Avet HX 5/2 Raptor/flatfall vs 100#+ Bluefin tuna

J.AkuHed

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Will the HX 5/2Raptor be good for fishing flat falls for big bft? Got 100# braid with 80# or 100# topshots coupled wit a couple 300g flat falls with 200# leaders.
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    Wide or Narrow? Mine's a narrow but still holds a lot of 80lb Spectra. Should be good for Tuna into the 100's . I love my HX 5/2. Great casting reel too. GL fishing LOL
     
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    Yep, it will even kill a cow if it gets a chance! Enjoy! I landed a 145 on a MXL straight 30 lb mono while fishing for schoolies, Anythings possible as long as you work with the fish and not to your own volition.
     
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    The HX 5/2 is my favorite reel for fishing flat-fall and yo-yo lures. Almost four feet of line with every turn means you can really burn a lure up, and I find that the braid lays onto the reel really easily by just turning the reel slightly left and right as I crank, saving my thumb. And the two-foot retrieve of the low gear is just right for playing tug-o-war with tuna.

    I keep thinking about adding a Raptor version to the arsenal, but that's like buying an Africa rifle just in case . . .
     
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    The HX 5/2 is my favorite reel for fishing flat-fall and yo-yo lures. Almost four feet of line with every turn means you can really burn a lure up, and I find that the braid lays onto the reel really easily by just turning the reel slightly left and right as I crank, saving my thumb. And the two-foot retrieve of the low gear is just right for playing tug-o-war with tuna.

    I keep thinking about adding a Raptor version to the arsenal, but that's like buying an Africa rifle just in case . . .
    I have the regular HX 5/2, it’s one of my favorite yo-yo reels! Got the HX 5/2 Raptor and comes with me every offshore trip but never used it. It’s time!
     
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    The HX 5/2 is my favorite reel for fishing flat-fall and yo-yo lures. Almost four feet of line with every turn means you can really burn a lure up, and I find that the braid lays onto the reel really easily by just turning the reel slightly left and right as I crank, saving my thumb. And the two-foot retrieve of the low gear is just right for playing tug-o-war with tuna.

    I keep thinking about adding a Raptor version to the arsenal, but that's like buying an Africa rifle just in case . . .
    ME TOO...My original HX 5/2 has new bearings, good to go. Now if only I could heal my old parts as easily as the HX. LOL Hope to BB on Condor again
     
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    Yep, it will even kill a cow if it gets a chance! Enjoy! I landed a 145 on a MXL straight 30 lb mono while fishing for schoolies, Anythings possible as long as you work with the fish and not to your own volition.
    Ouch I did the same on an old 6.2/1 MXJ but only 85lb. I was toast. In fact AkuHed was there.
     
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    I use the HXW Raptor for FF but the regular HX Raptor will get it done too. I have a 60# top shot on my HXR and yoyo with it. With 100# spectra you should have 400 yds or so? That should be good enough for a FF fish.
     
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    Tunahead -- I'm on the May and Sept. 3-days on the CONDOR. I would enjoy sharing a rail with you again! Don't sweat being beat-up because I decided a couple of years ago to not go one-on-one with big fish anymore. We'll tag-team them! This isn't Florida or further up the Gulf Stream, nobody out here is fishing by IGFA rules that I know of. We use the rail, we tag-team the fight, we aren't at all interested in getting our names into a book that nobody reads.
     
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    Ideally you would want something a little heavier for the bigger BFT but The HXraptor will handle medium size BFT with no problem. Your only concern would be line capacity if you have to drop deep in heavy current. You will want to pair it to a good 80# rod or 100# rod with enough lift.
     
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    Ideally you would want something a little heavier for the bigger BFT but The HXraptor will handle medium size BFT with no problem. Your only concern would be line capacity if you have to drop deep in heavy current. You will want to pair it to a good 80# rod or 100# rod with enough lift.
    I have 500yds of 100# spectra on the reel
    And I have a Phenix hybrid X3H, 60-130# rodfor the HX Raptor
     

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    This was on HX raptor w 80# braid, short 100# mono topshot, 200# mono bite leader, 250g flat fall. Weighed just at 200# at the landing gutted and gilled. Reel was great, but I’ve put an HXW power handle on mine which is far more comfortable than the stock HX handle in my opinion
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    This was on HX raptor w 80# braid, short 100# mono topshot, 200# mono bite leader, 250g flat fall. Weighed just at 200# at the landing gutted and gilled. Reel was great, but I’ve put an HXW power handle on mine which is far more comfortable than the stock HX handle in my opinionView attachment 1271006
    Very nice fish! What rod were you using? How long did take to land?
     
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    Very nice fish! What rod were you using? How long did take to land?
    Thanks! I had it on a pch 741 xxh (60-100). Definitely undergunned in the rod department, but it got the job done. It was an hour maybe plus 10 minutes- had a lot of help from the crew. Basically at the end I was sitting on the butt and cupping/reeling while a crewmember was helping keep the rod pointed straight out and aiding by hand pulling line to the reel as the fish circled. They did not want to lose the fish either! And I was grateful when the gaffs went in!
     
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    Thanks! I had it on a pch 741 xxh (60-100). Definitely undergunned in the rod department, but it got the job done. It was an hour maybe plus 10 minutes- had a lot of help from the crew. Basically at the end I was sitting on the butt and cupping/reeling while a crewmember was helping keep the rod pointed straight out and aiding by hand pulling line to the reel as the fish circled. They did not want to lose the fish either! And I was grateful when the gaffs went in!
    Yeah buddy! I’m not shooting that high but definitely aiming to break my PB of 100# and on a flat fall/jig.
     
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