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Old 01-19-2012, 06:47 PM   #11 (permalink)
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How about a Penn 209 or 309? Old school, but can be p/u on EBay for less than the cost of a trip. These old reels have plenty of drag for a rockfish.

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Old 01-19-2012, 11:30 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:49 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I am partial to my Quantum Cabo levelwinds that I have 2 generations, but alas they have been discontinued. But another Zebco product, Fin-Nor has come out with an offshore level wind a couple years ago that looks very good. They come in 3 sizes, OFL16L, OFL20L and the OFL30L The 16 holds 350yds of 20# which translates into a heck of a lot of 50-65# braid; Has the optimum gear ratio for deep rock codding, 4.3:1; a huge drag. Here is the debute intro from Tackle Tours http://www.tackletour.com/reviewicast08reelsfinnor.html You can get one on Ebay for $170 http://www.ebay.com/itm/FIN-NOR-OFFS...item336e996c1e

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Old 01-21-2012, 12:42 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Like several others have said, I'd look at the Saltist and Tekota. Penn if you like old school.
The Penn Fathoms are not your daddy's Penn reels!
New age levelwinds!

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Old 01-24-2012, 02:53 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Like several others have said, I'd look at the Saltist and Tekota. Penn if you like old school.


The new Penn Fathom series reels [both levelwind and non-levelwind] are a major performance "step up" from the iconic Penn 320/330 GT models.
All-metal sideplate and frame, stainless pinion/bronze main gear, 3 to 5 ball-bearings, 30 pounds of drag.
The levelwind models are 4.3-1, and the non-levelwind models are 6-1.
Of course they are a bit more expensive, from $199-$219 depending on size.
Levelwind model size range braid line capacity goes from 300/50 [FTH15LW], to 650/100 [FTH60LW].
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Like several others have said, I'd look at the Saltist and Tekota. Penn if you like old school.


The new Penn Fathom series reels [both levelwind and non-levelwind] are a major performance "step up" from the iconic Penn 320/330 GT models.
All-metal sideplate and frame, stainless pinion/bronze main gear, 3 to 5 ball-bearings, 30 pounds of drag.
The levelwind models are 4.3-1, and the non-levelwind models are 6-1.
Of course they are a bit more expensive, from $199-$219 depending on size.
Levelwind model size range braid line capacity goes from 300/50 [FTH15LW], to 650/100 [FTH60LW].
I bought the 320 about 2 years ago. It is so incredibly bad that I can't believe Penn would permit it to be marketed, although it was cheap enough (I think it was around $100 rack retail from a now defunct, brick and mortar tackle store).
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Like several others have said, I'd look at the Saltist and Tekota. Penn if you like old school.
The new Penn Fathom series reels [both levelwind and non-levelwind] are a major performance "step up" from the iconic Penn 320/330 GT models. All-metal sideplate and frame, stainless pinion/bronze main gear, 3 to 5 ball-bearings, 30 pounds of drag. The levelwind models are 4.3-1, and the non-levelwind models are 6-1. Of course they are a bit more expensive, from $199-$219 depending on size. Levelwind model size range braid line capacity goes from 300/50 [FTH15LW], to 650/100 [FTH60LW].
I bought the 320 about 2 years ago. It is so incredibly bad that I can't believe Penn would permit it to be marketed, although it was cheap enough (I think it was around $100 rack retail from a now defunct, brick and mortar tackle store).
The 320 is an interesting case study in regional angling preferences. In California south of Fresno, the 320 often engenders strong dislike such as you expressed, and most tackle shops will not even carry it. North of Fresno, and increasingly as you move north from that point, the 320 is one of the most popular reels ever made for many different kinds of fishing, from rockfish to stripers to sturgeon. No doubt price factors in to that popularity, and many, many people would not dream of spending more than $89-$99 on a reel.

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Those are Girls' reels, definitely. But I like it too!!

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This Daiwa STTLW30HA in the High Speed version is in MHO the best rock fish reel available at the present time. No other reel matches its line retrival rate and it's a level wind making life a whole lot more fun. Especially when finsing beyond the 200 ft. depth. http://www.daiwa.com/reel/detail.aspx?id=442 I would spool as much 20 or 30 lb Sufix 832 as you can get on it. Good luck Walt

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This Daiwa STTLW30HA in the High Speed version is in MHO the best rock fish reel available at the present time. No other reel matches its line retrival rate and it's a level wind making life a whole lot more fun. Especially when finsing beyond the 200 ft. depth. http://www.daiwa.com/reel/detail.aspx?id=442 I would spool as much 20 or 30 lb Sufix 832 as you can get on it. Good luck Walt
I dunno, man, I would rather crank a 4:1 or less up 200'+ instead of a high speed 6:1 on a small diameter reel. The STTLW40 low speed would be better because of the larger diameter and the lower speed. That's a lot of work for a little reel trying to haul 1#+ weght let alone a load of big SWRF,

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