What stella for northeast tuna popping?

Discussion in 'Reels' started by mike garone, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. mike garone

    mike garone Well-Known Member

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    I am going to be building a GUSA 8' monster mag (30-60#) mainly for popping and some swimbaits and jigging (not vertical) tuna in the northeast. I know this rod is on the light side but I have caught some nice fish on my spiral wrapped conventional monster mag.

    I mainly fish out of New Jersey, but plan on making a trip or 2 up to Cape Cod Bay next year and in the future going to the Gulf of Mexico.

    I will be targeting fish under 125# with most being under 70# this setup and want to run 65# braid with about 18-22# of drag.

    What Stella do you think will get the job done best for this application. The new Stellas are out of my budget, but the last model I think I can swing. I want to go with the smallest size that will get the job done with a little headroom capacity wise. I was thinking 10000 but I was not sure if that would have enough capacity.

    Also looking at the Saragosa, but have heard of a few problems with the drags getting smoked. Any opinions of this reel for my application
     
  2. stresst

    stresst Senior Member

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    Hey Mike how are you? I ran into a guy the other day,who nailed a huge BFT on a Stella 6k with a 8000 spool. It was done in under 5 minutes. Its on you tube. I will try and find the link. I have been researching your same question,looks like im going spinning next year myself also. I fish lite and I THINK im going with a 10000FA. but lets wait and hear what the pro's say.
     

  3. BretABaker

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    many of the fish are over 125 lbs.....and andy was who caught the 77" tuna (i think that was the length) on the 6k/8k spool. That is rare....I'd use at least a 10k, more likely 20k in case the fish makes a big run. for gulf yellowfin, 8k is fine.
     
  4. d-a

    d-a Senior Member

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    You could get the 10k for the high speed and put a 20k spool on it if you need more line capacity.

    If on a private boat that can chase the fish, an 8000 would be my choice

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  5. NEMO

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    20000 for sure
     
  6. mike garone

    mike garone Well-Known Member

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    I would be using this when we are not on the anchor and would be able to chase the fish to some extent. How much 65 would I be able to fit on the 10000?
     
  7. d-a

    d-a Senior Member

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    Over 300 yards.


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