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Old 07-13-2011, 12:40 AM   #1
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I've heard some bad reviews about the torium as a jigging reel. However, I was wondering if this reel would work for bottom fishing for snapper, grouper, and other bottom dwellers. With the negative reviews I've heard I would not really consider the reel however the low price and nice features it is advertises got me interested. So my question is if this reel could hold up against bottom dwellers just bottom fishing?
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:46 AM   #2
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Been several million sold for just that purpose. No it ain't the ultimate grouper reel but it's a decent general purpose bottom fisher for the money.
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:53 AM   #3
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I use the Shimano Trynos. Good all around reels.
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I've got 2 that I use for jigging only and haven't had any problems cranking up plenty of AJ's. I haven't tried them for bottom fishing but they would probably do well. They're high speed so come up fast but with high speed (I think 6 to 1), cranking a big fish is more difficult. It's a trade off without 2 speeds to shift for leverage.
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I have 2 of them. I replaced the drag washers with cabon tex, after 5 years of fishing them hard. Lots of AJ, grouper and snapper + tuna on the jig. I had to replace a dog gear also. I don't think that is too bad for the abuse they have taken. No reel is going to be perfect, and they all break eventually. Just buy it, fish it, and clean it up after every trip.
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I've sold tons of them and haven't had that many brought back compared with how many I've sold. Most of the ones that have come back were treated like crap.
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I have a friend that has about 10 of them. They work great for bottom fishing. I think the few problems he's had is when someone borrows them and doesn't freshwater rinse them.
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I bought one to use for bottom fishing and loved it till my wife took it over as "her reel". I knew it was gone when she said, "Oh good you grabbed mine." and picked up the Torium. I fish a Trynos now. It's a little heavyer but I love it.
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Let me say this, they are decent reels for the money but if you lock down the drag they will come unglued. If you have such a problem do not, I repeat do Not send it back to Shimano. Contact Alantani and he will give you a schematics on the reel and tell you which parts to upgrade and then it will be almost bullet proof. Contrary to what anyone one tells you, this reel is not made for high drag, the antireverse will fail.
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Old 07-14-2011, 03:03 PM   #10
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Have used a t30 for bottom fishing for years. Loaded with 65lb braid. Have not had any issues at all, fast light reel. However, have never had the need to lock down the drag either.
Have switched to an okuma Cedros spinning reel on a jigging rod for bottom fishing. Thinking I like it more..
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