Fathom 15 for #15 do I want the 2 speed???

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  1. FishAcquisition

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    Fishing Tuna in tight bites on #15 is my favorite, moving to Fathoms, on this 15# set up Would you suggest a 2 speed?
     
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    Generally, to get the most out of your 15-pound outfit, a star drag is preferable [FTH star drags are single-speed only].
     
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    Open question with not a lot of background, what do you currently have, budget amount(obviously $200-250), any specific rod, type of line, and what type of trips are you planning on going on?

    Giving all of that ...sure
     
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    If pinhead anchovies come back star drag would be nice. It is just that when you hook a 25-35 Tuna it takes a while to get it in. If fishing is slow no worries plenty of room and space. I can see where maybe the 2 speed might help with what can seem an eternity to land good size Tuna on #15. Can't put too much pressure on #15.

    Star Drags on the #15 and the #40 jig stick,
    And LD2 for the others.

    Thoughts
     
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    I like lever drags even on 15#. Just by looking at where the lever is I know what the drag is. I do not need to double check as much like with a star drag. You can only pull so hard on 15# in the first place, so I am not sure how helpful a 2 speed reel will be. All a matter of personal choice though.
     
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    For 15# I'd go with the 12 sized star drag reel.
     
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    I use a Fathom 12 for 15#.
     
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    Go star drag. I have a 12 that I fish with Berkley Big Game 20 and top shot 15lb fluorocarbon . If you are exclusively fishing 15lb test, a 2 speed is overkill TBH. You'll find the fathom star has good cranking power and actually has more max drag than the 15LD2 locked down at sunset anyway. If tuna is the Target, go with the star also due to the better free spool. Bait presentation is also key to that picky bite too as I'm sure you are more than aware of.
     
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    I just picked up a Fathom 15LD 2 speed, I'll be filling it with 50# Maxcuatro and a top shot of 25# - 30# Floro. The reel has plenty of drag, I would look at the 12 star drag if you want to fish 15# test no need for a 2 speed. In my opinion a 2 speed is good for 40# test and up, only reason I I got the 15 2 speed is I got a good deal on it.
     
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    The finesse tuna set-up is an important part of your arsenal in my opinion. During those picky bites on smaller school sized fish, the lightest most lively bait has the best chance at getting bit. I find that #30 braid to shorter flouro of 15-20 is best. Smaller hooks are order of the day, and with the lighter line, we won't be putting much pressure on it anyways. Small star drags shine here. With the lighter braid, capacity isn't a huge concern and the lighter spool with the best freespool works best. Since you won't be grinding the fish to the boat in low gear on such light line, stick with the star drag.
    The next thing to consider is the rod. I feel a longer rod that has some give to it is better. I personally like a 9' rod for both the cast and for the extra "give" but that also just depends on your personal preference.
    For the record, my set up is a Calstar GFDH900xl and Newell 229. If I were to get a new reel, it would be a Fathom12 star drag. It's 300+ yard capacity of #30 braid should work great. Hope this helps,
    EDIT: this should not be the first thing you throw out until it is established that all you are seeing is smaller fish.
    Kevin
     
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    If you find a find a bigger one you need more line capacity
     
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    I always used a squidder and 12-30# seeker rod.Had to change a few of those brass sleeves but the setup worked great.Just got a fth12 love that size reel for 15-20#.
     

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