Fishing Reel Question..

1984cj7

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ok last year on our fishing trip I took the only 2 rigs I owned.

1. shimano trini gold tn30 with 30lb pline
2. penn squal 15 with 20lb pline

I hooked up on them tuna a few times but didn't not boat one. A couple of times due to "that guy" I lost the fish... but I also felt that the reel was out gunned. I'm looking to upgrade this year to a 2speed. salty dawgs can you recommend a good reel. something new that you know worked for you. thanks. looks like this year might be out of this world.

thanks
RICK
 

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That Trinidad will kill anything in the 20-70 lb class all day. Great reel. If you are fishing local, in the 1.5 - 3 day range for YT YFT BFT that is a perfect 30-40 lb. reel. Don't really need the 2 speed for that kind of fishing, but it is nice. I like an avet sx for 20-30 lb. Again a 2 speed not necessary.
 

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I would say its the rod more than the reel.....if you can't pump the rig it's the rod.....reel is all about the drag. The rod is what brings them in faster not the reel
 

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Those Saltiga 2 speeds are nice. I prefer Daiwa personally. But that Trinidad is a very solid reel. I would fish 40 on that, and get a slightly smaller reel to fish 20-30lb.

IMO a 2 speed reel isn't needed unless there's a lot of 40-60lb bluefin in the counts, or you're stepping up and fishing 3-5 day trips.

But what do I know, I still fish Newells. :smiley-wnk-yellow:
 

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I just got a Penn Fathom 2 speed 30LD2. It came highly recommended. I put 50# braided on it and use what ever fluro. leaded that is need for the action at hand. I was on a trip at the end of 2014 and there were ten Fathoms on board. That was for 23 anglers. I have always been partial to Penn. Under $300.
 

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Nothing wrong with a Trini 30! Great choice. Spool it with #65 spectra and a 40-50# topshot and you can kill big fish with the right rod.

Nothing wrong with the Squall for lighter line either.

If you can only own two, keep the #20 on the Penn and put #40 on the Trinidad. You could cover a pretty broad range with those two. And if you can afford it, set something up in between for #25-30 lb. Then you'd be covered for nearly all things local.
 

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If you get another single speed the new Torium HGA is very nice.
 

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I think I'd go with a Zebco 33w.......................... :smiley-toothless-aqua:
 

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AVET 6/3 LX 2 SPEED YOU CAN PULL ANCHOR IF NEEDED :smiley_10sign:
 

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I'll agree that a 2 speed is not needed... but it sure is nice to winch them in when they are circling at color... no messing around... Ed F
 

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popx5 said:
That Trinidad will kill anything in the 20-70 lb class all day. Great reel. If you are fishing local, in the 1.5 - 3 day range for YT YFT BFT that is a perfect 30-40 lb. reel. Don't really need the 2 speed for that kind of fishing, but it is nice. I like an avet sx for 20-30 lb. Again a 2 speed not necessary.
it really depend on your budget, he right one the trinidad I have one and love it, I mostly use penns, for one I take a lot a newbees and they always us my stuff and it don't heart so bad when they drop on over board. Two I one of those guys that if it ant broke no need to fix it. and those damn things are bullet proof just get a few different Penn 501's spool them up with 15, 20, 25, and 30lbs and your set for all the locale stuff on every trip

those reals have been around for 50+ years and they still make the same one, talk about a track record and for what that 2 speed going to cost you can buy all of those for less then just one 2 speed.

if your looking for used look up the TLD 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30,
I have all of them and I love the lever drag over the star. good luck on finding the 5 and 10 but they are out there
 

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Out of curiosity, what rod do you currently have matched with your Trinidad? Cause that's a great reel!
 

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I don't know your budget but personally I've been fishing the salt the for 40 years and have never owned a 2 -speed reel. B is right if your going on a 5 day then yeah get one. But you can do anything you need to do on 1-3 day boats with a single speed. I probably have 10 rigs I have to choose from every trip, my Daiwa Sealines are always the first 4 I choose. 120.00 bucks and there bullet proof. I have the 20,30,40 and 50 all the high speed models. I've never felt outgunned I landed 3 Bluefin over 75lbs the biggest 101lbs last year all on 30pline. Did I want a two speed YEP. Did I need it no, your choice. Match your reels to a good rod and go fishing. Fill em up with 50-to 65 braid and a fluoro top shot and go fishing.
 

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I love my 2 speeds, but I'm old and fat. As mentioned, when I see color and I'm in a crowded corner, I go to tractor mode and boat the fish.
if your going to buy a new reel, get a Shimano Sarasota spinning reel. Wade made me a believer last year. Don't let people poo poo the new saltwater spinners. ..they have a place in your arsenal.
 

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The people who now work for Shimano, use to work for a pharmatheutical Co. where they would sit around and make up names for new soon to be released prescription drugs.
 
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