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Old 05-08-2020, 05:19 PM
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I had the chance to get a crazy deal on one of these and decided to pick it up, not really sure what I was going to do with it. I fish in the mid Atlantic mostly. After doing some research I see guys using these for tuna jigging in some places.
I am looking for any experience anyone may have with these reels and any recommendations for a rod for it. I could use it for anything from wreck fishing (tautog, flounder, seabass) to cobia to smaller tunas if it is up to the task.

i decided to post here because a lot of stuff I read had fellas on the west coast using them so figured I would go where they seems to be more popular. Thanks a lot.
Old 05-09-2020, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Tystorm View Post
I had the chance to get a crazy deal on one of these and decided to pick it up, not really sure what I was going to do with it. I fish in the mid Atlantic mostly. After doing some research I see guys using these for tuna jigging in some places.
I am looking for any experience anyone may have with these reels and any recommendations for a rod for it. I could use it for anything from wreck fishing (tautog, flounder, seabass) to cobia to smaller tunas if it is up to the task.

i decided to post here because a lot of stuff I read had fellas on the west coast using them so figured I would go where they seems to be more popular. Thanks a lot.
I am from southern California and have two of these reels and love them. I absolutely love them and believe they have the Tranx and the Lexa a run for their money. I have both the 463 in the power handle model and the 364 in the paddle handle.

The 463 I have 50# braid on and use it to throw irons and poppers. It is also a great flylining reel (straight to the hook, no weight) for live bait for yellowtail (jacks) and tuna under 40#'s. I have the it on a SCTi-C-801XH. You got to remember that these reels throw off a crazy amount of drag for their size, the 463 is rated to 30#'s. So with the advancements of fishing line (i.e. Braid, 50# braid = roughly 15# mono in diameter) and the increased drag compared to the drags of years ago, this little reel can handle a lot.

By comparison the old school Penn Jig Master was rated to 15# of max drag and had a line capacity of 450 yards of 20#. That is not including the bearing upgrades which make it easier to cast. So figuring 65# braid is the equivalent of 20# mono, the Komodo SS 463 holds half the line capacity but has double the drag. And lets be honest, when was the last time you needed to button down the drag to full on a jig master?

Not sure if my 364 is on a SCTi-C-801h or a 8' Guide select heavy. But I use that rig for all of our inshore species, bass, barracuda, halibut etc. I have 40# braid on it.

I think they are great reels and will probably pick up some more. It takes a little getting use to simply based on years and years of using traditional conventional reels but rest assured they certainly have the stopping power (drag) needed, especially if fishing on a private boat.
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