NEED REEL ADVICE FOR A JIG STICK

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  1. Kola chaser

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    I'm planning to buy a 9' seeker salas 7x's tiger rod rated 30-60 mono was seeking advice to wat reel will accommodate the rod for throwing iron only planning to run 65#spectra followed by 40#mono top shot with a reel budget under $260 I was considering 3 reels I had in mind but then again I'm still a newbe this will b my first true jig set up the reel I thought about was the SALTIST 35 BG,PENN FATHOM25N, LEXA 400 OR A AVET JX I'LL LEAVE UP TO THE VETERAN EXPERTS FROM BDS TO HELP ME DECIDE
     
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    There are a lot of great reels out there that will fit your needs. IMO the saltist is the perfect balance of price, performance, durability and plus it's really easy to maintain. BG 35 if you're using braid, 40 if spooling it with mono.
     
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    You should first make the fundamental choice between a star drag and a 2-speed lever drag.
    For any kind of local fishing, and up to 4-day trips, the better choice is usually a star drag, because its all about the cast.
    Once you are going on 5-day or longer trips, a 2-speed lever drag becomes a serious option, and today's lever drags are much closer to star drags than they used to be for castability.
    Also, will you primarily be using 40-pound long topshots, 50-pound long topshots, or straight braid?
    Any particular price range you want to stay within?
     
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    I was planning to run 65#spectra followed by 50#mono top shot with a reel budget under $260
     
  5. J.AkuHed

    J.AkuHed I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I like the saltists 35 and 40
     
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    Find yourself a good used Trinidad 20.
     
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    Ok got it.
    With a 50-pound topshot, you will probably prefer a "narrow 4/0" size sideplate [Penn's 40N size], rather than the smaller "500/332" sideplate [Penn's 30 size].
    On the smaller reels, 50 pound can get a bit "wiry", although with 40 pound the smaller reels definitely cast better.
    Your budget mostly keeps you in single-speed territory.
    Penn Fathom FTH30 star drag- $219
    Penn Fathom FTH30LD- $229
    Penn US Senator/Baja Special US113N star drag $249
    Penn Fathom FTH40NLD- $249
    A couple of 2-speeds that will be slightly above your budget line:
    Penn FTH30LD2- $279
    Penn FTH40NLD2- $299
     
  8. Kola chaser

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    THANX
     
  9. J.AkuHed

    J.AkuHed I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    What kind of trips/fishing are you planning to do with 50# leaders? Inshore, local island, 1-3 day trips?
    For local and inshore, 30# will suffice and more forgiving. For island and 1-3 day, 40# is good. 50# would be best for 5 days and longer for bigger yellows and tuna. If this is your first dedicated jigstick, the learning curve is long so the best thing for you to do is to get a forgiving reel that won't frustrate you. Throwing the plug and getting good at it takes a lot of dedicated time, not just bringing a Jigstick along on the trip and throwing it on occasion, you have to throw it all the time. Learning to cast on a consistent basis, learning to swim a jig then catching fish isn't done in a few trips, it took me dozens of seasons.
    A lot of guys that want to throw the plug because they see dedicated jig fishermen successful at it often get frustrated at it and just bring their Jigsticks because they have them but leave them in the rack.
    Just saying. . .

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    A Baja Special is an awesome reel, especially for what you have said you want to do with it.
     
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    I've pulled on that 7x rod and it feels more of a 30 or 40lb rod. If your dead set on throwing 50lb I'd go with a ulua or calstar 100mag. I just picked up a okuma Cortez 12 for a new jig reel. So far the thing is sweet. For fishing 40lb I'd recommend it. Plus for the price it can't be beat.
     
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    Lexa 400!! It's a straight up beast.
     
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    I own all the ones on your list except the Lexa.

    I choose the Fathom 25n, which I bought a few months ago for $166, including tax and shipping, from a seller on ebay named "alohafishing." I recommend this seller, who can probably get ahold of another one.
     
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    Thanks for the advice and taking the time to reply,my plans r to fish local island up 2 day trips, once I get more experienced I'll consider a loner rang trip but for now I meant to say 40#mono
     
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    Wat kind of rod do u have your fathom 25n on ?
     
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    Go with 2 good rods! Gg690 for light surface iron with 30 or 40 top shot, short and a well....just start there and evolve...get a penn star drag at say the 25 size or go with a 2 speed mxj....start there and try those. Then maybe add a gg90j Calstar...don't put the cart before the horse...lots of good rods and reels....buy used and if u don't like, resell it...:). Sjr
     
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    J.AkuHed I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    BTW, the rod in my pix are the Phenix Abyss PSX1009, 10', 25-60lb at Cedros Island on a 7 day.

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    skipjackrobert I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Nice rod! With Trini?
     
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    Nice reel i'll check it this weekend planning to buy my set up this weekend
     
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    Also check out a calstar 100j. Another great rod that's at a very good price. Plus like skipjack said check the classified here. There's also a fishing swapmeet this Saturday in long beach. Good luck
     

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