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Old 07-08-2019, 04:49 PM
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Good advice on rod/reels. I would add that you should invest in a guide as well if you have not done so. You can hire one for half day and focus specifically on trolling. I spent thousands on rod/reels and had zero clue on what I was doing. Dozens of trips later I invested in a guide and it changed everything. Now I have.00001 of a clue.
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Old 07-08-2019, 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by tarpononecharter View Post
Smoke and Morrors apparently you can't read. Here is what the OP said " I am located in morehead city, so any bait suggetions, live or artificial would be apprecaited, as well as any other tips." What I am suggesting is that if he is new to boating that he learn something other than trolling. Learn how to use a sabiki rig. Learn how to throw a cast net. Learn how to catch Spanish mackerel with a rig where you can feel the bite, set the hook and learn how to properly fight a fish, not just winch them in with a TLD 15 or 20 and a broomstick rod. And I didn't say all Penn reels are junk but I did say most of them are which seems to be a believe shared by other knowledgeable people. So maybe after you learn how to read, write and spell, all of which you are atrocious at, you can then speak about fishing.
I type on a phone so I get typos no doubt, but how is trolling ďwinching them inĒ? I mean serioysly, fishing 20lb line on a TLD, how do you winch in on 20 lb? I did not read the whole post, sorry, but he is asking for trolling setup. Most sold are TLD & Squalls for good reason, they perform well, stand up to most conditions, not to mention great values that are very versatile.to many types of fishing.

And by the way, You should read the title of his post ďBest TROLLING Rod/ReelĒ... I know how to read just fine, as I must have had to in order to earn multiple graduate degrees from top schools, Mr charter fisherman (which I also did in my past). Where does it state anything about inshore rigs? I fish from flats, back country, sails on the reef, HST for wahoo, trollimg for marlin, down to YT fishing in the keys, bass fishing lakes, I have run the gammut, and to this day, a good lever drag conventional reel made of graphite is the most widely used reel for beginning trolling. The TLD invented the game (actually the Tritonís, their predecessor by Shimano), and the Squalls have been great with improved line capacity, gear ratio & max drag. Not just me who recommended on here buddy! Read the other posts too, but again, typical THT to derail. Where does he mention inshore fishing? Moorehead City is a pretty big offshore locale!

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Old 07-08-2019, 04:56 PM
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Spanish don't need anything special. I catch them trolling spinning reels and a Abu Garcia baitcaster.
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Old 07-08-2019, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by GotChrist View Post
Spanish don't need anything special. I catch them trolling spinning reels and a Abu Garcia baitcaster.
Yeah, what does spanish mackarel have to do with this thread about TROLLING gear? They taste decent and are fun to catch in numbers, but seriously, what is the point in learning how to catch them if you want to troll? Mahi/wahoo/tuna/marlin/sailfish or....soanish mackarel? Why bring them up? Makes zero sense
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Old 07-08-2019, 05:13 PM
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"I did not read the whole post, sorry," So maybe you should read the entire post before you start attacking someone personally. I can assure you I spend more time on the water accidentally than you do on purpose.
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Originally Posted by Smoke n Mirrors View Post


Yeah, what does spanish mackarel have to do with this thread about TROLLING gear? They taste decent and are fun to catch in numbers, but seriously, what is the point in learning how to catch them if you want to troll? Mahi/wahoo/tuna/marlin/sailfish or....soanish mackarel? Why bring them up? Makes zero sense
Trolling for spanish macks is very common where I'm at. People troll Clark spoons, McDonald straw rigs, small jigs, etc. In post #8 the OP said he would like to catch "anything that bites".....

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Old 07-08-2019, 05:48 PM
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I don't think you can go wrong with TLD's, but if your wanting to save a little money I would check out the Penn Warfare combos. Great "budget" combo as well. I have been using the 20's for a couple years now loaded with 40lb diamond braid and they have been bulletproof from trolling #3 planers for Spanish to deep diving plugs for Mahi & large Kings.
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Old 07-09-2019, 09:54 AM
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Go buy a couple of these right now before the price changes..... Will catch anything you want and you can get a pair for your price range.

https://www.amazon.com/Penn-Squall-Lever-Drag-Combo/dp/B00FHZ1NV8/ref=sr_1_10?keywords=fathom+60&qid=1562691108&s=sporting-goods&sr=1-10 https://www.amazon.com/Penn-Squall-Lever-Drag-Combo/dp/B00FHZ1NV8/ref=sr_1_10?keywords=fathom+60&qid=1562691108&s=sporting-goods&sr=1-10
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Old 07-09-2019, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by tarpononecharter View Post
I'm the oddball here. I hate trolling and most of the current Penn reels are junk.
Spanish Macks are a blast to catch. Learn how to set the hook, catch live bait, work a jig, etc.
All you do when trolling is winch in the fish after it catches itself. Get yourself a medium weight inshore rig
and learn how to fish, not troll.
and your contribution to his questions is.....??????
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Originally Posted by Trobocco View Post
Go buy a couple of these right now before the price changes..... Will catch anything you want and you can get a pair for your price range.
Holy cow thatís a good deal
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Old 07-09-2019, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by tarpononecharter View Post
I'm the oddball here. I hate trolling and most of the current Penn reels are junk.
Spanish Macks are a blast to catch. Learn how to set the hook, catch live bait, work a jig, etc.
All you do when trolling is winch in the fish after it catches itself. Get yourself a medium weight inshore rig
and learn how to fish, not troll.

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Originally Posted by tarpononecharter View Post
I'm the oddball here. .
Got one thing right....

The truth is, this question comes up about once every 2 weeks and the answers are always the same..... The BEST combo for a beginner is the BEST combo for a pro. The best is the best. For everyone. Period. I think the question should be "what is the cheapest combo I can get away with...."
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Old 07-09-2019, 03:19 PM
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Look no further than TLD 25 on Tsunami Tuf Tips, Load the reels with 30lb hi vis mono, at this size brand isnít important, Iím partial to Sufix for the 30lb hi vis yellow, Andre is also good. Troll Clark or Drone spoons on #1 planers or in line sinkers for Spanish. Small jet heads or small chains for everything else.
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Old 07-09-2019, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by popeyeiii View Post
Got one thing right....

The truth is, this question comes up about once every 2 weeks and the answers are always the same..... The BEST combo for a beginner is the BEST combo for a pro. The best is the best. For everyone. Period. I think the question should be "what is the cheapest combo I can get away with...."
not the cheapest, but definitely not the most expensive. More of a bang for your buck kinda guy
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Originally Posted by Striper Chaser View Post
Look no further than TLD 25 on Tsunami Tuf Tips, Load the reels with 30lb hi vis mono, at this size brand isnít important, Iím partial to Sufix for the 30lb hi vis yellow, Andre is also good. Troll Clark or Drone spoons on #1 planers or in line sinkers for Spanish. Small jet heads or small chains for everything else.
I found a guy with 2 new TLD 20ís for $225. Would you go ahead and get those or spend the extra for 25ís?
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Old 07-09-2019, 05:29 PM
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I found a guy with 2 new TLD 20ís for $225. Would you go ahead and get those or spend the extra for 25ís?
20's are plenty for what you're wanting to do in my opinion..... you plan on using braid or mono?
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Old 07-09-2019, 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by mdees88 View Post
20's are plenty for what you're wanting to do in my opinion..... you plan on using braid or mono?
I honestly have no idea what I need. Iím that new. Still doing research
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Old 07-10-2019, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Striper Chaser View Post
Look no further than TLD 25 on Tsunami Tuf Tips, Load the reels with 30lb hi vis mono, at this size brand isnít important, Iím partial to Sufix for the 30lb hi vis yellow, Andre is also good. Troll Clark or Drone spoons on #1 planers or in line sinkers for Spanish. Small jet heads or small chains for everything else.
thanks for the input. is 30lb good for fish over 30 in the off chance i hook one?
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Originally Posted by caseyrf View Post
thanks for the input. is 30lb good for fish over 30 in the off chance i hook one?
you can catch a 3000lb fish on 30lb test as long as you have enough line capacity. I would go straight mono on the reels for simplicity.

Me personally, I would buy the TLD 20's for that price and buy a 1000yd spool of 30lb Momoi Diamond mono. You should get 3-400yds of 30lb on each reel.

I'd set the drag between 5-7lbs at strike, pick up a couple rods, and your set....
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Originally Posted by mdees88 View Post
you can catch a 3000lb fish on 30lb test as long as you have enough line capacity. I would go straight mono on the reels for simplicity.

Me personally, I would buy the TLD 20's for that price and buy a 1000yd spool of 30lb Momoi Diamond mono. You should get 3-400yds of 30lb on each reel.

I'd set the drag between 5-7lbs at strike, pick up a couple rods, and your set....
ok perfect. thanks for the input. what other gear might you recommend?
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