Long casting conventional reel

Old 02-11-2011, 09:32 PM
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Default Long casting conventional reel

Can anyone recommend a long casting conventional reel suitable for offshore topwater and the late season inshore bluefin. Need a popping setup and not interested in dropping alot of coin on a spinning reel. Use a modded calcutta inshore and in the surf that casts 17 miles would prefer to stick with conventional reels. I posted this in another forum but may get better feedback here. Nj shore area
Old 02-12-2011, 06:55 AM
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Default Talica?

Did you look at the Talicas? I have used Torsas jigging the last couple of years, but they're useless to cast with. I recently got Talica 12II's to hopefully be a little more well rounded.
Fast retrieve (although not as fast as Trinindad) and tons of power and drag.
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I have been playing with that same idea of throwing big, 3 oz. chugger style top waters at AJ, Tarpon & Cobia using a Daiwa SLO30. The problem I encountered was line management back on the spool - ended up with a big donut in the center. Because it's almost impossible to work the rod to give the topwater it's action while thumbing the line evenly across the spool.
May have to go with a levelwind reel, but that will cut down on distance.
Or go with spinning reel ......
Hope this helps .......... ICM
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I was thinking Abu right up until i got to the word "offshore".
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Cheap and overlooked but a Daiwa Sealine has an awesome drag and incredible "true" freespool for about $100 bucks. I spend another $15 into new drag washers from Smooth Drag and you have a bad ass real. The only downside to this is the anti reverse isn't quite instant. I have hung a zillion nice fish on mine. I have all size 20 as they are small light and will hold over 400 yds of 50 spectra.

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You should also considered Avet. The version with the MC was made specifically for casting.

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