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Old 04-30-2006, 07:13 PM
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Looking for a good all around multi purpose rod/reel for mid sized gamefish.
Budget $200-240
Target species-
Stripers, Blues, Drum, Cobia, Mahi, Schoolie Tuna...
For-
Casting, jigging, live bait & light trolling.

Some options
-Penn Internatinal 965 on Penn MH power Stick. $240
Best looking rod of the bunch, probably the best reel, smallest line cap, no lever drag.

-Shimano TLD 15 on a wide range of rods $160-200
Lever Drag, most line cap, hardest to cast.

-Shimano Torium 16 on a ho hum rod- $198
Lots of line cap & I know little of the reel.

Looking for any of the good/bad/ugly info on these reels.

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Old 04-30-2006, 07:58 PM
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I like the Toriums a lot... poor man's Trinidad. Large line capacity, easy to cast and high gear ratio for fast retrieves. However, they don't come with lever drags.
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Old 04-30-2006, 08:27 PM
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that's just 2 brands look at the gs525 penn speedmaster shimano Diawa sealines slx40-50sha (6.2 to 1) or there saltist torium competion The sealines are a great bargin imho
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Old 04-30-2006, 11:23 PM
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progear classic series 501 (or 551 for extra line capacity) and a shimano trevala rod.
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Old 05-01-2006, 07:34 AM
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Thanks for the info. I just did a search on the 965-975 & found some issues with corrosion. I just used the 975 on a striper trip & we picked up 20 30-40" rock & the reel was sweet. Plus its a pretty little sucker. Any updates from Penn on this reel??

Anyone use the TLD 15 or the Avet??
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Old 05-01-2006, 09:32 AM
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I have a couple tld-15 that i use for trolling. they are awesome.
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Old 05-01-2006, 09:37 AM
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The calcutta 700B is a perfect reel for thos applications. Just a bit $$- althought you may be able to find a used one if you look around..
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Old 05-01-2006, 10:19 PM
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I would look at an Avet, about 169.00 for the reel and a St. Croix Avid rod. Have several of these combos and use them from Montauk to Sandy Hook to the Great Lakes.
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Old 05-01-2006, 10:56 PM
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What Steelhead said, except a st. croix premier would be easier on the wallet
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Old 05-01-2006, 11:25 PM
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Premier would be easier in the short term, but the Avid has a lifetime warranty the Premier has a 2 year. I take very good care of my equiptment but with other people on the boat and other unforseen things several have been returned and replaced with no hassles.
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Old 05-02-2006, 07:43 AM
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Thanks for the info. I found what fits in the budget & was also sold locally.
Shimano Charter Special LD 2000 for $109 on a Outer Banks 7' MH rod for $65. Good enough for my needs. It's a lever drag with a level wind for a decent price, plus I have a few bigger Shimano LD's & love em.
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