Discussion in 'Fishing Chit Chat' started by Shimano Penn, May 5, 2016.
Hands down, Talica 12 2/speed
I agree...if money is not an issue talica 12 speed...I have all talica and trinidads ,expensive but worth it to me..take care of them right and they will last you forever
I would NOT use #40 for the bigger bluefin since the casualty rates are so high. The schools of bigger fish have some real large specimens and we are only seeing the midsize fish landed so far. Don't miss a lifetime fish by sizing too far down. I think the Fathom 40nld2 as mentioned earlier is a great reel for #50-60 and that's as light as I would go when targeting these fish. Note: the first cow caught on the O 95 thIs year.
I personally use short (5'-6') #80-100 flouro top shots on my 40nld2 for both flat falls and poppers since I feel it's a reaction bite. It's backed with #80 braid so I'm not using more than 20lbs of drag. Live bait is a different story, I feel more confident the fish will not inhale the bait, but crush it, thus making a good circle hook connection with the fish's jaw more possible. In this instance, the 50-60 pound makes more sense because they are likely to be pickier as well.
You cant go wrong with the Penn Fathom series
Cool in this case.....Okuma ANDROS 16II A-Series is the way to go....but if budget is not a factor....Okuma MAKAIRA 16Sea will be the Ultimate Reel..jmo..
If budget is not an issue and you are looking for absolute top of the line, then the Penn Torque TRQ25NLD2 is tough to beat, and the Torque TRQ40NLD2 is the way to go with 50-60 pound topshots.
If budgetary considerations create a limitation, then the Penn Fathom FTH25NLD2 for 40-pound, and the Fathom FTH40NLD2 for 50-60 pound topshots give the most bang for the buck.
**I know I am repeating myself, but this post was revived from a year ago.
Well to me it comes down to line weight. The reel I like to use for 40-50lbs is a Saltiga 50 2-speed. For 60lbs, a Saltiga 60 2-speed, and for 80lbs and up, I use Makairas.
All of this is based on the drag I want to fish and the action of the rods I plan to use. If you are chasing bigger bluefin, I recommend using the heaviest line you and still get bit. Plus, don't under gun yourself on your rods.
I have fathom 25, fathom 40N, and JX raptor
All 3 will handle 40lb. However the 40N and JX raptor can be bumped up to 50lb and handle it while the fathom 25 wouldn't go that far up. n
Main difference between jx raptor and fathom 40n is that jx raptor u can customize colors and costs more while the 40N is a beast out the gate.
So it comes down to whether u want customization and pay more or pay less and still have an equal quality beast just without the looks
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