Need help - 2020 setups

Goldenglory18

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All,

I got a few customs completed late last year and have acquired a few new reels. If you guys could check my setups for 2020 yellowtail and help fill the gaps I’d appreciate it...

15lbs bait - 196-8/Saltiga 20
20lbs bait - 270-8/Saltiga 20
30lbs bait - BTG6480/TBD
30/40 jig - WTS 7X/Lexa 400HD
40/50 yo-yo - GF700XH/Saltiga 35h

So two main things,

1) I had a 20 on my 30lbs bait rig last year and got worked a few times on good grade yellows, so this year I want to upgrade to a 35 for extra torque/drag, or get another Lexa so I’m not dicking with managing line while under heavy load.

2) Thoughts on the 35 as the yo-yo reel? It went out on a few trips last year but I’m concerned it’s not fast enough (got zero hits while yellow fishing.) It turned into a glorified rockfish rig at the end of the year which is just absurd.

Thanks everyone...

- Kenny
 
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Your setups are great. It just sounds like you need to spend some more time on the water getting used to your setups. The rods you chose are nice and soft which lend themselves to modern fishing with braid quite well. You should be happy to know that your setups are very well thought out and will not be the limiting factor for your growth. I still fish the older Saltigas and I have them in all of the sizes that you do as well.

As far as your specific questions:

1) The drag on your 20 will be just fine for 25/30lb bait. Although, I prefer the capacity of the 30 for longer soaks. I'm not sure how you have setup your bait reels, but I prefer 40# braid almost to the top with 25-30yds of mono. The additional shock absorption allows you to pull harder on your fish with a bit of cushion for headshakes. Of course, if you're tight to kelp change it to 5 or 10ft. I load both my 20 and 30's with 40lb braid because it's easier to manage than 30lb braid, which leads to capacity issues for the 20, hence my recommendation of the 30. Drag capabilities are the same there and perfectly capable for 25-35lb topshots. No need to go to 35 size. If you got worked, tighten the drag a bit or step up in line class.

2) The 35 is a fine yoyo reel for local fishing. The gear ratio is fine and the line capacity should be adequate if backed with braid. Keep in mind that when you drop your jig down, say 300ft, the line pickup of a 35 will be less than the 40 because although the full spool diameters are equivalent, the 35 drops in diameter much quicker than the 40. For this reason, I prefer the 40 size. I even prefer the 5:1 ratio because I often double duty my 40/50lb yoyo setup as a bait setup and have no problem getting bit. Again, if you weren't getting bit, it probably had little, if anything, to do with your reel choice. Sometimes they're biting a specific size jig or retrieve.


Good luck! All this downtime has me second-guessing my setups as well, so I thought I'd offer my opinions on your great lineup. Well done sir.
 
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Goldenglory18

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Awesome. Thanks for the reply and vote of confidence. I’m reading A LOT lately and am deep in my own head right now. I actually just sold off a 15 to slide everything up in reel size and now I wonder if it wasn’t the wrong idea. Oh well.

So if not another 35, you think either the 30 or 40 would be more appropriate? I’m still down one reel and want to replace it with either another Saltiga or Lexa. Maybe Saltist if I can’t find either of those.
 
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A Saltist 30 would make a great 30lb bait reel. A Saltiga 30 would be an even better 30lb bait reel. I'm sure the Lexa 400 would be fine for 30lb bait, but personally, I just can't feel the bait as well with a levelwind in the way.

The only newer Saltiga I have is the 40A and it is an incredible reel. The only thing that I've felt that rivals it in precision are the Ocea Jiggers. We'll see how it holds up over time, but I would recommend one for anyone that need a double duty 40/50lb bait and yoyo setup. One thing you could do is pickup a 40A for your yoyo setup and use the 35 on your 6480 as a 30/40lb bait stick.
 
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I agree with the above, move the 35 to the 6480 and get a 2 speed for the 700xh.
I use a Saltiga 40ld2 for yoyoing with 50#. I've yoyo'd up a lot of YT with it. On bait too.
 
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Goldenglory18

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Thanks guys.
For the 700XH and two speed idea, I’d almost want to move to the Saltist 40 lever drag. That way it could also be a powerhouse bait rig too and it would save me a few $$ as well.
Thoughts?
 
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