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07 August 2020, 09:43 PM
40 lb. Reel suggestions
I have a Seeker Black Steel G6470 Grabowski model. That I bought years ago. When the blanks were still made in USA. I was preparing for retirement and some long range trips. I have 20, 25, 30 and 80 lbs. covered already. Nothing goes as planned and ended up in the Philippines. I am partially handicapped, so a 2 speed reel is required. I will be fishing from a private Banca boat for Yellowfin, Big Eye and Skipjacks mostly. I am leaning towards Avet reels, but never used one before. Any suggestions appreciated.
09 August 2020, 01:02 PM
I have a Avet JX two speed that I use for 40 lb test and it works great. There is newer designed reels by Okuma, Penn and others which will work great also.

You didn't say your budget but for good reels at a good price some I'd look at would be a JX two speed, Penn Fathom 25nld2 and a Okuma Cav12NII.

Now if budget is not a issue you should have Mark or Sergei give you info about those.

Spectra backed these sized reels just feel very nice in my hands.

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11 August 2020, 02:18 PM
JX 6/3 MC, G2 second generation model preferred since it will fish both 40 and 50# well. The MC feature is something I also like, even with a decent thumb, running more braid these days, the MC proves helpful to backlashes (something I really don't want to spend time with with braided line backing the leader). It's perfection in terms of size, excellent casting, taken a few 100+ tuna on mine over the years. Useful reel.

Great Stuff!
11 August 2020, 03:38 PM
Thanks for the response. My budget is around $400. The MC is a must for me also. I have nerve damage in my hands. My casting ability is very poor nowadays.
12 August 2020, 06:09 AM
If you are considering the JX 6/3 G2 MC look at the JX Raptor. It has a ton more drag and costs only a little more. Not quite within your budget but in my opinion definitely worth it.
22 August 2020, 12:13 PM

Thanks for the very helpful input. I was packing up rods to be shipped to The Philippines. Found a Black Steel G670. That needs a 30lb. Reel. I will put a Avet JX MC on it. I checked out the Raptor JX and the lower gear ratio sold me on it, along with the heavier drag. The Raptor will be a good Christmas present to myself. I will order the Avet JX MC this week.