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Old 01-08-2018, 04:42 PM
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Hey folks, I recently got a new 24' deep v center console and am looking to start doing some nearshore fishing on the right days out of Galveston, Tx. Up until now, I've only done a ton of bay and jetty fishing. By nearshore, I'm thinking 15-20 miles, close rigs, etc. I'm looking for suggestions for some new tackle. Initially, I'm going to buy two rigs. The two reels I'm considering are the Penn Squall Lever Drag 50 and the Shimano TLD25. This reels fit within my budget and are reputable brands. I'm thinking of spoiling with 30-40lb monofilament. Am I heading in the right direction? Budget is $500 max for two rod/reels. Thanks!
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Old 01-08-2018, 06:44 PM
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500 Tekota on a Tiger lite jig rod and a 8000 Shimano Spheros on a Tiger lite jig rod
80 lb metered braid on both
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Old 01-10-2018, 07:32 AM
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500 Tekota on a Tiger lite jig rod and a 8000 Shimano Spheros on a Tiger lite jig rod
80 lb metered braid on both
Thanks for the suggestion! I will look at these reels. I am fan of Shimano products as I use Curados inshore!
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Old 01-12-2018, 04:27 PM
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I use the Tekotas, and they have been great reels. Someone recently gave me a 500 that I do not need; new in box, and I’d make you a heck of a deal if you are interested. I used them on the Tiger Lite jigging rods, and they are very reliable.
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Shimano Saragossa 8k and matching Trevala rod.
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Old 01-13-2018, 06:43 PM
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If I only could use two combos I wouldnt get two conventional reels. Id go with:

Penn Fathom 40NLD loaded with 80lb braid on an Ugly Stik 80-130 tiger elite.

Penn 6500 SSV loaded with 50lb braid on a 6'6" Ugky Stik tiger elite.

You can troll and bottom fish with the fathom and with the SSV you can troll, jig, cast baits/lures and even some lighter bottom fishing.
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A couple of these https://m.tackledirect.com/penn-113h-sl2050c66-combo.html

And a spinner

https://m.tackledirect.com/penn-spinfisher-v-spinning-combos.html

And you are still under $500. All are easy to work on. 50# Dyeema braid on eBay would work well on all three and is cheap. Ricksreelservice on here has a nice handle upgrade for the 113's.

Old school stuff that lasts and the cost softens the blow when a guest drops it overboard.
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I think a 50 might be too big for what you described. In that range you're looking at king, ling, Spanish,maybe some dolphin when the blue water gets blown in close, maybe a few snapper holes (I don't know the bottom structure that far north) unless you're going to be chasing the big sharks, a tld 20,25,or 30 would be lighter in your hands and more than enough. Now if you wanna play with the sharks, and are looking for the big ones, the 50 makes sense. And I agree with the other guys, if you're only getting 2 setups, I'd make one a spinning setup. It's fun to pitch a bait to the ling when they come up to the boat near the rigs.
There are some tlds for sale right now in the for sale section. And I could hook you up with a whole starter pack if you really wanted.
I fish out of port Aransas for what it's worth. Best of luck whichever way you go!

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All within 9 miles of the jetties with a torium 20 or smaller with 50lb braid

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https://www.thehulltruth.com/fishing...e-2-speed.html

Shipping might make it not worth it, but if you keep your eyes open in the for sale section on here, you'll find what you need before the kingfish are back. Good luck!
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Shimano Saragossa 8k and matching Trevala rod.
This is it. I have 8 of these setups and they are great for bull reds, snapper, and cobia.
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I have these for sale if it helps

Shimano Spinning Combo

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Originally Posted by pattyboytbait View Post
I think a 50 might be too big for what you described. In that range you're looking at king, ling, Spanish,maybe some dolphin when the blue water gets blown in close, maybe a few snapper holes (I don't know the bottom structure that far north) unless you're going to be chasing the big sharks, a tld 20,25,or 30 would be lighter in your hands and more than enough. Now if you wanna play with the sharks, and are looking for the big ones, the 50 makes sense. And I agree with the other guys, if you're only getting 2 setups, I'd make one a spinning setup. It's fun to pitch a bait to the ling when they come up to the boat near the rigs.
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Not sure how deep your waters are 20 miles out and if you will be primarily bottom fishing or trolling. Need to know this to choose proper type/size reels.

Here in Alabama I fish in 60-120ft of water. For this area you would benefit by having both one conventional and one spinner.

For my waters I would recommend a Penn Fathom fth40nld2. Spooled with 300yds of 80 braid. ($225 on ebay) 2 speed reels are great for winching up big bottom fish. They are also great for women and children because they can just "crank" fish in instead up "lifting up, reeling down". If you do not want a 2 speed I would get a Penn Fathom fth25nld 300yds of 65lb braid. ($190 on ebay)


I have 4 spinfisher Vs but I would recommend a Diawa BG instead (based on alan hawks review of them).
Diawa BG 5000 or maybe a 6500 300yds 50lb braid. ($75-100 on ebay). Alan said this is the best bang for the buck spinner on the market. It uses the same bearings as the shimano saragosa.

I typically have my spinner rigged fg knot to10ft of flouro and a single hook. I typically use them to pitch live bait to cobia, dolphin, or bonita. I will also rig them with a small trace of wire and use them to free line live and dead bait to king mackerel.

The spinners are also great for freelining chunks and live bait into to the rigs for catching mangs.They work good for throwing flatfalls, bucktails, and vertical jigs for AJs and snapper. Very versitile reels....

As for rods I like 6ft to 6ft 6" jigging rod for the conventional (tsunami, star, etc) they run around $90. Be careful if you choose the Shakespeare tiger lite jigging. I have several and if you high stick them they will break.

For the spinner I would go with a 6ft 6" to 7' 6" jigging rod.

The best way to buy the reels is to get them from someone that is running a "penny spooling" special. I bought an Avet SX Raptor from pelagic outfitters here on THT before Christmas. He spooled it with 500yds 50lb of braid for $5. It would have cost me $75 if I bought the braid myself....

Don't know what to tell if if you don't want to fish braid. Maybe a TLD 20 with 40lb mono...
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