Surface iron discussion

Discussion in 'Jigging and Popping' started by krismoore1984, Jul 5, 2019.

  1. krismoore1984

    krismoore1984 Newbie

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    Me and my brother are having a feud, see I got this 13 fishing concept A3 reel, and my brother isn’t convinced it is suitable for surface irons, and I am saying it is, It’s a 8.1.1 gear ratio reel,
     
  2. watersdeep

    watersdeep I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I'm with the brother, them are bass fishing reels.
     
  3. mackereljoe

    mackereljoe Member

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    I’m with you Kris. I have a similar type reel (quantum EX300) and it works for colt sniper and Tady C surface iron. When the yellows are running Small to mid grade it will work.
     
  4. InDeepShip

    InDeepShip Well-Known "Member"

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    if your planning on using it for fishing surface irons for bass it will work but if your planning on using it for YT you might blow it up.
     
  5. krismoore1984

    krismoore1984 Newbie

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    I am planing on using it for yt
     
  6. Shewillbemine

    Shewillbemine "should of" is NOT a thing

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    30 lbs of drag sounds nice. But a 30lb.yellowtail will also test it.

    I say give it a shot. Worst case scenario: you lose a nice fish, you blow up the reel, and you have a great story.
     
  7. swami 805

    swami 805 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    So many good iron reels out there why trash a bass reel?
     
  8. J blair

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    Most bass reels hate saltwater.
     
  9. el Toro

    el Toro I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Brother wins
     
  10. Baller

    Baller Jig Chucker

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    Another vote for the brother. Levelwinds are for bass fishing.
     
  11. J blair

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    Mr 500 tranx would disagree.
     
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    that reel itself seems like a solid bass reel, you can fish an iron but is it ideal? not really, but it will work
     
  13. Baller

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    I stand by my original statement. Seen more than a few Tranx reels blow up. Why not just use a Trini..?
     
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  14. hucklongfin

    hucklongfin Deep release specialist

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    I've thrown a lot of iron on Lexa 400's and TranX 500's. The only things that have blown up are the hopes and dreams of YT.
     
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    Beware of the 13 fishing products. I have two friends separate of each other buy them and fish them. Both grenaded after spotty sessions. I do not think they love sale water... just my .02
     
  16. J blair

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    I use mine for snook and tarpon. No tuna.
     
  17. krismoore1984

    krismoore1984 Newbie

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    I caught this medium grade yellowtail with my 13 over the fourth, slowly building up to the giants

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  18. Hismosa

    Hismosa I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    That's what we call a rat, definitely not a medium grade YT. But I'm sure it was a blast on the light gear and gave you everything that reel could handle.
     
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  19. swami 805

    swami 805 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    A medium grade rat
     
  20. surfgoose

    surfgoose active geezer

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    Before the Lexa models and other brands came up with salt-water designed baitcasting reels, people were using lots of different baitcasting reels out at sea that were really outclassed by the marine critters that they were being used on. Forty years ago we had a run of small bluefin tuna that were really line-shy and hook-shy and boat-shy, and in desperation I bought the best freshwater baitcaster that I could afford and the best fifteen pound mono that I could find (decades before fluorocarbon or braid) and had a tackle store build me a very light-tip rod to loft an anchovy out to where the bluefin might bite it.

    It worked great, was a heck of a fight, lasted for three trips and a dozen fish then locked up tight and the shop told me it would cost more to rebuild than just buy a new one.

    If you look up the word "desperation" in the dictionary, there is a picture of a fisherman. We do goofy things, again and again.
     
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