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Been looking at reels to use fro bigger game fish like wahoo...Really thought the TLD 50 was the best bet on a budget but now am focused on the AVET 2 speed 4/0 reel. It holds 600 yds. of 40# test and because it is 2 speed figure it will handle Wahoo and even tuna. Any feedback?
 

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it is alot of reel until you hook up with a fish that has some meat to it. When trolling at 10+ knots and getting hit by a 50+lb fish traveling at 25+knots in the opposite direction, you loose alot of drag fast. that 65lb hoo last weekend ran off 150 yds on the first blast and he was hooked through the gills.
 

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4/0 would be the minimun if you are targeting larger hoos. I like 50w's, I have 4 of the 50w avets now and that is what I will use on the troll, I need one more to complete my little spread.
 

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avet reels

Good reel for multiple purposes. I have three avets with two being the 4/02EXW and one LX. Very good craftsmanship and quality. You won't be dissapointed.
 

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Thank you for the input...last year I was on a charter and we hooked a hoo on a TLD 30...it was ugly...we did not have a chance.
 

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I would rather be overpowering a 20lb fish than loose an 80lb fish just because i didnt wanna chuck up another $100.
 

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I love my Avet. If you ask Mike in the woodlands, he'll have all the scoop you need on them and I'd guess he will have you compare the 30 and the 4\0. A couple of $ more but alot more of everything else (line cap., drag etc)
 

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If anyone is intrested I've got a Tiagra 50LRS On a 50lb class rod
with Aftco rollers I'd like to trade for a 30lb class Tiagra or Avet.
My Combo is not new but it's 100% mechanically and I'd say 90%
Cosmetically. It has No corrision and a little boat rash. PM me if
intrested. Later Baker
 

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I was at Roy's in C.C. a couple of weeks ago and was looking at the EXW4/02. The person behind the counter recommended the Shimano Tiagras 16 over the Avet. I was a little bit surprised since I have heard nothing but good things from people on this board about Avets.

I have also been thinking about upgrading my gear from Special Senators to a 2-speed and had been looking hard at the Avets. Are there any significant differences that would make Shimano or Penn a better choice over Avet, or is it mainly just personal preference?

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Most of my reels are Avets.....you can troll with the 4 but I prefer the 50W's. I use the 4 lined with braid for the big bottom critters. You want to be prepared for anything while trolling...the 50W will take care of most and you will end up needing the line capacity sooner or later.

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Guppie,

Don't take this wrong, (BTW, I don't know anything about Roy's) but anyone who would recommend a Tiagra 16 over an Anet 4/0 has either never fished with them or has a still smoldering bong under the counter.
That would compare with a sprtscar salesman telling a porche shopper to considera honda civic. Nothing wrong with the Tiagra 16 (in its own class), but it in no way compares to the 4/0 Avet.
 

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For the price you cannot touch the 4/0 Avet

It has completely replaced my Cofed out Penn 16S in all functions but high speed jigging. They are great reels. As their flag ship two speed reel, they packed in a whole lot of features. For less than a hundred bucks more than a graphite reel, with similar appoints, you could get an all metal one. There were a few small gremlins to work out with the first few runs, but the design was good, and the company was extremely receptive to comments and complaints. They made a name for themselves by taking good care of their customers.
I think the margin for profit on this reel was very small for them, as they were trying to break into the market. My guess is that in the near future, this reel will probably be phased out with a more expensive upgraded model.

-CP

Ps. you can find pretty good deals on these reels already spooled with spectra. I some people have used Mike in the Woodlands here in Houston. But if you are in Corpus you might try www.cabbagekeyrodandreel.com to avoid state sales tax
 

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The avet 4/0 exw will handle any wahoo and 99% of the tuna you are going to catch in the gulf. I use 50w's because I also use my reels for marlin fishing. I would use braid backing for even more line capacity. Good luck!
 

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Roy's ia a big Shimano dealer so it could be expected that someone there would recommend the Shimano over the Avet. However, I have had conversations recently with Rocky there about both the Avet 4/02 and the Ex PRO 30/2 speed and he praised them both.

I recently caught my first Wahoo, a 45 pounder, on a TLD 30 II Speed with 60# test and it seemed he was quite overmatched. I'm sure different situations present different results though.
 

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The smaller the reel the more sporty its going to be. Catch tuna all day long on TLD 25's but a large hoo could spool one. Have a better chance with braided line and a good boat captain. :) Love the Avets......Have been using a small SX and had no problem with a 50 lb class kingfish so imagine a LX could handle a hoo. Reel has 15 lb of drag I believe.
 

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I am really torn up over this Avet deal. I spoke to Avet and the hold the EX30 in highest regard over the EXW4/0 (the EX30 is replacing the EXW4/0). The drag system is improved but the line capacity is less... 470 yds 40#. The thing I liked about the EXW4/0 is the 600 yd. line capacity to help with a hard running hoo. In addition, I wanted to use the reels for YFT on one of those 36 hour trips. My gut always tells me to go with the new and inproved models (represented here by the EX30) but something tells me the reduced line capacity could be an issue. The ultimate solution is to upgrade to the EX50 (570 yds. 50#) but they cost about $150.00 more and I am not sure I need a reel that big. The EXW4/0 seems like the best value and offers the grit to get it done...not to beat a dead horse but what do you guys think? I am sold on Avet, I just need to know for certain which one to go with.

Thanks again!!!
 

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Save the money and get the 4/0 exw. Put braid backing with a mono topshot and you will be able to catch just about anything that swims. Talk to Mike W. on this board, he has great prices on avets.
 

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I have talked to Mike and plan to buy from him...he was very helpful. I am inclined to agree on the EXW4/0 (I just needed to hear it from someone else). I got the inpression from Avet that it is a wench but since it was being replaced, I think they were trying to push me into the EX30. I like the automatic clicker disengage as well as the line capacity. Thanks for the info...
 
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