My favorite 25# albie stick is the Seeker Black Steel G970. It's an optimized live bait stick... light tip and plenty of back. It's been my goto albie stick for the past 10 years. There's a Super Seeker version too. I use a Pro Gear Albacore Special 280 with it. If you want a little 2-speed reel look at an Avet MXJ 6/3 (or an SX Raptor). Overkill for 25# but trick is as trick does. Of course a BX2-400N or 400 would be nice too!This message has been edited. Last edited by: MarkT,
I am committed in my belief, especially on day trips and longer, to buying the best equipment you can afford. I have seen many reels, including supposedly "bullet-proof" reels, destroyed by big fish. On a day trip about five years ago we were extremely fortunate to run into a school of BFT where well over 80 were brought to deck, a rarity indeed.
It seems that most Penn and like quality reels will work. Find one in your price and comfort range and go with it. maybe a Saltist 30 might fill your bill on both accounts.