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Old 02-27-2004, 10:28 AM
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Looking for a couple of king reels for my two new Cape Fear LBLT's. I know fast retrieval is important. I now have TLD 20's and TLD 25's on Star rods. Any advice is appreciated!

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Default RE: Best King reels?

the penn 545 is a high-speed casting reel that is very popular around my area fir king fishing; mated to a 7' live bait rod (i use the penn power stick)
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Speedmaster IV - 6/1 ratio, light, and durable
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Much like everything else in this world, this decision depends heavily on the amount of money you're willing to spend. It's like saying I want a fast car: do you mean Corvette fast, Ferrari fast or Formula F-1 fast?
With that said, I have been using the new Avet reels for a couple seasons and really like them. Another popular high-end reel is the Trinidad--take a look at what the pro guys are using, and you'll find lots of them using Trinidads. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Also, yes. You do get what you pay for.
Don't want to spend quite that much on a reel? Definitely go with the Penn 545 or 555 series. Both are the old standbys that seem to perform well year-in and year-out.
Whatever you do, do NOT bother with Okumas or anything less than Penn in quality. A smoker kingfish can and will make a lesser drag system beg for mama--the washers warp, the drag gets sticky and you lose a potential fish of a lifetime or tournament winner. Save up and get the good stuff--if you take care of it, they will last a lifetime. Good luck in your choice,

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Does anybody use those Penn lever drags that are similar to the TLd15? I have several but have not had the chance to use them yet. I did not see them in a new Penn catalog and was wondering if there were problems with them that caused them to be discontinued. I forget the number but it is something like 225.
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Yes,

Penn discontinued the LD225 as well as the LD245. I've got two LD225s that I've used for the last 11 years on Kingfish live bait rods -- been very pleased with them. Not sure why they were dropped. The new graphite Lever Drags that Penn has come out with: the LD 10/15 and KG 10/15 are much larger reels.

I still see some LD225 and LD245s in tackle shops. The Boaters World in Brandon, FL has them.

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I use TLD 15's for kingfishing. If the high speed reels had a lever drag I would switch to those. In my opinion knowing what your drag is set at and being able to adjust it easily outweighs the faster retrieve. I have 8 of the TLD 15's and have not had any problems with any of them.
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Shimano Speedmaster IV if you're looking for a reasonably-priced option.
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The Avet JX and LX reels are awesome. They are available with a 4:1, 6:1, or 8:1 gear ratio with lever drags. They are forged aluminum reels available in several different anodized colors. The JX will hold about 410 yds of 20#, and the LX will hold 600 or so of 20#. The cost ranges from about $170 to $260 depending on the gear ratio that you choose, but I've seen them on sale for as low as $150 for the 4:1 ratio. Some king fisherman dislike lever drag reels, but I think that they are an advantage. You can set the strike drag to a known, repeatable amount, then make minute adjustments durning the fight, which can be critical when using small #6 trebles that can easily pull if the drag pressure is not controled properly. To me, these are the ultimate kingfish reel. In the past I've used Penn 25GLS reels and Shimano TLD rather than the Speedmaster or Penn GS reels because I like think that the advantage of the lever drag outweighs a faster gear ratio. With the Avet, you get both. The cost is greater but they should last many, many years, since there are no plastic internals to break, and Avet backs them up with a two year warranty. I have no affiliation with the company, I just think that their reels are amazing values and great quality. I doubt that I'll buy any more Penns or Shimanos in the future unless I'm getting inshore gear.
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The FishDancer team has utilized the Penn 545, Shimano Speedmaster and most recently Shimano Trinidad reels during the past few SKA seasons. The Trinidads are our tournament choice - good spool capacity, fast retreive (6.2 : 1), accuracte star drag and an ergonomic reel handle. Speedmasters are our reels for pre-fishing and fun fishing activites and the Penn 545s would be our last choice.

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Avet !!!
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Swami,
what about the new Shimano Torium reels? Less expense than the Trinidad with the same retrieve.
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Torium 20 or TLD15
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I've been thinking about getting a Torium to try out. I use TLD 15's now and really like them, but they could stand to be a little faster. I've heard that the Torium clicker is a little bit too quiet. That's no small consideration on an outboard powered boat. I also heard that they had made the clicker a little bit louder. Gawd, i love the sound of a reel screaming.......!!!!
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Avet 6:1 are awesome reels. I have 4 6:1 and just bought 2 8:1. Clicker is loud and the drag is as smooth as my Shimanos TLD's. I don't think you would be disapointed with these reels. I fished them for the first time at the Hog's Breath tournament we gave them a workout and loved them.
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I was just looking at the Avet website, What is the difference between the JX and the LX, is a 6:1 the way to go in general for Kings? or is the 8:1 better? Thanks
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We fish avet 8:1 for ska. If you look around, you will see more and more being used!!!
They work great when chasing down that big fish in close quarters. One season and no issues other than a clicker that went bad. Reelescape on this board just bought 4 for himself after using a set this last season.

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Old 02-29-2004, 08:25 PM
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Which model are you using, and what is really the ideal rod
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I am using the lx model. I have been using the crowder 12-30lb 7 ft. rods. The only diff. between the lx and jx is the gears. I dont know of any other diff. I think the 6:1 are good all around fishing reels, for kingfishing exclusively the 8:1 are perfect.
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Difference between the LX and JX is the spool width. LX holds more line.
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