Penn 15 or 25n

30# bait

  • 15ld2

    Votes: 10 27.8%
  • 15 star drag

    Votes: 4 11.1%
  • 25nld2

    Votes: 13 36.1%
  • 25N star drag

    Votes: 9 25.0%

  • Total voters
    36

bdubs73

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Feb 7, 2008
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Brian
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What application is it primarily going to be used for? For me, that makes a big difference.
Inshore/island use 15 and 25n is fantastic.

Offshore use- 25n is good for fish to 40lbs or so imo

25nld2- great for fish all the way up to 80-90lbs
 
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stuman

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Sep 18, 2004
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stu
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skiff
Gen2 15 star drag has cast control. If you have problems with backlashes this will help.

Also, a smaller diameter spool will have less resistance for the bait to pull against.

The downside is less capacity.
 
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DennisV

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Jan 4, 2017
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Dennis Vagt
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Just a NuCanoe Frontier now.
25NLD2 because those hot 77 lb fish only want to bite 30lb and I'll take all the line capacity I can get with those devils.
 
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Levelartist

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Oct 6, 2017
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Alex
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Susan
This is how I prefer fishing my Fathoms. I’m considering getting a 15LD2 soon for 30# for bait fishing yellowfin soon. Last year I hooked up to a nice size BFT while fishing YFT on a single speed reel and I couldn’t bring him up once he started doing circles, it ended up sawing me off. Loss a fish but gain an important lesson. 😋🤙
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bassman88
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Nice setup! I use the 25nld2 for 40# as well.

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tunanorth

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Dec 4, 2005
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Tunanorth
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Although I personally prefer the 15LD2 due to the lighter spool, in lengthy discussions, I have found that veteran captain Mike Lackey of the Vagabond definitely prefers the 15XNLD2 for his passengers using 30-pound topshots.
He feels there is a nice advantage to the larger gears, larger drag surface, and stiffer frame, even with 30-pound lines.
 
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DannyNoonan

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Apr 17, 2007
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Jim
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Lund LX200 LFC
Although I personally prefer the 15LD2 due to the lighter spool, in lengthy discussions, I have found that veteran captain Mike Lackey of the Vagabond definitely prefers the 15XNLD2 for his passengers using 30-pound topshots.
He feels there is a nice advantage to the larger gears, larger drag surface, and stiffer frame, even with 30-pound lines.
“Hey Coleman! Which should I get? The 15LD2 or the 15XNLD2?”

“Why not get both?!?”

“Extra prima good, Mr. Coleman sir!”
 
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vinniethefish

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Vince Borrego
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2006 Skeeter
This is how I prefer fishing my Fathoms. I’m considering getting a 15LD2 soon for 30# for bait fishing yellowfin soon. Last year I hooked up to a nice size BFT while fishing YFT on a single speed reel and I couldn’t bring him up once he started doing circles, it ended up sawing me off. Loss a fish but gain an important lesson. 😋🤙
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For island and kelp patty fishing I use:
15SD 20-25
25NSD 25-40
Lever drags usually stay at home instead I pack my Tranx 500HG and Lexa 400 HD instead.

For offshore on the drift fishing that's when my level drags come out as I don't have to worry about casting the bait far from boat. That's when I use the 25NSD for 30lb, the 15ld2 for 20-30lb and the 25nld2 for 30-40lb. The 15ld2 I use 40lb braid for more capacity knowing that I'm not throwing anything higher than 30lb with that setup. Fun for schoolie size YFT and I don't have to screw up my drags on the Lexa 400 HD.
 
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