Shimano Talica 8 vs Talica 10 vs Andros 5IIa for 35Ib.

Gabe L.

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Im looking for a reel for a 35lb.topshot for better grade tuna.Can the 8 handle it or should I go with the 10 with more braid?I was thinking andros 5 for the lower cost,thanks for any help.
 
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What do you mean by "better grade" tuna? I have a 10 paired to a terez that's my favorite outfit. I think up to 50lb range, the 10 would work.
 
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I would go with the 10 for a little more line capacity. The 8 will work, but if you get a really pissed off 60 pound class fish with 30 pound it can spool you. I speak from experience...but still landed it.
 
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I have the 8 and sold the 10. Personally, you can get away catching a 40-50# bluefin on a Talica 8ii. Obviously, the more line capacity the better. IMO, if I were to fish bigger fish, I would just skip the 10 and get the 12 to expand my range of applications.
 
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You're better off with the Tac10ii, Mak10, or Andros12iia. The Andros 5iia is nice, but bigger fish (50-150#) have been lurking with the smaller fish the past few seasons. If you are going to get spooled, do it on a bigger reel so you don't look so silly. Otherwise every conversation you have with your buddies will go like this:

:-): "Hey man I got totally spooled on a huge fish on my long trip!"
:eek:: "No way bruh! What gear were you using?!"
:devil:: "My Abu Garcia with 12-lb!"
:shake:: -Click-
:gay:: "Dude? You still there?"
 
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Xue

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Talica 8 or 10 for fish up to 50 lbs should be no problem. I like the mobility of the smaller outfit on a party boat. You won't come close to being spooled.
 
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I got spooled twice this season on my 8ii. Not sure if the 10ii would have stopped those fish either but I would have had more line obviously. My 12ii was my weapon of choice on this years 30+lb toonas
 
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Gabe L.

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I got spooled twice this season on my 8ii. Not sure if the 10ii would have stopped those fish either but I would have had more line obviously. My 12ii was my weapon of choice on this years 30+lb toonas
I pulled the trigger on a second Mak 10 Sea,more balls for bigger fish and no gold accents.
 
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I got spooled twice this season on my 8ii. Not sure if the 10ii would have stopped those fish either but I would have had more line obviously. My 12ii was my weapon of choice on this years 30+lb toonas
There was also 100lb+ tuna in our waters so it's hard to say if even a 12 would have helped.
 
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There was also 100lb+ tuna in our waters so it's hard to say if even a 12 would have helped.

The Talica 12ii would definitely get the job done for sure for 100#+ tuna.

 
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The Talica 8 and 10 only has a max drag of 20# whereas the 12 and 16 has 40# max drag. The 12 can hold over 300 yards of 80# braid. That's enough to pull in over 100# tuna. The 12 is definitely a step up from the 10. Much more line capacity and double the drag.
 
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Xue

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I got spooled twice this season on my 8ii. Not sure if the 10ii would have stopped those fish either but I would have had more line obviously. My 12ii was my weapon of choice on this years 30+lb toonas

You must have hooked into some big fish to get spooled. My 10 handled tuna easy from 30-40 lbs. Tighten the drag. Fish this size should not be able to spool you. None of the fish I hooked took more than maybe 50 feet of line.

The 12 is more of an equivalent to the Mak 10.
 
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The Talica 8 and 10 only has a max drag of 20# whereas the 12 and 16 has 40# max drag. The 12 can hold over 300 yards of 80# braid. That's enough to pull in over 100# tuna. The 12 is definitely a step up from the 10. Much more line capacity and double the drag.
Very nice fish! You've earned your bragging right. Should have it on your avatar instead of those two dinky ones.
 
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Very nice fish! You've earned your bragging right. Should have it on your avatar instead of those two dinky ones.

Actually, it's not my picture. I just pulled it off Facebook to show what kind of fish the Talica 12ii can bring in. I never been on a long range trip before so I would not be able to catch that size of a fish. Lol one day!
 
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For 30lbs-40lbs topshot, all three reels will get the job done.
Have both the Andros 5iia as well as the Talica 10ii.
Both very capable and excellent choices.
 
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bparker1225

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To be clear, the Talica 8 and the 10 are exactly the same reels. Exactly, except the 10 is a bit wider giving it a bit of added line capacity. The 10 weighs .3 oz more without line and holds 140 yards more of powerpro 50.
 
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