Calcutta 440TE or saltist 30TH ?

steelfish

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What would be a better reel for tossing jigs, irons and maybe some big swimbaits Calcutta 400TE or saltist 30TH ??

this are my doubts:
-looking for better performance in 30# test or #40
-plan is to use 40# braid and mono top leader no less than 30ft long
-if I hook a nice cabrilla, big YT or nice WSB here in baja I need a reel that respond all the way with better drags (dont know if smooth or stronger).
-between both, which one will lasting longer with proper maintenance?



Calcutta 40TE, 16# drag, 12oz, 305yd/50braid, 5:1
saltist 30TH, 20# drag, 23oz, 360yd/50braid, 6.4:1

I may bring some more question with your answers, I used to fish only with jigmaster, senator 4/0 and old sealines
 

CDR

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The Saltist with 50lb. Spectra & 30lb. top shot for the irons and use the Calcutta with 30lb. Spectra & 20lb. top shot for the swimbaits.
 

hucklongfin

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Saltist for the iron and Calcutta for plastics. I'd go with 50# spectra on both with whatever is appropriate for the conditions/target on top.
 

steelfish

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mark and Cory, tnx for your comments but I think I didn't made the question correctly.

I wish I could have both reels, if I have to chose just one with all my concerns posted earlier which one should I get?
 

fishdinder888

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A lot of people are going to favor the saltist b/c many feel conventional are superior to round baitcasting reels. Many don't like the levelwind of the baitcasting reel and feel line capacity is not enough. Using spectra will negate the line capacity argument. With 16lbs pounds of drag you can fish up to 50lbs so drag is not an issue. With 5:1 gearing and Shimano HEG gears you'll have more torque then the 6:1 saltist. I honestly think the 400te is better than the saltist considering the 400te is forged from a single block of aluminum and backed by shimano customer service.

Don't let these guys tell you round baitcasting is only good for bass and inshore. I fish my Daiwa Luna 300 and can cast just as far if not further with irons and plastics then those using conventionals and i hav caught yellowtails to yellow fin tunas on overnighters.
 

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I don't have the 30TH but I did have an SA30T and TE400 and this is my experience with them.
Both reels will handle 30-40 lbs test. Both have similar drag performance and cranking power when actually fighting fish. With the te400’s oversized gears it does seem easier to turn the fishes head. Both have caught big YT, Tuna and dorado and have never failed.

Pros of the TE400 to me.
Lighter & more comfortable to hold. Easier to fly line anchovies and dines. Can cast lighter baits further than the 30. Smooth drags and great cranking power to turn the fishes head. I use straight spectra with a short Flouro leader. Live baits seem to swim faster away from the boat with this reel I think because the spool is lighter and easier to turn.

Pros of the 30 to me.
Smooth. Can chuck iron like there’s no tomorrow. Winds in a lot more line per crank. Better to use when yo yo fishing b/c you’ll use less effort winding in line b/c it takes in more line per crank. The faster retrieve helps attract YT when fishing irons. Open top frame makes it great for chucking irons.

If you’re mainly going to fish irons I’d go with the 30. It’s better suited for that purpose. If you’re going to live bait fish or fish swim baits I’d get the te400. Don’t worry about the difference in drag performance and fighting ability. Both of the reels perform great and with the proper skills you’ll learn to play the fish. Plus both of them will feel and perform much better than the jig masters you’re using now.

Good luck.
 

steelfish

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Plus both of them will feel and perform much better than the jig masters you’re using now.

LOL you can bet that !!



well pals, you've touched some important points in your comments that I really wanted to read like 16# drag capabilities, live bait issues, machined body vs die-cast, etc

I will not be fishing only with irons all day and I dont want to bring 4-5 reels to the boat one per each application, big swimmies, irons, spoons, and ocasional fresh bait.
fishies are not real big here in the upper side of mar de cortez, so no really need for big and bulky reels and I trying to keep the smallest I can to 30#/40# fish max.
 

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I have both...different animal. Like mentioned above...irons = ST30TH, swimbait = CT400TE. For 30-40#, ST30TH would be a better choice. The Calcutta 400TE is a hell of a reel and I killed shitload of albies on it...BUT do yourself a favor and swap the handle to a trinidad 12 handle. After the handle upgrade, it will be over $400 for the TE. If I were you, get the Saltiga 20...sized between those 2 reels at about the same price of the TE with upgrades. This reel weights and fishes like a baitcaster and powers fish in like there is no tomorrow and smooth as hell. Amount of line recover per crank is less on the TE. I personally never like the idea of a levelwind for the bigger fish. It all depends on what rod you are mounting the reel on too. It's all about balance. I fish my TE with full 50# spectra and a short 20-25# leader on a Shikari 8020. The TE is built better than the original calcuttas but IMO it is not really designed to fish 40#.

The TE is very fun to fish with but wouldnt be my "go-to" 30-40# reel.
 

steelfish

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thanks for your replies

I ended ordering this calcutta 400TE and I think will keep the stock handles my hands are S size LOL, at the end, it's all about fun, right?