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Old 04-11-2006, 12:04 PM
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I'll have my first chance to get out on the water this year. What rod and reels would you guys suggest? Anything you can suggest will be a great help.
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Old 04-11-2006, 12:15 PM
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The answer to that question could take up ten pages on here. I would suggest a search on here first and then a more specific question based on what you find. By the way, personally I HATE that word Mahi-Mahi!! Why doesn't everyone call them Dorado?
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Old 04-11-2006, 12:18 PM
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Mahi-Mahi, Dorado.....I prefer Dolphin. Doesn't everyone want to kill Flipper? We all know that it was Flipper who killed Bambi after all....

But back on track here.... I really enjoyed catch "dorado" on my Avet LX's with a Star 20 - 50 rod. But that set up would be too light for big grouper.

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Old 04-11-2006, 01:38 PM
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There are several choices, depending on how much you want to spend. Shimano TLD 25s or 30s are nice reels and aren't too expensive. Peen Interntional 30s are nice, Shimano Tiagra 30s, I guess it just depends on how much you want to spend and if your planning on catching other fish like wahoo or tuna, then you could even move up to 50# class stuff.
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Old 04-11-2006, 02:21 PM
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A little more info would be helpful Spot -- but I'll give it a shot. The problem is that the two species you reference, Dolphin and Grouper are very different fish and fishing for them usually means different tackle. Dolphin/Dorado/Mahi Mahi are surface feeders and the fight is a horizontal one. Grouper are bottom fish and the fight is a vertical one.

75% of dolphin can be caught using 20lb tackle. A Shimano TLD 20, spooled with 20 or 30 lb mono is more than sufficient. TLD 25s will work just as well. A 6'6" rod, rated for 20-40 lb tackle will be fine. I like Seeker & Calstar blanks, but companies such as Crowder and Chaos also make great rods. Stick with ring guides on the rods and save some $$ -- no need for roller guides other than to impress folks at the dock.

Grouper are bottom fish and you need to turn them before they get back into structure. Depending on the depth of the water and the size of the fish, 30lb tackle should be your minimum, with 40-50lb the norm. If your in water > 150'; go even heavier. Rods should be 7' or 8' with a lot of backbone. I like Crowder's LB series, in particular, the LB 80H. For reels, Penn's 113H or Daiwa 400H are the standard here on the West Coast of Florida. If you want to spend the $$, Penn's new 113HN "Baja Special" is a super reel and will handle 40 & 50lb mono easily.

Hope that gets you started...

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Old 04-11-2006, 02:51 PM
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Thanks for all your help guys. I was thinking about going with a TLD 25 and a Penn Senator 113h or 114. Didn't have a clue about the rods so thanks for the suggestions. I wish I would have bought the Penn 30s before they got gone. Still looking maybe I'll get lucky. I'll be sure to check out the suggestion on the rods.
I just call them dolphin but then the wife gives me a dirty look and a sigh. So I know I'll never talk her into letting me invest in some new toys. So thats why I call them Mahi Mahi
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Old 04-11-2006, 03:07 PM
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Spot, when I started fishing offshore I had Penn 113's, 114's and 330gti's. They caught everything from Sails to DORADO and Grouper etc. I got them at Boatersworld as combos for great prices. They were, and are still, great rods and reels. I now have mostly Shimano's (50-80's) just because I find them to be less quirky than Penns. So if you have the TLD's on your list you can't got wrong. But if you want to get great deals (as in 4 Penn combos for the price of two TLD reels) on very good rods and reels, look at some combo's from some of the vendors on here or anywhere else you think of.
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Old 04-11-2006, 05:48 PM
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I use TLD 15's for king/dolphin and 113H Penns with or without electrics for bottom fishing. A good all around rig for bottom and trolling would be TLD 25's. A lot of good choices out there. Greg
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