How much drag do you set on the non raptor HX for 50# and how often do you have to replace the pinion bearing?I have a bunch of reels for fishing 50 and 60 lb at Guadalupe. I keep buying new stuff thinking eventually I will find the perfect reel. I have hx's, hx raptors, hxw raptors, jx's, jx raptors, lx raptors, mxl raptors, fathom 25, 30 and 40's, Accurate dauntless 600's and 600n's, and Talica 16's and 12's. In my experience the non raptor hx fishes 50lb with no problem. When you start fishing 60lb with heavy drag you are getting up pretty high in the drag range and you can start to get handle binding.
The hx raptor fishes 60lb with no problem but it is kind of big and heavy to hold for hours and it doesn't cast as well as some of the smaller reels. The JX raptor is a really nice reel. It is small and lite and it casts really well. I use mine mainly for 50lb. You could fish 60lb on it but for me the 6/3 gear ratio is a little high to get the most power on a big fish.
I personally like the Accurate dauntless 600n and the Shimano Talica 12 for 60lb. The size is just right, they hold plenty of line for most fishing situations and they have a lot of cranking power. If you are fishing really long soaks like happens at Guadalupe you can use the dauntless 600 or the talica 16. They are the same reels as the 600n and the 12 only a little wider for more line capacity.
I haven't tried the Penn Torque or the Okuma's, I guess they are next on the list.
Yes that’s my understanding as well. When the handle gets harder to turn when the drag is engaged the pinion bearing is getting ruined. I have a HX raptor and a HX non raptor and both handles get hard to turn. I am only concerned with the non-raptor and I am looking for a drag setting where I can set it and the pinion gear will be fineThe pinion bearing on Avets goes out when you use more drag than Avet recommends. It puts a side load on the pinion bearing and it gets wrecked.
I have read this for years and have only changed two pinion bearings on my dozen or so Avets. I have used Avets continually and almost exclusively for about a decade. I always use lots of drag and when deckhands check as you fight a fish they never add more. Beware that some folks who DO NOT EVEN OWN an Avet seem to wish to spread fake news.The pinion bearing on Avets goes out when you use more drag than Avet recommends. It puts a side load on the pinion bearing and it gets wrecked.
You are correct. Use 60#on the JX-raptor and 50# on the HX non raptor. If the JX is full of spectra capacity shouldn't be an issue unless you hook into something that would spool the HX asloI have come to the realization my Avet HX 5/2 is not the best option for a 60# bait set up. My JX6/3-MC Raptor has 50 # top shot and would probably hadle the 60 better. thoughts or reel suggestions