Daiwa Saltist 30 2speed (need advice)

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  1. xob

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    Hi, I recently was given a Daiwa Saltist STTLD30-2SPD for my birthday and I'm debating what pound line to fish on it. I was not thinking of going with a 2-speed reel on 30 pound or less, but I'm not sure if this reel can handle 40 pound mono topshot, over braid.
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    1) Can this reel handle 40 pound line (mono) over braid and how many yards of line do you think I'll get on it total? My goal is to have this for my bigger bluefin set-up.
    2) From people who have used this reel before, what is your opinion? I've read some reviews stating that you can easily overshoot the strike position due to no stopper. Would it be easy to just set the drag so that you go streight to full when putting in gear?
    3) If this reel and it's drag is not suitible for 40pound would you recommend me swap it in for a saltist 40 2-speed or even a 40h single speed? I currently own a 20h and love it.
    Thanks in advance for any feedback.
     
  2. obtunaman

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    I used mine with a 4ft top shot of 40 & 50 lb seaguar floro only over 60lb. braid with no problems and have not had issue with strike position yet.
     
  3. xob

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    did you upgrade the drag washers or are they stock? they're same washers on the 20 model I think
     
  4. dingokevin

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    Mine I use 50# braid 300yards with a 25# mono top 70 yards
    Drag washers are fine just open and grease they are dry carbon fiber. Well mine was dry friend of mine his was greased.
     
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    you fish 25 pound mono on yours? doesn't seem overkill for 2 speed on 25 pound line?
     
  6. dingokevin

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    Nope for it its great caught rockfish lingcod tuna. On everything from life babe cut bait yoyo jigs high speed jigs.
     
  7. J.AkuHed

    J.AkuHed I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I have the STT35LDII, I've been tossing about the idea of just setting the full to strike. Should work. IMO, the 30 is just a wee bit small for BFT over 40#, while the drag rating is good for 40# braid, the line capacity is no conducive for big BFT, while it could be possible, why would you want to put yourself thru the agony?

    I like 300yds+ of line for the bigger BFt, my biggest is 68#, hooked on an Avet HX 5/2 (350+yds 80# braid, 15' 50# topshot) with a weighted bait (rubber banded 8oz torpedo) deep with close to 1/2 my spool out. When it it hit, it took another 100' of line, 20# drag at strike, before I turned it and brought it back to the boat. That's 2X the reel you have with the STT30LDII, food for thought. . .
     
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    I really appreciate feedback. My local tackle shop just had the same line capacity concerns you stated. I'm thinking of swapping for the 40 model. BBesides the lever drag strike issue, how do you like your 35 2speed saltist?
     
  9. J.AkuHed

    J.AkuHed I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I like my 35, size wise, it's bigger the the 30, it being a narrowed 40 in size. Last rip I used it as my 30# outfit and caught my share of ahi with it. I really like this reel because it's narrow and easy to level the line and it casts very nicely. Have it loaded with 300+yds of 50# braid, good to go!
     
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    just got back from a 3 day and used it (30 two speed(for dropper loop yellowtail and flylining bigger dorado. it is filled with 50 lb braid with room for maybe a 40 yard 40 lb topshot. it kicked but on the big dorado. I used it for dropper loop since my other 40 was my yoyo outfit. pulled the yellows off the bottom no problem in high speed.
     
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    Thanks for the report, I forgot about this thread. I actually found a brand new saltiga 40, 2 speed for $300 on craigslist so jumped that instead. can't wait to use it.
     
  12. Idatuna

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    Good reel. No problem with 40. I've got the 20 with 40lb braid and love it. I usually use a 30lb ts. The 30 would be better for bluefin on the long soak. I'd fill it with 50lb solid.

    I've got two 40s that I use when bigger bluefin are around. Usually use the single speed.

    There is no positive click or stop when putting these reels in gear. You have to fish the reel and check the position of the lever. Never known it to be a hassle. When the fish is straight up and down its kinda nice to button down the drag a little without having to push a button.
     
  13. hucklongfin

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    Nice! I've got the Saltiga 40-2 as my goto 40# bait reel. Loaded with 400 yds of 65# spectra with 40# mono on top. Got a 60#+ BFT on it this year as well as a bunch of YT and YFT.
     
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    Just a quick note about these reels. With the cast aluminum body you should grease all the little crevices where water can get trapped. I get many of them here that are heavily corroded in these areas. Plus with the little screws they definitely need greasing before use.

    Cheers..!
     
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  15. Ocean Angler 619

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    I have a saltist 35H star drag, about 3 week's ago on P.Q. 1.5 day i hooked a 70/80# BFT. I was using power pro hollow ace 60# i straight spliced it right up the middle with 60# florocarbon about five ft. Also 1 drop of fish on super glue on each start and stop of leader. I have a big respect for these reels. Couldn't believe it pulled that badboy in. So in my experience if your looking for a somewhat big game reel i'd look towards the 40 2 speed. I just orderd one and was going back and forth 30 or 40. We'll see, fish on fella's!
     

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