GP Terminator Reel ?

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    Question . I have a GP Terminator that I'm going back and forth on for a reel . I want to fish 50-60lb leaders. So far I have heard Makaira 15Tll , Penn Torque 40NLD2, 2020 Saltiga 40Ld2, Valiant 600N . And Jx Raptor .Gonna use it for all around set up......Money is no concern .. What would you guys choose ??? Thanks
     
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    hucklongfin

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    For just bait the Mak 15T, otherwise whichever brand you prefer... I have the older Saltiga 40ld2 and JX Raptor and like them both for 50# on other rods.
     
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    Tac 12ii but line is always an issue with that reel. The 16ii is probably a little safer even if the 12ii balances better on the rod.
     
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    Tac 12 and new Saltiga 40 LD is similar in size. The 55 is also similar to the tac 20. Debating on which to take the next time out

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    For mine it came down to a Mak 15T or a Penn VISX 12. I went with the Mak 15T because they were basically even to me and someone listed one here in the classifieds for a great price on a new reel. I'll load it with 65lb solid and a 60lb FC top shot
     
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    Mak15T or a Torque 30LD2. Can do 50lb and 60lb all day with a thin line. The 30LD2 spins just as good as a TAC but with better gearing. MAK15T just has the biggest gearing in the class. VISX 12 is more of a true heavy frame reel capable of fishing really heavy 80lb with its expanded capacity. Large for 50lb for sure. Great for picky 60lb work.
     
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    Sounds like the Mak 15ll is winning .. Where is all the torque guys at ? 😂
     
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    Sounds like the Mak 15ll is winning .. Where is all the torque guys at ? 😂
    You know it’s funny I saw Mak 15T and thought heavy 60lb and 80lb work. But for 50-60lb leaders the Torque or Saltiga. Saltiga has a better cam and the Torque has better gearing and a beefier drag. But for 50-60lb that shouldn’t matter, you will have complete free spool with either reel.

    The Mak and VISX are way to big Jesus. A 40N can fish 80lb fine if it’s cam is good. I have no idea why I commented on a 30LD2 over a 40N or Saltiga either, must’ve been properly dosed on JD
     
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    Ya never know when the jackpot fish decides to take your bait, in that case I'd rather be over gunned than under, The Mak and Visx are perfect, but I have big paws, so I really don't notice the "way to big Jesus" part :), just because your fishing 60.....doesn't mean there's not a 160 or 200+ in the mix....that being said, I do like the 25nld or Mak 10Sea on the UC Monster, I pair the 15t to the UC Predator, the 16visx or HX goes on the centaur, and the 20visx goes on the xxxh 80-130
     
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    Ya never know when the jackpot fish decides to take your bait, in that case I'd rather be over gunned than under, The Mak and Visx are perfect, but I have big paws, so I really don't notice the "way to big Jesus" part :), just because your fishing 60.....doesn't mean there's not a 160 or 200+ in the mix....that being said, I do like the 25nld or Mak 10Sea on the UC Monster, I pair the 15t to the UC Predator, the 16visx or HX goes on the centaur, and the 20visx goes on the xxxh 80-130
    You realize he asked for 50-60lb right.. the Mak alone is overkill. The gearing on a medium frame reel (40N, Saltiga, Duanrless)… is more then adequate for fish up to 150lbs. As a fellow “big pawed man”, I’ve never had an issue with my 40N landing my big ones on 60lb. It was pretty easy going once I realized as long as I kept winding the reel would never get spooled.

    Trust good gear man. The Saltigas are bad ass, talking to Duane D. about the 60, he was fishing 100lb and the reel didnt break a sweat on a cow. Says the same thing about the 55 and 50 size as well.
     
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    The Mak 10 is perfect for 50 "bait" I get the ratio is not perfect for f/f or jigging. But I also like the 25nld or mxj, a lot of options here.. I switch up, as I have the gear to do that, but I always prefer the strong frame reels "without branding a particular reel or reels" but as they say , "smoke em if ya got em"
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    Sounds like the Mak 15ll is winning .. Where is all the torque guys at ? 😂


    I think part of the issue is that the "wrong" size Torque is in the equation.
    The other issue is that [yet again] "medium frame" reels are being compared with "heavy frame" reels, resulting in an apples-oranges alignment.
    A fundamental decision regarding line system [test/type/topshot] that will be used is key, before a good choice can be made.
     
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    I think part of the issue is that the "wrong" size Torque is in the equation.
    The other issue is that [yet again] "medium frame" reels are being compared with "heavy frame" reels, resulting in an apples-oranges alignment.
    A fundamental decision regarding line system [test/type/topshot] that will be used is key, before a good choice can be made.
    What size torque for 50-60 leaders would be the right size then ?
     
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    What size torque for 50-60 leaders would be the right size then ?


    The responses are somewhat spread out regarding the actual size [capacity] of the reel people like. I noticed a lot of references to Tac12 and JX reels which are considerably smaller than a 40N, and match up capacity-wise with the TRQ30LD2.
    I am with you, for the size fish you would hope to land with 50-60 topshots/leaders, the capacity of a 40N or equivalent would be what you want.
    An interesting variant has popped up recently, with dart-type jigs in the 120gr.-170gr. category becoming popular.
    Those do fish better on a slightly smaller reel [I in fact do like the TRQ30LD2 and 50-pound], though I'm not really sure a lot of people need to start adding a specific rig for jigs that size to their quiver.
    My personal favorite remains a TRQ40NLD2 when a "medium frame" reel "might" be called into duty on cow-ish size tuna.
     
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    Sounds like the Mak 15ll is winning .. Where is all the torque guys at ? 😂
    the mak 15t has a better drag curve, more drag, more material, more torque, than any any medium frame reel in the same class. Wish we could see a visx 10 or 12n to fit the same category, that would be sick. The 40n is close too though it is still a medium frame reel.
     
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    The responses are somewhat spread out regarding the actual size [capacity] of the reel people like. I noticed a lot of references to Tac12 and JX reels which are considerably smaller than a 40N, and match up capacity-wise with the TRQ30LD2.
    I am with you, for the size fish you would hope to land with 50-60 topshots/leaders, the capacity of a 40N or equivalent would be what you want.
    An interesting variant has popped up recently, with dart-type jigs in the 120gr.-170gr. category becoming popular.
    Those do fish better on a slightly smaller reel [I in fact do like the TRQ30LD2 and 50-pound], though I'm not really sure a lot of people need to start adding a specific rig for jigs that size to their quiver.
    My personal favorite remains a TRQ40NLD2 when a "medium frame" reel "might" be called into duty on cow-ish size tuna.
    Two days after this post, I scored a ~165 on a GP80 Terminator and a Torque 40NLD2 on the Searcher (80/80, sinker rig). The rod and reel were very much up to the task. I was impressed, and picked up a lot of confidence in that rig for even bigger fish, should it be required.

    It is an extraordinarily light and capable rig, and I am very happy I paired the Torque with that rod.
     
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    I run a Torque 25nl2 on my terminator for picky BFT. But going to Loop soon and probably go with a 40n at that location. In order to pull the fish in…
     
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    Im headed to Guadalupe next week and im planning on using a penn visx12 on my GP80 Terminator but may also try my mak15t on it. Sounds like the terminator is at home at 60lb and even has more to give if needed for light 80lb.
     
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