Suggestions on good conventional reel and rod

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  1. fishergirl777

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    Hello...I just started getting into tuna fishing. This year I took a day a half trip out of San Diego. All I had was a spinning reel, which didn't seem to work out the greatest for flylinning a bait. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on a good conventional reel and a nice rod that works good but won't break the bank.
    Thanks!!!
     
  2. Mikieb

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    Zebco #1 LOL
     
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    For similar trips avet Mxj or mxl
    Phenix 700ml will do you perfect
     
  4. fishergirl777

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    Ha Ha very funny Mikie
     
  5. Fish Asassin

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    you cant go wrong with a penn 500 jigmaster. Dependale, inexpensive, and easy to maintain. (see photo below).
     
  6. Tunahead

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    Jigmaster 500 or Shimano 20/40 and a moderate 7ft rod like a
    Seeker 870-7, caught a lot of tuna with these over many many years.
    Solid rig to get started! Lot of us grew up with ye ol' J500 too.
    Matter of fact I think Fisherman's Landing/others rental rods are
    same Shimano/Seeker reel and rod. Couple guys from Wyoming
    caught a 45lb Yellowfin on 25 on Condor with 1 this summer!
     
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    Sealine 40 filled with 65lb spectra so you can choose whatever pound test leader you want between 15-50lbs and a calstar 700m. Setup is right around 320 and will allow you to catch anything localy or on short range tuna trips. Good luck with your future fishing career and remember to have fun
     
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    It would actually be easier to fly line with a spinning rod..
    Torium 14 or 16 with a calstar 800m if u are kinda on a budget or
    Talica 8 or accurate bx2 400 with a phenix hybrid 838 or 809
     
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    Used Avet's are dirt cheap on here. I know because I sold all mine at a pretty steep loss. They work great though especially for the money. For trips like 1.5 day or so you could just get a single speed MXL for pretty cheap and it'll work great.

    As far as rods go that depends if you like shorter or longer. I prefer 8' until I get to the heavy gear. The seeker classic or american series should do you fine for starters.

    If you can wait until the Fred Hall show in Long Beach I would do that and then you can look at tons of different stuff under one roof and then decide what you like best and probably find a decent deal on it too.
     
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    Ugly Stick combined with Penn Jigmaster 500 from any year of the past 45!! have fun
     
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    well i do not know anything about tuna fishing,.... but penn reels have been really great for me so far. i had a penn 114H that was a really slick reel and i would assume that would work for a cheap budget. they run around 150.00 dollars new, but you can pick em up at yard sales and pawn shops pretty cheap, if you do some lookin you may be able to find a really nice one for 20 to 50 bucks used.
     
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    If you have limited experiance with conventional gear then I believe an Avet mxj mc single speed loaded with 50 lb solid spectra would be a good start. You will be able to use 15 to 30 lb topshot. Also the magic cast will help you avoid backlashes which you don't want to deal with during a hot bite, get bit with a backlash and you will snap your topshot. On 1 1/2 day trips you want to maximize your oppurtunities at landing fish so eliminating problems is a big step in the right direction

    There are lots of good rod choices in the 15 to 30 lb range.

    Go with an Avet jx mc if you want a 40 lb outfit.
     
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    Hey there fishergirl,

    Lotta good suggestions so far, lemme clarify a few things.

    1. Rod, I would stay away from a too long one. 7' is better as the 8 footers can be a challenge to handle. If you have the budget for a lifetime purchase then a Calstar 700m is a great choice for a 30-40lb rod. If you are on a budget then a 7' Ugly Stick Tiger rated 20-50lbs will do and catch many fish.

    2. I personally prefer star drags for their simplicity and casting ability until you get into larger models (more commonly 5-7 day range and beyond) as they are easier to use and figure out. Modern star drags like the Penn Squall or Fathom (25N) or a Shimano Torium 16 are also reels you will have for many years. Daiwa Sealine is another worthy choice. As long as you stick to the name brands (Accurate, Avet, Shimano, Daiwa, Penn) it is nearly impossible to go wrong.

    Don't hesitate to talk to your local shop. They should be stoked to help and should provide reasonable recommendations.

    best
     
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    i wouldnt go 2 cheap..........

    nice all around set.up would be shimano torium 14 or daiwa saltist 20 run about 20lb mono line

    SEEKER rods work best model 270 or 270H

    i like to use a 8ft rod but 7ft would work just fine..........

    goodluck!!
     
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    teramar 80H and a torium 20
     
  16. PCH

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    Good advice there!
     

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