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Old 08-15-2019, 09:26 AM
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Which model penn international would be ideal for bottom fishing in the gulf from 40-100 ft?
Old 08-15-2019, 09:55 AM
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You probably don't need, or even want an international for bottom fishing. That being said, I am using a 12VSX spooled with 80LB braid on an XXH jigging rod. It's proven to be a nice multi-purpose drop fishing / live bait / chunking outfit for the upper Texas Gulf.

If you want top of the line Penn, the Torque star drag 25N on a stout lightweight rod with 65-80 braid would probably be ideal for your situation. You can save a few dollars and go with the Fathom reel. I'm using the 2 speed Lever Drag in the 25N and 40N sizes and really like them.
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Why handle a heavy reel like an International for snapper and grouper when so many lighter, more capable reels are available..? Makes no sense.

Folks around here that drop by my shop and talk fishing gear all say the same thing....unless we are headed out to the middle grounds, a Torium, Trinidad, Saltist, Saltiga, Fathom on a Trevala 80-200 jigging rod is the best setup for us. They look at the gear I use and comment on how they have the same set ups at home...

The latest Torium star drag PG now has 33 lbs of drag. For the longest time we could not get a reel with more than 25 #'s until this reel came along. Folks had to resort to lever drag reels...which I feel are not made to crank the drag down and winch fish off the botttom, altho many do.
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We started using Penn Squall 20 Level Winds on Ugly Stick tiger jigging rods and they've done well for snapper. Haven't put any grouper in the boat with them but think they would handle fine. Obviously not the versatility of the fathom or torque 2 speeds but they're very light, which helps when the crew is more women than men!
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Penn Fathom 40N 2 speed and Avet HXJ Raptor on Tiger Lite Jigging rods. I can jig and bottom fish. I'll be upgrading the rods once the funds allow but the tiger lites have zero issues with snapper up to the 20lb range (biggest we've caught on them).
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I love my trinidads
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Listen to Rick - he really knows his stuff. He also loves Trinidads......
I have taken folks out snapper fishing and am amazed at the heavy tackle they use. When they show up with heavy mono on really stout rods, we outfish them. When they try a lighter outfit, quality rod like a Trevala with braid, the sensitivity and fun is amazing.
I am not an expert like Rick, but he does work on my reels.
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Originally Posted by oceantrav View Post
Which model penn international would be ideal for bottom fishing in the gulf from 40-100 ft?
Last time in the Key's on a 100ft. reef the two locals I had on board were using 20 lb spinning rods with cut bait. Not really into bottom fishing but I decided to join and dropped down a whole mullet on a 50 Int. One of the locals made a comment about using an "entire" bait. Within a minute I was cranking up a 28 lb Grouper and within a minute of seeing it the locals each left the salon with 50's.
That's what I had on-board; that's what we used; and they did just fine.
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Avet JX or MXL - keep it small and light.
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Accurate for my use, like 2speed for grouper for snapper don't matter. Own a lot of Avets let newbies use those.

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