I am hoping to undertake my first San Diego Long Range trip within the next year or so. All of my current reels are spinning, so I'll need some 'conventional horsepower' for a 10 day trip. I'm thinking either a 30W or a 50, both 2-speed, and the three reels I'm considering are:
When considering the 30W, I'm attracted to the Tiagra and the Alutecnos because both are 1.7:1 on the low gear. Of these two, the Tiagra is about $250 less expensive.
When considering the 50, the Tiagra and the Avet have the lowest gear ratios at 1.3:1, while the Alutecnos is only slightly higher at 1.7:1.
Since I began this process of analysis, others have recommended that I look at Okuma Makaira 30SEa, but I know next to nothing about Okuma.
For tuna up to 200+ lbs. and large wahoo, what would you advise? I would imagine that I'd be placing the rod on the rail and winching in the fish, hence the concern over the low gear ratio.
Thanks so much for taking the time to respond.