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  • What reel for Halibut?

    I am thinking about getting one of the Avet Reels for halibut this summer. Would I be better off with the Pro EXW30 or the Pro EXW50? Does anyone have another ideas? Are these the best two options for halibut?

    Thanks
    Carl

  • #2
    Those reels hold huge amounts of line, consistent with their intended use of blue-water offshore fishing with large amounts of heavy monofilament. For halibut, you need a tough reel that holds a couple hundred yards of 50# or 65# spectra. The Avets you mention are WAY too big. I'm thinking you'd be happier with a smaller, lighter, more compact reel, and you wouldn't be giving anything up in terms of performance.

    The JX or MXJ seem like a better fit. The single speed 4.6 ration JX seems like an economical choice.

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    • #3
      I have been using Penn 330. They have worked great for me. Though Jim AKA Boneyardbaits has me now looking to get a accurate reel for jigging.
      Living the Alaskan Dream
      Gary Keller
      Anchorage, AK

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      • #4
        lots of choices...

        The requirements for a personal halibut reel may not be the same as for a charter. We have the HX, LX and MX 2 speed reels and a couple of Daiwa SLD 20 II reels. I like them all. For a personal halibut reel I think the HX is fine. I use to run Penn GTI 340, 330 and 320 reels. They worked ok but are not in the same class as the Avets. The HX holds close to 400 yards of 80 lb. braid. The LX will also work, the MX is mainly for jigging when drifting. The HX and LX have plenty of drag to offer. As most of us know, most of the halibut caught are under 50 lbs. It is nice to have a low gear when halibut fishing. By that I mean below 4.0, preferably below 3.0. If Avet made the HX in a single speed with a 3. 0 gear I would not buy a 2 speed. Most of the fancy high end 2 speed reels are made for the boys down south who toss lures. We free spool to the bottom and wait for a bite.

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        • #5
          I have Shimano TLD 20 2-speed reels and they are compact and get the job done of halibut large and small along with muscling ling cod out of the rocks. I have a TLD 30 2-speed that I use if an extra person is with me. I have large International 50s and even a 70, from my days of working on boats in San Diego. I just don't have a use for those big reels, especially the 70, up here and thinkin' I need to sell them.

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          • #6
            you can get an older 655h accurate on ebay for a good price....they will take all the punishment you can give them and they are made in the usa and have awesome service.......you only need 50 lb. spectra....
            BONEYARDBAITS THE BEST HALIBUT, ROCKFISH GRUBS ON THE PLANET....''06'' WORLD RECORD LINGCOD ''08'' HOMER HALIBUT DERBY WINNER''. BOTH FISH CAUGHT WITH BONEYARDBAIT GRUBS WWW.BONEYARDBAITS.COM

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            • #7
              Avet PRO 3/0

              The Avet PRO 3/0 is an outstanding reel. It is simple in design and easy to maintain. You have enough line capacity to go deep and it is large enough to handle salmon sharks. I normally carry 7 Avets and 3 of the Accurate 655 H 4 to 1 gears. The 114 Penns and Diawa 600 H's will work if you are on a buget. I have a couple of Tira coming that I will test this summer. 2 Years ago I purchased 6 of the Shimano TDII 3/0 and did not like them at all. The drags on 4 out of 6 of them would not tighten down enough. Two of them worked OK. I used Pen Internationals for about 10 years and sold all of them. I just had to many break downs.

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              • #8
                I like my

                Penn 345 gti .

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                • #9
                  Are you only getting one reel or more then one?
                  Living the Alaskan Dream
                  Gary Keller
                  Anchorage, AK

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                  • #10
                    Also the shimmano ocea jigger 5000p is a awesome reel...... Gary, you need the new accurate extreme 500.........mark called he wants to fish.........
                    BONEYARDBAITS THE BEST HALIBUT, ROCKFISH GRUBS ON THE PLANET....''06'' WORLD RECORD LINGCOD ''08'' HOMER HALIBUT DERBY WINNER''. BOTH FISH CAUGHT WITH BONEYARDBAIT GRUBS WWW.BONEYARDBAITS.COM

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                    • #11
                      I wouldn't buy any Avet that has the plastic bushing in the clicker......why a plastic internal part?....they fail and get in the gear works......not for me....bad experience.

                      There are a lot of good reels out there but for me, I never buy wide spool reels as it puts the crank too far off the axis of the rod making it want to torque as you crank hard.

                      I like good cranks and prefer a good crank over two speeds any day.

                      With a the spool full of line, the reel drag should scale at least 1/3 the pound test of the line used. IMO

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                      • #12
                        Avet is the way to go

                        when you have an avet you will not be sorry for paying the price yes its spendy but you will have that reel for years just maintain it and you can do that here in anc the accurates you need to send out and pay shipping and wait and wait then never talk to who worked on it but you can talk to the man at tackle repair weather it is just annual maintence or a failure of some sort. that is my 2c

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                        • #13
                          penn senators specials

                          Don't want to highjack the guys thread here but what do you guys think about the penn special senators? I have heard they are pretty good for your money. If you were to get one would you get the 113 or the 114 and which model of either?

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                          • #14
                            the reel I use is a penn international 16vsx and I love it! sure its heavy, but its also solid metal. I was just able to fit 500 yards of 100# powerpro on it, I mean just barely. Its a winch when you drop it into low gear. Definitely worth the money.

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                            • #15
                              I have had my first accurates for six years of charter use i would only rinse them with fresh water and thats it.....yeah they are more money but you only buy it once....i sent them in for last year they cleaned them and it was cheap......a lot of the charter fleet bought avets and had lots of drag problems.....live to jig......:d jig to fish
                              BONEYARDBAITS THE BEST HALIBUT, ROCKFISH GRUBS ON THE PLANET....''06'' WORLD RECORD LINGCOD ''08'' HOMER HALIBUT DERBY WINNER''. BOTH FISH CAUGHT WITH BONEYARDBAIT GRUBS WWW.BONEYARDBAITS.COM

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