Discussion in 'Fishing Chit Chat' started by jdrumz, Aug 9, 2016.
Yay or nay?
Yo-yo for Yellows?
Not enough drag or cranking power to be a strong choice. But if you can tolerate an ass kicking (getting yellow winched in...) or deal with getting corn-holed if the fish are on the bottom (broke off on the bottom) a jig master has caught a lot of fish over the years.
About 12-13#s drag max.
Something that makes closer to 16-18#s would be a better choice.
I have a GFGR700-xlh that needs a dancin partner, and a buddy just gave me this reel. I put 65lb on the back and was hoping maybe to use it for a bait setup, however, I was losing tons of bait on the cast...so i thought, worst case, yoyo or bottom fishing setup
It can be tuned up to be a fine bait reel. Need to have the aluminum (not chrome over brass) spool (far lighter) and upgrade the bushings to bearings (simple) and it is a great 20-30# bait reel.
Otherwise, anything close to the bottom has to be a modest puller (hali, lings, rockfish etc). A good yellow will abuse you however.
its a better bait reel. But if thats what you have, then thats your yo-yo reel.
A tanked 500 will get up to 20+ lbs of drag though one may not want to fish it that high. The other thing is that the components are going to cost as much as a new modem reel.
Honestly don't think it is fast enough for a yo-yo reel. 4 to 1? Get one of the faster Daiwa sealines for something a little more suited, you should be able to find one for $50-70 used.
1st 10 or so years of commercial rod and reel fishin almost all our boat rods had jig masters with a few 4/0s and 6/0s mixed in..
We used em for everything and just made whatever technique adjustments we had to whether it was cranking super hard to yoyo or buttoning down to stop a yellow..
Of course breakin handles. Tweaking and cracking spools,blowin out side plates and a few other things would happen but we had a very high success rate because every fish is $$$$..
There is no doubt that once we switched to toriums when they first came out it seemed almost unfair as the drags and cranking power were on a whole different level...
A jigging master would work [emoji3]
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Your biggest single issue is the lame 24 inches per handle turn. Pretty exhausting if used as a yo-yo reel. Your buddy did you no favor. If you want to get a fast-retrieve reel for your rod and you are really short of funds then spend only about twenty dollars more than the cost of a Penn 500 and get a Penn Warfare 20, which has as much drag as the 500 and a decent 34" per handle turn, and a narrow spool to help with line handling. It also casts very well. Of course you can go over $100 and get into the Daiwa lines and so on, but whatever you get, you should look for a minimum of 34" per handle turn on a yo-yo reel. Mine is 47" and it really helps to not have to whip like a maniac to get a yellow's attention.
Learn the bait thing. Get another reel for the yo-yo thing.
Before there was all these reels.jigmaster was the reel.every fisherman had 3 jigis.so go with your instinct.
It works for bait and jigs, especially if that's all you have. You will break a sweat jigging. Back in the day I caught tuna and Y/T with one. When I got the 505 HS I was stoked!
Thanks for all the solid responses. As far as the jigmaster goes, maybe ill use it for a new toilet paper holder. I was hoping to get some use out of it, but really it serves no purpose in the arsenal. I have toriums and trinis for my jig sticks, and like to stick with lever drag 2speeds for bait. thx again
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