Originally Posted by rainbowrunner
Okay, I'm stressing a little bit about this. I'm sold on the OTI TS 40/60, no problem there! But if I am going to buy a reel for 700 +, I just want to make sure I buy the "right" one
. I know you guys have been at this a long time and you have my attention. I've always liked to use lighter equipment when possible. I've absorbed a lot of info on this and the 360 boards and have always heard "you need the Stella 18 or 20000 for Tuna popping". But if the 8000 is a better choice and will save me a few $ I'm good with that.
Is the only difference line capacity?
I've also tried looking for information explaining the difference between SW and FA with not much luck.
the stella 18Ksw and 20Ksw are the bigger brothers of the 8Ksw and 10Ksw. The only difference is size and line capacity. The 8K and 10Ksw are perfect reels for the GOM. If you want a reel to pull double duty as a popping reel and a jigging reel I would get the stella 8000sw PG (power gear) and a 10,000sw spool (10,000sw spool has more line capacity than 8000sw). Use the 10,000sw spool for throwing topwater and the 8000sw spool for jigging (metered braid). If you are going to use it strictly for topwater then get the stella 10,000sw. It has the higher gear ratio like the 18Ksw. It's just smaller with less line capacity.