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Biggest Fish a TLD50 RSAII can handle

Old 06-20-2019, 01:16 PM
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Default Biggest Fish a TLD50 RSAII can handle

As the subject says, what is the biggest fish that this reel can handle before it would explode or stop working?
I have 5 of these outfitted on trolling rods, im thinking of going to the canyon for Big Eyes and want to know if this can work.
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Old 06-20-2019, 01:28 PM
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You really should have no issue with bigeyes, using them. Medium-giant bluefin, yeah you would have issues.

I believe the drags in them are almost the same as the Tiagra 50wLRSA. The only difference is the composite frame and build. You have plenty of line capacity and plenty of drag. You should be fine for bigeyes.
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May take a little longer than other reels but you should be fine
Old 06-20-2019, 03:11 PM
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I have 4 0f them filled with 600 yds 150# braid & a 100yard 100# mono top shot. and I will add that 2 of them iv had for over 20 years & other than beying Sun bleached are as good as the day I bought them
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We used the TLD 50s in the early 2000s. One exploded on a ~600lbs blue during a tournament - frankly the size of the fish didnt have much to do
with it, but we had a good angler who was probably using as much drag as could be gotten away with. Switched to the tiagra after that for the 50s. Still used the TLD20s and TLD25s for sailfishing and have not broken one (but did eventually replace them with tiagra 16s when they came out).

this was a charter boat that fished around 150 days / yr and no idea if the sun / UV was a factor.
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Be very careful of loading to the gills with small braid. Plastic frame can't handle the pressure. Otherwise should be fine.
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Ok thanks guys, I just want to make sure these will hold up, and most say yes.
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I fish Penn Squalls. Was told to not go above 25lb drag because the graphite can distort. with 450 yards of HC and 200 yards of mono 25lb drag is all you need.
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Originally Posted by Jimssho View Post
Ok thanks guys, I just want to make sure these will hold up, and most say yes.
Even though those reels will handle 30+ lbs at full you really would only run them 22 lbs strike which would give you maybe 27 lbs at full. I've personally never needed anymore than 22 lbs for anything other than big marlin or giants. You wouldn't be using that reel for that anyway though.

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