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Do you need an electric reel for tilefish?

Old 02-12-2019, 03:20 PM
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I have caught tiles but always on someone else's boat and always with an electric reel. Is an electric reel an absolute necessity or can a heavy duty spinning reel be adequate?
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:25 PM
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If you've caught tiles at say 600 Feet and you've seen the electric reels work, you should know the answer. Think of line capacity alone.
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:37 PM
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To catch a 100 lbs grouper you don't need a electric reel, but you need one to reel it up.
You can just pull them with the boat and once they start to inflate because of the Łpressure drop they probably come afloat, but this is redneck engeneering...
Just to reel up a 4 lbs weight with the bait and everything else is hard work, with a decent size fish attached even harder to impossible.
In case you wanna try it you need the 12000/14000 (or bigger) size high quality reel with low gear ratio to crank a big tilefish up.
We use Penn Bluewater jigging rods and Fin-Nor Lethal spinning reels to fish for 40-50 lbs yellowfin tunas and they do the trick, BUT
cranking up a mad tilefish from 600+ ft and much more line in the water is a hard task for the reel and your muscles.
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Need, no. Want? Probably. The weight and drag of reeling that in to check baits alone is heavy. Guys do it, but most I know who hand crank wish they had an electric, but it wasn't in their budget.
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If youíre going to try it Iíd suggest spooling with 20 pound braid so you can use a lighter lead to hit the bottom. Iíd imagine youíd only want to catch one. We had big plans to break the barrelfish record one day, we were on top of a pile of jumbos. We had a miscue and had to crank up from 3/4 of the way down and decided records arenít that important.



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Old 02-12-2019, 06:42 PM
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Hell no! Most blue line are at 300ft zero need for electric reel at that depth. We do it all the time! Now when your talking 600ft plus an electric is a must or most folks will last a drop or two.
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Old 02-12-2019, 06:53 PM
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Hand cranked some monster Golden's this weekend at 1000'. Electrics are very nice for prospecting but hand crank is where it's at. These were solid 30-50# Golden's also. Would not even attempt with a spinning reel
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I use a torium 30 with 65 lb braid at about 650 yds it sucks constantly reeling up but it works til i can afford an electric setup.
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Old 02-13-2019, 04:50 AM
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Like everyone here has said, itís nice but absolutely not a necessity. I personally think a lower ratio (4:1-5.1) conventional reel is the way to go. It makes reeling all day much easier. You can add an oversized aftermarket handle for 15 bucks and it makes a huge difference. 30-40lb braid will catch any Blueline or golden out there.

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Old 02-13-2019, 05:31 AM
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Originally Posted by coastalfiberglass View Post
Most blue line are at 300ft



^^^^ this

All the blueline and jumbo sea bass you want can be caught in 300' and most times you don't need 8lbs of lead to do it. For goldens in the deep - electric is pretty nice to have
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by mouse4x4 View Post
Hand cranked some monster Golden's this weekend at 1000'. Electrics are very nice for prospecting but hand crank is where it's at. These were solid 30-50# Golden's also. Would not even attempt with a spinning reel
What gear are you hand cranking these monster Goldens on? I have done this in the past usually as Plan C or D. I am using my jigging/chunking gear which is Talica 16/AVET HX with 65# braid. I canít justify getting electrics as this isnít a priority for me at this time.

Personally, Iíd rather run inshore and fish for Blue lines /CBass in 300í with less lead. Then again, I havenít been real successful with the Goldenís so perhaps that is why I donít have much patience for dropping in 700í of water? Any suggestions for the Goldens?
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I was using 18 ounces and using a torium 20. We were catching 30-50# pound Golden's.
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You prospect with electrics and then once you find them time to hand crank
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We want to see pics of these monster Golden’s!
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When prospecting new spots electrics help you cover more ground. Most drops on new grounds will come up blank so get up quick with an electric so you can move to try another spot. Once you find them, hand cranking is more fun. I jokingly say on my boat if you're under 50 you have to hand crank.
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