Peacock Bass Reel Help

Almud

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Need a bit of help on choosing a baitcaster to fish big peacocks in Brazil. Looking for a reel to throw Woodchoppers and other swim baits. Will need at least 20# of drag and 140 yards of 65# braid. Initial thought is a Shimano Tranx 300AHG. Have heard 13 Fishing Concept Z3 and Abu Garcia Revo Toro Rocket could be good. Also looking at Komodo 364 but retrieve may be too slow at 6.4:1.

Would like to use the reel on lite saltwater on the west coast too.

Appreciate any experienced input.
 

CommanderPinhead

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The Revo Toro Rocket and the Revo Toro Beast (black and blue) both make for great top water reels with a lot of stopping power. You can fish those two reels buttoned down on straight 65lb braid really well, plus they have a phenomenal light line freespool compared to the Tranx 300. Personally I’d focus on a reel with has a good pick up ratio.
 
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Almud

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Thx CdrPinhead: Toro Rocket looks like it will be perfect. Also checking out the Beast Rocket.
 
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Almud

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What do you think about Lews Custom Inshore SLP Casting Reel? 30” per turn, 20# drag? Only 6.6oz. More than $100 less than Abu Garcia.
 

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I just got back last week and really liked the tranx 400ahg loaded with 80# for choppers, I’ve used Calcutta TEs and Komodos on previous trips and this is more compact, casts really nicely and has all the drag you need. Tranx 300ahg loaded with 65# are great for smaller lures. Swap out the power handle for a paddle handle too. Whichever reel you choose, make sure it is at least 7:1.

You’re going to be making literally 800-1000 casts a day, so get a reel that really fits you well.
Reels that are too wide are a total pain.
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I made an impulse purchase on a Revo Big Shooter and Big Shooter Compact. The pricing was oh so right.
 

Almud

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I just got back last week and really liked the tranx 400ahg loaded with 80# for choppers, I’ve used Calcutta TEs and Komodos on previous trips and this is more compact, casts really nicely and has all the drag you need. Tranx 300ahg loaded with 65# are great for smaller lures. Swap out the power handle for a paddle handle too. Whichever reel you choose, make sure it is at least 7:1.

You’re going to be making literally 800-1000 casts a day, so get a reel that really fits you well.
Reels that are too wide are a total pain.
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Thank you for the on the water feedback! Nice peacock in the net. Did you get the woodchopper from KLures? Looks like one I left down there last year.