I agree with #78. Just buy a reel and catch a fish. If it is 1.4 pound, you have a good start on your goal and,,,,,,,,the rod in #79 would do fine.
I just bought an AVET MXL and for it's size and weight it is a super powerful reel. Non Level Wind is taking some getting used to, but hasn't caused any issues. The lever drag is something I really like. Plus it's built for salt water, so it should last a long time on fresh water.
I am looking to start back flathead fishing but don't want to catch the small ones, I want to have a reel that is very universal. For instance I want to be able to break the state record here in Eastern North Carolina which is currently 78 lbs., as well as breaking the world record blue catfish on which is 143 lbs., or go to saltwater with it and catch fish as well.
Any thoughts,ideas, or suggestions are welcome.
Penn Fathom 25lw.
This sounds like a "Challenge" Damien?This.....
This is a solid set up....
You should be able to catch anything in freshwater with this rig.....yeah even sturgeons......
It really comes down to you....are you capable of bringing it in......
I have caught some big fish......but are you ready to bring them in.....it's hard....it is not easy to land a monster.....
Then forget everything and buy a penn international vsx... End of discussion. :biggrin1:
As for mentioning the baitrunner d's they will handle big fish, but they come in BIG sizes in order to do that. In my opinion they can get a little cumbersome when a much smaller conventional reel will handle the same job. But if you're more confident and comfortable with a spinning reel then yes they can absolutely handle the job. One of my old shark surf fishing reels was a shimano baitrunner B model. It handled a few sharks over 100 pounds and alot of massive rays.
Hi Ray,Awesome Catch Jerry!!! And thanks for sharing that about the Senators. That was a great comparison between the Senators and the Ugly Stiks.
I can't even imagine reeling in a fish that big with that body shape. It probably uses that flat side to create some strong resistance.