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Old 04-29-2006, 09:22 PM
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I am looking at adding a couple more reels to my arsenal for Kingfishing. The Shimano speedmaster at 109 per reel seems to be a decent price. Is it worth paying the premium and buying the Torium 20 or 30's ? I want to add a pair and I am going to mount them on the meduim cast Ugly Stik.

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Shimano Speedmaster IV's were a standard reel on the Kingfish circuit in the late 80's and until the late 90's when SKA went "Bling Bling" and everyone wanted bigger, faster boats and gold reels. Now it's Calcutta's/Avets, and Accurates (okay, they're not gold).

Speedmasters are light weight, high retrieve (6.0/1) and super smooth drags. The frames are graphite and plenty strong enough for light tackle fishing. They hold 480 yds of 20lb mono -- perfect for kingfish and max drag is 11-12 lbs -- again, plenty for 20 or 25 lb mono.

The Torium has a cast aluminum frame and is 5 oz heavier with a 6.2/1 retrieve. The Torium will generate more drag (19lbs) but in kingfishing, that's meaningless. The Torium was designed for more for jigfishing and casting. The drag can also be modified with after market drag washers, drag plate and bearing to become a bit of a beast. You don't need that for kingfish though.

Either reel will work. The Speedmaster will be fine.

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Old 04-29-2006, 10:29 PM
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I cannot imagine a better reel than Speedmaster for any fish under 50# (except maybe a wahoo).

I recently greased the drags in my Speedmasters. The drag is so sensitive, it can be adjusted to move the reel the speed of a minute hand with a 1# weight.

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There is a reason they still make the speedmaster reels.
Best reel made for the money for Kingfish or similar.
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My Speedmasters only hold 400 yards of 17# P-Line, Is my line counter that far off ?

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Thanks guys, I am still undecided however, leaning totoward the Speedmaster.

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Take a look at the Penn GS 555. It is a very nice, economical reel and it can stop any king you will ever hook up.
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Ken T - 4/29/2006 11:42 PM My Speedmasters only hold 400 yards of 17# P-Line, Is my line counter that far off ? Ken


The (very) old SpeedmasterIII's held 360 yds. of 20#. The Speedmaster IV's hold 480 yds. of 20#. Maybe P-Line is very thick.

When looking at reels for live bait king fishing, remember it is un-important to be able to "stop any king you'll catch". We're only using 2-3# drag. What is important is a SMOOTH drag at light settings, and a reliable reel. A 40# king running out line with 1 barb of a #6 treble hook (foul hooked) in his side will not be on long if the other end of the line is on a reel full of corrosion and an erratic, sticking drag.

FWIW, the Shimano quality control standard is 100 miles of drag being pulled before noticable deterioration in performance.
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