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Old 03-17-2013, 06:35 AM   #1
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Default Penn 210 reel. Good trolling reel for stripers?

I came across a 210 in my basement which is probably from the late 80's early 90's. It's on a penn surf casting rod. I was wondering if i can take it off and spool it up with a 40 or 50 lb braid and put it on a 6 foot trolling rod and troll for stripers in new england this spring. any feedback?

I was going to buy 2 senators (113h) on 2 senator rods with wire line (almost $400) . but was wondering if i re rigged the 210 along with the penn 320 gti i already have rigged up, if these two setups would be a cheaper alternative.

Would really appreciate your advice
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It's OK, drag will be the main issue. Service it and look around on how to increase the drag. I use a jigmaster 500 and have no problems. I would like a senator 3/0 though.
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Once you start losing fish because the braid is beat to shit trolling the sand and the rocks you will understand why it is not ideal for this fishery in this area. Many people do it this way and they actually think it is a successful way to fish, but anyone can put keepers in the boat. Its the corkers that put their lazy ass on the bottom behind the reefs and other structure that the wire gets to.

Pick up some used 113 HSP's for $60+-, a couple rods from CMS for about $110 each and $50 of line and for less than $400 you can have 2 outfits.
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Once you start losing fish because the braid is beat to shit trolling the sand and the rocks you will understand why it is not ideal for this fishery in this area. Many people do it this way and they actually think it is a successful way to fish, but anyone can put keepers in the boat. Its the corkers that put their lazy ass on the bottom behind the reefs and other structure that the wire gets to.

Pick up some used 113 HSP's for $60+-, a couple rods from CMS for about $110 each and $50 of line and for less than $400 you can have 2 outfits.
x2 - did this last year, didn't troll much but the combo worked very well. Picked up the 113's from eBay in excellent condition at a very reasonable price.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:14 AM   #5
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thanks guys. so maybe move ahead with the senators and wire set up and keep the penn 210 and pen 320 gti with braid as back up? my point is i have these two set up right now, so i might as well use them in some capacity.
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