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Recommendations for all around reels - Northern Gulf of Mexico

Old 10-11-2019, 09:56 AM
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Looking for recommendations on top quality all around reels for Northern Gulf of Mexico. Fishing primarily out of Panhandle on 26' center console. I want something that can be used for trolling for mahi, wahoo, kings, etc. but that is ok for bottom fishing too. I have 2 Tiagra 30WLRSs and am thinking of adding 4 more 30s and some spinning reels, or going with 4-6 of something like Talica IIs in the 20s. I know people will say there isn't an ideal reel for both applications but I don't have unlimited space. Also realize the 20s could be small for the occasional blue or white in the spread. Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-11-2019, 05:09 PM
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I have caught everything from snapper to ling to tunas to billfish on my talica 25s. Hands down most versatile reel for our area
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Old 10-11-2019, 05:18 PM
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Two different animals. Trolling you need heavy stuff capable of pulling an assortment of baits. Bottom fishing is better going light weight, 2 speed reel with a light rod with strong fighting capabilities. I’d tell you in a heartbeat if they could be combined but they can’t without limiting use of one or the other.

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Old 10-11-2019, 06:54 PM
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Talica 25’s, Avet HX 5/2, Penn Fathom 2 speed are all capable of dual duty as you need. I use the avets
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Old 10-12-2019, 07:52 AM
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Thanks. Are you using the Avet HXW 5/2 Raptors? Hollow braid with 100 yd mono top shot?
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Old 10-12-2019, 11:18 AM
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If you use the Avet raptors for high drag bottom fishing (say 20lbs or more) you will eventually wear out the pinion bearings so expect that. Also if subjected to salt spray from riding on the gunnels they do let a good bit of saltwater in through the harness lugs.

That said I bottom fish will all Avet raptors. They work very well but will require more maintenance than a star drag reel. If you don't mind working on/cleaning your reels yourself after each season they're a pretty good choice. If you want a reel you can beat up with minimal maintenence I would look elsewhere... if you fish them with normal bottom fish drags (10-15lbs) and keep them from getting soaked they'll likely run for many seasons without needing much work.

I wouldn't buy anymore 30s. I would buy tac25s or 20s..... or HX/HXW raptors if you want to go with Avets. Or the new Penn VISXs......
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any larger spinning reel
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Old 10-13-2019, 06:52 AM
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PENN SPINFISHER VI LIVE LINER SPINNING 9500. I certainly have tlds and 30 wide internationals. But these spinning are the most versatile.

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OP said he wants reels to troll with that are also decent for bottom fishing. Based on my limited experience, spinning reels are not ideal for either of those scenarios, especially trolling. That said, he should have at least two smaller spinners on the boat for pitching baits/lures to mahi, etc. But they aren't going to work very well for double duty trolling/bottom fishing outfits IMO.
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Normally I would agree with you but the live liner function actually makes trolling and working depths easy. When I troll with mine I flip the live line leaver and the dial the bait drag (separate from the main drag) up until the line stops going out. Similarly when performing bottom drops I dial the bait drag all the way down and then just flip the live line button to drop it down three to four feet at a time. I actually started with more conventional reels 20-30 wide in the beginning. But after I saw how effective we were being with the live liner I bought two more. We’ve caught black fin, snapper, ajs and ling on them.
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Normally I would agree with you but the live liner function actually makes trolling and working depths easy. When I troll with mine I flip the live line leaver and the dial the bait drag (separate from the main drag) up until the line stops going out. Similarly when performing bottom drops I dial the bait drag all the way down and then just flip the live line button to drop it down three to four feet at a time. I actually started with more conventional reels 20-30 wide in the beginning. But after I saw how effective we were being with the live liner I bought two more. We’ve caught black fin, snapper, ajs and ling on them.




Yeah I missed the live liner part, that does make a difference. I own a spinfisher V 8500LL and an old USA made 5600LL. Unfortunately, my 8500 live liner function failed on my 3rd trip with it. I've had the 5600 for about 15 years and it has only acted up a couple times. I quit using the 8500 altogether because I much prefer using small 2 speed LD's for bottom fishing/trolling and it was rather heavy. If I ever get another one I will be giving a Shimano baitrunner a try….. but I've phased all but a couple spinners from my offshore setup.

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We use fin not marquesa 40t for both with great success. Pack 600 yards of 65 braid with a 50-100 foot wind on. Wind on gives stretch bottom fishing and trolling. 100 feet of mono when trolling is usually off the reel and your at the braid. They have 50 lbs of drag aren’t crazy big and cheaper than talicas. Talica 25s are incredibly hard to beat with the same setup. 65 braid to 100 feet of 60 or 80 mono. I like a shorter wind on for bottom fishing. We typically fish 150 or deeper so I still get sensitivity of braid when bottom fishing with a nice price of mono for stretch when a big grouper shakes his head.
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^^^with all that being said we have 2 wlrsa 30s and wlrsa 50 on the planer rod. The two 30s pull heavier baits in the spread. The 50 pulls the planer, and the 4 fin nor 40t’s pull lighter baits off the riggers and do double duty bottom fishing. We also have 4 7500 spin fishers for vertical jogging and two 5500s on the pitch bait rods loaded with 20 lb mono for livebaits. We ride with around 14 to 16 rods.
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