Avet mxj raptor question

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hello all,
So I sold my narrow reels (Daiwa bg35 & Torium 16hg) and was thinking about trying fathom 25N for multi purpose reel (flyline, dropper loop, surface iron, yoyo & etc)
But fathom 25N is just as big as my other reels and I want something smaller
Would mxj raptor Make a good multi purpose reel to 40-50lbs top shot?
And as well as 25-30lbs reel as well?
Thank you for your replies in advance!
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    You should be fine with an MXJ Raptor. Great reel...
     
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    hello all,
    So I sold my narrow reels (Daiwa bg35 & Torium 16hg) and was thinking about trying fathom 25N for multi purpose reel (flyline, dropper loop, surface iron, yoyo & etc)
    But fathom 25N is just as big as my other reels and I want something smaller
    Would mxj raptor Make a good multi purpose reel to 40-50lbs top shot?
    And as well as 25-30lbs reel as well?
    Thank you for your replies in advance!
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    I have a couple MXJ Raptors and a couple JX Raptors, I obviously like them. Cast awesome and are extremely durable. The MXJ's easily fish 20-40lb line and are more than strong enough for 50lb. The problem with heavier 50lb line is you are usually using that size line on bigger fish and a small reel like the MXJ lacks the torque to easily handle fish over 75lbs (really over 100lb but all fish fight differently). I have caught tuna to 45lbs and yellowtail to 38lbs on the MXJ Raptors and it almost wasn't fair, perfect nich for the MXJ. They are still fun to use on smaller fish too. When bigger fish are possible or I need torque to move yellowtail off the bottom structure when yoyo fishing, I switch to the JX Raptors, more drag but, more importantly, more torque.
    So I guess the short answer is: it depends on what you are fishing for with 50lb line?
     
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    Just picked up 2 mxj raptors to go with my sx and jx raptors. I was only able to get 275 yards of 50 braid with a 50 ft 30lb topshot. I was expecting a little more. Its still a lot of line, just not as much as I'd like when I've got a bait on a long soak a ways out.
     
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    It's enough unless you hook something big. More than we used to fish with before spectra came around
     
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    Just picked up 2 mxj raptors to go with my sx and jx raptors. I was only able to get 275 yards of 50 braid with a 50 ft 30lb topshot. I was expecting a little more. Its still a lot of line, just not as much as I'd like when I've got a bait on a long soak a ways out.

    For this reason I went with the MXL as my first M-series raptor.
     
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    I thought it over and went mxj to make them slightly easier for the kids to use. Not much weight difference, but the narrow spool is easier for them to manage.
     
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    I have a couple MXJ Raptors and a couple JX Raptors, I obviously like them. Cast awesome and are extremely durable. The MXJ's easily fish 20-40lb line and are more than strong enough for 50lb. The problem with heavier 50lb line is you are usually using that size line on bigger fish and a small reel like the MXJ lacks the torque to easily handle fish over 75lbs (really over 100lb but all fish fight differently). I have caught tuna to 45lbs and yellowtail to 38lbs on the MXJ Raptors and it almost wasn't fair, perfect nich for the MXJ. They are still fun to use on smaller fish too. When bigger fish are possible or I need torque to move yellowtail off the bottom structure when yoyo fishing, I switch to the JX Raptors, more drag but, more importantly, more torque.
    So I guess the short answer is: it depends on what you are fishing for with 50lb line?
    Wish I had this knowledge before I hooked a 70# bluefin with my MXJ Raptor last summer....Killed me!
     
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    I got an 85#er on 30# with an Accurate dx2-400 at Desperation Reef last September. I'd have done as well with my SX Raptor.
     
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    I got an 85#er on 30# with an Accurate dx2-400 at Desperation Reef last September. I'd have done as well with my SX Raptor.
    I'm starting to think the 3 inches in low between the MXJ/MXL (25) Raptor, and the SX (22) Raptors makes a difference? Both are 3.8:1 in low. Too bad Avet doesn't, or Can't make a lower low...love the feel of the MXJ Raptor.
     
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    I'm starting to think the 3 inches in low between the MXJ/MXL (25) Raptor, and the SX (22) Raptors makes a difference? Both are 3.8:1 in low. Too bad Avet doesn't, or Can't make a lower low...love the feel of the MXJ Raptor.

    When you look at all the trouble Okuma had engineering a 6/2 in their A12SII, I understand why Avet doesn't but I agree it would be nice. The 3.8 is nice to have on 50lb and under tuna, bigger Fish are going to hurt you but I've seen some big fish landed on them. There's a difference between can and like too though.
     
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    i got closed to 400 yards of 50 pp braid. i think its a great reel and yeah you can fish it from 25 to 50 lb top shot . i hear alot of people fighting the fish with the reel. i was thought to lift the fish with the rod then crank as you go down even a half turn counts
     
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    Just picked up 2 mxj raptors to go with my sx and jx raptors. I was only able to get 275 yards of 50 braid with a 50 ft 30lb topshot. I was expecting a little more. Its still a lot of line, just not as much as I'd like when I've got a bait on a long soak a ways out.

    that isnt right. Who put the spectra on. You can get WELL over 300 yards - probably close to 400 no problem
     
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