I'm about to pick up 3 reels for trolling and 2 reels for bottom fishing and what to hear what you guys think on the appropriateness of each. I'll be fishing in the saltwater bays and whatnot in SE AK near Ketchikan.
For trolling for salmon and whatnot, I'm looking at the Penn Fathom 25 Level Wind with 25lb mono. It's got the level wind which it seems is a common thing up there in AK. I'm used to larger, lever drag, non-levelwind reels with 40-50 lb mono for trolling here in S Florida so the level wind and smaller size are new to me. A recommendation that was made to me was the Abu Ambassador 7000 big game and this reel is a similar weight with higher drag capabilities, sturdier and twice the line capacity. Any thoughts on this reel?
For bottom fishing, I'm a big fan of the Avets so I'm looking to add a pair of Avet HX4.2 with 80 lb braid to my collection. I want to be able to use these for fishing with the Scouts in the Keys for Grouper and Amberjacks as well so they're the single speed model with a high drag capability and mid range gear ratio for ease of use with clients/inexperienced fishermen. They'll be mounted on short stiff jigging rods. These will be my grouper/halibut rods depending where I'm at in the US. Any thoughts?