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Old 08-12-2019, 11:56 AM
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Default What size/class reels for yellowfin fishing?

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 I’m not 100% sure.

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When we run across to the Bahamas for yellowfin tuna we fish with Talica 25s.
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In NC or VA we use 50s for yellowfin, but I have targeted them on 30s. Heck yesterday we caught this one on a TLD20 after we caught this blue marlin also on a 20.

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When we run across to the Bahamas for yellowfin tuna we fish with Talica 25s.
what lb braid or mono are you running?
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In NC or VA we use 50s for yellowfin, but I have targeted them on 30s. Heck yesterday we caught this one on a TLD20 after we caught this blue marlin also on a 20.

awesome! When you’ve targeted with the 30s what are you running for braid or mono? Has capacity ever been an issue?
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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

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what lb braid or mono are you running?
We use 65lb braid followed by 100 yard topshot of yozuri pink fluorocarbon.
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30 will be all you need
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TLD 25.....plenty of line and drag....
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To Quote Renegade Mike (you can fish heavy tackle light but not the other way around) He runs 30 wides 50 wides
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awesome! When you’ve targeted with the 30s what are you running for braid or mono? Has capacity ever been an issue?
Same setup timex uses, 60ish backed with braid. Never had an issue.
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I started with small gear but moved up quick, we fish in the TOTO all the time and the sharks would take it all before we can get a nice YFT to the boat. I run Penn 50’s and 70’s while trolling and I use Penn 10500 spinners while jigging and drifting.
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Originally Posted by Timex View Post
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
when you do your top shot what knot do you use to join the two? Does it wind easy through the eyes?
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Anyone make it work with the 20s? Like the VISX20? What are people using the 12s and 16s and 20s for?
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First question would be how bad are the sharks! If bad like Oregon inlet then you could bump it up to 50s or 80s. If no sharks you can go much lighter. Also any bigeye or big blue marlin a possibility?
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I fish 30's and 50's regular not wides. I usually put 100 or 130 hollow core and splice in a 80lb mono topshot of 150-200 yards. Never had a problem yet
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Aren't YFT rare in the keys and it's mostly blackfins? If so, you might just want to go the TLD route.

Anyhoo for tuna in NJ I too prefer the 50T. Backed with JB HC and a 80lb top shot. And that set up will also work for HST wahoo and maybe deep dropping for swords. And as mentioned if you need to horse a good fish a 50 has much more backbone than a 30.
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Originally Posted by thomasj1107 View Post
Anyone make it work with the 20s? Like the VISX20? What are people using the 12s and 16s and 20s for?
I use 12 VSXs on a Terez rods for chunking. It's a nice light setup and never had a problem with NJ size Yellowfin.
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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 use the FG knot. Best to do it once and test while on land. It has not failed me yet. Finish it using Razolli method (sp)

It is very very thin and goes through the guide easy. If it hangs up a little on the way out, that mean you need to trim the mono tag a tad shorter. The only time I need to touch it again is when the Mono gets to short and I replace the whole section.

As to the reel, how much drag you going to run. with 50lb Braid you can fit a lot onto a tld20. But maybe a nicer reel like the tyrnos ii would be a nice step up. without going crazy that is.

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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?
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