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Top 5 bottom fishing conventional reels for grouper or snapper


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#1 tailin strange

tailin strange

Posted 17 December 2010 - 08:49 PM

Yo whats up?? Looking for some opinions on bottom fishing reels. List your top 5 conventional bottom fishing reels (specific models) for grouper or snapper in the 60 to 250 ft depth range (5 to 25lb snapper) ( 10 to 100+ lb grouper)
Accurate, alutecnos, shimano, daiwa, jm, Canyon, avet, Okuma

Thanks

#2 hamptonsurf

hamptonsurf

Posted 17 December 2010 - 08:58 PM

Alutecnos Gorilla for the bigguns

#3 Bolo

Bolo

Posted 17 December 2010 - 09:09 PM

3 years fishing the Dry Tortugas and my Accurate always came through. My friend Trinadad 40 works well for him too. Saltist 50 not a bad reel too.

#4 Mosi

Mosi

Posted 17 December 2010 - 09:39 PM

Have been using the Accurate Boss 870NX and the 665NNX (not sure availability in the US) for many years with much pleasure and trouble free. I fish depth up to 700', the 870NX filled with 400m-30# and the 665NNX with 450m-50# braided lines. If not mistaken the 665NN (Narrow-Narrow) is a special order of the Anglers Outfitter - Singapore.

#5 rwest

rwest

Posted 18 December 2010 - 06:33 AM

The Baja Special, great little reel........

#6 Capt Richie

Capt Richie

Posted 18 December 2010 - 08:18 AM

I like the accurates..Because of cast control...I can slow the spool down when fishing Live bait with a long leader...

Keeps the leader & main line free ..


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#7 Bolo

Bolo

Posted 18 December 2010 - 08:34 AM

I like the accurates..Because of cast control...I can slow the spool down when fishing Live bait with a long leader...

Keeps the leader & main line free ..


I thought I was the only one who did that. :D

#8 Reel Stamas

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  • LocationPanama City Beach

Posted 18 December 2010 - 08:58 AM

Torsa, Torsa, Torsa... I prefer the 16 for water to ~150', the 20 for ~150'-~250' & the 30 >250'...

#9 screaming_reel

screaming_reel

Posted 18 December 2010 - 11:49 AM

The Baja Special, great little reel........



can you still buy these???!!

#10 Astronut

Astronut

Posted 18 December 2010 - 12:12 PM

Torsa, Torsa, Torsa... I prefer the 16 for water to ~150', the 20 for ~150'-~250' & the 30 >250'...

X2...also use the BFS50 for the deep bigguns.nuff said!

astro..

#11 landlocked

landlocked

Posted 18 December 2010 - 12:18 PM

can you still buy these???!!


The baja is solid unless you need some bling in your reel which it is lacking

113 hn baja special

#12 north coast

north coast

Posted 18 December 2010 - 12:48 PM

I like daiwa's stuff, and I've commercial codfished with their stuff for years. The daiwa sealines(350 ,400, 450 and 600) were always nice workhorses.(I still have a bunch of them) The 400 (about the size of a penn 4/0 senator) was always my standby jigging reel,More recently I've gotten very fond of the daiwa saltist 30 and 40's nice smooth little reels. I really like the torque you get with the 4:1 models as opposed to the higher speed 6:1 gear ratio reels. You can really notice the difference. Unless you need a high speed reel for some purpose,I think you'll find the slower speed reels more comfortable and easier to fish with.

#13 yellowtail67

yellowtail67

Posted 18 December 2010 - 01:00 PM

I prefer the Baja Special too.
It's a great reel and has served me well!
I saw one the other day on bloodydecks for 150. Send it to Alan Tani, upgrade the drags, add his handle and you have an awesome star drag jigger for 200 bones.

#14 Reel Stamas

Reel Stamas
  • LocationPanama City Beach

Posted 18 December 2010 - 03:48 PM

I agree those Sealines are workhorses & better built/smoother than Senators (except maybe the Baja)... I also agree that the Saltist T 4.0 is the way to go in that line. I had a Saltist 50H that I used 1 season for bottom/jigging & I did NOT like it... & yes if Torsa for big Grouper the BFS50 is a must... I do hear the Gorilla is a beast...

#15 Tunanorth

Tunanorth

Posted 18 December 2010 - 05:53 PM

can you still buy these???!!




The Penn Baja Special was discontinued in late 2007, then re-instated in mid-2009.
It is in the 2011 Penn catalogue [page 12].
Notable changes since original 2003 issuance are a metal drag star, and 6 ball bearings [1 extra].
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#16 d-a

d-a

Posted 18 December 2010 - 06:09 PM

My top 5 goes like this

Ocea Jigger
Ocea Jigger
Ocea Jigger
Ocea Jigger
Ocea Jigger

d-a
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#17 BloodyL

BloodyL

Posted 19 December 2010 - 01:52 PM

PENN 113 HN
Love mine

#18 jig

jig

Posted 20 December 2010 - 01:39 PM

Makaira 10II, JB 60#
Avet 30/2, 130# braid (really big baits for big AJ/grouper)

Those two will cover everything in the GOM.

#19 Enoch

Enoch

Posted 20 December 2010 - 01:44 PM

My top 5 goes like this

Ocea Jigger
Ocea Jigger
Ocea Jigger
Ocea Jigger
Ocea Jigger

d-a

:D

#20 day0ne

day0ne

Posted 20 December 2010 - 02:16 PM

The Baja Special, great little reel........


X2 I have two of them
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