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Old 02-13-2011, 10:45 AM
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O'k....so ....my rich 14 yr.old son is hell bent for a new reel.He will use it for ground fish,striper,etc.Actually,he is fairly hard working for a 14 yr old;works with me on his school vacations and summers;mates on a couple of boats,and basically helps out alot!So all the power to him...right!

Question is he is torn between the Shimano Talica 16 single speed or the Accurate BX 500X
Both are around the same $$$,have the same line cap.same drag,etc.I say Accurate simply because it is made in our great country!What do you guys think?Anybody fished with both that have real world experience?
He has researched the hell out of it(thats my boy!) and has basically boiled it down to these two,but I am very open to other opinions.Some say spend the extra $50.00 for the 2 speed;so lets hear your opinions before we pull the trigger!!
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:56 AM
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I have a lot of Shimano reels, but not a Talica. I also have a lot of Accurates. IMO, the Accurates are better reels and are available in LH, if that's important to you. Get him the BX500X.
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imo there both great reels it comes down to which brand you prefer. From my experience the accurates require more maintaince than the shimano's but accurates customer service is slightly better than shimano's. And i would spend the extra money for the 2 speed, better to have it and not need it than to not have it and need it
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Old 02-13-2011, 11:21 AM
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I fish both with Accurate and Talica's. I love them both but, I am leaning more to the Talica's. Used mostly 270, 870 and 665 models as far as Accurates. The Talica 8 & 10 are all you need for bass fishing. They are plenty strong and have awesome drags. If you go with the Accurate you can go with the B400 or B500 which are comparable to the 270 & 870. Don't judge the reel by the physical size and appearance, both the smaller Accurate and Talica are light and powerful.
Good luck on whatever you chose.
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Old 02-13-2011, 11:51 AM
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I know that you listed 2 specific reels, but what about the shimano Tyrnos 10 2 speed reel from J&H for $139. I recently picked up the single speed and plan on using it for bass as well as bottom fishing.
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Old 02-13-2011, 12:42 PM
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i know somebody who has a talica two speed and he loves it. I also know somebody else who fishes an accurate bx 500xn, and its pretty sweet. The accurate's have a twin drag system which allows you to put a lot of pressure on the fish. So in my opinion i think he should go with the accurate all the way!
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Maybe its just me, but isn't a $370 Shimano Talica 16 single speed or the $430 Accurate BX 500X a little much for Striper fishing, even if he is "rich" - how about a nice Avet SX or MX(J or L) for $160 or $180; hell I'd rather have a $270 two-speed Avet MXL for Stripers if I was going to really splurge - not that I think a two speed is very useful for Stripers. If you put 20+ lbs of drag on a Striper, all you are going to do is rip the hook out of its mouth.
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Old 02-13-2011, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by LI32 View Post
Maybe its just me, but isn't a $370 Shimano Talica 16 single speed or the $430 Accurate BX 500X a little much for Striper fishing, even if he is "rich" - how about a nice Avet SX or MX(J or L) for $160 or $180; hell I'd rather have a $270 two-speed Avet MXL for Stripers if I was going to really splurge - not that I think a two speed is very useful for Stripers. If you put 20+ lbs of drag on a Striper, all you are going to do is rip the hook out of its mouth.
My boy works very hard and is very conscious of the $$$$.He saves every penny he makes and researches his purchases to the nines!He nor I are even remotely close to rich.Reading the thread,I thought everybody would see that statement as a joke.

Dad has the Avets,Stellas and all the goodies.He wants a reel of his own,a versatile ,top quality reel that will last a lifetime.

The reel will not be specifically for ground fish or stripers,but also for footballs and anything else he my want to fish for in the future.

That being said,as Dad and the final say,I say all the power to ya,and keep up the good work!He has a tremendous passion for fishing and at his age,as we all know,there are many other things he could desire to spend his hard earned $$$$ on!!!!
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Go for the Talica 16 II. You can use this for Stripers, Cod, Tilefish and School BFT.

It is a quality reel and very versatile.

Auguste has been a fan of them for a while and now I know why
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:00 PM
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I have been fishing for 41 years - inshore and offshore. I have owned most varieties of reels including many Shimano and Accurate reels - Boss Magnum 270 to Platinum 130. I think the Accurates are better reels - they are mechanically superior and esthetically "beautiful" technically. One of my favorite fishing stories is catching a 140 lb bluefin on a small accurate reel - 3 hour battle. If I had a passionate 14 year old fisherman I would inspire him with an Accurate reel!

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P.S. Shimano's are great reels and probably somewhat lower maintenance
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Talica 10 or 10II is all you need. I own the Talica 10, 16II and the 25II. The Talica 10 recently landed an 80lb yellowfin in Sand Diego. The 10 is a beast. The 16 series is good for 150lb yellowfin. I sold my Accurates to buy the Talicas. Both make great reels. I prefer the Talicas.
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Old 02-13-2011, 07:08 PM
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accurate hands down.... the best reels made IMO and made in the USA cant beat that.
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Old 02-13-2011, 07:23 PM
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My vote is for the 2 speed reel. I'm a shimano fan. Years of hard abuse and these reels can take the abuse.
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Old 02-13-2011, 07:35 PM
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I will contribute 50 towards an accurate. Who's in?
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both reels are top of the line. I like the accurate better becuase there seems to be less binding when you jack the drag up.
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Originally Posted by coddock View Post
I say Accurate simply because it is made in our great country!What do you guys think?
As someone who recently has had to deal with chineese drywall and no help from our government or the chineese companies, i am truely attempting to buy american. I know it is a Japaneese manufacturer, but Support the USA!!!! And a Top notch product at that; that your son should be proud to own and have an even prouder reason to own it. Avet is not bad either and USA made. the Jx RAPTOR 2-SPEED IS A BADAZZ REEL w/ cast control and drag that is tough as any of them.
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Let's chip in and get the kid a reel - I am in for $75 - who else?
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted by tunatango123 View Post
both reels are top of the line. I like the accurate better becuase there seems to be less binding when you jack the drag up.
Something is wrong with your Talica... The drag doesn't bind. Smoothest drags I have ever used.
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I notice you are from MA. If your son could want to use the Accurate for bluefin tuna, you'll want to be aware that people have had problems with them when fishing upwards of 20-25 lb of drag. I have 2 Accurates (B2-870N and BX2-600). I have had one issue with vertical jigging creating some gear issues on the B2-870N (vertical jigging is very hard on reels) which Accurate fixed, but I have not used it enough since then to say whether it's a temporary or permanent fix. I have fought a 200 lb tuna on the BX2-600 without incident... but others have had problems with them on 200 lb class tuna, so I cannot recommend it for that purpose. The 360 Tuna forum can give you more info on this....they're a bunch of high end gear junkies over there.
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