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Old 03-08-2018, 12:19 PM   #1
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Default Wich offshore reel to use?

Hey Guys,

do you think the Daiwa Bg5000 is a good choice for offshore kayakfishing? As targetfish Im thinking about Blackfin, Sails, Tarpon, etc.
I plan to spool it with about 500 yards 30 pound test braid. Is this to much? Would you recomend an other line strength?

Appreciate your replies
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Old 03-08-2018, 12:39 PM   #2
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Other people will probably chime in with better advise, but her is my $0.02:
In the Fl panhandle, blackfin and sail fish are not plentiful enough to be "targeted". They are more typically a lucky bycatch as people pursue mackerel (and cobia). Tarpon are targeted, its seems seasonal based on their run (same with cobia). Some people on this forum catch lots of tarpon and they will know the gear you need, but I think your reel may be a bit small for them, and I think you will want more than 30lb test. But, I dont really target them. 30lb test is fine for the other pelagics and nearshore fish you are likely to encounter. My Penn Battle 6000 is maybe a little bigger than I need, so the 5000 may be just right.
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Old 03-11-2018, 06:23 PM   #3
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I have a Penn SSV7500LC with 30lb braid. I think it has close to 300 yds of braid with a mono backing. I've never even come close to being spooled or worried it would happen. Looking at the specs it looks pretty similar to the Daiwa you are considering. I wouldn't worry about the line unless you are getting big reef fish that you have to drag out.
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