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#12456081 - 10/06/17 07:16 PM Tuna fishing help
Jay_Walk Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/13/16
Posts: 8
Loc: Mesquite
I'm taking my first 30 hour tuna trip out of Galveston next month... Never fished for tuna and was wondering if my C3 7000 would be suitable for 'chunk' fishing. We catch big gar,cats, buffalo, and carp with all the time, but not sure if 20 lbs of drag can handle ocean fish...

#12456122 - 10/06/17 07:58 PM Re: Tuna fishing help [Re: Jay_Walk]
CDF Offline

Registered: 11/21/10
Posts: 107
Loc: arlington
Should be fine for black fin but a healthy yellowfin will empty that reel

#12456237 - 10/06/17 09:33 PM Re: Tuna fishing help [Re: Jay_Walk]
Jay_Walk Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/13/16
Posts: 8
Loc: Mesquite
Thanks for the feedback... What's a healthy sized one that would spool me? You Tube shows Tuna being caught that don't seem much bigger or stronger than a grass carp and they also show others that are the size of a small car...

#12456291 - 10/06/17 10:30 PM Re: Tuna fishing help [Re: Jay_Walk]
C.M. Offline

Registered: 09/09/16
Posts: 149
In our neck of the woods you have a chance of snagging a 150lb tuna -- it'll destroy that reel. Typical one -- 60lb. You need a reel with 35-40lb drag and good amount of line 120lb-strong. Set the drag real tight.
Fin Noir LT100 is the cheapest you can go for tuna fishing (for spinning reel).

#12456706 - 10/07/17 02:15 PM Re: Tuna fishing help [Re: Jay_Walk]
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Capt. CUDA

Registered: 07/01/04
Posts: 6504
Loc: Fulton, Texas
a used Torium 20 or 30 is a great entry-level, medium-range offshore
conventional that will do a ton of work, including tunas to 50 or 60#,
without breaking, & serve you well for a long time
good working drag for Gulf tuna fishing is 18-23#, well within the torium's range.
you can find them for about $90-100 in good fishable condition.
I recommend leaving the Abu at home.

#12456761 - 10/07/17 02:36 PM Re: Tuna fishing help [Re: Jay_Walk]
trlrman Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/24/08
Posts: 1962
Loc: wford / t-wok
Good advise above .Bobby has caught some nice one's on the torium .The 7000 may hold up but you're fellow anglers won't be happy having to wait on you to get your fish in .

Edited by trlrman (10/07/17 02:41 PM)

#12456789 - 10/07/17 02:59 PM Re: Tuna fishing help [Re: Jay_Walk]
Uncle Zeek Online   content
"Good News, Everyone!"

Registered: 09/26/05
Posts: 19202
Loc: Lewisville

A 2 speed reel will make your life much easier on big tuna, especially for that last 30 to 50 yards that they bulldog sideways in the death spiral.
"Decency is not news; it is buried in the obituaries --but it is a force stronger than crime" ~ Robert A. Heinlein, 1952

#12457743 - 10/08/17 09:26 AM Re: Tuna fishing help [Re: Jay_Walk]
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Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/26/13
Posts: 2461
Loc: springtown,tx.
Ck out ancient mariner reels. I'm thinking about trying some of them out soon.
22 ft. Wellcraft Deep V CC
Bridgeport/Eagle Mountain/Possum Kingdom/ Lake Texoma Home of the RonRig!

#12463088 - 10/12/17 11:22 AM Re: Tuna fishing help [Re: Jay_Walk]
hornet527 Offline

Registered: 03/09/09
Posts: 370
Loc: Bronte
Several years back i went on a couple of trips on the Big E using the same reel and a 7'6" rod, spooled with 20 lb Ande. While its probably not the ideal rig, its a blast. we were throwing topwater baits and caught a couple of yellow fin that were 60-65 lbs. this size will come close to spooling you, but it can be done. any bigger, probably will spool you. After a couple this size, your reel will probably be toast. Black fin are a blast on this set up.
Nothing good ever starts with "hey! hold my beer and watch this"

#12467020 - 10/15/17 08:52 PM Re: Tuna fishing help [Re: Jay_Walk]
guyfucci Offline

Registered: 08/09/17
Posts: 25
IMO check out Ebay and look for a used Shimano TLD 30, black Polymer. We put 60# braid on it with 100yds of 80# mono top shot, they are 2 speed and light. Will last you for ever if you take care of 2 cents


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