Stella 18000 vs 20000

Discussion in 'Pelagics' started by The Great PF, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. The Great PF

    The Great PF Senior Member

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    Hi, Guys:

    Business is picking up for me, and I may take the plunge on a Stella SW before my next yellowfin trip. I had been gravitating toward the 20000 due to the line capacity, but I noticed that the 18000 holds almost as much line, but the retrieve ratio is much higher on the 18000, and that is a strong selling point for me. Before I take the plunge, I would appreciate your thoughts and opinions on this.

    Roy.
     
  2. lordhell

    lordhell Moderator

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    The 18000SW is more suited for working stickbaits and poppers, while the 20000SW is geared for bottom fishing/jigging. You can definitely do poppers and stickbait with the 20000SW as well but it's tough jigging with the 18000SW IMO.
     

  3. wadefisherman

    wadefisherman Tuna Club Member

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    Get BOTH :) you won't need anything else.....
     
  4. gman

    gman Senior Member

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    What are you doing with it? For jigging use the 20000 for popping use the 18000. They are same reels just different ratios for different purposes
     
  5. The Great PF

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    gman:

    I've been using my Thunnus 16000 for jigging, so I'd primarily use the 18000/20000 for popping.

    Roy.
     
  6. gman

    gman Senior Member

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    gman:

    I've been using my Thunnus 16000 for jigging, so I'd primarily use the 18000/20000 for popping.

    Roy.

    Hands down for popping the 18000, thats what its made for. If you were jigging I would tell you to get a 20000
     
  7. Custom Canvas

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    gman what about the 10000sw i was leaning more to the smaller reel as i have just purchased the OTI tuna sniper 40-60lb

    what area your thoughts?/???? i will be targeting yellowfin in panaman and in the gulf....
     
  8. gman

    gman Senior Member

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    You can use the 10000 it has limited line capacity compared with the 18000 but is a great casting reel. I just always want to be prepared for when fishzilla shows up so I like bigger reels like 18000

    We hooked up to 200 pound yellowfins down there ...
     
  9. d-a

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    gman what about the 10000sw i was leaning more to the smaller reel as i have just purchased the OTI tuna sniper 40-60lb

    what area your thoughts?/???? i will be targeting yellowfin in panaman and in the gulf....

    I prefer the 10000sw over the 18000. I like the lighter weight and line capacity it offers.

    d-a
     
  10. Jason4606

    Jason4606 Tuna Club member

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    I'd get 10KSW for your 40-60lb Sniper and GOM fishies. Saving the extra weight but still having good capacity for PE5-6 is really nice. I'm actually going to use 8KSW and PE4 on 40-60lb TS. (Would've preferred 10K and might still upgrade the spool later if prices come out of stratosphere. But got a deal on the 8K I couldn't pass up.)

    You can always get 18KSW for a 60-80lb TS later. Then you'd be covered for almost any casting duties! :)
     
  11. Bellyups

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    You can use the 10000 it has limited line capacity compared with the 18000 but is a great casting reel. I just always want to be prepared for when fishzilla shows up so I like bigger reels like 18000

    I couldn't agree more. However, it depends significantly on your fishing situation. I fish mostly from party boats. There is no running down the fish with a boat. From a party boat, I need to prevent the fish from getting behind the drift. If it somehow manages to be behind the drift, then I have to be able to lift it. Thus, I want the big guns for when anything big might hit. That being said, I usually fish 80 pound rods rather than 40-60 pound set ups. The 10000 is probably perfect for the 40-60 TS. If you are fishing from a party boat, I would recommend the TS 80.
     
  12. SpecialK

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    I say the 18000. The ratio and line capacities are just right for casting and popping IMO.

    You can put a 20000sw spool on a 18000sw body right?
    That way you would have the larger line capacity and high ratio. I thought about having a spare spool with pe 10 when I want to put down some serious drag...
     
  13. The Great PF

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    After reading the e-mail traffic from my original post, I've been considering how I could possibly afford a $950 reel and a $380 rod. Coincidently, I was browsing through the Melton International Tackle catalog that mysteriously arrived in my mailbox, and they have a Shimano 18000SW + an OTI Tuna Sniper 8.5 ft combo for $1,200 which is a savings of about $125 when purchased separately. This is the only 'discount' that I've seen out in the marketplace. Does anyone of any other 'deals'?
     
  14. gimmedeal

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    Reelsmart has one on Ebay for $790 and there's another for $810 on Ebay. Both are reliable sellers.

    Fred
     
  15. wadefisherman

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    After reading the e-mail traffic from my original post, I've been considering how I could possibly afford a $950 reel and a $380 rod. Coincidently, I was browsing through the Melton International Tackle catalog that mysteriously arrived in my mailbox, and they have a Shimano 18000SW + an OTI Tuna Sniper 8.5 ft combo for $1,200 which is a savings of about $125 when purchased separately. This is the only 'discount' that I've seen out in the marketplace. Does anyone of any other 'deals'?


    You can get the 18000SW from reelseller on ebay for $750. He's a very good guy to deal with. I bought all my high end reels from this guy.
     
  16. d-a

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    After reading the e-mail traffic from my original post, I've been considering how I could possibly afford a $950 reel and a $380 rod. Coincidently, I was browsing through the Melton International Tackle catalog that mysteriously arrived in my mailbox, and they have a Shimano 18000SW + an OTI Tuna Sniper 8.5 ft combo for $1,200 which is a savings of about $125 when purchased separately. This is the only 'discount' that I've seen out in the marketplace. Does anyone of any other 'deals'?

    Thats a good price, it allows you to get some braid and a popper or two for the same price if you had bought them seperatly.

    d-a
     
  17. HWK

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    Thats a good price, it allows you to get some braid and a popper or two for the same price if you had bought them seperatly.

    d-a


    Don't forget, Melton tackle will spool you up with braid for free if you ask.
     
  18. chf1949

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    On this site go to the f/s, w/t/b section and put out your 'feelers'.

    You would be pleasantly suprised at the offers/responses/prices you get for new gear.
     
  19. GREYGHOST

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    as a west coast fisherman i'm not familar w/ these spinning reels, only thru some threads guy's post, but what are the specs on these 1600/ 1800/ 2000 reels and what rods do you use on them,, thanks
     
  20. johndtuttle

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