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#12351773 - 07/21/17 12:59 PM Which reel
b1c2r3r4 Offline
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I have decided on the avet sxj raptor for my jigging rod but I can't make up my mind on drop rod/ general boat rod. I am thinking the avet lx raptor or mxl raptor. The lx raptor holds 520yds of 80# braid and weighs 25oz and the mxl holds 400yds of 80# braid and weighs 22oz. This will be for fishing texas and Louisiana gulf. I am leaning towards the mxl but I wanted more experienced help in deciding which reel to get. All help is appreciated.

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#12352053 - 07/21/17 04:04 PM Re: Which reel [Re: b1c2r3r4]
captain steve barnes Offline
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If your talking about a reel for big snapper,grouper,amberjack, tuna I would definitely go a little heavier. Have you looked at Shimano Talicas
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#12352448 - 07/21/17 08:14 PM Re: Which reel [Re: b1c2r3r4]
b1c2r3r4 Offline
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Thanks for the reply capt Steve Barnes. I can look at bigger reels but I plan on buying American made if at all possible. What size reel do you recommend?

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#12352484 - 07/21/17 08:39 PM Re: Which reel [Re: b1c2r3r4]
b1c2r3r4 Offline
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This will be going on a penn rampage 3080c66. 6'6" 50-100 lb braid.

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#12352878 - 07/22/17 07:47 AM Re: Which reel [Re: b1c2r3r4]
Chasin Stripes Offline
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Originally Posted By: b1c2r3r4
Thanks for the reply capt Steve Barnes. I can look at bigger reels but I plan on buying American made if at all possible. What size reel do you recommend?



Penn reels

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#12352954 - 07/22/17 08:51 AM Re: Which reel [Re: b1c2r3r4]
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I have 2 Avets left I sold the Trex 50 last year from lack of use. For me the HXW Raptor, it has been my go to reel ever since I got it, the other is a 30 Wide pro which I have fished many years with the Raptor being much lighter I do notice much difference weight wise after a day with it.

Also still use my old Senators some just to use them again. After the Avets I am spoiled.
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#12353949 - 07/22/17 11:06 PM Re: Which reel [Re: b1c2r3r4]
b1c2r3r4 Offline
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Thanks Lenahorse for the info. The hxw raptor looks promising.

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