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What should I use to respool an offshore reel?

Dear Captain"What should I use to re-spool my two Shimano reels?" Dear Captain "I fish for grouper, jacks, kingfish and more offshore. What should I use to re-spool my two Shimano TLD 25 Reels?"

I would spool one Shimano TLD 25 with 50-pound Momoi Diamond Blue for bottom-fishing grouper, amberjack and any fish that is on the bottom hanging out near structure. That reel will hold about 350 yards of monofilament.

The second Shimano TLD 25 I would spool with 40-pound Momoi Diamond Hi-Vis. This would be for Kingfish and other pelagic fish. I would use this one for trolling also. At the 40-pound weight, this reel will hold about 450 yards of monofilament. This will give you two different size lines in two different colors and give you varying amounts of line capacity. It makes you much more versatile in your all realms of fishing.

Monofilament

Due to the West Coast offshore fishery having more shallow water, I did not recommend braided line on any of your reels. The monofilament will also save you a heck of a lot of money. Also, because of the 6-foot, 3-inch extra heavy, fast action rods you are using, the monofilament will work better because of its forgiveness and composition. Also these reels were built prior to the braided line era, and the drag for a Shimano TLD 25 is rated at a max of 22 pounds. So there really is no need to put a 50-pound braid on the reel. Braid will usually break and test out much higher than the 50 lb rating.

If you were to lower the braid size to around 30 pounds, which gets closer to the max drag rating for that reel, you would have over 1,500 yards of braided line, which you don't need and would cost you a fortune. You could drop a large amount of monofilament backing on the reel then top it off with 300 yards of the braid, and then top-shot it with a fluorocarbon leader. But even doing that, you have doubled the amount of connections in your rigging, leaving more chance of possible rig failure. I say, keep it simple!

Thank you for sending in your question to The Online Fisherman.

Captain David M. Rieumont
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