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Old 08-13-2019, 10:14 AM
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I have a bunch of 30s all with 600 yds 80# power pro & a 100 yard 60 or 80# top shot of mono & have never been spooled but the 30s just don't have the gears larger reels do to hoarse in big fish. but I really like my 30s work the boat to the fish & then good short pump skills to bring the fish to the gaff no problem
Yep good call about using the boat as a tool. An agile boat makes a big difference.
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:52 AM
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I have an affinity towards penn reels but am open to others, but what would be the minimum sized reel you would recommend for yellowfin fishing? The reels would be used for once or twice a year yellowfin fishing and more often, mahi and black fin tuna in the keys. I assumed like an international 30, but Iím not 100% sure.

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Where exactly are you going to be fishing for YFT ? If you are going to be in the Bahamas you will want 50lb min , and you are still going to get sharked . I know guys that went up to 80 and still lose quite a few .

I use 50lb to get them in the boat quick and get back on the fish , you can catch them on 30lb , but by the time you get those 2 or 3 in , that school will be long gone .

As for fishing the Keys , I use 20lb on everything this side of the stream . You might want to consider having dedicated setups for YFT , and for everything else . It makes everything easier .
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Originally Posted by thomasj1107 View Post
The only disadvantages of the two speed for trolling are just that they are more moving parts that can malfunction? Or is there more reason to go with the single speed for trolling applications?

So the VISX are two speed, then on the penn site the VIS are two speed, then there is a VI which is single speed... is that the only single speed??? Are there any differences between the VIS and VI besides the single vs two speed?
They are entirely different reels.

About the only times I have ever had to downshift is when I'm up and down on BFT or BE way over 100. The new gearings are super strong, you don't need to worry about failures. The concern is the momentary loss off pressure on the fish while Angler fumbles with gearing. And you have to look at additional weight and reel width.

I have the 50 VISX and it's an incredible reel. The shifting gear button is second to none!! But I actually prefer the 50T
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They are entirely different reels.

About the only times I have ever had to downshift is when I'm up and down on BFT or BE way over 100. The new gearings are super strong, you don't need to worry about failures. The concern is the momentary loss off pressure on the fish while Angler fumbles with gearing. And you have to look at additional weight and reel width.

I have the 50 VISX and it's an incredible reel. The shifting gear button is second to none!! But I actually prefer the 50T
So then what I am seeing on the penn website the VI is the only single speed?
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Old 08-13-2019, 11:43 AM
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To clarify, I’ll be MAINLY fishing mahi and tuna in the keys a couple times per year. But I live in NC so I am going to start fishing yellowfin maybe once or twice a year here, and maybe the Bahamas once a year as well. That’s why I was curious if I should go with like two 30s and two 16 or 20s? But I can’t make the big fish bite the bigger reels? ��*♂️
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For chunking, I recommend the Fathom 60 LD2. I have one and love it. If primarily trolling, I'd go with the Squall 30vsw. Best bang for the buck in reels I've put my hands on for this sort of fishing.
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So I think Iím going to go with two visx 20s and two 30s on pinnacle rods, mainly for the extra drag on these and they only weigh an extra ounce to their single speed counterparts. Does anyone see a major issue with this?
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I use 30 wide tiagras with 700 yards of 80 lb hollow core with a 100 yard topshot of 60lb mono. We setup the drags at 16lbs at strike, we landed 3 100lb fish in one day on them in a timely manner and have released a few blues with nothing getting close to spooling me. Tuna fishing you leader is likely your limiting factor for drag capacity not reel size. Sharks don't seem to be as much of an issue yellowfin fishing on the east wall off Florida or the corner off the Bahamas which is where we fish as they are further south in the Bahamas.
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Originally Posted by thomasj1107 View Post


when you do your top shot what knot do you use to join the two? Does it wind easy through the eyes?
I double the braid with a bimini then with the doubled braid I tie uni to uni braid to mono iv been doing this for 20 years & never a failure. & goes through guides both roller & ceramic no problem & if your nor good at tying a bimini use a spider hitch ... it's important to double the braid so the two uni knots are of similar size when pulled together
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Originally Posted by thomasj1107 View Post
I live in NC so I am going to start fishing yellowfin maybe once or twice a year here, and maybe the Bahamas once a year as well. Thatís why I was curious if I should go with like two 30s and two 16 or 20s? But I canít make the big fish bite the bigger reels?
You may soon find yourself wahoo fishing in NC. Even if only on the way to/from your YFT grounds. Take a look at standard frame (not wide) 50ís. Theyíll have your bases covered for most anything.

Regardless of which reels you buy for trolling load them with hollow core braid and splice & serve topshot on. There are many benefits to this method.
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