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Conventional reel for YFT

Old 06-07-2019, 08:05 AM
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Default Conventional reel for YFT

I have a set of Penn Fathom NLD40HS which have been great for chasing mahi and kings off of Jupiter. But we have a few bahamas trips planned this summer and I'd like to try to chunk for YFT and feel like I'm going to be a but under gunned. Any suggestions for reels for this use? They'll be be going to Connley 20-50 kingfish rods. I don't want to spend gold reel money. I was thinking maybe some Tyrnos 30 2 speeds? Not really sure as This is a new venture for me.
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Old 06-07-2019, 08:50 AM
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Um, you need heavier rods...sharks are really bad and you need to be able to put some heat on the yft, not to mention you're totally undergunned for yft with a 20-50 rod even without sharks.
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:33 AM
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What size YFT we talking about? The fathom 60ld2 would be fine under 100#
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:38 AM
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For non "gold money" the tyrnos 30 with 65lb braid backing and 50lb mono topshot would be your best option but as above the 20-50 won't get it done. A Connley Frigate 30-80 would be what you need.
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Old 06-07-2019, 10:28 AM
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Well. Looks like Iím going to have to upgrade a pair of rods as well. I was hoping to use these for double duty to troll for mahi/Kings as well
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Old 06-07-2019, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Alexlikestacos View Post
Well. Looks like Iím going to have to upgrade a pair of rods as well. I was hoping to use these for double duty to troll for mahi/Kings as well
Tuna will be a nightmare on that rod and the reel wouldn't fit the rod well. We use that for pitchbait to smaller fish like mahi and white marlin. I agree on the frigate size rod for tuna.
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Old 06-07-2019, 10:58 AM
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Get the Fathom 40 2 speed. It fishes up to 60lb test just fine. Great reel and gives you the benefit of a 2 speed.
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Old 06-07-2019, 10:59 AM
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So Iím thinking a pair of frigate 30-80 or similar paired with a 20wide 2 speed should suffice for my occasional Bahamas trips. Would these combos be too heavy for trolling for dolphins and Kings in south FL?
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For a double duty spent the money once and get a set of 4 HXW raptors. Small enough for south Fl fish but lots of balls for YFT. For local just keep 30lb mono topshots. If heading across the stream switch them out for 50lb topshots. 600yds of 65lb braid on the bottom.
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Old 06-07-2019, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Alexlikestacos View Post
So Iím thinking a pair of frigate 30-80 or similar paired with a 20wide 2 speed should suffice for my occasional Bahamas trips. Would these combos be too heavy for trolling for dolphins and Kings in south FL?
More power than necessary for them, yes, but doesn't mean they can't effectively catch the fish just fine.
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Old 06-07-2019, 01:20 PM
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Buy a set of used 2 speed 50 wides on #2 bent butt rods. Anything smaller than that you're just burning fuel. 80-100 lbs line minimum
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Old 06-07-2019, 01:23 PM
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Buy a set of used 2 speed 50 wides on #2 bent butt rods. Anything smaller than that you're just burning fuel. 80-100 lbs line minimum
Not in the bahamas. 50lb flouro leader is a good day. Sometimes down to 30lb to get bites.

Dragging cedar plugs to horse fish in fine, but not on the chunk or live bait.
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Originally Posted by DreamCatcher14 View Post
Not in the bahamas. 50lb flouro leader is a good day. Sometimes down to 30lb to get bites.

Dragging cedar plugs to horse fish in fine, but not on the chunk or live bait.
I was just there 3 days ago they were biting fine chunking on 80-100lbs leader. You're landing 100lbs class tuna on 50?
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Old 06-07-2019, 01:53 PM
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Get some good condition used gold reels?
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Old 06-08-2019, 04:57 AM
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I think 50s are to big for king and Mahi locally but just fine for hs wahoo.
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Old 06-08-2019, 06:28 AM
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Talica 25ís with a quality 30-80 rod.
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Makaira 20 SEA's? Lots of drag, stump pulling low gear, handle from the Makaira 50, good capacity on 80# braid... Light enough to still be fun to handle.
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Originally Posted by Eric J View Post
I was just there 3 days ago they were biting fine chunking on 80-100lbs leader. You're landing 100lbs class tuna on 50?
180lb on 60lb fluro.



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