Looking for a good reel to pair

Oct 16, 2020
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Hello guys I have a phenix Axis Casting Rod - HAX-820XH - the line rating is 30-80lb and I’m looking to make this my 40lb-50lb rod any good reel suggestions I mainly fish for leopard sharks and rays from the surf and pier with chunks of mackerel but I want to start doing some boat fishing I’m just getting back into fishing and so far I have a 25lb and 30lb rod and reel combo and well I’m looking for something to make my 40lb my reel budget is 600$ And as far as applications I’m looking for something to cover that basic boat applications live bait jigs bottom dropping an over all well rounded reel that I can just buy another stick for if needed I know 8’2 is a bit long as anything under 8ft is more suiting for some things I was looking at the Talica 10 two speed and the avet mxl star drag what do you guys suggest ? Or have in mind from what I might be encountering in my future trips
 
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tunanorth

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More details needed to really "dial in" the best choice.
Do you have the actual model # of your rod, and the full line rating?
When you go out on boats, will it be mainly out of San Diego or?
Will the boat trips be 3/4 day, overnight, 1.5 day, or possibly longer?
Will you [mostly] be using live bait, or jigs?
You mention a reel in the $500 price range; is that your actual budget, or will you need to spend less than that [preferred price]?
 
Oct 16, 2020
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More details needed to really "dial in" the best choice.
Do you have the actual model # of your rod, and the full line rating?
When you go out on boats, will it be mainly out of San Diego or?
Will the boat trips be 3/4 day, overnight, 1.5 day, or possibly longer?
Will you [mostly] be using live bait, or jigs?
You mention a reel in the $500 price range; is that your actual budget, or will you need to spend less than that [preferred price]?
More details needed to really "dial in" the best choice.
Do you have the actual model # of your rod, and the full line rating?
When you go out on boats, will it be mainly out of San Diego or?
Will the boat trips be 3/4 day, overnight, 1.5 day, or possibly longer?
Will you [mostly] be using live bait, or jigs?
You mention a reel in the $500 price range; is that your actual budget, or will you need to spend less than that [preferred price]?
Phenix Axis Casting Rod - HAX-820XH - 8'2" line rating is 30-80lb and I’m in the SoCal area and will be doing San Diego and Catalina and what not I’m just now getting back into fishing and I plan on doing half days to start off and into the longer trips in the future and I’ll be using it with whatever I can get away with as far as applications live bait or jigs but I do plan on using the 40lb + on this setup for the bigger fish
 

tunanorth

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Thanks for the additional info.
There is a little size difference between those models, and also one is a 2-speed lever drag, and the other a single speed star drag.
There are several threads discussing the difference, but the short version is:
Star drag= easier/further casting and simpler overall operation, generally more durable. Generally less expensive.
2-speed lever drag= smoother, more powerful, and more adjustable drag system, ability to shift gears when catching very large fish. Generally a bit more expensive.
In the Penn lineup, the size right in between the two you mention is the 25N [the MXL is a bit bigger, the TAC10 is a bit smaller].
Assuming you like a 2-speed lever drag a little better, the models to look at would be:
Fathom FTH25NLD2= around $289 retail
Torque TRQ25NLD2= around $589 retail
Assuming you like a star drag a little better, the models to look at would be:
Fathom II FTHII25NSD [6-1 gear ratio]= around $239 retail
Fathom II FTHII25NSDP [4.8-1 gear ratio]= around $239 retail
 
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Oct 16, 2020
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Thanks for the additional info.
There is a little size difference between those models, and also one is a 2-speed lever drag, and the other a single speed star drag.
There are several threads discussing the difference, but the short version is:
Star drag= easier/further casting and simpler overall operation, generally more durable. Generally less expensive.
2-speed lever drag= smoother, more powerful, and more adjustable drag system, ability to shift gears when catching very large fish. Generally a bit more expensive.
In the Penn lineup, the size right in between the two you mention is the 25N [the MXL is a bit bigger, the TAC10 is a bit smaller].
Assuming you like a 2-speed lever drag a little better, the models to look at would be:
Fathom FTH25NLD2= around $289 retail
Torque TRQ25NLD2= around $589 retail
Assuming you like a star drag a little better, the models to look at would be:
Fathom II FTHII25NSD [6-1 gear ratio]= around $239 retail
Fathom II FTHII25NSDP [4.8-1 gear ratio]= around $239 retail
Thanks for the reply I appreciate you I’ll go ahead and do some comparisons and go from there tight lines!!
 

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I think the Talica 10 is great for 40# but might be a little small for 50#. I have the Talica 12 and it's a solid 50# reel.

I also have the Torque 25 & 30 LD2 (and a few others) and like them better. The 25 is perfect for 40 and the 30 is perfect for 50#.

If you want a 40# reel you can fish 30# or #50 on, go with the TAC10 or TRQ25LD2.

If you want a 50# reel you can fish 40# or #60 on, go with the TAQ12 or the TRQ30LD2.

I also have the Saltiga LD40 two-speed that would be a great choice as well, I like it better than the TAC but not as much as the TRQs.

Go down to a decent tackle store and actually touch them and see what you like the feel of. You can't really go wrong with any of them.

I've had a few Avets (still have one) and I'm not a fan, but a lot of guys love them.
 
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kimbo

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Okuma cavalla 12ii would work well for you. I use if for 40 and 50#.