How heavy do you guys go on your Avet MXL 5.8

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  1. colemans224

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    What's up, BD?

    I've been living out in Texas the last couple of years for work but I'm hoping to get back down to So Cal to do some fishing this summer. Realistically 3/4 to 1.5 day range. I inherited an Avet MXL 5.8:1 and am wondering what size line you guys prefer to fish that reel with. I know it's got a lot of line capacity with braid and the drag is around 14lb max I think.

    I've got a Saltist 30 2 speed that I'll probably use as my 30lb live bait set up.

    A Penn International 975cs as a 20lb set up.

    A Jig stick with a Penn Fathom 25N.

    If you guys don't mind, I could also use some suggestions on a solid 50-60 pound set up in case there's bigger bluefin around. I know there's a ton of threads on this topic and I've been reading through them. Seems like most people recommend the Talica's. I know you get what you pay for but are there more affordable, quality, options for this application?

    Thanks in advance for any info!
     
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    If you are getting 14#'s of drag, you can fish a 30-40# leader with 60# spectra.
     
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    An avet mxl is a great 25-30 pound reel. My Mxj is my go to reel for lighter lines.

    For the heavier setup I would look at the penn fathom 40n. You can find them online for less then 250. A lot of bluefin were killed with them last year. Plus you can save the difference between that and a talica and pay for a trip.
     
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    It's rated for 9# at strike with a max of 14#. That makes it at most a 30# reel. If you set it above 9# at strike keep some pinion bearings in your pocket and get good at replacing them. When you notice the handle getting hard to turn, well, you've toasted that bearing. I fish 25# on my MXJ with no issues.
     
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    I also have a MXL 5.8, it was my first real reel after my jigmaster. My arsenal has grown quite a bit since then, I believe I have 10 or 11 reels. My MXL has caught the most fish out of all of them! I have it backed with a little over 200 yards of 50lb spectra, and topshot it with 25 or 30lb mono. 25lb feels like its sweet spot, while it still fishes 30lb fine. If I were you, I would set it up just like that. You can set it to 7-8lb at strike, and comfortably fish 25 or 30lb line,


    For bluefin setup, it will be hard to beat an Avet HX Raptor fishing 60lb-80lb leader.
     
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    Right on, thanks for the help!
     
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    Mxl max of 30lb mono best at 25lb mono. I've fished them all and pushed them past what you should breaking some bearings. I have an mxj I fish on 25lb well then torium 20 on 30lb then step up to jx 2 speed 40lb mono leader with 65lb spectra then accurate boss 600 50lbmono with 80lb spectra then avet hx raptor 60/80 lb mono leaders with step up spooling 65lb spectra bottom about 1/4 spool then 80lb to about 2/3 then 100lb the rest of the spool all hollow core paired with a seeker osp 1x3 rail rod. I've caught some on my jx up to 100lbs, boss has two over a 100lbs and hx is the one I would fish if I know big fish are around. Or if even bigger I have more osp with makaira reels. Heavier gears gets more expensive but I've beat up my hx raptor and makaira and they're well worth the money they last as don't break
     
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    My MXL won't pass 30lb, if I do put 40 on it again in a pinch,ill still keep my drag i set for 30 lb so i dont crush bearings, but mine is a 2 speed so I can put in low gear and just crank for the 40lb.

    for 50-60 lb I personally love my AVET JX Raptor because I customized the hell out of it with red/black parts to mix for a distinct look while my mom loves her Penn Fathom 40N (the big 2 speed buttom makes it much easier compared to most other 2 speed buttons)

    The Penn Fathom 40N runs about $240 on Amazon while I spent $420 on my AVET JX Raptor and custom ordered it at Bob Sands.
     
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    Thanks again for the info. I will keep the MXL at 20-25lb leaders.

    I went ahead and sprung for a Penn Torque 30 2 speed for the heavier set up. Was for sale in the classifieds so I jumped on it. Not sure if I should throw 65 or 80lb braid on it. Might go 65 so I can run a longer mono top shot and maybe(hopefully) minimize potential backlash damage.

    Do any of you guys do that? Or is just better to fill the reel to the brim with braid and run a 6-7 foot flouro leader?

    Edit: As of now I plan on running 50-60lb leaders on this reel.
     
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    Live bait has an easier time towing spectra. Just my .02
     
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    If you backlash often, get a longer topshot.

    Casting a short topshot requires casting braid, ull burn ur thumb and have the line get messed up and cut it, which for those who have braid know costs and adding braid on top is a pain as a knot is a weak point.

    While a 30 foot topshot can be replaced every trip and a 300 yard spool will last much longer than replacing braid
     
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