I'm kinda interested in this one too. I'm thinking about at Penn 9500SS (big surprise) to match with a 7' American Rodsmiths 15-30# rod. I don't know how much action it would get so I started looking at some Okuma models for price reasons. Definitely don't think I want to run with a Thunnus, just too much outta my price range right now. I think the Rod will be fine for the above fish, but am sure it will be outclassed by AJ and tuna. Really wanted it to be a casting/live baiter. Any suggestions?
I use a Shimano Baitrunner 4500B on a Chaos 20 lb. class rod. Have caught kings, ling, dolphin, snapper etc. It is a geat combo, not too heavy and lotsa guts.The reel is spooled with Ande tournament green 20 lb mono.
I also have a couple of Fin Nor Ahab spinners (8 & 12) on Fenwick rods. Excellent drags and good line capacity. For larger offshore critters I would go with the Ahab 16. I have heard of troubles with the antireverse on these reels, but have not experienced it.
I also have several Penn SS series for offshore work as well, but the Baitrunner is my current favorite.
I have two 7500ss penns on some diawa rods (cheap ones) and I have landed up to a 30 lb AJ on it and numberous big snappers to 27" and sharks to 4'. I have never had an issue with the drag. These rods I have the 50lb power pro and 20lb topshot of mono. They cost me around $150 complete cause I got the rods on sale at academy and the reels online for $95.
I have never heard of those two reels. I bought one of those okuma spinners that has the live bait feed thingy and it never made it out on a single trip. The gears froze. I also got an okuma conventional titus and it messed up on me and so did the one I exchanged it for. I went to the Avets after that and love them and when I returned that spinner from okuma I got the 7500ss reels online for about $30 less than academy had them. The drags are strong on the penn SS reels and if you really want that capacity go for it with the 8500 or 9500 cause they dont cost that much more. I just wanted the smaller spinners on my boat for flat line and sight casting. I know Capt C likes his Okuma though.
I got the original AV-80 in a package deal with the rod from BillyStix. The Avenger line or should I say the AV-80 of the Avenger line has a sealed drag. I have mine loaded with 65lb Power Pro and I have really liked it. I'm sure it is not as lite as the 7500, but it can handle 80lb Yellowfin with no problem.
I have the Okuma Eclipz EZ-90 and have had no problems with it yet and I use it in the surf (read dunking) and offshore. Only maintenance I have done to it is a fresh water rinse. I have caught 5' plus bull sharks and numerous redfish to 45" on it so far. It has a capacity of 500 yds of 20# mono but I have a mono backing and 80# Powerpro on it. Drag works well for what I use it for. I paid $63 for it online (free delivery).
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I have a Okuma Azul 90 got for $50-$60 on EBay very early this year. Have fished in the surf with it most of the summer with no problems so far despite dunkings and only freshwater rinse maintainence. Will take it apart this winter to see how it really held up. At this time the biggest thing I have hooked up with it was a big (garbage can lid size) ray that pulled the hook out just as I got it to the rocks and almost netted at the Port A South Jetty. I like the reel but am seriously looking to get a Penn SS9500 for next year. Of course then I will have to call Billystix for a rod because I don't think I can pick those well.
I've had lesser quality reels "freeze up" when the pinion shaft bushing, mounted in the reel body, grooved or disentegrated. When this happens the gears do not mesh correctly and get in a bind (I've even had sideplates blow out.) If a reel has plastic bushings, use them for catching bait or back-up snapper weights.