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Old 07-10-2008, 10:38 PM   #1
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Default Reels for trolling nipple, 131, spur

Other than the obvious 80 and 130 class offshore stuff that costs a bundle, anyone have opinions on what reels are good enough for 80% of the catch? Looking at TLD 25but was told to move up to the Tyrnos 30 at least. We have two 30W that work great but trying to add qualty reels that will last and catch most of hookups out there. What are mos using out there? Thanks for the info. I currently use 2 113h Penn and am forced to use the GTi330 Penn on the way back down the middle. Trying to move up to a 7 line spread when we have the anglers that can help. Otherwise, its four to five in the spread on outriggers and corners. 25 foot boat so beam is not enough to go bigger.
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:40 PM   #2
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The tyrnos is a really nice reel. We have two of the tyrnos 30s. They are solid, smooth, and have lever drags. TLDs are good too.
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TLD 25 is fine for alot of what you'll encounter. We fish 4 of them and a 50 on our boat. I would say the norm is all 50's when fun fishing though
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:50 PM   #4
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I fish a couple of okuma T 50..They work fine and are reasonable.. Lever drag system has done fine out there
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TLD 50II LRS will handle most of what you are going to get into. We troll 4 of them plus 1 TLD 30II in the shotgun position. They are light weight and great for small boat and stand up fighting. We have caught 15lb snake wahoo's, T & R a 107" Blue, and everything in between with them. And you can get one from Sam's in Orange Beach with a good quality All Star Trolling Rod for just north of $500 bucks I believe. Not a bad price.
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Old 07-10-2008, 11:09 PM   #6
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We're running two TLD 25's, two Tyrnos 30W II's and 3 TLD 50II LRSA and have caught about everything on them. Some of our best fish have been on the TLD 25's and they held up ok. The only thing about the 25's... I don't like is the small handle!!!
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that wahoo in FREESPOOL's avatar was caught on a TLD 25.... 92lbs? (i think?)
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I agree with the TLD 25 and 50's. I have a pair of TLD 25's that are 16yrs old that have had alot of use and abuse, they still work fine and have only been over hauled once.
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Default RE: Reels for trolling nipple, 131, spur

If you load a TLD-25 with braid backing and a mono top shot you should be able to handle anything your likely to run into at the nipple including blue marlin.

The small handle is annoying sometimes, I upgraded mine to T-bar lites. You can get them through melton or several other online sites. Cost is about 50 bucks but its worth not having the fatigue after a long fight.
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Old 07-11-2008, 08:45 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the great replies. One note about the idea of the TLD 25 with the $50 upgrade handle. I can get Tyrnos 30 single speed for $100 per outfit more from Sam's than the TLD 25. Does the Tyrnos solve the handle problem? If so, I can get the better drag with the handle for $100. Not questioning the TLD 25 becuase I have heard great stuff about em but wondering if the extra $50 for the Tyrnos versus TLD upgrade is worth it.

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