IS MY TLD 30 2 SPEED 200lb TUNA WORTHY?

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  1. geebee

    geebee My Member is Well-Known

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    I just picked up a Calstar GF 760H (50-120lb) AFTCO rollers rod and I'm wondering if my Shimano TLD 30II reel with Tiburon Magnum 30 (500yards 120lb Jbraid, 100lb Blackwater floro leader - deep flat fall and yoyo jigs and sinkered sardines) can handle a couple SOCAL 200lb-class tuna a season?

    I can get my personal stand up max drag 22lbs at strike (full spool) and dial it up a bit over that at the rail...

    I know there are better matched reels for this rig, but it is either buy a new reel and lose a couple trips, or fish with what I have available.

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  2. SouthBayKiller

    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    You will be ok. Just make sure the drag is set right, lots of people think they are fishing heavy drag but normally it’s half or less of what they thought.

    Also you will need to be pretty careful around the end game with the short rod to not hull rub.
     
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    With big fish that graphite frame becomes a liability. If you use a harness, the pressure is put on the bearing in the side plate. Breaking will occur.
     
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    Thanks, sealskinner, the frame and non-handle side has the aluminum MAG 30 upgrade, but I know the side bearing issue you are cautioning - they are definitely the weak point of this rig.

    I'm hoping if I stay in the reel's manufacturer's drag range (24-33lbs) I have a better than 50-50 chance of not breaking the side plate on even bigger fish. I'm not using a harness, but the rail and maybe 28-35lbs drag at the gaff.

    I'm sure there are many who've used this reel standup and hooked-up with 200lb-class tuna, just trying to benefit from their experience so I may not make same mistakes.
     
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  5. yakdout

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    The tiburon frame addresses the graphite frame with an aluminum frame. The reel will handle it, no problem. There were guys catching cows on Trinidad’s when they were eating the poppers so well in 2016
     
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    Make sure it is serviced and the drag washers are fresh... I'm seeing a lot of marginal gear which appears to be suffering from a lack of maintenance on trips the past two years, and they aren't usually up to the task of fighting and landing these brutes.
     
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    WOW times have changed I remember in 1975 catching my first 100 pound plus tuna from a party boat at the mud hole using a penn sentar 6/0 single speed with 60 pound ande line and a penn tuna stick. Today it is all about 2 speeds. Fish what youhave. it is more about the fishermen than the gear. Sure a well serviced two speed will make it easier for the angler but it is not as important as knowledge. Set your drags correctly, keep your gear in tip top shape and have a blast.
     
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    The Tiburon frame will help hugely with both strength and freespool. But when this question has come up before, it was pointed out that the dowel that runs through the spool and floats it in the reel remains unchanged and becomes a new weak spot. Apparently with more than around 18# of drag the spool can be pulled forward in the reel and the dowel can become bent at the parts outside of the spool. If you keep the drag to no more than 18# you should be ok, but beyond that you are at risk (not saying that the problem WILL occur, but the risk is there).
     
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    I wonder if anyone has used these old school set ups and landed these cows with them.
     
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    Caught my first cow on a tld 30 and a Calstar 700 XH
    In a skif on the excel .
    It worked but I wouldn’t recommend it.
    There are so many better things out there now.
    If you’re targeting cows on a 14 day or longer and pay the money it costs why why go under gunned. You might only get one chance at a monster..
    That’s my thought..
     
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    He's not going long range with it. He wants to chase local cow bluefin (feels funny even saying that) :D

    If you already own it, service it and fish it. Plenty of big fish have been caught on less capable gear.

    It ain't the arrow... it's the Indian!
     
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    YES JUST MAKE SURE TO ACTUALLY GO FISHING INSTEAD OF TALKING ABOUT IT HERE. SEEMS LIKE YOU HAVE THAT DOWN
     
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    Shimano TLD reels are pretty good reels. Still in use by charter boats all around the world. If you have confidence in your reel maintenance and you have used it long enough whereas it is now an extension of your body, then it is really a matter of your skill more than this reel to land a 200lb tuna. Tight lines!
     
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    Talk free, tuna boat money (and sick days from crappy job)...
     
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    Just fish it, if it blows up we will tie on anther rod
     
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    Anyone can land them with a fancy two speed but a real man winds them in on a on a penn squidder...... with a tiburon frame of course.
     
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    I was on a trip quite a few years ago and Beth got a 250#+ on that same reel. As was mentioned check your drags on a scale and don’t overdo it.
     
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    I remember the days when all we really had in two speed reels were Internationals and TLD's. Many 200+ YFT were landed with zero issues. The 30 will do you fine.
     
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    There's a 166 lb BFT at the end of this line...don't use the harness lugs and it will be fine.

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    Hey, "ALL CAPS DUDE" when are we going fishing?
     
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