The frames break even with the "A" series TLD's?Just a heads up on the TLDs which I do personally love, as they are awesome reels that can be had for a relatively low price and get most jobs done, but for fishing the big BFT by kite, me personally, I would opt for an all metal reel.
Those are truly great reels, only they do have one problem when fishing really big fish. If you're targeting big fish like I believe Dan is doing right now (big Bluefin), then you better be very careful if you decide to hook up to the lugs and harness in. Once you transfer the all the pull directly to the reel when harnessed, those graphite frames tend to break right at the reel seat and game over on your special fish.
I love those reels, but if you do harness in, then try and not completely rest your arms, by still applying a little pulling pressure at all times. This will lessening the amount of torque at the reel seat, and possibly keep it from breaking.
The unknown fisherman
I am not completely familiar with the A series, so I cant say for sure, although I did just look them up and tried to view pics, but couldn't quite see what I was looking for.The frames break even with the "A" series TLD's?
That's what I've been hearing Aren.I guarantee that if you had used the Avet Pro EX series (30, 30W, 50 etc) for trolling, you would have never had the problems your having with the HXW Raptors. The raptors are great reels, very strong for their size... But for trolling purposes and big game abuse, you need those bigger, tank-like reels, like the Pro EX series, or Penn's VSX series, or Accurates ATD series, or okuma's Makaira series, etc. They have those bigger drag discs and drag plates for good reason!
Thanks for the advice Kevin.Check out the Fin Nor Santiago. I have a few and they have been used and abused and never a single problem!! They may be a bit heavy but they are tanks! I service them every 3-4 years and never a problem.
50w's my go to troll rigs. I have a makaira sea for my cow setup said:Man I almost went with the Tiagra's but I wanted to try some of the newer technology out there. Hope it doesn't bite me in the ass!
Thanks for the heads up. The main reason I went with the SEA's was that I thought they had a less progressive drag setting?You'll love your SEA's -- but do be aware that they are optimized for live bait rising so they have open bearings which require more frequent servicing.
Not a first choice given the power of 2-speed reels...but fact of the matter is Penn 6/0 have probably landed more big BFT than any reel ever made or ever will.
Yeah I see guys on alantani.com spend several hundreds tricking these reels out. I'll fish them as is or buy newer and better. Still you can't beat a used penn for what they are being given away for these days.Not a first choice given the power of 2-speed reels...but fact of the matter is Penn 6/0 have probably landed more big BFT than any reel ever made or ever will.
You can slowly hot rod them too with upgrades and make a solid tank for trolling.
Pictures pleaseJust a bit of trivia.
Although the California state record for bluefin tuna has been obliterated multiple times this year, the previous long-standing record of 240 pounds was caught on a Penn 6/0.
Also interestingly, the "unofficial" state record for bluefin of 339 pounds [never applied for record status] was caught on a Penn 9/0.
Wasn't doubting lol. Just want to see it! I've seen some monster Guadalupe but. Not California specs over 240 prior to this year. I've long sworn to people and clients back in the day that the monsters are out there and usually got the look that I needed a lobotomyOf?
Someplace here on BD is a discussion of that monster bluefin [including pics], and the reasons the angler never applied. One theory is that he did not have a CA fishing license, a requirement for record applications. Nonetheless, it was "Just another" miracle catch during the El Nino of 1983.
That "official" record 243-pounder [corrected] was caught in 1990, not sure if CA has published the pics, but is irrelevant after this year anyway.