Ok, so what is your favorite reel for throwing surface irons and why?

jdmanowar

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Looking to start focusing more on throwing the iron instead of being stuck in the cluster at the rear of the boat...would love your guys' input on what reels you like best for this application
 

SouthBayKiller

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For me personally, a Penn Fathom 25n by a mile. I fished it a bunch last weekend and forgot just how well it casts. 75-100 yards of 40lb izor, the rest 50lb braid.

Lots of practice and the right rod for you is just as important to casting distance and comfort.
 

gettingbentwithbo

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14' Starcraft SF SS
My favorite was the Trini 16 dc. Could cast the thing a mile! And the sound it made was fun too =)
 

BASSMITH

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Saltiga 30T and black torque 25N (4.8 gear ratio) are my two favorites for surface iron, both 3/4 filled with 65lb braid and 100yds of 40lb mono.
 
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Salty Paul

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Truth/Seigler SS Small Star:

Can really get some distance with this reel.

 
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bullyo

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For local to 2.5 day stuff I use a Trinidad 30a. As I go on a 10 day each year and fear getting corn-holed by something much bigger at the Ridge or Rocks, I just picked up an MXJ raptor. I used it two weeks ago locally and the thing was buttery smooth and casts more than far enough
 
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af dreamer

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I have a lot of reels,Avet,Shimano and my go to for surface irons is still my SL30,I fish my own boat so I fish 30 lb.When I go on a sport boat I fish 40lb.My Avet is my yoyo reel.Tom
 
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AWilliams

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I think the reason about the Accurate Tern star drag reels is they were so hyped up to be the next coming of Christ...but it didn't pan out like they thought...
 

swami 805

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I haven't bought a new iron reel since I got gold trini's when they came out. Thinking I'll get a Tern. What size is comprable to a trini 16 & 20? Don't got anywhere to fool with them around here.
 

hucklongfin

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I haven't bought a new iron reel since I got gold trini's when they came out. Thinking I'll get a Tern. What size is comprable to a trini 16 & 20? Don't got anywhere to fool with them around here.
What, you expect a Tern to be an upgrade over a trn20? Open the spool bearings and lube them with some TSI-321 and you’re as golden as the reels.
 

swami 805

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It won't be an upgrade but these gold reels won't last forever. Figure I can splurge every decade.
 

ironmike

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Used Trini Gold 20 for LONG time, nothing better. Read that all the Trini Gold gearing etc. was now incorporated in the ToriumHG's. Bought one two years ago (a 20HG), man it's great, and so cheap, for a great jig reel. Started with Penn 500's I tweaked, 50 yrs ago, then went to Newells, then to Trini Golds, and now, Torium 20HG, smooth, small, powerful and inexpensive. IMO.
 

swami 805

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Started the same, Penns, newells, progears, trini's. I like the idea of stainless guts on the terns,sort of like a modern newell.
 

Haly0

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Used Trini Gold 20 for LONG time, nothing better. Read that all the Trini Gold gearing etc. was now incorporated in the ToriumHG's. Bought one two years ago (a 20HG), man it's great, and so cheap, for a great jig reel. Started with Penn 500's I tweaked, 50 yrs ago, then went to Newells, then to Trini Golds, and now, Torium 20HG, smooth, small, powerful and inexpensive. IMO.
Torium hg’s Just aren’t as smooth as the Goldie’s IMO. I normally leave my Torium 20hg at Home and fishing my fathom 25n and Saltist 35 bg. They have been the dedicated iron reels for a few years now. Bait fishing though I fish a Trinidad 14a & 20a.