Nice! I've never heard of Tenryu rods, so that's one more I'll have to look up. Thanks for the info and the pics.Just got off an 8 day that went to the Ridge and Alijos Rocks. Had a blast casting up at the bow with my fellow artificial and jig slingers that were using conventional reels. I used a Daiwa Saltiga reel and a
spinning rod with a Salas 7x light surface iron and a Guston super knife 100 gram stick bait. It was the first time I fished the spinning gear since I was a kid as I use conventional reels and my jig sticks. I had a great time and no problems pulling in Yellowtail and a Wahoo at The Rocks with the spinning combo. I even had several of the guys on board ask if they could throw it out for a few casts, and some told me that next year they are coming with a spinning set up. Have fun and tight lines in whatever set up you choose to throw the artificials with!!
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Sorry to hear. Glad I decided to focus on early fall from now on (fits my work schedule better anyway).I still haven't had the time to do my report on my 5 day we went to the ridge 4 days of travel time basically one day of fishing was pretty disappointing through the popper never got anything on it cut 3 yellows was really slow Tough Fishing food was good met some cool people other than that was real disappointed that we didn't even try to go anywhere for tuna or anything else just went to the ridge got yellowtail stopped up in Clarion few Rockfish that was about it,long boat ride to be disappointed but that's why it's called fishing not catching maybe I'll find a boat that will live up to my expectations someday.
My Qantum has---65 pounds--verified drag and you are right. On the other hand, I have seen huge fish with drag settings much lower, like 30-40 beating a huge blue fin; fact is, heavy drag, short time fight, for sure better than on all day.On short trips, I've used a Penn spinner for fish up to 30#. No problem pulling 10# drag. But contemplating a Quantum with a heavy drag setting . . . damn thing might pull me into the ocean. What's it like fishing a spinner with 20# of drag? Short fight seems like it would be OK but any longer than 15 min sounds like an @ss kicker.
I have the size one smaller than you, (the 100) an IT is rated at 65 pounds of drag. One question though, I have heard that the 120 and the 100 are the same reel, just different spools--is that true? Same source says the 60 and 80 are the same deal and I think their 40/50 size is the same thing, same reels, different sized spool. I have not confirmed that with Quantum, and it matters cause I was going to order a 2nd spool, so while at it, why not get the size up spool, in my case the 120 spool.As for me I bought my Quantum Cabo 120 when it first came out and my bid of 180 bought the reel. I used it on a 1 day trip and won the pot on the boat with about a 35ib yt. I had 65 braid and a 30lb floro top. i was so impressed with it I just bidded on another and won the bid at 190 now I have 80lb braid and a 50lb mono top on it and also bout a spare reel with 40lb mono on it. I will be using these for my 10 day trip on the Intrepid in October.These reels have 60lbs drag max stainless steel gears not bronze and carbonite drags the msrp is about $335 and every thing o it is metal. I think I can cast further and fish more effectively for a fish up to 150lbs hopefully. Of course I have other bigger gear but on spinning I know it would be a blast what you guys think.
The reason what you pointed out is hard to argue with--is line capacity. With 65 pounds of drag--verified--my Quantum PTSE 100 Spinning Reel beats most conventional reels, YET, there is no doubt who wins the capacity wars. And in an anchored boat, you sure as shit can't chase em. I get over 500 yards of 100 pound braid on my big Cabo, yet that pales in comparison to one of many conventional reels and a big blue fin or yellow fin can swallow 500 yards pretty quick; on the other hand, and again, 65 pounds of drag IS a hell of a lot of drag even for those big boys.Go for it! And be sure to post your results here on this forum... I'll be the first to congratulate any angler that lands a 100lb+ to 200lb+ YFT on spin gear fishing onboard a SD based LR boat as I truly know how tough that feat is to accomplish.
Just wanted to keep it real... especially so for the newbies considering outfits to tackle 100lb+ YFT or even BFT on poppers while fishing on an LR boat. As long as they fully understand that the odds of landing a larger 100lb+ - 200lb+ YFT are rather low and require spot on fighting technique then more power to them. IMO, they also really need to know that spin gear is WAY more susceptible to angler induced damage than is conventional gear as there are many hard, rough obstacles to overcome including other anglers when that larger grade YFT/BFT takes you around the boat or from bow to stern (90+ feet) on that stationary platform at minimum.
Tight lines and blue skies!
Reading the Specs for the reels it looks like what you said. Before I bought mine I was thinking the same thing about the spool that the 120 kept more line that's the reason I got mine. Maybe You buy one from a reputable dealer that you can return or exchange with no charge just in case. If i could remember I paid $81 plus shipping for the 120. The biggest fish I caught was a marlin about 80lbs on a 10 day LR trip just this Nov with power pro 65 and top 40 lb floro about 5 ft. Brought the fish in in about 10 minutes and released.I have the size one smaller than you, (the 100) an IT is rated at 65 pounds of drag. One question though, I have heard that the 120 and the 100 are the same reel, just different spools--is that true? Same source says the 60 and 80 are the same deal and I think their 40/50 size is the same thing, same reels, different sized spool. I have not confirmed that with Quantum, and it matters cause I was going to order a 2nd spool, so while at it, why not get the size up spool, in my case the 120 spool.
i have the same rod set up also if you are going for big fish get a rod holder and lower back brace cos we cant use the rail.I ordered the 120 spool, the plan is 100 pound braid, 80 pound fluoro, Carnage 2, their 6' heavy jigging rod rated at 80-200 braid. The idea is reef fishing where I'm told if you get hit by a big fish, there may be nothing much you can do if it buries the jig into the rocks, but this is a good way to start. The rod by the way, just came today in the mail--looks and feels great.
I hear you on all that--I don't use a rail rod (to each his own), and I don't pass off the rod, not yet anyway. I saw a guy with a rig like mine, with rod holder and no brace, take a 300 blue fin, himself. Balanced gear, when that big fish ran he just let it run with arms straight out and locked. Really proved what balanced tackle can mean, how guys get out there, with the rod tucked under their arm, or crammed in their stomach--or worse, and make it at all is a miracle. No wonder they pass off six or more times, how the hell else can you handle a big fish that way?i have the same rod set up also if you are going for big fish get a rod holder and lower back brace cos we cant use the rail.
Last month I used it on a 10 day LR trip Larry Brown on the Intrepid. I used it as my fly line n metal rod and the biggest fish was a 70 to 80 Lb Marlin and brought it to boat in 10 minutes and released it.I could cast further and more accurately and even change spool with the extra spool I had with straight 40 lb mono on it. When we were warned the night before about big tuna the next day I didn't have the guts to stay on the set up so I went back to my conventional reel not wanting to miss my catch of a lifetime. The good Lord did give me a chance to harvest one my best so far 236.6 lb yellow fin tuna pictured above in the avatar. Now that I have caught this next time I would try it on a spinner having experience of this catch.
I carry a scale on the boat now, pretty accurate. It's hard to believe how high I can dial it up to on my two modern spinning reels--50 on one, 65 on the other; of course we both know you never go that high, but it means you don't have to strain the system to hit mid 20's or even higher.Just make sure you test your drag ahead of time so you know how much you can put on the fish. Had a guy take over 2 hours on a fish because his drag was set at 18lb or something. Minimum mid 20's, I set the drag in the high 20s or low 30s