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Old 04-13-2020, 03:24 PM
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Im wondering if the Shimano Trevala S Medium power spinning rod will work for plugging for YFT. Also who is a decent amount of drag for the reel needed for that
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what size yft?

for 20-30# yft - put a gossa 8k w/ 40# pp on that and 40# fluoro leader and youd be golden. fish consistently much bigger than that, not gonna cut it.
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Depends where you are fishing. Down here in the Bahamas it is more about heavy tackle to beat the sharks then the ability of lighter tackle.
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Originally Posted by Keepitgreen05 View Post
Im wondering if the Shimano Trevala S Medium power spinning rod will work for plugging for YFT. Also who is a decent amount of drag for the reel needed for that
For Popping in NJ not at all IMO

Give this a watch - put it together for guys like you to save you all the trial and error I went through over the last 13 years being into this.



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Ok Im think after watching that video Im going to go with all diawa and use the proteus rod with the BG8000 reel with 80lb hollow core. On amazon for the rod and reel it will be 337.00

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if you want to go with shimano rods there 7'8" terez popping rod is best option for casting poppers
its longer (which will improve casting distance ) ad stiffer also helps with heaver poppers , and wears tunas out quicker
extra casting distance often makes a big difference

the Trevala series is mostly designed for jigging and while be shorter and medium weight will be pretty soft. not saying its impossible to catch tuna on it but there are lots of better choices.

the smallest shimano spinning I would use would be around a 8000 or 10000 sargosa should be able to handle 50 pounds tunas pretty well
biut we mostly use 18000(older model ) 20000 and 25000 Saragosa's which are decent value for the money and will get the job done , I have caught yellowfin well over 100 on these. spolled with 65# braid

of course there are more expensive shimano ones you can buy, and Diawa makes some excellent spinning reels as well.
I had a Diawa dogfight for several years which outperformed any spinning reel I ever used and was extremely durable. but is a $1400 reel

most anglers can't use the amount of drag that these modern large spinners are capable of.
aftco makes a spinning reel strap to be able to use their shoulder harness with spinning reels, which will come in handy with a large tuna and lots of drag




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The Okuma Cruz Popping rod is on sale for a really good price on eBay. I have purchased rods from this seller and he is legit. https://www.ebay.com/itm/401909787149
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I would look into Shimano 14k twinpower. Have held up well over the years of abuse.
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Originally Posted by Keepitgreen05 View Post
Ok Im think after watching that video Im going to go with all diawa and use the proteus rod with the BG8000 reel with 80lb hollow core. On amazon for the rod and reel it will be 337.00
I would not go with hollow braid on a cheap reel, it is very expensive, not compensate. Also it is thicker and 80lb JB breaks above 110lb...Look j-braid x8(or grand), you put 450yds.

For topwater I don't like LOW RETRIEVE(saragosa&spheros 10k, 4.9ratio)...* although I do see school tuna yes I use a few minutes or xl 200lb tuna a low ratio advantage!
Size medium 25oz with 50lb braid: bg 5k or better saragosa8k/slammer hs6500...intermediate azores90-14k or cedros. On the heavy side 30oz! it would go to lethal100(intermediate retrieve) or more specific your bg8000.
But if there are regularly 150lb!? tuna better with slammer hs8500. I think it is the only one of its kind!, because there is no spheros20k fast ratio!!

Originally Posted by Buttapollock1010 View Post
I would look into Shimano 14k twinpower. Have held up well over the years of abuse.
tp?? is to upload the game to combo 1000$...and before I would go with catalina.


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