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Old 04-09-2019, 10:48 AM
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Default Good bottom fishing reels in the $200-300 range

Looking for good bottom fishing reel recommendations for grouper snapper fishing. Anyone use fin noir If so what model/size did you use and would you recommend them?
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Old 04-09-2019, 11:00 AM
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I prefer star drag for bottom fishing so thats what i'll recommend

Good
Penn Fathom 25N
Daiwa Saltist 15 or 20
Shimano Torium 16 or 20 HGA


Better
Penn Baja or "US Senator"
Accurate Tern 400
Okuma Tesoro 10S
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Penn Fathom star or lever drag.
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Penn US113N senator for a star drag.

Penn Fathom 40nld2 for lever drag.

It's a great bottom reel. It's not like the cheap Chinese senators you see. It has stainless gears, double dogs, and incredible freespool, plus it's made in the USA.

I run all Avet Raptors for my bottom rigs and the two speeds are a game changer. They do require regular maintenance though and I wouldn't recommend them unless you like tearing down and cleaning all your reels every season.

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Tld 20/30. The perfect reel for any offshore fish.
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accurate tern needs to be at the top of your list.. dont let the small size fool u.. my buddy bought one and paired it with a smith jigging rod and i fished it some this past weekend.. man what a sweet setup
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accurate tern needs to be at the top of your list.. dont let the small size fool u.. my buddy bought one and paired it with a smith jigging rod and i fished it some this past weekend.. man what a sweet setup
I'm somewhat interested in the Terns myself. But I will have to wait a year or two to see more real world reviews. I would like to test one out on amberjacks with a locked down drag. I suspect that anti reverse bearing will not be up to the task. The reel has no dogs and you're really asking a lot of a single A/R bearing on a reel that produces over 30lbs. Accurate's going knuckle buster is not a new thing... but for most people (that set their drag by pulling the line with their hand) they'll likely have no issues at all.....

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Penn Squall Lever Drag. You can get 2 complete outfits for LT $500
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Star drags for bottom fishing....it's a natural.

For $20 more than your price range, this is the best deal out there......I'd buy it if I didnt have so damned much gear...

Daiwa Saltiga 40HA $320 Shipped

The next best is the new Torium PGA, and right in your price range.
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Star drags for bottom fishing....it's a natural.

For $20 more than your price range, this is the best deal out there......I'd buy it if I didnt have so damned much gear...

Daiwa Saltiga 40HA $320 Shipped

The next best is the new Torium PGA, and right in your price range.
WOW...… Torium PGA. Can't find a schematic on it but it likely has a back up dog. I know the other ones do.

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Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
Star drags for bottom fishing....it's a natural.

For $20 more than your price range, this is the best deal out there......I'd buy it if I didnt have so damned much gear...

Daiwa Saltiga 40HA $320 Shipped

The next best is the new Torium PGA, and right in your price range.
Get the Saltiga , you will be glad you did . I have a couple star drag Saltiga 50's , and everyone that has used mine has bought or wants one . I used my brothers Torium 50 for a drop and it was night and day difference between the 2 . The Daiwa is so smooth that it made the Torium feel clunky .
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No question Diawa Saltiga. I’ve handled them all.


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Penn Fathom
really impressed with the fathom star drags.
star drags for bottom fishing.
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Why do you guys say star drags for bottom fishing? I have Penn Fathom 40NLD2 and do like the 2 speeds just not sure what I'm missing with the star drag.
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Why do you guys say star drags for bottom fishing? I have Penn Fathom 40NLD2 and do like the 2 speeds just not sure what I'm missing with the star drag.
typically they are less prone to failure. And you can tighten the drag fully without fear of crushing bearings.
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Originally Posted by mdees88 View Post
typically they are less prone to failure. And you can tighten the drag fully without fear of crushing bearings.
This^^^^^

I have never felt the need to adjust the drag during the fight with a grouper. Tighten that drag all the way down and hang on.
Less moving parts, usually less maintenance and original cost.
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thanks for all the information! Def helped narrow down my decision
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another vote for the Fathom.

just picked up a 15/star drag for my inshore ground fishing. can't wait to start ripping some lips.
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Not to derail the thread but I'm looking to upgrade from a senator for bottom fishing in 200'. What is more important, star drag or 2 speeds?
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