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Old 03-24-2020, 01:28 PM
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Default Penn Squall 60LD vs. Shimano TLD 25

I'm looking at getting a new pair of rod/reel combos for general offshore trolling (Mahi, Wahoo, Blackfin tuna) off the NC coast. I'm hoping to not break the bank while doing this and luckily ran up on two deals offered from the Neuse Sport Shop Website. The deals are both $200 for the exact same rod, spooled with the same line, but with either a Squall 60LD or a TLD 25. I saw a similar discussion on an older thread from a few years ago, but I'm just looking to see if there's any new or different information. If you had to choose between these two reels, which would it be and why? Also, if you have a suggestion for a different rod/reel combo around a similar price point, I'd love to hear it. Thanks.
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Myself personally would buy the shimano tld25 but would figure on after market handles for them. Iv had great luck with shimano reels I have a trd200 I bought used in 1988 that's still as good as when I bought it I have 2 tld 50s I bought used in 2000 & other than beying sun bleached work flawlessly & I also have some tld25s that have been great I did change the handles on the 25s
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I like the TLD here. Just have more confidence in it compared to the Squall. The TLDs have such a great track record, especially for the price. I’m not familiar with a better deal.
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I think Shimano makes great stuff, I really do...

But in this case Squall 60 has my vote. I have 2 TLD25s that I'm going to troll with, but I'm planning on getting 4 Squall 60s for long lines off my riggers. More drag and more line capacity on the 60 vs 25. I like my Squall 20 better than my TLD25s, so I can only imagine how much better the Squall 60 would be.
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If the TLD is a two speed I would take it in a heart beat over the Squall. I have 8 Squalls and they are great but 2 speed > single speed, as long as they are both quality reels.
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Originally Posted by doctor_ake View Post
If the TLD is a two speed I would take it in a heart beat over the Squall. I have 8 Squalls and they are great but 2 speed > single speed, as long as they are both quality reels.
A 25 is a single speed.
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Originally Posted by SaltyDawg86 View Post
A 25 is a single speed.

Ahh, didn't know for sure. If they are both single speed I would go with which ever one can be serviced near you. I have a dealer that services Penn for cheap so I buy Penn. He has to ship Shimanos back for service.
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Originally Posted by Timex View Post
Myself personally would buy the shimano tld25 but would figure on after market handles for them. Iv had great luck with shimano reels I have a trd200 I bought used in 1988 that's still as good as when I bought it I have 2 tld 50s I bought used in 2000 & other than beying sun bleached work flawlessly & I also have some tld25s that have been great I did change the handles on the 25s
What handles did you use to replace the ones on your 25s?
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Why overlook the Fathom line? The 40NLD is built much better than the TLD or the Squall and roughly the same price as the TLD.
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Originally Posted by Grog View Post
Why overlook the Fathom line? The 40NLD is built much better than the TLD or the Squall and roughly the same price as the TLD.
Agreed, but he's looking at a combo offered by Neuse sport shop. They don't offer a Fathom combo.
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I have 2 TLD 25s and they do the job. If you want to shovel out more $ I whould Check out the new Shimano Speedmasters, excellent reels for the price and there 2 speed.
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I have both squalls and tlds both great reels but I think I prefer the squall seems a little smoother and the handle is better. Just my thoughts
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Originally Posted by ZacharyElis View Post
What handles did you use to replace the ones on your 25s?
For replacement handles check with Triumphrick on here. Rick does reel servicing and has aftermarket arms and handles for numerous reel models. Also, he has a great reputation for quality and service.
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Originally Posted by YeahYeah View Post
Agreed, but he's looking at a combo offered by Neuse sport shop. They don't offer a Fathom combo.
There are other websites which do. Cheap combos are usually.... cheap
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Get the Squall and never look back. I have both and I'm not a fan of the TLD handles (too small).
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Originally Posted by ZacharyElis View Post
What handles did you use to replace the ones on your 25s?
Here is a stock tld 25 handle next to a power handle from Rick . It's a big improvement over stock , they are a huge improvement on Senators as well .

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Originally Posted by Grog View Post
There are other websites which do. Cheap combos are usually.... cheap

But not always. You ever use a Squall or TLD?
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I have 5 TLDs and have been happy with them. I use them for mahi, sails, etc. However I'm not sure it's the reel I'd use for Wahoo. I'm looking to add 2 50s to target wahoo but there is a big price jump.

I picked up 3 of my TLD 25s off of Craigslist. I'm sure you can find them there or on THT.
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Your basically just buying the reel in this instance. I’m very familiar with the combos your talking about I’m right around the corner from neuse sporting goods. Your better off saving/spending a little more and getting a quality rod. Both reels are adequate for our fishing most of the time, I prefer the Tld and definitely get the upgraded handles from Rick. I would not purposely wahoo fish with either, and when the big dolphin come through in May you may be undermatched. My very biased opinion would be to get a connley rod, that’s all we use on our boats and they get abused.
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I prefer my squalls over my tlds.Just have less problems

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