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tunanorth

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Need help deciding between..... Avet sx vs penn fathom 12 sd (with 4:8 challenger gearset) or tesoro 5ns

probably use it for 25# line and tuna in the 15- 40 pound class.



Should clarify, the Challenger gears fit ONLY in the "Gen1" Fathom star drags.
If you get the current "Gen2" model [FTHII12SD], then you have to purchase the PENN-brand 4.8-1 gears that are made for the "P" models.
Sorry, the newer gears do not fit in the "Gen1" models.
 
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bdogie1

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    The gears on both of those reels are fine, that not necessary and waste of time and for small 40lb fish OMG I heard it all.
     
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    Carl

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    well all the penns I own are older ones ,
    but penn makes good stuff
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    akachalupa

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    that tesoro 5n is pretty sick. i think you will have the perception of more power with the longer handles that come on either the tesoro or the fathom. the handle on the sx is short/stubby comparatively.

    got several bluefin in 40lb range on my tesoro on 25lb and at 25lb the gear ratios of these 3 reels are not going to feel significantly different imo, but that longer lever/handle was noticeable to me.
     
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    kimbo

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    If you want the tesoro make sure you're rod has a reel seat. They don't come with a clamp. The 5s does, probably my favorite reel.
     
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    tunanorth

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    The 10 and 5 felt light to me relative to the corresponding fathom sd. They have machined away a lot of the unneeded aluminum on the frame. I thought. Felt very compact.


    To clarify, the 10 corresponds in size/capacity to the 25N Fathom star drag. Both weigh 19 ounces.
     
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    Mike Hulse

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    A vote for the Fathom, but for that class of tuna, might want to at least consider the Fathom 15.
     
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