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Will my Abu Garcia c3 5500 paired with a 7ft mh rod be fine for big tarpon?

Old 05-20-2020, 05:09 AM
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I'll be fishing from land and the reel will be spooled with 150 yards of with 30 pound braid. I only cast about 45 yards at max with it and based on what I've read about them tarpon are big yet wimpy acrobats, with well below average drag peeling ability and stamina, so I figure there's about 0 chance of one spooling me.

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A big tarpon can spool 150 yds easily if you can't chase it.
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Originally Posted by C3man View Post
I'll be fishing from land and the reel will be spooled with 150 yards of with 30 pound braid. I only cast about 45 yards at max with it and based on what I've read about them tarpon are big yet wimpy acrobats, with well below average drag peeling ability and stamina, so I figure there's about 0 chance of one spooling me.

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You heard wrong. Way wrong!
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Reel is a levelwind with little line capacity, with inferior drag washers & standard cranking handle
Don't worry the rod is way to short to reach them, without enough backbone to land one.
So expect a big disappointment if you are fortunate to hook a Tarpon.......
Hope this helps .......ICM

Here's my dead bait Red Drum, Abu Sport Rocket with upgraded smoothie drags, a power handle spooled with 30# braid on a 9' heavy surf rod that I would not even consider using on a beach Tarpon.




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Negative.
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Y'all are way too easy!
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Originally Posted by 20biminitwist View Post
You heard wrong. Way wrong!
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How so?
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150yards of 30 lb test is nothing. You can hook them on that but won't be able to turn them.
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Originally Posted by TheChubbyHooker View Post
150yards of 30 lb test is nothing. You can hook them on that but won't be able to turn them.
The reel puts out 15 pounds of drag and is well known for it's ability to land powerful species like Muskies and blue and flathead catfish at a value. I've caught all three species on numerous occasions and the farthest run I had was about 25 yards with a giant 96 pound blue cat and I've heard of people catching big gator gar on it so I think you guys are underestimating the reel.
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I have caught them on a 7000 ambassador but that was from a boat and a reel that was loaded with braid. Any fish over 70lbs, good luck.
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And a tarpon is in a whole different league than a catfish or musky. I imagine a musky is much like a barracuda. Whole different ballgame.
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Originally Posted by C3man View Post
The reel puts out 15 pounds of drag and is well known for it's ability to land powerful species like Muskies and blue and flathead catfish at a value. I've caught all three species on numerous occasions and the farthest run I had was about 25 yards with a giant 96 pound blue cat and I've heard of people catching big gator gar on it so I think you guys are underestimating the reel.
I have several of the C3 and C4 reels, 3-4600,3-5000s and 2-5500s. I would not consider using one of the 5500s for Tarpon. I think you would have to get a lazy small one to land it. A 7000 series (as a minimum) might be more in line for what you would want to be using. You see people catch them on smaller spinning rigs and saltwater flyrods but I think they are chasing them down not fishing from a stationary position. (Caveat: I am not a Tarpon fisherman and have only hooked two smallish ones ever. My experience is really second hand)
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Originally Posted by C3man View Post
The reel puts out 15 pounds of drag and is well known for it's ability to land powerful species like Muskies and blue and flathead catfish at a value. I've caught all three species on numerous occasions and the farthest run I had was about 25 yards with a giant 96 pound blue cat and I've heard of people catching big gator gar on it so I think you guys are underestimating the reel.
Hey man love your optimism. Go for it, show us how it's done.
I jumped 4 last summer in one day from a boat, at the boat using 50# braid on a Spinfisher VI 6500 reel with 30# of drag.
Did manage to land 7 different Sharks ........ICM
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It also depends where to plan to target them.

If at a bridge or jetty and even a 50 pound tarpon dogs you down in the current you're toast. That 15 pounds of drag will be 4 pounds of drag 5 minutes into the fight and you will feel the heat in the sideplate.

They look like carp but they don't fight like carp.

Now, if it's an enclosed shallow lake system, rock on, have caught multiple on that type of tackle. A little easier when they don't really have too far to go.
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Originally Posted by EricF View Post
It also depends where to plan to target them.

If at a bridge or jetty and even a 50 pound tarpon dogs you down in the current you're toast. That 15 pounds of drag will be 4 pounds of drag 5 minutes into the fight and you will feel the heat in the sideplate.

They look like carp but they don't fight like carp.

Now, if it's an enclosed shallow lake system, rock on, have caught multiple on that type of tackle. A little easier when they don't really have too far to go.

What about big fish from a shallow beach area where they have free reign to run? Probably still good tackle right?
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Originally Posted by EricF View Post
It also depends where to plan to target them.

If at a bridge or jetty and even a 50 pound tarpon dogs you down in the current you're toast. That 15 pounds of drag will be 4 pounds of drag 5 minutes into the fight and you will feel the heat in the sideplate.

They look like carp but they don't fight like carp.

Now, if it's an enclosed shallow lake system, rock on, have caught multiple on that type of tackle. A little easier when they don't really have too far to go.

What about big fish from a shallow beach area where they have free reign to run? Probably still good tackle right?
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What is your definition of big fish? I don't see a scenario where that is suitable tackle. Just being honest. Last year I hooked about 20 tarpon and landed six or so. The only one that was easy to land was a 30-40 lb fish. Every other fish was a battle. Surf fishing for them, I use a big spinner or a 4/0. They dump a ton of line.
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Originally Posted by C3man View Post
What about big fish from a shallow beach area where they have free reign to run? Probably still good tackle right?

May work. Check out the tackle they're using....... ICM

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I didnt read all the posts.....

So, you want to take your sabiki bait rod and use it to catch a tarpon, and want to know if it will be fine? Is this some kind of clickbait..??
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Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
I didnt read all the posts.....

So, you want to take your sabiki bait rod and use it to catch a tarpon, and want to know if it will be fine? Is this some kind of clickbait..??
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You guys just keep on talking smack about my rig which has caught a great many powerful fish up to 96 pounds and has never once came close to failing me. Once I get a big tarpon I'm gonna take pictures and be sure to rub it in to all you doubters. I think you guys are seriously overestimating those overgrown herring and wayyyy underestimating the c3.

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