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My favorite reel (non electric) is a Penn Baja Special. Its the perfect bottom fishing reel for deep water. Load it with 500yds of 65lb spectra and you can easily handle depths to 1000' and 3+lbs of lead. With reel you dont kill yourself on the retrieve.

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Ask Dennis (Tunarun).:D
Very Cute!! We all have our favorite reels for every species of fish that we fish for. Mine is the Trinidad 40 for tiles. It's loaded with 500 yds of 50 pound test PP with 50 test mono as backing. The ratio of the reel will not put a hurting on you when reeling up from 700 feet with no fish. For some unknown reason when you have a fish on, it doesn't hurt. Haha I see a lot of folks using 2 speed tuna reels. And when they go to the lower gear, they are truly reeling forever, no pain, no gain. My buddy Dave from Reel Seat Loves his Torsa 20( I'm pretty sure it's that one ) Another reel is the Penn 4/0, inexpensive compared to the other two reels and gets the job done! Ratio 3.25, I would change the handle to a Power handle. That reel use to be my bottom canyon reel for ling, cbass and Tiles.... I hope I helped you. Dennis
 

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Dennis, knows his stuff! After all he has the WORLD RECORD:wave:
Dennis - when are we going fishing? I absolutely want to hit that wreck of Capt Jeff's the next time you guys go, pencil me in please.


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I just bought a Daiwa Saltist STLW50 level Wind - it has 620 yards of 50lb Sufix ( hi-vis) braid on it. ( I over filled it because I could)

I liked it because of the
1) Level Wind - I get the max amount of line with out worrying about it stacking up on a big fish.
2) 6.47 to 1 retrive ratio
3) Inexpensive ( $185)

I have already used it, and I highly recommend this for Deep drops.
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The only reason i want to know if this reel was good. because i already have a trinidad 30 to use but me and my dad want to go so i need another reel.
Just get an 1100 yard spool of 65-80# braid and fill the reel as much as possible. If it holds close to 400 yards of 30# mono then you'll fit a lot of braid on it. Always bring extra line when fishing deep, so throw whatever is left of the bulk spool in with your tilefish gear.
 
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At least 350-400 yards, more is better. When you're drifting in 600', you'll need a lot more line out just to hold bottom. Don't be shy about letting line out. I fish in freespool most of the time, to stay on bottom and to drop back on any bites.
 

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I have two Daiwa Saltist 40H and love them. Spooled with 65lb Power Pro and I got close to 500 yds on them. They were $143.00 from an E-Bay store. I also got two Shimano Speedmaster IV's. Pretty nice and cheaper around $110.00 each. Also spooled with close to 500 yds of 65 lb Power Pro. These are both fast retrieve reels and have 46 and 44 inches of retrieve respectively per crank. Daiwa has some real nice deep drop rods for about $120.00 each. I think the Shimano Torium is another one that people use. Good luck
 

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I use the Torium. The retrieve is high but I am a, pull up / reel down kind of guy. So I getit up fast and don't kill forearms.

It really is a personal choice in accordence to your fishin style. You need atleast 1500' of line for all situations. I am looking for 2000' fopr some serious deep dropping to find out what's down there for fun... I have an old TLD I plan to use for that.
 

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When are we going fishing? I absolutely want to hit that wreck of Capt Jeff's the next time you guys go, pencil me in please.


Joe, as soon as I hear something, I'll give you a holler! Dennis
 

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At least 350-400 yards, more is better. When you're drifting in 600', you'll need a lot more line out just to hold bottom. Don't be shy about letting line out. I fish in freespool most of the time, to stay on bottom and to drop back on any bites.
I Concur 100%!!! Like I mentioned before, for me, tile fishing is like fluking, always in freespool, drop back when you feel weight or a bite, circle hooks, etc and then enjoy the pain!:thumbsup: Dennis
 

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I use the Torium. The retrieve is high but I am a, pull up / reel down kind of guy. So I getit up fast and don't kill forearms.

It really is a personal choice in accordence to your fishin style. You need atleast 1500' of line for all situations. I am looking for 2000' fopr some serious deep dropping to find out what's down there for fun... I have an old TLD I plan to use for that.
My Torium30 is my backup setup. My only issue with it, is the handle. I tear up my knuckle 'cause my knuckle torgues in. I have an Trinidad handle( the bearing is shot ) that might fit but I have to remember to get it from Dave( Reel Seat )
 
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