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Old 03-26-2009, 03:29 PM   #1
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I've always used single speed reels and would like to step up to 2-speed reels but I'm not sure if it is necessary. It would replace my 50 seriesreels that I use for tuna, grouper and ajs. Will it add that much more horsepower in low gear? What is the time difference in landing fish? I'm willing to invest if it equates to more fish landed.
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Old 03-26-2009, 03:55 PM   #2
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I'm really impressed with my TLD30 2 speed. It helps out alot when bottom fishing. I've found out you can really stop a fish with the low gears.The 2 speed should help you land more fish.
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For AJ's, grouper and other bottomfish I'd say its not really necessary since its more important to turn the fish and get it coming up quickly rather than the slow retrieve you will get with a 2-speed in low gear. A short pump technique with a high speed reel is usually more effective.

For tuna, marlin, swords, etc. We always use 2 speeds.
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Old 03-26-2009, 09:25 PM   #4
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Sorry, have too disagree. Big AJ / Tuna / Grouper &Other fish turn into mystery fish without a 2 speed reel and ample #test gear. A tired angler is another fan of the 2- speed. Simply put - they cost more and folks pay it. There is a reason. I would not leave the dock without mine.
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:26 PM   #5
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ill throw in my 2 cents here. a 2 speed is a great thing to have wahoo fishing. oftentimes a hooter will run straight at the boat and this is where many of them are lost because the line goes slack and the angler is fooled into thinking the fish is off. this is the time that high speed is nice...burn that baby and reel as fast as you can. if it decides to get down and dirty, shift it into low.

as for bottom fishing with 2 speeds, im pretty sure all our reels stay in low gear...we dont ever mess with them. 80% of those battles are getting them out of the structure.
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Old 03-27-2009, 05:17 PM   #6
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thanks for the info guys.I'm looking at some Avets but still up in the air, may look at Okuma's new Cavella that Tiburon engineered for them.
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