Wanting New 30 lb setup

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  1. Layne Preasmyer

    Layne Preasmyer Newbie

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    Hello everyone,
    I am currently in need of a solid 30 lb setup for this upcoming season. Currently living in south Orange County and I frequently go out of local landings and private boats. I've gone in to some of my local tackle shops, and everyone I talk to has a different opinion on what works best for them. Just wanted to know if you guys reccomeneded anything or what has worked for you in the past. If possible, I am looking at more lever drag reels and will be willing to spend around $250.
    Thank you and tight lines
     
  2. Brad I

    Brad I Common Sense Isn't Common Enough

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    I've been cleaning out the stash and am going to be selling a couple of Pro Gear 545s and a Pro Gear 251, all loaded with spectra and excellent for 30# (that's what I've used them for, although the 545s will also do 40#. I'm selling these, but keeping others of the same model). They're star drags, but at $150 you'll come in way under budget. Let me know if you are interested and I can send pictures.
     
  3. tony38

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    for your budget , you can't go wrong with the penn ftm 25N 2spd spooled with 50lb braid and a short leader as you need it
     
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    I just picked up a couple of Metaloid 5NII within your budget
     
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  5. saltwaterfish

    saltwaterfish Well-Known "Member"

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    250 for the reel or reel/rod combo
     
  6. Austin Fisher

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    Avet mxj for 20-30 or
    Avet Jx which is more versatile, can fish 30 easily and if you need to go up to 40 you can do that no problem.
     
  7. SoCalAngler1

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    Unless you may use the reel to slow troll live bait on the private boats is where a LD reel would be best. If you don't plan on doing it much a star drag is the way to go. Do you really need a two speed reel for 30 lb test? Most people do not and this will keep cost down.

    I'd look at the guys Progear reels if there in very good shape $150 is not a bad price. Most of the guts for those reels can be replaced with and or are Penn parts.

    I fish a Penn 25N star for 30 and love the reel. I bought a lower gear set and fished it a couple of times but went back to the 6:1 and won't be going back.
     
  8. esgeo

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    For a new rod, take a look at okuma makaira c801h. I found one on Amazon for about 130 shipped. I think you should have no problem finding a reel for 120 if you are willing to go used. I have an avet mxj single speed I got used for 90 that i have loaded with 50lb braid. The only drawback is line capacity for long soaks or mono topshots, so a mxl might be better for party boats. If you can find a used fathom 25n, either star or single speed that would probably be a great reel too with a little more line capacity and durability up higher drag settings. Good luck finding something you like.
     
  9. arenpilav41

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    Avet MXL Single Speed is exactly what you need. And exactly what you should want. You can learn to service it yourself very easily, and it will last you a very very long time. Ive had mine for 8 years, service it myself, and it has caught 95% of the fish I have caught in my life, using 25lb and 30lb leader. I service it every couple of trips, and I have never had a problem or a bad bearing with it. It is seriously one of my favorite reels.
     
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    If you want a 2-speed lever drag, I second the Penn fathom 25NLD2. Shop around and you can find one well under your budget. Great size for 30lb, but can fish 40 perfectly, and even 50 in a pinch.
    For non 2-speeds, there's lots of other options as well, but you get more for your money with the 25NLD2.

    and if you think you got a lot of different opinions from tackle shops... get ready for a lot more different opinions here.
     
  11. kimbo

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    I have a brand new pen fathom 25nld2speed for sale. 230 with 50 braid on it. Shoot me a pm if interested
     
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    skipjackrobert I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Rod and reel? Or just reel?
     
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    May I ask why are you selling it?
     
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    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I don't think the avet Mx (non-raptor or G2) have enough drag to day-in day-out fish 30. Most people would fish 10lbs of drag at strike, I believe those reels are only rated for 9 and tend to fry pinion bearings even at that level.

    In your price range and considering you want a lever drag, perhaps look at the Okuma metaloids? Or for a little more money a Penn fathom 15ld2.

    The larger 25n is more of a 40lb reel in my opinion.
     
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    Not really a fan of the narrow reels. If it was a 30 I'd keep it.
     
  16. jigstrike

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    New I would do a daiwa sealine x or a salroga bg40

    Used Jigmaster with newell gear set and newell bars and standard drag. It will work well for 30lb, easy to fix and all the rest of the money can be spent on a really really nice rod.

    Or an older sealine 50h, aluminum frame
    Seriously, you will get a 200 rod and a reel that fiahes as well as one that cost 125 to 150.
     
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    No need for a 2 speed with 30lb just more parts to break and a hassle to service.I'd go with the pro gears,easy to service and bullet proof.
     
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    I just picked up a progear vioñlater 32 and spoiled 400 yards of 40lb braid with about 100 foot 20 lb top shot
    25lbs of drag. Reel was 250. Gonna try it out this weekend.
     
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    I also have the v40 with 450 yards of 40 and 100 foot of 30lb. 22lbs drag. That one was 200.
    Great real.
     

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