which reels for trolling 40#- 60#?

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  1. steelfish

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    guys, I just found out that is recommended to Not use a reel with AR bearing for trolling on the 40-60# test lines and a reel with mechanical or dog brakes is better suited, well that put my fathom 40 out of commission for trolling for Yellowtails or small tunas (bonitas) and will start using more the penn 320gt but I found it a bit shy on the drag power sometimes.

    other than the well known fella penn 113h which other reels on that size is recommended for trolling on those line test?

    Im trolling on Cortez sea, not big monster fish but plenty of big sierras, YT and leopard groupers on the range of 15#-25# and some could be bit bigger with luck, normally trolling with 80# braid and 20yd of 60# mono
     
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    Your fathom also has dogs if it is a star drag model. You can probably keep trolling with it but a 4/0 is probably bullet proof.
     
  3. steelfish

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    yep, actually fahtom has 2 dogs but also has AR bearing that get all the punishment before the AR dogs

    I like the 4/0 but it feels big and bulky for my liking but I know they are tanks that can be upgrade even more but it will ended costing almost has much as the nice new reels, in that case I better keep trolling with nice reels like trinidad, fathom, saltist, etc and change the AR bearing when needed.

    but mostly my question was to know which other reels can do the job as well and safe as the penn 113h, 114
     
  4. Sgtsilbaugh

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    What about a penn squall 50 or 60 lever drag? Or even a squall 16vsw? Would that work?
     
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    steelfish the BBB, Baja Bass Boy..

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    I dont know.. you tell me , why do you chose those models?
     
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    I believe those are geared towards trolling applications. Well, the 16vsw definitely is. But the 50 and 60 still have harness lugs (which fold down if not needed), good drag (30lbs on the 60), hold a ton of line. The 50 and 60 are single speed lever drags, and could probably suit other applications (live bait), where as the 16vsw would be a dedicated trolling reel. I've seen combos on some websites with those models as a combo with rods that have roller guides as well.

    Just not sure if those two would be over kill for what you're looking for
     
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    Baja Special - perfect reel for this application.
     
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    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    baja special
     
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    I love my TLD # 20 2 speed with 60 LB for trolling it nice to have a lower gear if needed
     
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    well those reels looks good but as you said, a bit on the overkill side, but for $180 dls, then on my personal preference I would look for a used Baja special reel all aluminium and steel instead of graphite body.


    shimano TLD 2 speed sounds good too.



    keep the options coming ..
     
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    113h is pretty bulletproof, especially if you double dog it. It's not big for a trolling reel.
     
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    That will work good too. I saw 40-60 and admittedly the Baja special would work best on the lower side.
     
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    For 50-60# trolling I mostly use a TLD20 II or TLD30 II, I have a 6/0 w/80#. I save the Makaira's for bait.
     
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    well that TLD 20II sure looks good too, Its a nice option, not as cheap as a 4/0 with double dogs but it has 2 speed
     
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    You can get a TLD20II pretty cheap. Mine has a topless Tiburon frame. I've seen one like it for $200, maybe less.
     
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    Here's a video comparing a squall to a tld. Shimano has smaller gears, shorter handle.

     
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    danm that it should look good for sure, any pics?
    I was not much interested on the TLD cuz the graphite frame but a tiburon frame will erase any lack of stiffness of the graphite.
     
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    Avet JX 6/3 or HX. Could also get away with a MXL if you fill it with 40#.
     

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