Okuma Makaira 15t vs Shimano Talica 20ii

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    Ya 15t will be my main go to reels and 20 or 30 for big yft cows... what’s better on the 15t 80 or 65lb braid? Was planning on izor braid or Berkeley pro spec braid ..
    Put it on a 60lb rod. UC Predator or Raptor.. raptor can do 80lb too! I've seen a 290+lb and 350+lb yft landed on a Talica 16. Yft are much easier to tire out than the same size BFT.
     
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    I personally would disagree with this statement, but I’d like to hear from guys that have done it a lot more than me.
    Some yellowfin are just fking pissed off fish aren’t they! Last year a new angler with a rental set up had a 30lb fish on buttoned down 25lb mono absolutely rope him up high. I got handed the rod for a bit and turned his head but man was that fish stubborn. The fish did it again and the even the Captain was amazed at how stubborn the fish was.
     
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    I’ve heard Frank Lopreste say that yellowfins fight harder. Where you catch them and conditions such as water temps and forage may play a role. Guadalupe tuna seem to have an attitude. I’ve also caught bluefins off of a school where several fish had net burns and those fish seemed extra motivated.
     
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    I’ve heard Frank Lopreste say that yellowfins fight harder. Where you catch them and conditions such as water temps and forage may play a role. Guadalupe tuna seem to have an attitude. I’ve also caught bluefins off of a school where several fish had net burns and those fish seemed extra motivated.
    Warm water fish are a different breed. In general. So the Yellowfin that live in 75 degree water year round and are well fed can produce a ton of energy with a faster metabolism.
     
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    Can you lift the rod with 30# of drag over under and back over other anglers? Especially after fighting that fish for an extended period of time. The Mak 20 with 130threadlock will definitely handle it. Its up to the angler to make it happen.
     
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    Yellowtail Dan

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    I personally would disagree with this statement, but I’d like to hear from guys that have done it a lot more than me.

    Yellowfin what????? Anyone that has caught both fish will tell you YFT pull much harder pound for pound then a bluefin. Look at the difference in size of the tails
     
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    Can you lift the rod with 30# of drag over under and back over other anglers? Especially after fighting that fish for an extended period of time. The Mak 20 with 130threadlock will definitely handle it. Its up to the angler to make it happen.
    Would it be smarter to put 100lb?
     
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    I have 100# Threadlock on my Mak 20 SEa with a 25' leader of 130# Seaguar Blue. All I've caught on it is the fish in my avatar and it's bigger brother.
     
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    I always prefer fishing with the heaviest line possible. But I tend to use the 100# more often during the daytime sardine fishing for a stealthier presentation. If I was using jigs or bigger bait I'd prefer the 130
     
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    Put it on a 60lb rod. UC Predator or Raptor.. raptor can do 80lb too! I've seen a 290+lb and 350+lb yft landed on a Talica 16. Yft are much easier to tire out than the same size BFT.
    I’ll have to disagree with you on that one. Yellowfin fight 10X harder than any bluefin
     
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