the heavy lifting.


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    That’s pretty amazing! 15 min?
     
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    I've been talking since last season about how the TRQ15LD2 [and FTH15LD2] are the perfect choice when that "mid grade" 50-70 pound tuna will only bite 30 pound.
    Once the fish are over 70 pounds, line capacity becomes an issue, but the drag power and cranking power of the little reel are more than up to the task of bigger fish than that.
    I've heard recently of several over 80 on the same weight gear, given how finicky the fish have been; leave it to Alan to get a 93 pounder.
     
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    Did he use the rail??
    :frehya2::frehya2::frehya2:

    Sorry had to say it... nice catch on a great reel by a true reel expert! Congrats!
     
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    Simply amazing, can’t wait to try the 15XN, I’m thinking 30lb leader already :-)
     
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    Big things in little packages.
     
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    Alan uses heavier drag than the crews on the boats like to see used on open water fish!
     
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    Brilliant! I'm planning to use my Torque 25nld2 for 30# top shots, and hope to do Half as Well!
     
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    What lbs braid was he using and how many yards on that 15LD2?
     
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    A two speed reel for 30lb.? Really?
     
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    I have experienced the same Steve. The lower IPT (due to the smaller diameter spool) of the regular 15 makes it an excellent choice to fight good size fish on the lighter gear. I’ve used mine at 30 and 40 on a 900m for casting sinking stickbaits and it does very well in that application for the same reasons. Capacity is great with 40# braid.


    Congrats to Alan
     
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    I said the same thing before the 2018 season.
    The ability to keep the fish continually moving toward you [however slowly] if it is not actually running is a huge difference.
    Possibly more important, all 2-speeds are lever drags, which are smoother, and allow more fine gradients of adjustability than star drags.
    There is no difference in the casting of single-speed or 2-speed lever drags, and not really very much price difference.
     
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    Alan said he was using 50 pound braid, and a 25 yard topshot of 30 fluoro.
    Not sure what brand of braid he was using, but that probably means 285-295 yards of 50.
    I do like to go with 40 pound braid for this tactic [Berkley Pro-Spec Solid at that], so even if its only 50-60 extra yards, you may really need it.
     
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    That’s a heck of a catch. My guess is the 15xn is probably a lot better in low than the the regular 15. I was nearly spooled on my 15LD2 by a 50lb yellowfin last Novemeber.

    The one thing I noticed is that when I did switch to low, even at the death circles I was reeling too slowly in low to get the line back that I wanted.

    With the taller spool of the 15XN I think the low gear would be much more effective with presumably a higher IPT.
     
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    I am more curious about what rod Alan San was using?
     
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    I hear you and can kind of see your point. Catching a 93 lb. BFT on 30 lb. is quite a feat and I guess we can all use any help we can. Soon I'm going to be using my single-speed TRQ 15 star with 5.4:1 gear set for 30lb. and hope to test it on a similar sized fish. Tight lines.
     
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    Same thing here. I have FTH15LD2 and TRQ 25n,30 star drag. I would rather use TRQ 25n or 30 star as 30lb with 4.8:1 gear ratio to reel in those 70~90# BFT. Although the 15LD2 is lighter, smaller and perhaps easier to fish all day...But line capacity might bite you with this case...
     
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    Yeah capacity is an issue. Iv'e got 320 yards solid 50 braid on my 15 (full), but have 475 yards 65lb. braid (full) on my TRQ 30 star. Put the 4.8:1 gear set in the 30 and can't wait to tangle with a nice tuna on that reel! Tight lines.
     
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    Last trip I ended up hooking a 70# on the 15ld2. Took a lot longer than 15 minutes for me. Then hooked one on the 12 star drag...first time I have been spooled! Figured it had to happen sometime.
     

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