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Old 05-31-2020, 02:34 PM
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$200 or under is the goal. Between Fin-Nor LTC20 Lethal Star Drag or Tsunami Forged 12 lever drag.

Before you say Penn senator, yes I have used those before, just looking for a bit more drag (25+) and a lighter/smaller profile for all day dropping. 75-200' of water, anything from bass, grouper, snapper, etc... I haven't used either brand before. Can someone speak towards quality? Do you like lever or star for bottom fishing? Other options in the 150-215 range. Thanks!
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Shimano Torium PG 20 or 30. The new ones have 33 lbs of drag and a sweet t-bar handle. An improved anti-reverse and a nice 4.6:1 low gear.

I have a small fleet of them...

They are star drag reels and are made for bottom fishing. Knock that star tight with a hammer and it wont affect the operation or life of the reel....that cant be said for lever drags.
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If we hand crank we use Avet 4.0's. Rarely use hand cranks and never in deeper than about 60' when the gags are in close. Try to avoid it unless we are targeting sea bass and beeliners, just too much work dropping baits continuously any deeper....not a problem fighting fish.
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I have a Fin-Nor LTC30 Lethal and it is great. Light enough to hold all day and strong as hell.
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Tsunami forged hands down. Great warranty/customer service. Power handle is nice
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Torium 16HG is awesome I’ve landed AJ’s over 60#’s with it
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Torium HG is high speed 6:2 ratio. I think for bottom fishing you want the PG 4:6.
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Torium PG 20 or 30 for serious bottom fishing. I use the 16 for Jigging.
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Originally Posted by seatrout2001 View Post
Tsunami forged hands down. Great warranty/customer service. Power handle is nice
Your speaking about the forged right? Want to pick some out to try out. How do you like them?
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I grabbed one of the new shimano speedmaster 16II and it seems like it is going to be a great reel for bottom fishing. Have only worked it out on some BSB though.

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Shimano torium 30. Tons of drag and 46" of line retrieve every handle turn! I have several and everyone that has used them loves them
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Advet Torium great king reel 6.2 is high speed. Personally I have 2 Penn 16 international. The 12 may be better. But the 16 a tad heavy is a winch for grouper or AJ's . Both on Van Staal heavy rods. While Van Staal famous for high price reels. Their rods are great.
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Originally Posted by GulpMan_102SC View Post
Your speaking about the forged right? Want to pick some out to try out. How do you like them?
I love them, the size 12 is perfect, tons of line capacity.....I got mine at Dutchman Creek in Southport.
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I have two fin-nor lethal lever drags. One 20 wide and one 16 wide. Both on tsunami airwave elite rods. They are awesome reels. And the tsunami airwave elites are great rods in my opinion.
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Torium PG as Rick and others said. Leave the tsunami junk on the shelf!
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Torium's work great but, for a little more money you could buy one of the new Shimano SpeedMaster 2 speeds. It has a great low gear for hauling big fish off the bottom and high gear for re-baiting from 200'. I regularly use them both.
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X2 on the Torium 20s or 30s. I personally prefer lever drag for trolling and star for bottom fishing.
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