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Reels for Kings/Sailfish, etc

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I am new to saltwater fishing this year. I mainly fish inshore around Ono Island. My salt arsenal includes

Abu Garcia Revo Inshore Baitcaster
Penn Fierce 4000 Spinning
Penn Sargus 4000 Spinning

These are perfect for inshore.

I have started trolling off the beach for bigger fish. Right now I am using an older Abu Garcia Ambassaduer with the bait alert and an Ugly Stik Catfish rod.

As far as Penn goes, what kind of rod and reels do I need to target the bigger offshore fish? Spinfisher V 6500 with 300 yards of 50 lb braid? Also what length rod is best to match with a Spinfisher V? Which Penn baitcasters have a bait alert for trolling?
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I use Penn 750sm on Penn powerstick and another one on a Penn Slammer. That works great on smaller kings along coast and in bay. If you hook up with a smoker/brute, you more than likely will get spooled in about 5 seconds.

For the smoker kings, I use a Fin Nor 80. It has 38lbs drag.

If you are jigging, get the Penn Torque rod.

Otherwise the Penn Powerstick or the Ugly Stick are good all around rods and they don't cost an arm and a leg.
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