What's a great fishing combo for bluefin around 120-150 lb and also cows from 200-400lbs?

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  1. Arthur Seropyan

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    I have a Phenix axis 7'2 30-80 and I was curious if if it can handle a 120lb bluefin? If so, what reel should I put on the rod? And what's a great combo for 200-400lbs bluefin money is no problem.

    Thank you!
     
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    Ib think the phenix could handle it for the smaller fish . For the bigger fish I would look at the okuma makaira 30sea and a united composites viper
     
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    Okay and what's a great reel to use for the okuma?
     
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    Any of the makairas are great
     
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    And that's for the 120 -150 blues?
     
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    Phenix axis 7'2 30-80 is generally a 40-50 lb rod. Fish it accordingly. The two types of fish you mention are in two different scales. for fish up to 120 lb, you can fish with 40-50lb line and get them, but not something anyone would recommend. You would want to fish at least 60 and up. Mak16sea matched to UC Raptor would probably be the best bet when targeting the larger bluefin and is perfect for 60-80 lb test.

    One thing I would suggest is not to ask what rod or reel to use for catching a specific fish, but what line. Then match the rod and reel to the line. No point in getting a rod and asking if it'll work, since in some cases, it will. Can you catch a 100+ lb bft on 40-50 lb line? Yes, but no one will recommend it.

    For your current rod, stick a Mak10sea on it and fish 40-50 on it for the smaller tuna's up to 100 lbs, but when the big bfts come out, bring out the big boy gear.
     
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    Yes In my opinion. Also depends on what your fishing for them with . Popper vs bait etc . I got this one 120# on a shimano tranx and a calstar 900h 30-60 and a popper.

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    This past year i got a few 70-100# BFT on my Makaira 10 SEa 40# Floro on a PHD700XH 30-80, it worked and some were quick battles while others had me wishing i was using my MAK16 SEa on my X2H 60-80# Floro

    If your cow fishing and targeting MAK30-50SEa 100-130# Floro for Bait Fishing
     
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    What about a avet exw raptor?
     
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    i plan on using talica 20 on a ss1x3 for 80 lb and talica 20 on ss2x4 for 100 lb line. with luck, i will get a chance to see if these are winning combos.
     
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    How about a roddy hunter 50-80 6' with a exw 50 raptor?
     
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    Makaira 30 seeker 2x4 =252# . Again I think a lot has to do with your style of fishing,private boat vs sport boat and bait type. Not an avet fan myself but lots of people like them

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    It would work as that's more suited for larger fish, but do you plan on buying this reel f
    Like I said earlier, look at what kind of line you would be fishing on the reel and rod and match them to the line you plan on using. The avet reel you mention is a cow reel that will mainly be fished with 100lb+ spectra. Would you fish that with a rod rated for 50-80? Try looking at the specs on the reel and what line the manufacturers gives ratings for. Asking people constantly about every rod and reel combination you can think of will not help unless you start using your head and think about the application.

    The reel you mention does not exist, but the non raptor version shows this for their spectra capacity.

    80/750
    100/670
    130/460

    That means the manufacturer wants you to fish these lines on the reel. Then match your rod and reel to the line class.
     
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    Mak 20 on a UC 7'6 Centaur
     
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    For cows? Or smaller game?
     
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    I would use a Penn fathom or torque 40nld2 for your axis rod. Its capacity of 80# solid braid gives you a shot at bluefin in that size range. Fighting the larger models is going to be best with dedicated cow gear.
     
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    Both This will be my set up for Big Bluefin (80lb.-200lb.) if I'm lucky enough to run into them again. last year I went 0 for 3 on the Big Boys I was Under gunned on gear. I also lost a Monster because I did not set my Drag properly A FATAL MISTAKE.
     
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    Yikes good luck to you again brotha I'm sure you'll get them they ain't going anywhere they'll be around again
     
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    Good luck this year!

    What were you using last year that you were undergunned?
     
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    I was using a Phenix Axis 780x2h and a Dauntless 600n. I feel rod was good for 60-80lb. tuna. But for 100lb.+ should of had Axis 720x3h, which I had built after trip paired with a Talica 20ii. Unfortunately didn't hook up on any big Bluefin. I feel the reel( 600n) had plenty of power just didn't set the drag high enough.
     
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