I have the following reels and intend to cut down. I don't do a lot of fishing these days but my son-in-law has purchased a boat and I expect to do quite a bit more fishing out of San Diego.
Penn 4/0 with Accurate frame and side plates (nice reel but slow and heavy)
Penn 4/0 with Tiburon frame (same as above)
Penn Squall SQL25N (use this for 30# it really casts nicely)
I also have a couple of Calcutta 400's which I love for 10-12# and a Calcutta 700 which I don't like at all because it is too wide for me to use comfortably. I am definitely going to dump this.
I also have a plethora of 20-30# test reels some of which (two small jigmasters with Tiburon frames) might be used as iron tossing reels. Along with a Newell 332 reduced to a Penn 99 size with a Tiburon kit (my favorite light bait reel).
I won't be doing any long range fishing (I am in my mid 70's)but will take a few trips down to Rancho Leonero on the East Cape (next trip this August).
It's that time in my life that I need to think about reducing the "stuff" that I own. I won't be around forever. I am thinking that I could replace the Newell and the two 4/0 reels with a Diawa Saltist Lever Drag 2-speed, probably the 35 size. I like the size of the Saltist and the fact that it is supposed to cast well...
Does that seem reasonable? Or would I be better off with a star drag for tossing iron? However, I do like the thought of a two-speed reel too!
I will purchase the reel from Chark!
Finally, I have an older Penn Intl 50 single speed and a Penn 15kg which I am going to get rid of. I replaced these with a Shimano TLD 30 wearing Spectra with a 50# topshot.
The nice thing about the newer reel designs is that they cover more ground and have more flexibility. The 35 size is about the same as a Newell 332, but line capacity given new materials, Super Braid as backing, allows the smaller reel with better drag capability to deal with a broader range of line classes. So, I'd say you are on solid ground. Avet's JX is another wonderful reel to consider. Not too big to fish 30#, and plenty capable of fishing 40 very, very well, and even bumping up to 50 in a pinch.
I am running the Avet JX Raptor which is 2 speed and has magnetic cast control for 40lb bait & jigs on 1.5-5 day trips. The magnetic cast control is a Godsend on lever drag reels. I can dial it in and throw my light bait or heavy jig as hard as I can and don't get even one coil of line backed up.
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I decided that I would upgrade my reel collection to add a 30# class reel for mostly bait with a bit of iron included. I opted for an AVET MXJ Raptor. I like the size and weight and with 65# Spectra with a top shot of 30# mono, it should do me for much of my fishing. I mounted it on a custom Calstar 270-8H...
My light baitstick is an 8-ft Lamiglas with AFTCO Lightweight Roller Guides. I use 15# test on a Shimano 400 Calcutta...
I also got an Avet two-speed, MC, JX (non-Raptor) for my 40# outfit. I do really like the way the Avet reels cast.
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