Dope, that is actually the application I'm looking to use it for the most! Hopefully I can use it for cows too.Absolutely love it for flat falls on the bluefin;well balanced and lite.Of course is cool for other applications-just the right size imho.I stood next to a guy who used one to slay a solid 300 lb yellowfin in PV.I knew then I was gonna get one.
I was wondering about this! Thanks for the reassurance! That is one of the things that kinda made me question myself about buying it is the gear ratio.The Talica 20 two speed has a more desired "low" gear ratio compared to the 16. That is extremely important when you are finishing off a large fish.
I also had a Makaira 20SEa, ended up selling bit because I'm not ganna be doing cow fishing as much as I thought. I'm hoping I can use the tac 20 for cows too though.I had a Tal25 also which I sold here so I could justify the more ergonomic 20.
As far as the gear ratio thing and for that matter a couple of other adv/disadvs
the Maks or the Penns are stronger in that category without a doubt.But jigging
with those reels isn't an option because of weight and bulk.I have both those reels and have loved them for their own strong points.It's all about intended use.
How is it without the conversion?I have both the 20ii and also 25ii. I prefer to use the 20 over the 25. Yes you can get others brand of reels for less but you wont get the smoothness and the light weight like you do with the Talica's. Both my Talica I had lower gear and blueprint done by Cal's. If moneys no object and like to have something special get the Talica 20 replace the handle with Tiburon Tbar use it this season. Once the season over get it over to Cal's and get the lower gear and Blueprint done. Its will be night and day after Cal's finish with it. Never scare of a fish ever again.
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Even with the power handle? I'll probably buy and install the tac 50s handle for it.I had the Cal's lower gear ratio low gears installed and blueprinted by Cal, and I did not like it at all. They were noisy and not nearly as smooth as the stock gear set. I also found the Cal's gearset to be too low ratio for Guadalupe fishing. I took the Cal's set out and replaced the gears with the stock gears and returned the reel to like new function. I have caught YFT to 185# on the stock gears, but it was tough to turn the handle. If you are strong, experienced in pulling on big fish, and use a heavy rod the T20 is capable of catching large fish. For me the sweet spot for that reel is for sub 150# tuna.
Give the Tiburon handle a try. It fit the 20 perfectly and no more blister. The Tac 50 handle is too big imo.I wasn't scared of the reel failing, the only real issue I had was the gnarly blisters I had on my palm from the uncomfortable handle.
The best upgrade for that reel is the Tac50 handle.