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    With the 241 upgrade I have increased range and comfort level, and the boys are older and more comfortable/tolerable on the boat for longer runs. I do not like borrowing gear, done a few times, and want to get a couple combos to troll offshore for tuna, wahoo, dolphin, etc... My Penn 330's and Conflict spin reels I bottom fish with aren't enough. I will be watching THT and FB for some quality used stuff, but I am looking for opinions. I don't want/need anything over the top, so 30 class or under. Is 2 speed necessary; I won't be 120 miles offshore competing in Blue Marlin Grand Championship? Sure I like bling and a couple 30W's or Shimano Tiagra's would look good and be nice, but what are some good/quality less expensive options? Rod preference; brand, weight, length, etc...?
    I need to bloody the deck.
    \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
    \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=31915

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    For my money, I'd start with four 30 class stand ups and graphite reels. Yes, single speed is fine. In addition, one 50 class stand up with a wide 50 graphite reel up on the T top for a way back bird & lure and/or close in with a spreader bar.

    Have a ball...nothing beats doing it with the kids.
    Ole Joe
    Just floundering around
    White Hall & Ocean City, Maryland
    1978 Mako 25

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    • #3
      Chuck,

      I'm surprised you have not gotten more feedback.

      We always ran 30s. I had 50s as well, but the fun was in the light tackle. 30 stand ups with 40# test on graphite reels of your choice.

      I ran Internationals for years. The 30s were heavy enough, but the 50 TWs wore you out.

      The 50s were the first outfits I sold. It's like fishing with a broom stick on dolphin and school tuna. The only reason I suggested one 50 is because of the higher drag available when pulling spreader bars and the extra line for a way back lure.

      Let us know how you make out.
      Ole Joe
      Just floundering around
      White Hall & Ocean City, Maryland
      1978 Mako 25

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      • #4
        Chuck I hear ya on what you’re asking. It’s hard for me to justify going up and starting over in another selection of real class. I went 2 for 3 on white marlins several years back. Landed a 70# plus fish with no problems. Hooked another one considerably bigger. Fish was played out and next to boat but couldn’t budge it anymore to Dehook it. Several penn 50w would of been sweet but don’t fish enough in that class to justify it

        hope all is well
        1984 Mako 238 WA [br]2015 Suzuki 250 APX[br]Central PA/OCMD[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=35081[br]

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        • #5
          Thanks Flounder. While I'm not in a rush, but I too was hoping for a little more feedback; I guess site traffic hasn't bounced back yet. Based off weight and price the graphite suggestion make lots of sense.

          Brandon I agree with you and I'm not out to start over with upgrade reel class. I am decked out and happy with gear, but I am also ready to expand a bit and know what I have is not enough. I'm not thinking deck out with all new Internationals, but maybe find a couple good deals on a couple 30lb class combos from someone that doesn't use or is upgrading. I think TLDII 30, Penn Squall 30vsw, or something similar would be a great fit and can be found at reasonable prices. Who knows maybe the boys get hooked, we upgrade, and get more, or maybe we stick with what we know and end up selling after they collect some dust; either way I think we are ready to take that gamble.
          \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
          \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=31915

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          • #6
            I’ve been using Shimano TLD’s for years and love them. The first one (TLD15) I bought back in 1987 and it’s still in the rotation. It has been such a great reel that I replaced my Penn’s with TLD20’s and 25’s. As my Penn International 965’s gave up on me I replaced them with Torium’s and they’re by far my favorite for Yellowtail snapper fishing.
            As far a spinning reels, I’ve gotten great service out of my Penn’s (650’s and 750’s). We use them to cast to dolphin when the school is up at the boat, and on the right rod they’ll pull up any of the mangrove/lane/yellowtail we hook (not to mention a Jack or two).
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            • #7
              I run for tuna, dolphin and wahoo with with 4 Shimano TLD 25's spooled with Ande 30 and 40 lb mono, 2 Okuma 50W Spooled with Ande 50lb mono and and asst list of penn SSM 5500 and 7500 and may start trolling with my penn 9500' s now that i have some more rod holders in the transom
              [br]Z-man [br]Winter Haven, FL[br]1983 Mako 254[br]1999 Sport Nautique/GT-40

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