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Old 02-21-2011, 07:03 AM
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I definately know now which reel I am going to get. I have got it down to 2 reels, an accurate bx2-400 or an accurate bx2-500. Which reel of those two do you guys recommend?
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:46 AM
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I don't know anything about either reel. I do know to get targeted feedback you need to tell the readership how you intend to use the reels.
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I plan to use this reel for school tuna, groundfish, and striper.
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Originally Posted by coddock View Post
I plan to use this reel for school tuna, groundfish, and striper.
At what dept will you be fishing? Will you be jigging?
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:00 AM
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This is going to be a very versitile reel, so depths maxed out at about 400-450 feet and i will be using it for jigging and trolling for stripers.
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Considering the BFT are really the determinative species, I would lean towards the higher capacity reel. The 500 with 500 yards 60# JB Hollow would seem to be a sweet setup. Only a 2oz difference in weight.

Check out Charkbait. I just did and it looks like they are giving 500 yards spectra of your choice for $29, or 300 yards backing for free. Seems to be a pretty good deal, although that reel aint cheap. Holy Sh#$@, Almost $600 for the 500.
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I have both and for your application I would probaby go with the 500.
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Old 02-21-2011, 03:16 PM
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Hey guys, thanks a lot for the help. My son decided to go with... the accurate bx2-500. He read every single post 20 times and spent hours researching these reels. After days of pondering he said that it was the reel for him and it seems like it is very versitile. Thanks for all the help in this long search for the perfect reel.
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great choise but it maybe a little much for stripers but its a great reel as for line go 80lb the 60 will not be enough for the bft in stellwagon
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Thanks for the help for all the help with the reel. Now, of course you need to match it with a rod. I was thinking more of a jigging rod such as a Shimano Trevala, Shimano Terez, OTI G3, or a Star Stellar Lite jigging rod. Tell me your thoughts? Good rods, which one if so, a different rod. This is a whole new search.
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Originally Posted by knot right View Post
great choise but it maybe a little much for stripers but its a great reel as for line go 80lb the 60 will not be enough for the bft in stellwagon
The 60# Jb hollow is more than enough, testing out at well over 90#+. How much pressure do you figure an angler can actually put on a fish absent a lugged reel and harness?
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Yep - 60# JB hollow core tests at 90 lb. You should be able to put up to 25 lb of drag on that safely...enough to handle a 200 lb tuna. And with the hollow core you can make loop-to-loop connections which are stronger than knots, and you can attach wind-on leaders to suit your application. Of course you'd want a rod rated for that much drag (maybe acid wrapped too) to pursue tuna...a 400-500g jigging rod...but that kind of rod would be very stiff for stripers.
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The OTI G3 jigging rod is a great budget rod. I am 15, similar to your son and caught a 350 lb. mako on Saturday in Islamorada on the 300 gram conventional G3.
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by coddock View Post
Thanks for the help for all the help with the reel. Now, of course you need to match it with a rod. I was thinking more of a jigging rod such as a Shimano Trevala, Shimano Terez, OTI G3, or a Star Stellar Lite jigging rod. Tell me your thoughts? Good rods, which one if so, a different rod. This is a whole new search.
Shimano Terez are not jigging rods.
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Originally Posted by joemat View Post
Shimano Terez are not jigging rods.
They have some jigging rods in the Terez line.
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Originally Posted by joemat View Post
Shimano Terez are not jigging rods.
Then what do you recommend for a jigging rod?
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Terez are way too long to be good jigging rods. If you're going after a jigging / bottom rod you want one under 5'6", preferably around 5'. I think a 350 - 400g class jigging rod is probably the most versatile if you're doing some mixed bottom fishing, stripers, and possibly tuna.

The past two jigging rods I've bought have been Smith AMJs (230g and 400g spinning models)... very good rods. Never tried a conventional version of those, but check out the Smith AMJ 52H. There are a couple on Ebay for $380, which is a good deal for those. OTIs are also good, and cheaper. They have a 350g model that is 5'2". Hoppers are a good budget option. There are many other brands that are good.

If you want to learn about jigging rods and reels head over to the 360 Tuna forums... that is a GREAT site for learning about jigging / popping, high performance light tackle, hollow core / braid rigging, etc.
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