help me decide on my new 2spd reel??

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Which two speed reel?

  1. Penn fathom 25n two speed

    28 vote(s)
    45.9%
  2. Okuma Metaloid 12n two speed

    8 vote(s)
    13.1%
  3. Something else

    25 vote(s)
    41.0%
  1. kbray001

    kbray001 Well-Known "Member"

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    Two weeks ago I got my ass handed to me by these big mean blue fin using a pen fathom 25n star drag. I have decided it's time to upgrade to a two speed lever drag to hopefully give these bluefin another shot.

    After doing my research, I have narrowed it down to two reels. The penn fathom 25n lever drag two speed and the okuma Metaloid 12n two speed (just released).

    Theses reels have very similar stats and I like both of them. I plan on spooling with 65 lb braid and being able to use top shots between 40-60 lb.

    Which one do you think is the better reel? Or is there another reel in the 300 dollar price range I should be looking at?
     
  2. walkerman

    walkerman I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Avet jx raptor
     
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    Talica 12 every time
     
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    penn 40LDn2speed
     
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  6. hucklongfin

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    Between those 2 I'd take the Fathom 25nld2. I have one and like it a lot. I've played with the Metaloids and don't care for them.
     
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    Sup fellas. I have a accurate 600 narrow 2speed. Haven't lost one yet!
     
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    tunanorth I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    For the line classes you mention, the 25N size does not quite have the capacity needed for the grade of tuna that have been biting, I would strongly suggest moving up to the 40N size.
    If you budget definitely needs to be under $300, then the Penn Fathom FTH40NLD2 offers by far the most "bang for the buck", but if your budget is open, the Penn Torque TRQ40NLD2 is an amazing reel.
     
  11. kbray001

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    Thanks for all of the advice. I have always been a big fan of the talicas but they are just out of my price range.

    I'm definitely going to have to go and play with the fathom 40n. It's specs look awesome and I have been very pleased with my old fathom 25n star drag.
     
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    I've got 300 yds of 50# spectra on my 25nld2 and fish with a 40# topshot. If I wanted to go with 50#, i'd load it with 300 yds of 65# Maxcuatro and use a 50# topshot.
     
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    His budget is $300. The Talica 12II is almost twice that; it is a great reel, but $$!!

    Hello Kirk,

    Either of the reels you mentioned would get the job done. If I could only choose one from the two reels presented for the situation you mentioned, the Metaloid 12II appears more appropriate. It has lower gear ratios and it holds 20% more line than the Penn. While the Penn is a smaller reel with less line capacity, I believe it has better free spool and is more versatile for other applications such as tossing a jig. Decisions, decisions....first world problems!

    Select what makes most sense to you.

    - Jeff Burroughs
     
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    is he missing something, I was told long ago
    that is what Credit Cards are for, L O L
     
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    So true!

    - Jeff Burroughs
     
  16. tunanorth

    tunanorth I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    To clarify, the 12II is a somewhat larger reel than the 25N, and does hold more line while being 6 ounces heavier. The line capacity of the Penn "30" size [such as the FTH30LD2] is much closer to the 12II's capacity, though the Penn is 5 ounces lighter.
    Of course some nice fish have been caught on 25N's this year, but any time 100-pounders are in the mix, the capacity can feel pretty skinny. Using 65 pound braid as the benchmark, the 30 size holds a bit over 100 yards extra.
    With the 40N size, the 65 pound braid capacity is 250 yards more than the 25N, though the way I like to set 40N's up is with 550 yards of 80 pound braid, which would be especially appropriate with the 60-pound topshots OP may use at times.
     
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    20# on my 15LD2
    30# on my 25LD2
    40# on my 30LD2
    50# on my 40LD2
    80# on my 60LD2

    If im targeting 100+# Tuna im probably going to use the 40LD2. If they are only biting 40# ill drop the topshot. But that little 15LD2 brought up a 55# BFT in 20 minutes the other day. These reels are scary powerful.

    If im in cowtown ill break out the VSX16.
     
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  18. kbray001

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    Thanks for all the input guys. I appreciate it. It's either going to be the fathom 40n two speed or borrow a reel until the end of the season and save up for a talica at the Fred hall show.

    Hahaha. The credit card is tapped until I pay off my wives new camera body for her photography business. The problem I always have is too many hobies and not enough disposable income. Absolutely a first world problem. Haha.
     
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    I just happen to own both of those reels. Both are nice reels. the Metaloid casts great and has a lot more drag. The Fathom is narrow and tall. I fished it 2 days as a 60# rig and my thumb ached for a week from flylining it.
     
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    when it come's to fishing, I just save up for what I need
    I never Budget,
     
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