Help me choose a reel

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  1. kgpcr

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    I am looking for a reel for halibut jigging in Alaska. I will be using 40-50 lb braid. The jigs we use can weigh up to 24 oz and halibut when the tide is clipping takes some power to crank up. Most reels are geared to high for what I am doing. I don't want to spend the bank and am thinking of an Avet LX. My buddy uses an MX but I think that is a bit small though I have seem him catch a 75lb halibut with it and no problems. I don't want another two speed reel. I use a Fin Nor Santiago for bait and its a great reel but its too big for jigging. Any thoughts?
     
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    Avet LX is a great choice.
     
  3. tunanorth

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    If you are sure you do not want a 2-speed, the Penn Fathom FTH40NLD holds 310/40 mono or tons of 50-pound braid, 40 pounds max drag, gear ratio 4.8-1, $249 retail, though it also comes in a 2-speed version at $299 retail.
     
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    Get the JX over the LX. Same reel, just the narrow jigging version. LX is a pain to keep the line level on because of the width IMO.
     
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    X2 on the JX over the LX
     
  6. J.AkuHed

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    Big Halibut in Alaska? I'd take a look at the HXJ 5/2.
     
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    Most people up here in Alaska use 80# braid for halibut, only a few use 65# and I know of no one who uses 40# or 50#. In my opinion, the ideal single speed halibut reel is the HX 4.2. You'll be pushing the limits and could damage the right side bearing on an LX or JX. I think the MX is simply inappropriate for Alaska halibut.
     
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    Penn Baja special 4.1 gear ratio is a great 50# reel with about 25# drag
    It's not just a Baja reel

    go gettum, Mick
     
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    buy my pro gear 454!
     
  10. J.AkuHed

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

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    What's your opinion, don't you think the 2.4:1 low gear of the HX 5/2 a good gear to yank on big halibut?
     
  11. kgpcr

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    I use 50lb for jigging as we fish in cook inlet where the tide swings are huge and the smaller line helps hold bottom. If I hook a fish over 100lbs and it breaks me off so be it as I would kick it loose anyway and I use rust away hooks in my jigs. I do have 65lb on my bait reels and my buddy caught and released a fish that went about 150 or so with no problems at all.
     
  12. MikeeDaGuy

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    LX is a great reel but I am a bit partial to the HX Raptor for the cranking power and the drags. . . . if you have the $$ that is!
     
  13. kgpcr

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    I just don't need all the drag a raptor has. If I am fishing 50 or 60lb line 25lbs would be way more than I need. Or so I think.
     
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    The 2.4:1 low gear on an HX 5/2 does make it easy to crank up a large halibut. But it's very slow for bringing up your bait or a small fish, and the 5.4:1 is too fast if you are using more than about a pound of weight. The HX 4.2 is a good compromise -- as is the Baja Special which is a great reel, albeit a star drag and I generally prefer lever drags.
     
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    That makes sense, I use my HX5/2 for rock fishing, my buddies think I'm nuts! I use 16-20oz weights and if I get hooked up, I use low gear other than the 5.4:1 is fine cranking up 250' with 20 oz.
     

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