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fyermn

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I realize this is a Long Range Fish Report Forum, and I really enjoy reading about the Long Range trips that are reported. I also realize that this forum is also used to give out information about Long Range Fishing.
I am looking for information about purchasing a reel. I am looking at the Makaira 20 or 30, as well as the Penn INTL 20 visx or 30 visx. From what I reed, the only difference between the Makaira 20 and 30 is the amount of line that they hold and a few ounces in the weight of the reel. Therefore, it appears that the Makaira 30 is just a wider version of the Makaira 20.
On the Penn side, the 30 visx is slightly beefier than the 20 Visx (38 to 34 lbs at strike, and 55 to 50 lbs at full.)
I am looking at these reels as maybe someday I might want to go COW fishing one again as I am getting older (71). I don't want a kite rig, as that can be done with boat gear, but I want something that will be able to land a COW, or at least something close to it. I have previously land 3 over 200lbs, and one at 345lbs., but that was a while back and a little bit younger. The reel I had then was an AVET EX50/2 SDS, but I no longer have that reel. The Largest reel I have now is an AVET EX30/2 that I use for trolling on the boat, and the drag settings are not near the Makiara or Penn VISX settings.
Any and all advice and comments will be greatly appreciated, and how would you set it up?
Again, thanks for all the fishing reports, as I am in Utah now, and the reports sure keep me in the ball game of what is happening.
P.S.----I am not in a big hurry to purchase one right now, unless it is a deal of a price.
 

hucklongfin

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I have the Mak 15T/16/20/50 but you can't go wrong with the equivalent Penn VISX reels. Personally, I'd go with the Mak 20 SEa… I've caught YFT of 225, 298 and 321 on mine fishing 100#. I don't think you need to go bigger for fish that size fishing bait.
 

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All are good choices, really hard today to find a bad reel. If you want something to tackle the big boys consider the Avet 50 EX 3 speed. Not saying it’s a better reel, but the 1to1 low gear allows you to keep cranking on a circling fish without waiting for the fish to come toward you. When you use this technique the fish will spiral up. Making your job a lot easier. Yes you can have Cal Sheets put in a 1to1 on a 2 speed reel, then you’re stuck with a reel that is too slow for the average 100 - 130 and to hard to turn the handle in high.
 

Yellowtail Dan

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I have Mak 10, 15, 16, 2x20’s, 30 and love them all. As states you can’t go wrong with the comparable Penn models it’s just a matter of personal taste. Both brands have done a great job developing a true West Coast longe range line up. I would get a 20, it will handle just about anything
 

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Agree with all, a 20 reel should do the job. The Penn and Mak have great line capacity. If you can borrow one to try, it might be useful. Many of the boat have Maks as loaners. Not sure who has Penn. one reason I got my Mak, is the 5 years of free service.
 
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fyermn

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5 years FREE service! I didn't realize the Okuma Makaira reels had that also. That could be a deal breaker depending on what others have to say.
 

fyermn

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Is that free service tied to the original purchaser or is it connected to the reel via serial number?
 

tunanorth

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Not sure who has Penn.


Pretty sure that Shogun and Vagabond have 12-50 size VISX loaners, Searcher, and American Angler have 20's and 50's, New Lo-An and Pacifica have 16's and 50's, a ton of boats have FTH40NLD2 loaners.
 

RichG

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Is that free service tied to the original purchaser or is it connected to the reel via serial number?
When I bought my SEA II in 2016 it came with 5 years of free service. That was part of the reason I bought it. I registered the reel with Okuma immediatedly and they have serviced it free. My only cost has been shipping it to Ontario. I was on the web site today and couldn't find any information about the warranty. I haven't taken advantage the last two years since I haven't used it, but plan to use it this year.

So I suggest you contact them.
 

hagridfish

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Hey Dan.
Before you buy, talk to Kens Custom Reels, may even have something used! Also discuss line set up, etc.... You really can't go wrong in that place. I know you're in Utah now, but give him a call, tell him what you're thinking about, and give him a little time. He'll find you something! Hope to share the rail with you again soon. :-)
 

Steve K

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Agree with all, a 20 reel should do the job. The Penn and Mak have great line capacity. If you can borrow one to try, it might be useful. Many of the boat have Maks as loaners. Not sure who has Penn. one reason I got my Mak, is the 5 years of free service.
And Rich nailed it. Whether on a sponsored trip or just using the free or very affordable loaner gear, try before you buy. I’m right there with you, Dan, 71 this year. My program now is going toward shorter trips and selling off my heavier gear. With a couple of friends who both have ATD 50 and 30 reels on nice rods, if I go hunting big ones again, I will just borrow.
 

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Hi Dan,

Penn or Makaira 20s are effective tools for cow landing. It is very helpful decision-wise if you can hold them in your hand, put them on a rod and fish with them to determine which feels better to you ergonomically. Whichever you choose, it will be a good choice.

Enjoy the process...

- Jeff Burroughs
 
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