Quiver thoughts Shimano Tiagra 30LRS on a UC Viper 7’6”?

tunakingken

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Slowly building up my quiver with rods and reels. Picked up a penn 25nld (50lb braid) and 40nld (80lb braid) paired with okuma pch rods. 30-60 761xh and a 40-80 701xxh.

Just added my “heavy” rod a 7’6 UC Viper. I’m debating on what reel to put on it. I have a shimano Tiagra 30lrs sitting around from tuna fishing years ago on the east coast. Was wondering what more experienced guys think about that pairing? Would run it with 100 or 130 braid.
 
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I would invest in a Makaira 20 or 30. I have both reels and they are way lighter than the old Tiagra reels and they free spool like a dream.
 
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Steve K

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Depends I would say on how you intend to use it. As is, fishing jigs, probably OK. If you’re headed somewhere to fish big Yellowfin and flylining Sardines, I think you should have it worked on, souped up, hotrodded. I think Cal’s Custom Reels is the go to for that, blueprinting for freespool with higher drags.
 
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One time at tuna camp

Trick it out. Had a TI30 tricked out to fish 100lb flyline with free spool. At HB, fished it with 90lb fluoro and did good on the 150s sunshine conditions. Reel performed great.

And fishing a stock Tiagra 30LRSW on a Calstar 6465xxh while I also had the tricked out Tiagra 30 with all the upgrades. 130lb seaguar and a sardine. 283 on the stock Tiagra 30w glad I had the 30w and not the 30 or would had been spooled.

Sardine. Stock TI30W. Toughest fish of my life

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Scott McPherson

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Like the gang said above you could use it. I think your quiver is coming together pretty well. Invest in a new 100-130 reel. That’s my recommendation. Mak or visx would be a great move. I think you’ll be glad you did it. My vote is a visx20 or 30 on the viper.
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    Depends I would say on how you intend to use it. As is, fishing jigs, probably OK. If you’re headed somewhere to fish big Yellowfin and flylining Sardines, I think you should have it worked on, souped up, hotrodded. I think Cal’s Custom Reels is the go to for that, blueprinting for freespool with higher drags.
    I think you’re putting lipstick on a pig! If you’re comfortable with spending more, I’d sell the Tiagra and get a lighter more modern reel.
     
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