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Been looking at all this jigging stuff for quite a while now. My brain is fried from all the info I am trying to absorb. This site has a lot to offer. Right now my mind is set on a Stella 10000 sw on a 300g OTI jigging rod with 60lb oti depth finder. Looking at the 10000 because of its size. Will be chasing lots of different fish including tuna approaching 100lbs. This will be my first true jigging setup.
 

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The stella 10000sw is a pretty large reel. Is it spool capacity that you are looking for or max drag?

Just an FYI and not that this means the reel is overrated for the rod, but the 300g OTI rod is rated for 20 lbs of drag, although aruguably you can apply much more. The stella 10000sw has 51 lbs of max drag while the 8000sw has a max drag of 55 lbs. I am in a similar position, just bought an OTI 300g rod (came yesterday although there is a defect w/one of the eyelets so gotta xchange it). I plan to pair it with either a Stella 8000FA or SW due to the reel is slightly lighter than the 10000sw. I will be jigging mostly in 45ft - 100 ft of water. For deeper jigging I will slap a larger capacity spool (10000sw) on it.

An 8000 teamed w/300g OTI rod will handle a 100+ lb fish. In your case if that size fish is going to be the norm with potential for larger fish in the mix and you plan on jigging in very deep water you might want to consider the OTI 600g rod teamed with the 10000sw. If 100lb will be the exception and you plan to target fish in the 30lb - 75lb class w/a few 100 lbers thrown in you might want to consider the 8000SW - more drag and lighter. Just my $.02.
 

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Assuming you're talking only the 2008 USA Stella offerings, the 10000SW and the 8000SW/8000SWPG are the same sized reels. The main difference between the 10kSW and the two 8kSW's are the spool size. If you're looking for the reel to do jigging as it's primary duty, the 10kSW's higher speed gear ratio is not ideal, but you can do it, just won't be efficient when you have it dropped down 400 ft with a heavy jig in heavy current. For jigging, it is better to get a lower gear ratio reel by reel size, such as the 20000SW or 8000SWPG. The 10kSW is more suited for casting poppers/sub-surface lures.
 

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Get an 8000SW and buy a 10000SW spool. When the fish are big go to the 10 spool and when they aren't go with the 8.
 

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Keep in mind that the 10kSW spool is around $220 from shimano dealers, and over $280 direct from Shimano. Alternatively, you can seek out the JDM version of the 2008 Stella as they make a low geared 10kSWPG Stella.
 
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