Inshore sharking/ offshore tuna reel for NJ

Discussion in 'Reels' started by Donanton, Sep 24, 2020.

  1. Donanton

    Donanton New Member

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    I'm looking to get into sharking off NJ. I know theres plenty of giants within 20 miles of the beach. My current "big reel" is a tld20 spooled with 60lb braid and a 100yd 50lb mono top shot.

    I would be doing my inshore sharking from my personal boat and the offshore tuna from a party boat.

    Do I need to go up to a 50 wide full of mono or can I get away with a 30w containing braid and a mono top shot?

    Particular reel suggestions are greatly appreciated!

    Thanks!
     
  2. Tidetraveller

    Tidetraveller Senior Member

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    Recommend you check with the party boat you’ll be fishing on, they more than likely have recommendations, if not requirements, for braid / mono / #test.
     

  3. ReelMe

    ReelMe Super Member

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    You can get away with a smaller reel but we don’t exactly know what you are hooking. If you hook a 500lb Mako, see ya. But, I do a fair amount of sharking off maine and most times I use a Makaira 16 with 100lb JB hollow. 25’ 200lb windon mono leader to single strand 5-6’ 290lb wire to the hook, oversized ball bearing coast lock between mono and wire. I use 400lb mono windons when I’m trying to get one to take home, but I’ve not had any issues with the 200lb.
    Party boats area other animal, not for me.