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Old 12-18-2018, 04:33 AM
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Thanks Swell, that is not crazy...I know a few guys doing that up here. I will have to check them out.
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Old 12-22-2018, 04:56 PM
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+ 1 on the Talica 25 II . Incredible reels
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Old 12-22-2018, 06:04 PM
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Go with Penn Torque 40s/ Talica 20/25s or the Avet Raptor HX/HXWs. Al outstanding reels.

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Old 12-22-2018, 06:22 PM
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Those BH 350's can handle a lot. I have caught BF down in OBX pushing 350 so a 60 lb yf is nothing to that stick. I love fighting tuna on light weight jigging sticks, much easier than a 50W with a belt etc.
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Old 12-23-2018, 07:24 PM
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Like swellhunter I'm using the Hxw raptors on jig blanks. Highly recommend this route if you want to keep it fun on the smaller fish but still be able to take HUGE fish. Only downside to the avets is the clickers are on the quite side.
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Old 12-24-2018, 06:28 AM
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I just picked up a set of Fathom 40NLDs and spooled them up with about 400 yds of 50lb braid and 215 yds of 30lb mono. These should handle about most any pelagic I'll run into on the east coast of FL and a whole rod/reel weighs less than one of your 30s alone.
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Old 12-25-2018, 06:14 AM
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Talica 25’s -50’s and cush-its. All you need. You get a real one and toss on a belt. Thats it. Made the change in 2016 and never looked back.

Keep your gear in tip top shape with regular maintenance and quality tops shots and your in business.
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Old 12-25-2018, 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by bigdave0924 View Post
Shimano Talica 20s
These would be my choice as well. If you use a harness, upgrade to Talica 25's. I have Internationals Avet H/X s and Accurates on board and Talicas are the smoothest and last the longest between services.
We are currently on our winter cruise and left most of our Internationals at home. Our light weight outfits do fine for ordinary fish. Internationals are being used for trolling Marauders and high speed for wahoo and baiting cow tuna. If you are going regularly tangle with fish above 200 pounds or fish out of a chair heavier tackle is needed otherwise no.
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Old 12-26-2018, 07:33 AM
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Okuma Andros 16IIa, 30.1 oz. 500 yd. 30# mono. , 48# drag. Or an Okuma M12II at 25.4 oz., 400yd. of 50# braid with 100 yds 30# mono. 34# drag. Both are available as single speed reels also.
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