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Old 07-08-2019, 11:11 AM
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I am very new to the boating world and my dream has been to troll fish for awhile now. i have done some surf fishing but never trolled. So i am looking to find the best rod/reel combination for a budget friendly price (preferably <$300 for a combo if possible). I am located in morehead city, so any bait suggetions, live or artificial would be apprecaited, as well as any other tips.

My main interests are mackerels and mahi
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Old 07-08-2019, 11:18 AM
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I've been happy with my Penn Squall combo's. They work great and have been very reliable so far.
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Shimano TLD + any rod
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https://www.chaosfishing.com/Shimano...-565p10542.htm
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Shimano TLD + any rod
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Old 07-08-2019, 11:33 AM
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Ok so you want to troll.
What are you trolling for? Trolling for tuna is different than trolling for bass for example.

So whatcha gonna be targeting??
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I've been happy with my Penn Squall combo's. They work great and have been very reliable so far.

what kind of fish do you typically catch? and what size reels do you have?
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Old 07-08-2019, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by GetReel View Post
Ok so you want to troll.
What are you trolling for? Trolling for tuna is different than trolling for bass for example.

So whatcha gonna be targeting??
anything that bites honestly. i think mackerel are really popular around nc coast. but im also interested in going deeper for mahi
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Originally Posted by UncleLuke View Post
Shimano TLD + any rod
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TLD 15 is a great reel for king macks and mahi. I would recommend trolling a pink yozuri 3d crystal minnow. They work great in the gulf of mexico for kings. Aerial live bait rods would be a good rod choice. should be able to buy both for less than $200.
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Originally Posted by mdees88 View Post
TLD 15 is a great reel for king macks and mahi. I would recommend trolling a pink yozuri 3d crystal minnow. They work great in the gulf of mexico for kings. Aerial live bait rods would be a good rod choice. should be able to buy both for less than $200.
Yup. TLD15 spooled with 20lb of mono -- perfect for kings, spanish, blues, false albacore, mahi, barracuda, and whatever else you might get off the coast. If you really want simple get the star-drag TLD-15's. You can find a combo like this all day long for $149.99 at Neuse and wherever. Yozuri's are a good lure, but it can be tricky to get them to run right, and rig properly on wire. Also learn to run small planers and Clark spoons, and ballyhoo rigs. Also have a local tackle shore show you how to rig a cigar minnow.
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Old 07-08-2019, 02:34 PM
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Shimano TLD 15 ($149) or TLD 20 ($169). They hold 450 yards of 20# and 30# respectively.

Star Aerial Standup Rods EX2050C6 ($99) or EX2050RS. C6 has conventional guides, RS has rollers at stripper and tip.

My light trolling setups are TLD 20s and Star EX2050RS. Very decent setups for just over $300.
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Old 07-08-2019, 02:54 PM
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I have both TLD’s & Squalls. The Squalls hold more like and have higher gear ratio’s in comparable model sizes, so my vote goes with them. Either of those are good options, go with whom gives you the better deal and you will be fine.
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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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X2 on the TLDs. I’d pair with Star Arial stand up rods, or if you want step up Star Paraflex stand up.
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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.
So the guy asks about trolling combos and you bring up inshore rigs. What if the guy is looking to troll weedlimes for mahi, planers for kings & tuna, or high-speed for wahoo? Should he take an inshore rig several miles out and set up with that? Prnn reels are all junk too huh? Trolling advice coming from a tarpon carter captain!

Typical THT response, guy comes on looking for beginner gear advice and someone has to tell them thats not the method he shound be doing it, and everything except what he owns is “junk”

Start with the Penn Squalls or TLD’s, great proven all around reels that stand up very well and are very versatile. I only went with Squall because the higher gear ratios make for better kite fishing, but actually have 3 TLD’s use for trolling exclusively, and 3 bigger Squall 60’s that O can use for trolling a little heavier with more line capacity than the TLD 25.

OP, where do you fish out of?
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Does anyone troll with shimano baitrunner 4500's? Ive been using baitrunners and TLD and penns for decades. No problems with any of them. Setting the drag and getting the lures to run correctly is a different story. I like the TLD and penn Jigmasters for light trolling.
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Originally Posted by caseyrf View Post
what kind of fish do you typically catch? and what size reels do you have?
Anything from Kings, Cobia, red snapper, etc. I have the 30 series on a 7' Penn rod. Its a combo at Bass Pro. Plenty strong enough for trolling.
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TLD 20 or 25. Braid them up and go
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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.
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