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Old 08-08-2019, 03:58 PM
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I'd like to add (2) 50 wides. I'll use them to pull some heavier, deep diving plugs as well as an option for some HST. I've looked at a few options already but would be interested in hearing opinions.
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Old 08-08-2019, 04:05 PM
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I’m extremely fond of my Avet Pro 50 EXWs, can’t see myself running anything else in that class.
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Old 08-08-2019, 04:07 PM
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Iím extremely fond of my Avet Pro 50 EXWs, canít see myself running anything else in that class.
funny you should say that....a buddy has the Avet 50 exw and loves them
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Old 08-08-2019, 04:29 PM
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Donít automatically overlook the standard frame 50. Lighter, less torque wobble on the retrieve but still good line capacity in the braid era and the drag capacity of modern reels.

I own two Avet EX-50ís and couldnít be happier with the choice of standard frames vice the wides.
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I've got some Shimano and Penn Int. 50W and 80W's. Both have served me well over the years but I like the Shimano better. Having said that, I'd likely steer you away from the wide reels these days. Braid is a game changer.
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Old 08-08-2019, 04:40 PM
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We like the ShimanoTLD50iiLRSA's. We've been using them for planers, HST, sharks...everything really for about 6 years. Only had them maintained once. I know someone is gonna tell us now about how the graphite frames are gonna blow out
but again, been killing it with these for many years, along with many others. They are light and smaller so perfect for a smaller person and/or smaller boat like our 23CC. The "LRSA" designation for some reason means it has the same drag
as an 80. We feel that a 50 is on the edge of whether or not you have enough drag to HST or planer fish with bigger planers. Also two speed so when you got a ton of grass on those plugs you can still pull 'em in. My 2 cents.
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Old 08-08-2019, 06:14 PM
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I love my Okuma Makaira 50W. I agree with Lone Ono in regards to the 50 standard tho.
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Old 08-08-2019, 07:01 PM
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Talica II
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Old 08-09-2019, 05:02 AM
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Okuma 50W, love em and they will put down 85lbs of drag.
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Old 08-09-2019, 05:25 AM
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The title of threads like this should be "List every reel known to mankind..."
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Old 08-09-2019, 05:40 AM
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I had 8 Tiagra 50W LRSA on my last boat. They served me well but I will say they are on the heavy side and wobble a bit for stand up. I just picked up 3 Avet TRX 50W for my corners and planer rod, 2 Penn 50 VISW (much lighter than Tiagra) and 4 Penn 30 VISX for braid. I like the light weight and higher drag on these reels. Lots of good options out there. Good luck in your search.
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Old 08-09-2019, 06:08 AM
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If you want the best- Alutecnos. Otherwise Tiagra.
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Old 08-09-2019, 06:20 AM
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So far we have recommended: Avet, Shimano, Penn, Okuma and even Alutecnos. What about Accurate, Fin-Nor or Everol?

Stick with any of the big four; Avet, Okuma, Penn or Shimano, and you will be fine. Personal preferences aside, they all make great big game reels. All have the capacity, drag, weight, retrieve ratios, cost, durability and whatever else needed to catch some decent sized fish.
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Old 08-09-2019, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Locke N Load View Post
So far we have recommended: Avet, Shimano, Penn, Okuma and even Alutecnos. What about Accurate, Fin-Nor or Everol?

Stick with any of the big four; Avet, Okuma, Penn or Shimano, and you will be fine. Personal preferences aside, they all make great big game reels. All have the capacity, drag, weight, retrieve ratios, cost, durability and whatever else needed to catch some decent sized fish.
Yup. Exactly what I thought would happen. Here are my thoughts:

Penn - You'll hear a ton of people talk bad about Penn. However, I have had no issues. I have older 50TW's that are going strong after 20 years. They aren't "completely" made in the USA any longer but I find the service to still be top notch.
Shimano - Two options here. Go Tiagra or Talica. The Talica's are probably, IMO, the absolute best lever drag reels on the market. However, they may not fit the bill for HST. The Tiagra 50wLRSA is a monster killer. It's basically an 80 in 50w clothing.
Avet - I am not a fan of their 50's. Thats MY personal preference. Some people are extremely happy with them. However, the ones I've held have VERY tight gears. Maybe they've fixed it now? I'm not sure.

Accurate and Okuma Makaira are nice but I wouldn't consider them just based on my knowledge.

For me it would be either Penn or Shimano.
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The Penn International II in 50 TW or SW is probably the most widely used reel in the world. They hold up very well, can be purchased very reasonably, serviced by anyone and parts are cheap and readily available. I have caught thousands of fish on them and never lost a fish because of reel failure.
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Having said that, I'd likely steer you away from the wide reels these days. Braid is a game changer.
Braid is a game changer. I have 1,000 yards of line on my Avet EX 50/2ís. 900 yards of 100# hollow core braid and 100 yards of 80# mono topshot. Unless you have special needs for ultra high line capacity or intend to fill them with all mono the wides just arenít needed any more.
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:09 AM
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Avet all the way for me as well. TBH.. I have my 30 and 50 wide avets. My 30 wides rigged with 650 yards of 110lb braid and 40lbs of max drag.... I'm not sure when I would really need more.
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:41 AM
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ShimanoTLD50iiLRSA
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Originally Posted by barongan View Post
ShimanoTLD50iiLRSA
X2 I bought 2 of these from a local used reel dealer.....2 with Penn IGFA rods for $350.....best deal I have ever made on a pair of reels. I also have a Tiaga 50A that I found for $400. I use it rigged up with an in-line planer with a bridle.......works great...looks awesome....but as other have said the Tigara's are a heavy reel but I doubt I will ever wear it out.

Good luck with your decision!
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Old 08-09-2019, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by barongan View Post
ShimanoTLD50iiLRSA
my friend recommend ShimanoTLD50. I bought some used Shimano tiagras locally for about the same $. Buy what you will be able to get parts and service for. Penn and Shimano I know i can get parts for, I wasn't sure about other brands.
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