Opinions on a Trolling Reel PLUS....

Reverendpdp

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I am beginning my search for a trolling reel that might serve double duty. It's first job will be to simply troll on some of the multi-day boats here in Florida. The species will likely be wahoo, with a crack at an occasional YFT. So far I'm thinking I need a 30 sized reel. Some guys have suggested a 50 but I think that'll be over-kill.
That will be it's primary task, but it might also take a trip to Central America, and perhaps San Diego to do a LR trip. I do not have a rail rod combo per se, but was wondering if the said reel would accomplish that. I've looked at the Okuma Makaira 30SEa ii, the Penn VISX 30, and Tiagra 30 / Talica 25 (all in 2 speed)... and there are a few Alutecnos and Fin-Nors floating around in the classes... what say you?
 
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Texas Tuna

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A 20-30 size reel is perfect. 50's are bulky and will get you funny looks on a charter. Useless as well unless you are fishing a lot of line or mono. The smallest I would go is a Makaira 16. The possibilities are endless. On the less costly end, you have Makairas and VISX's. From there up, there are a multitude of amazing choices. The set up I take on gulf trips these days is an Alutecnos Gorilla 20W and a UC 76 Raptor. I have it spooled with 1000 yards of threadlock 60lb (Breaks well over 80) and top it with whatever mono or fluoro is fit. Works great for trolling, chunking, and even jigging.
 
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Texas Tuna

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Do I need harness clips on the 30's? I noticed the new Maks do not have them on their 30's...
Lugs are useful in the gulf and Atlantic. Not so much needed on long range trips. Different ways of fighting the fish. Of course, you might troll with the reel using a strap. In which case lugs would be needed. I think all the Mak's have a "lug or plug" system.
 
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bob1825

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    What role would a 20 sized reel play on a 7-10 day trip out of San Diego?
    Trolling for tuna and wahoo, also heavy dropper loop for Guadalupe yellowtail. I use an Avet 30 EXW that I've had for almost 10 years. I also use a Penn 16 VSX and have never had any capacity problems.

    You can also use it as a heavy flat fall outfit too.
     
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    I'm assuming the Avet 30 is comparably sized? How does the free-spool compare on these two?
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    hucklongfin

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    What role would a 20 sized reel play on a 7-10 day trip out of San Diego?
    It'd be your go to rig for fishing 100#! The 298.8# YFT in my avatar was caught on the Mak 20 SEa w/100#.
     
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    Sorry for silly question, but I'm assuming you're referring to 100# braid and not 100# fish?
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