I am looking for a Stella thats small enough for bucktailing fluke but big enough to jig for stripers in Montauk. I am also looking for a stella to jig for tuna here in the NE. I was assuming a 5k and a 18K????
Although I haven't used it a lot, I have an FA 5K with one spool loaded with 40 pound braid and one with 20 pound mono, paired with a Smith 70MH. It is going to be my bay-rig-on-steroids and I am trying to imagine any inshore fish it couldn't handle--maybe one of those half-ton bull sharks tailing around in eight feet of water in Aransas Bay. I am not a striper fisherman but I have caught loads of bull reds and I suspect it would be ideal.
real 300 lb Bluefin possibilities. Even in a small quick boat, I need some room for error. For that fish, why would I go lower?
If you are thinking of the possibility of 300# bluefin I would think you would want to go with 80 or 100# braid and have a bit less capacity. The reel has 50+# of drag available, but with 55# you could only realistically fish with 20-25# of drag and that would probably take a while to bring in a fish that big.