Question for owners of a JX 6/3 Raptor

GotMojo

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Yesterday I bought an JX Raptor to go with my 875XH for jig fishing. I spooled it with 65# braid and will use a 60# topshot. I've noticed that when I set the drag in the 15# - 20# range at strike, there is a load on the handle. I know that this is normal with lever drag reels, but mine seems excessive. Wondering if yours works the same way? I'm concerned that it may cause fatigue after casting for extended periods.

Does the MC control system inhibit the reels casting ability when tossing a sardine or chovie? I bought the reel primarily for jig fishing. That said, I'd like to be able to cut off the jig and bait fish with it now and then. I should add that I'll be using a very shot topshot, no longer than the length of the rod. Braid does tend to be more prone to over runs. The MC may be beneficial in that respect.

It's a cool looking reel, built like a tank.
 
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I've got a 50# leader on my JX Raptor with 17# of drag. There is a little resistance on the crank but not a lot.
 

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1. Good rod and reel combo
2. I fish mine at 50 top shot although 60 would work for abrasion for jigging
3. Not sure why you would fish chovy with that reel
4. The jx raptor in my experience should not be binding at that amount of drag
5. Mc will help will overruns and I only fish bigger baits on it so I don't care if it hurts distance a little...

Sjr
 

winningman

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I do have JX Rapter...
sure not made for Anchovy.. nor small sardine.

I use it for Jig or yoyo.
may be Mac.. LOL
 

Statistico

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New??? Has someone messed with the spring washers on the spool shaft? This is a reel with a sensitive drag curve. Be careful to set the drag to perform in a particular way and...be careful pushing the lever forward on a larger grade fish.
 

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I have an LX raptor, same thing as the JX, just wider.
I have it filled to the top with 80lb spectra. When I first got it, I was curious about its drag capability, I set the drag to just over 20lb at strike on a spring scale(about 21-22), and the handle had little to no resistance, pretty much the same as with the drag backed off.
And in that setting, got way too much drag at full, forsure over 30lb, I couldnt even test it lol!

Maybe a defect? These are solid reels!
-Aren
 

skipjackrobert

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It seems some of the avets get worked in and feel better once the drags are used a bit..u may want to reach out to the Avet guy on the site..good luck. Sjr
 

ebnash

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I have only Avet reels, including an HX Raptor. While they are built pretty well, some have more resistance than others when in gear. Probably has to do with machine tolerances.

Either way, I tear down all of my reels when they are brand new and check them out thoroughly. I clean them and regrease with a thinner grease to reduce friction. Also, you can fish dines and chovies with these if you run open spool bearings with no grease, only light oil. Just means you need to maintain them more often. I have casted light bait with them with no problems. Spool free spins for over a minute when set up well.
 

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I just bought one of these for my 40lb outfit. Trying to figure out what rod to pair it up with. Anybody got suggestions? Going on a ten day in November.
 

Olddog8

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I have two, neither bind when set between 16 and 20 lbs of drag. Use 50lb short leader on one for sardines, casts them great. The other has a 75yd top shot of 60lb for throwing heavy jigs, more a toss than a throw. Sounds like there may be a problem with that one.
 

wetdreams

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I have a few as well and fish 40lb/50lb live bait and 50lb jig (MC cast is removed on both my JX raptors). I also don't have any major binding/resistance at this drag settings. It may loosen up as you break it in, but I wouldn't take my chances. Return it and get a new one or take it up with Avet. They have been great at helping me out and I think they'll take care of it for you.
 

wetdreams

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My JX Raptor 40lb is on a 700MH. This is my absolute favorite combo to fish with for live bait yellowfin bluefin. Is use the 700H for my 50lb. 700MH is perfect for me, but go down and pull on a Few rods and see what you like. It's personal preference.
 
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JTL750

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I just bought one of these for my 40lb outfit. Trying to figure out what rod to pair it up with. Anybody got suggestions? Going on a ten day in November.
My JX Raptor 40lb is on a 700MH. This is my absolute favorite combo to fish with for live bait yellowfin bluefin. Is use the 700H for my 50lb. 700MH is perfect for me, but go down and pull on a Few rods and see what you like. It's personal preference.
Geeze, you guys use JX raptors for #40? I use a regular JX 2 speed. But I do fish lighter drag then most people, 25% line weight at the reel. So only 10 lbs for #40
 
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strackle99

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The handle should not be difficult to turn. Reel just needs to be re assembled, something isn't sitting right.

Every now and then it happens to me when I put my avets back together. I just pull the handle plate off, and reseat, and it usually "fixes" the problem.
 

Tony O'Connell

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I have exactly the same problem with a brand new JX Raptor. See posts under "Avet reel support" forum. I have not had time to tear it apart yet. Pinon bearings seem to be a constantly reoccurring problem. This failure could put a major damper on someone's trip who does not have a lot of tackle and who expects something brand new to work properly.
 

BlueSashimi

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Keep in mind guys, these are high end reels made with precision machinery that have very little tolerance. I'm not an Avet expert but sometimes, if something is a little off out of the box, all it takes is just playing with all the levers, dials, knobs to make all the pices "fall into place". Good luck, I plan putting in a few custom orders from Avet and I really hope everything is put together correctly.
 

skipjackrobert

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I personally like the 700xh for the jx raptor but also use it at 40 when needed with a 700h at 40 lb. To me the 700h is a true 40 lb rod and a lite 50....