Guys, my go to 40# reel is an Avet JX 2 speed. Other than another JX, I am considering a Saltist. If I go with a Saltist, is a Saltist 40 big enough? How many yards of spectra/mono could one put on the Saltist 40. Last question, if this is a backup reel, would you go with a high speed or normal speeed reel?
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I fish the Saltist 40H for surface and yo-yo iron. If you don't need a rippin' retrieve, go with the Torque model. It holds 300 yds. of 65# spectra and about 100 yds. of 40# CXX on top. Plenty of capacity, plenty of drag, good reel.
The Wreck is right on the Ball. (Pun optional) I have the JX and a Saltist 30H. Would not reccomend the 30 for a JX back up but the 40 with the spectra back would be perfect. The Saltist are good solid reels, a nice quality bang for the buck. Would also reccomend, as above, low speed 4.9:1 model. Thoes high speed reels are a killer on a jig stick. Not worth the pain.
I think if money is an issue go with the Saltist, although you may want to try the 50H. I used one last year and had a blast catching 30-40 lbs. tails and the reel stood up to the battle without any problems. A good solid reel and especially for the price! Fish On!
If you go the the Charksters Daiwa sales section you will see the reel capacity for the Saltist 40 listed at 360 yards of 50lb spectra. That would confirm you desire to back with the 50 instead of the 60. With a good mono line like the Izor XXX 40 and a solid joining knot you should be golden with the 50 Spectra for a back.
I just returned from the Charkbait 10 day and had 7 outfits with me, including an Accurate 665, Avet HX and Penn Baja Special. I found the Baja Special casts the most easily and handled 40# line with easy. I fished it more than the 665 and HX. I caught several yellowtails on iron, dorado, and a couple wahoo on it. I can't think of a better backup 40# reel -- especially at the $150 Charkbait price.
You're both right. We have had them posted on the website and at our shop for under $150. We had made a large buy and wanted to stir things up a bit. But, Penn has not produced the reel for several months, supply has dried up and rumors are circulating that Penn will discontinue the piece. We hope not, and have given them a large order to back up our desire to not see it go away. Given the lack of supply our price is back up at $190 (but not 250!). Should Penn make another run we'll be more aggressive if possible.
Penn is also coming out with their metal series 4/0 and 6/0 reels. While there is not a narrow version planned for the 4/0 perhaps that is something the guys are considering. Steve might let the cat out of the bag on that one.