Black Friday reel choice

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  1. coaster500

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    I am new to the forum and have a question...
    I haven't purchased new reels in years but would like to upgrade my 40/50# reels with newer 2 speeds. I am looking for live bait reels. There is a huge swing in prices and I really have no way to know the differences. The Penn Fathoms and Okuma Andros reels and are very reasonablly priced but I am not one to change gear very often and could step to the next price brackets if there is truly a difference. I currently own Penn, Okuma, Accurate, Avet and Shimano but in older versions, other that my newer Boss 500n that I have not fished yet. Seeing that I can almost buy 2 Fathom's or Andro's for the price of the higher end reels I would like some feed back on them. I want two 40# 2 speed bait reels and there are some pretty good prices out there right now. Any help will be appreciated.
     
  2. ShadowX

    ShadowX I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I have an Andros A-5IIa and its a great reel. You can get it from J&H tackle with 15% off coupon and free shipping for $271.99 right now. With the coupon code "black15", most items are 15% off and they didn't jack up the prices to offer it at a discount on Black Friday.
     
  3. hotrail20

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    Pelegic Outfitters has 20% off Password HOOKEDUP20 and Jigging world also has 20% off password is on their website

    J&H pricing is a bit higher than most before the discounts
     
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    I saw that... Thanks
    That's why the post. I am just wondering if in the long term I would be better off with the higher end reels? Maybe an mlx raptor or another accurate boss. Does the 5ll have enough line cap for a good soak?
     
  5. jer dog

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    Tallica 12 and don't Look Back.
     
  6. jer dog

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    Tallica 12 and don't Look Back.
     
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    Black Friday discounts always make choices like this tempting. If you like the Penn Fathoms, but have the opportunity to go for a premium model, be sure to consider the Penn Torque 2-speed lever drags. The TRQ25NLD2 is the most popular for all-around 40-pound work, and the TRQ40NLD2 is a great 50/60 pound reel, and in particular has been a good Guadalupe reel for those line classes [Personal reel of Captain Aaron on the Shogun]
     
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    i got 410 yards of 50lb jerry brown solid braid and a 30 yard topshot of 30lb test haven't fished it yet just got it but holds plenty of line
     
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    I second Gerry's suggestion of Talica 12 ii, and as an alternative, the Saltiga LD 35.

    The 35 may be a bit smaller in size, its numbers like max drag, weight, line retrieved in a turn, etc, are impressive. Also, it has good differentiation between its two speeds. That is why it would be my first choice. But many fishermen like the Talicas, and they are of course fantastic reels.

    Prices are all over the map, as always, so you may have to shop around, given the list price tag on such reels.
     
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    Must say I have experience with Saltiga LD35 2 speed, but not with Talica 12 ii
    So not completely credible ... :)
     
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    I fish the hell out of my fathom 25n2ld. It's been an awesome reel for me with 40-50lb test topshots over 65lb braid.

    This year I have done everything from whipping poppers to foaming bluefin, to long soaking baits at desperation reef, to destroying yoyo iron yellows at san quintin to most recently soaking squid at tanner with it. It's probably my most used reel this year.
     
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    I have looked at them. Pretty expensive and I want two reels. I can almost get two Fathom 25n2ld's for the same amount of money. I like this line capacity of both. Is there that much functional and dependability difference between them?
     
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    I'm starting to lean that way....
     
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    X2! My Talica 12 is my favorite reel that I have ever owned.
     
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    nu2reels I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Oh I wish I hadn't seen this [emoji857]
     
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    I know right?
     
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    And no sales tax (for us Californians) with free shipping.
     
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    ...or you may see an Okuma Mak 10sea about to pass you.:D
     
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    Yes, they are definitely another price point "up", but given that the premise of this post was whether or not to use Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals to get into the premium reel category, only you can decide to take the plunge or not.
    Fathom vs. TRQ:
    Diecast frame vs. machined frame.
    Standard BB's vs. German stainless BB's [TRQ has 1 additional BB also].
    Uncovered drag vs. covered drag [actual drag elements the same].
    Offshore built vs. USA-built.
    No serial # vs. individual serial # [may be useful if lost/stolen].
     
  20. jer dog

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    too each its own, MY Friend Fished the Lupe Last Year
    Mostly with the 12 and 16, and he was not a Shimano
    Lover till he put the Wood too Some, YFT,
    with in Two Weeks of Being Home, He picked
    up the 20 and 25 Tallica, now he
    is Loaded For Bear.
     

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