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Old 07-10-2019, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by caseyrf View Post
ok perfect. thanks for the input. what other gear might you recommend?
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:41 AM
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I like the TLDs except over time the graphite fades and looks bad and more importantly the handle is horrible from an ergonomics stand point. The good news is there are some aftermarket handles available.
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Old 07-11-2019, 01:49 PM
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I like the TLDs except over time the graphite fades and looks bad and more importantly the handle is horrible from an ergonomics stand point. The good news is there are some aftermarket handles available.
yea i have definitley noticed how they do not last appearance wise. maybe if i keep reel covers on, it might help with the fading.
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Old 07-11-2019, 01:51 PM
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yikes. those are insanely expensive. if i get swallowed by a whale, i get swallowed by a whale.
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:08 PM
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yikes. those are insanely expensive. if i get swallowed by a whale, i get swallowed by a whale.
You can get an ACR resqlink (PLB) for less than your rod/reel budget..... no reason every boat venturing offshore shouldn't have one IMO. I value my life and the life of my crew at slightly more than the price of a rod/reel combo........ which is why I own both an ebirp and a plb. To each his own......
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Originally Posted by mdees88 View Post
You can get an ACR resqlink (PLB) for less than your rod/reel budget..... no reason every boat venturing offshore shouldn't have one IMO. I value my life and the life of my crew at slightly more than the price of a rod/reel combo........ which is why I own both an ebirp and a plb. To each his own......
oh that’s not too bad. Most I seen were $500+. Thanks again bud
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Old 07-12-2019, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by caseyrf View Post
yea i have definitley noticed how they do not last appearance wise. maybe if i keep reel covers on, it might help with the fading.
Won't help. But still love my TLD.
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Old 07-15-2019, 04:39 AM
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Went to neuse sport shop yesterday. they had the penn squall 60 combo with ande rod and 40# line for $199. They also had the Shimano TLD 25 similar setup for same price. just wanted to let yall know
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Old 07-21-2019, 04:08 PM
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Is there any reason not to just run say 4 of the PENN 60 like posted in the link and have enough reel for most anything that will hit the lure offshore? Spool it with 70-80lb braid to a swivel and run Fluor leader of appropriate size if your targeting skitish critters? I guess I’m asking why not go big? I’m assuming I’d be hard pressed to find a fisherman that would say he wished he’d had smaller lighter gear when he hooked that monster but plenty that wished they’d had bigger
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Originally Posted by rbmedic75 View Post
Is there any reason not to just run say 4 of the PENN 60 like posted in the link and have enough reel for most anything that will hit the lure offshore? Spool it with 70-80lb braid to a swivel and run Fluor leader of appropriate size if your targeting skitish critters? I guess I’m asking why not go big? I’m assuming I’d be hard pressed to find a fisherman that would say he wished he’d had smaller lighter gear when he hooked that monster but plenty that wished they’d had bigger
I have the same thought process. I ended up with the penn 60’s. They make a combo with ande rod and 40# mono for $199. Hard to beat imo
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Shimano TLD’s hard to beat for the money
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Shimano TLD’s hard to beat for the money
i agree. however, i did not like the ergonomics of the TLD. the squalls had a better feel to them. i will update how they perform this weekend.
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Originally Posted by caseyrf View Post
i agree. however, i did not like the ergonomics of the TLD. the squalls had a better feel to them. i will update how they perform this weekend.
I agree... the Squalls were designed to be TLD killers and feel way better in the hand. And the anti-reverse is much tighter. TLDs are well made reels even if a bit old school... and still highly regarded due to their long-time following. Kind of like Penn Senators.

Enjoy your new Squalls. Keep them clean and rinse them after every trip. They will serve you well.
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Old 07-25-2019, 09:50 AM
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I currently have 4 penn fathom 2spd 60’s in my shopping cart. Legit question is there any reason not to have these as my GoTo “recreational trolling rods” off shore Virginia/Carolina/ocean city area? Mainly fish with the wife and kids, buddies here and there. I like the 2spd because it gives the wife and daughter a little more leverage on a decent size fish.


not looking for the penn vs Shimano battle just more are these going to fit the job or is it truly overdoing it?
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Originally Posted by rbmedic75 View Post
I currently have 4 penn fathom 2spd 60’s in my shopping cart. Legit question is there any reason not to have these as my GoTo “recreational trolling rods” off shore Virginia/Carolina/ocean city area? Mainly fish with the wife and kids, buddies here and there. I like the 2spd because it gives the wife and daughter a little more leverage on a decent size fish.


not looking for the penn vs Shimano battle just more are these going to fit the job or is it truly overdoing it?
the two-speeds are definitely nice for the leverage mentioned. Mine do not have that but they are holding up really well for the price point
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Originally Posted by rbmedic75 View Post
I currently have 4 penn fathom 2spd 60’s in my shopping cart. Legit question is there any reason not to have these as my GoTo “recreational trolling rods” off shore Virginia/Carolina/ocean city area? Mainly fish with the wife and kids, buddies here and there. I like the 2spd because it gives the wife and daughter a little more leverage on a decent size fish.


not looking for the penn vs Shimano battle just more are these going to fit the job or is it truly overdoing it?
There is no reason those setups can’t be your go to trolling setups. Depending on how old/strong your daughter is, my only concern would be that particular model being a bit bulky/cumbersome for her to hold and reel stand-up. Otherwise there is nothing wrong with those setups for a recreational, weekend warrior angler wanting to go out, troll and have some fun.

Personally I’m a “bigger is better” guy when it comes to tackle (within reason). For hardcore anglers who fish all the time and have no other hobbies I understand wanting lighter gear for more exciting fights, better sport, etc. But for those of us who just get out when we can and want to take some fish pictures with our kids I don’t see any problem using a “30” when a “20” would do. Get the fish in the boat. Charter captains live by this principle. 130lb leader when 80 will do, 85lb braid when you could get by with 50, etc. The important thing is getting the fish in the boat.

I have TLDs, FWIW and couldn’t care less what anyone else uses so long as they enjoy them and have fun.
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