Best Value Halibut Combo

Discussion in 'General Open Forum' started by Stizzla, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. Stizzla

    Stizzla Well-Known Member

    It's my birthday coming up and I'm looking to get hooked up (pardon the pun) with a couple of rods and reels for next Hali season.
    I'm new to the sport and would like some advice from you veterans. I played with the Penn Squall 40 and it seem decent for just over $200.00.
  2. bigdogeh

    bigdogeh Well-Known Member

    I really like the shimano trevalla jigging. think it's about 5'6" HHX or something like that. Paired with a calcutta 700B... Not cheap though. I'm sure there are better rigs at less dollars, but I like what I have. No complaints. Have 3 of those. (looking for another calcutta.)
    Penn Squall looks like a nice reel. Like the lever drag... Haven't tried one though.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2017
  3. Stizzla

    Stizzla Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the tip! That is some seriously nice Looking equipment.
    Having spent $20,000 on fishing gear in 2017 (well spent), and with out 1st baby on the way I might have a tough time asking my wife for that.
    But, I could try to convince her it's a good investment... halibut isn't cheap at the grocery store!
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  4. tubber

    tubber Well-Known Member

  5. ericl

    ericl Well-Known Member

    I am 67 y/o so i spend money getting light rods/reels - 2 speed reels are nice.

    I have caught many halibut on a Shimano knucklebuster with 20# braid on a $50 rod; using my Salmon reel on a different rod.

    The Shimano rod mentioned above is what I use now. I'd go with 50# braid. Last Summer the boat I was on brought in a 200# fish on gear like this. With 50# line you will want a reel that can handle 15-20# of drag. We are not Marlin fishing; no screaming runs.
  6. Whole in the Water

    Whole in the Water Well-Known Member

    For my money I'd recommend a Shimano TLD 20 reel (once you use a thumb lever reel you want go back to a star drag). This is a time proven, reel the has great performance and reliability for the price.

    As far as a rod goes, I like the Shimano Talora (low $) or Technium (mid $) or Trevala (higher $) as they all have stiff buts and sensitive tips, good action when anchored and putting the rod in the holder. I like Shimano rods, but there are many other good rods out there to chose from.
  7. Stizzla

    Stizzla Well-Known Member

    IMG_2531.JPG *Update:
    I got up Cabelas in Nanaimo and made my selection. I ended up with two of the Diawa Saltist 2 speed reels one size 35 and one 40. They were regular $489 on sale for $199. Also got an ugly stik rod 75% off for $39. Reviews online were solid. I'm a happy dude!
    Thanks again for your input guys!
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  8. Fixit

    Fixit Well-Known Member

    Wow that's a good deal. I just got my first two speed reel a few months back for tuna and marlin... wow so nice having the low gear!
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  9. Stizzla

    Stizzla Well-Known Member

    Jealous! Marlin fishing sounds so fun.

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