Which is the best 50# reel?

Which is the best reel for 50#?

  • JX 2 spd.

    Votes: 53 14.1%
  • Lx 2 spd.

    Votes: 111 29.5%
  • HX 2 spd. (narrow)

    Votes: 212 56.4%

  • Total voters
    376

twinfin1000

TC Rods - Tradewind Creations
Jun 14, 2007
176
138
The South Bay
Name
Steven
Boat
MushiKaka
Which is the best all around reel for 50#?

Those that have fished 50# on these reels, what application do you use these reels with 50# for?
2 speed JX,LX,HXN. What applications are these reels best suited for?

Lets hear from the guys who have used these reels with 50# and have made a decision based on experience, please no educated guesses which would be the better all around reel.

(Lets hear FROM THE GUYS THAT HAVE USED THESE SPECIFIC REELS PLEASE)
 
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hucklongfin

Deep release specialist
Jul 3, 2003
9,279
7,414
Mission Viejo
Name
MarkT
Boat
Blazer Bay 1860
The HX, hoo-x, wahoo special would be my pick. I personally use a TLD20-II for 50# bait and a YTS for 50# iron. The HX can replace both of them as a do it all 50# reel.
 
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SpikeCB22

Friend of Joe Morgan
Aug 7, 2006
591
9
36
calafagas, CA
Name
not Jon Miller
Boat
none
HX over an LX because it's got the reversible lugs for whether or not you need a harness point.

and definitely not an JX because it's more of a casting reel and I don't like casting with line over 40.
 
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YANK N CRANK #2

Proud Wyoming Resident
Feb 28, 2006
4,124
14
God's Country, Wyoming
Name
Jason
Boat
27, Seaway, Yank n Crank
Husky507
I have not used the HX yet.. I will get one asap... I have used an avet 4/0 narrow(Pro 30) 2 speed with 50# on it.. I absolutely love it and it worked very well my last trip to the LOOP... I use mine primarily for Tuna.. I absolutely killed one with mine and the tax man got him right at gaff...



The shark came at the fish at an angle.. Therefore some of the backside laying on the deck is missing as well.. What you see here was weighed and came out to 48#'s... So considering that a lot of the other side was missing.. I honestly don't know what this fish would weigh but well in excess of 100#'s... I know this is by no means a spectacular fish.. But It was my first experience with one of my own avet two speeds...
 
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socalahi

Avet addict
Apr 23, 2007
162
0
Newport Beach
Name
Mike
Boat
24CC, Reeltime
I honestly don't know what this fish would weigh but well in excess of 100#'s... I know this is by no means a spectacular fish.. But It was my first experience with one of my own avet two speeds...[/quote]

Being I have not caught a YFT this year, to me #100+ is spectacular! sux it got taxed.
 
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YANK N CRANK #2

Proud Wyoming Resident
Feb 28, 2006
4,124
14
God's Country, Wyoming
Name
Jason
Boat
27, Seaway, Yank n Crank
I honestly don't know what this fish would weigh but well in excess of 100#'s... I know this is by no means a spectacular fish.. But It was my first experience with one of my own avet two speeds...

Being I have not caught a YFT this year, to me #100+ is spectacular! sux it got taxed.[/quote]

The fish in my profile pic are from the same trip.. The one on the right went 98#'s.. The one that was taxed.. Would have easily taken the jackpot.. Considering the jackpot was 104.. I felt good that trip.. There were 11 YFT caught on the trip.. My dad, little brother and I caught 7 of them... The 98# was caught an a single speed 4:1 avet LX with straight 40 on a calstar 6485L...
 
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sandslingerxxx

Almost A Member
Jan 29, 2005
209
14
Carson, Ca
Name
Sam
Boat
N/A
HX

You want to have more drag available to you at whatever line you're using.
Jx pretty much tops out at 40lb IMO.

Especially if you're using the reel at Guadalupe and you got whitey under the boat.
 
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WMDcustoms
Jul 28, 2005
6,240
18
1
Name
1
Boat
1
I disagree. I think you can easy fish 65# spectra FULL on the reel, and change out your 40# to 50# or 60# on a JX6/3 no problem. Guys are fishing them along with LX6/3 FULL of 80# Spectra with 100# top shot and catching fish up to and over 300#. That may be stretching it, but for someone wanting to fish 60# on a "small" rig, for big fish could easily do this with a JX, landing several fish on a trip.
 
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HTA

I Should Upgrade My Account
Oct 18, 2005
1,138
104
Anaheim
Name
Dan
Boat
N/A
I have fished the JX 6/3 with 40-50lb, The LX 6/3 with 40, 50 and 60lb. Both with 65# spectra and short topshots and have had great sucess with YFT up to 110# (not a PV giant but stiill a good fish). My most recent trip using the HX 5/2 with 80lb spectra with 50-60lb topshots and I beleive this reel will fish 80lb with no problem. The guys in PV will probably fish it with 100lb with ease. They are all good products and all will fish 50 eaisly. Choose a reel that you can handle all day. The HX with the lugs reversed make it much nicer to handle all day, but the JX you can fish all day due to its much lighter weight. Good luck and good fishing.
 
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new bluefin

all about the long rod
Apr 26, 2007
84
0
ventura
Name
matt
Boat
triton tr21x
i just bought an hx 2speed its sick it would be my choice
 
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Gil Marlin

World Peace? Visualize Using Your Turn Indicator
Nov 27, 2003
25,519
3,035
Laguna Percebu Baja Norte
Name
Scott
Boat
19.655' Aluminum
I used an HX 2speed w/50lb last week fishing yellows off of La Guardia Island. It was nice to have that low gear to get them off the bottom. The reel casted well and was comfortable. I'm looking at something similar in a Shimano now...LOL
 
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Dec 9, 2005
674
5
74
Lake Forest, Ca.
Name
Rex Whetzell
Boat
none
Personally, I can't live with just one 50# reel, so I use JX 6/3 for 30-50#, and HX 5/2 for 40-60# line. Those two pretty much cover everything, and give you 2 choices for rods. The JX is good for fish up to 100#, and the HX does the job on fish over 100#.
 
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HTA

I Should Upgrade My Account
Oct 18, 2005
1,138
104
Anaheim
Name
Dan
Boat
N/A
Yes I too need to amend my vote for the HXJ 5/2. What an awsome piece of equipment.
 
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MAD2NA

Member
Nov 26, 2007
685
0
Long Beach
Name
Adam
Boat
2007 22' triumph center console
I use several Avets the lx -2 is great for 40# - 50# use some 65# sprctra And you can target all kinds of bruisers , That being ssaid I have not used the Hx yet and I am sure It will be A REEL killer like all the other Avet . This company does it right and they learn from us . So if you got the money get one of each and if you dont , the hx is an improved Avet with all its drag in a winch that size plus you can strap in right out of the box ! cant go wrong . Have fun and knock em dead !
 
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MAD2NA

Member
Nov 26, 2007
685
0
Long Beach
Name
Adam
Boat
2007 22' triumph center console
:fighting0061:
I use several Avets the lx -2 is great for 40# - 50# use some 65# sprctra And you can target all kinds of bruisers , That being ssaid I have not used the Hx yet and I am sure It will be A REEL killer like all the other Avet . This company does it right and they learn from us . So if you got the money get one of each and if you dont , the hx is an improved Avet with all its drag in a winch that size plus you can strap in right out of the box ! cant go wrong . Have fun and knock em dead !
 
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ifishinxs

Member
Mar 29, 2003
584
1
62
Cedar City, Utah
Name
Bob
Boat
Waders
HXJ loaded with 60lb hollow or 65lb solid spectra. Then a short 50lb topshot of your choice.

That will give about 400yds of line..

Or 200yds of 80lb hollow and 100yd top shot of 50lb.

20 plus pounds of drag at strike!

With 2 speeds

Jig fishing or bait fishing this reel has it covered. Attached to a 700H or similar rod you kill two birds with one stone.
 
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PescadorJim

Member
Aug 1, 2005
472
25
San Bruno, BCS (full time)
Name
Jim Anderson
Boat
21.5 Triumph / Moosea
I think this is a goofy question. I would much prefer to figure out what I want the reel to do. I use a JX two speed with 80lb spectra and 60 top shot for San Marcos Island Yellowtail but I would never use that rig for sails and Marlin due to the capacity. And big yellowfin would be totally out of the question. So it depends more on the type of fish and what you need to go head on head with that particular fish. It is also dependent on the area that you fish. We use these really heavy weights with lighter reels for yellwtail on the Sea of Cortez side cause these fish pull hard and live close to the reef, but when we go to the Pacific side to catch the same fish we are able to use 20 and 30 lb string.
 
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bj1jimenez

Almost A Member
Mar 12, 2007
119
1
gundo
Name
bj
Boat
playa del sol
accurate 665n 2 speed and i will use the 870 2 speed as well but i use that for 40lb primarily. i also have the hx and the lx 2 speeds and i love those as well but if you got the money get a tiburon smartshift especially when the sharks start to show up and the tiburon will keep pressure on the line and its just reel up as quick as you can,thats the best reel i saw used at guadalupe when sharks showed up, im getting one soon to ad to my arsenol.
 
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