Coastal Fishing Forums: AllCoast banner
1 - 13 of 13 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,597 Posts
jtj0026 said:
Just bought a Charter Special 2000LD and want to know if it can fish with #30 topshot and stand against the fight for say a #30 yellowtail?
I just took a look at the Shimano website and the claims are that the reel produces 33 lbs of drag at full and 22 at strike with freespool. I don't know why I have a hard time believing that, but I do. If it does half that well, it would seem to be well suited for fishing with as high as a 40 lb topshot over spectra. It has the same capacity as my new Tyrnos 12II, and I plan on filling that reel with as much 60 lb JB Hollow as I can and leave some room for a 100 foot topshot.

I don't use the same outfit for fishing 30 lb mono as I do when I might encounter a 30# Yellowtail. I just don't have enough confidence in 30 lb mono to feel like I could stop a 30# Yellowtail. For me, that's 40 lb minimum mono for bait, and 50 lb mono for iron.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17,964 Posts
The charter special 2000 is basically a tld 10 with a level wind or a wide tld 5 .... you cannot get 22# at strike .... It is a 20# reel....and in open water you could handle a 30# yt but in thick kelp or around rocks it's a tossup...

This post edited by fishybuzz 05/20/2008
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,043 Posts
I don't think so. I haven't found the drag on the Charter Special to be as good as the Torium (or Trinidad) for that type of application. It's a great reel for Halibut and plenty of other inshore stuff, but wouldn't suggest it for tuna or large yellows based on my personal experience because the drag doesn't seem up to it and the line retrieve per crank feels very small to me.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14 Posts
I have 4 of the Charter Specials, 3 regular and 1 wide. I use them for Dorado fishing. I have caught football Tuna, lots of them and Albacore on them. They are a bit light, but they sure do the job. Matched with light rods, they are a lot of fun.

I use 25 lb on them and it works fine. I have no problem setting drags at 8 lb with plenty of reserve left. I think you would be fine with 30 lb, but realize you will be fishing "light tackle". I fish these from my own boat. Don't know about around a crowded party boat.......
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,306 Posts
jtj0026 said:
Just bought a Charter Special 2000LD and want to know if it can fish with #30 topshot and stand against the fight for say a #30 yellowtail?

Probably NOT for a 30# yellowtail.... maybe a 30# rockfish....

I wouldn't fish a 30# yellowtail with a 30# line in the first place, but that's just me. I'd fish 50# line instead. 40# minimum but that's just for 25# or smaller yellowtails.....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,306 Posts
fishybuzz said:
Hey TimC let me know how you select what size fish will bite....:p
Gosh darn it, now that you ask ... I will share with ya'll my fish "catching" secret. 8)

Before my every fishing trip, I'd send out an e-mail invite to all the fishes with RSVP request. I also ask to include the following data along with the RSVP: Size, age, location, preferred baits, etc.

Based on the responses I get, I decide on my tackle setup, line sizes, etc. If this is on my charter (spam, spam...), I'd pull the skipper aside, show him the e-mails and my "secret" location based on the replies I get of course.

Of course during the trip, I reject those bigger fish that came un-invited so my lines will not get chewed off :p
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
461 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
The primary purpose of buying this reel is for rockfishing as a loaner but since big YTs have been said to be around I just thought about the possibility of using it for duel purposes. I guess it would be okay for #25 line for smaller YT's after reading you guys' valuable suggestions. Thanks,
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
215 Posts
Hey naknekm,
Have you ever had problems with the level wind failing on these when you fish albies or other tunas? Thats the only concern I would have using these for lite tackle. I have one I use locally for halibut, rockfish, and striped bass. Always worried about what would happen when a tuna takes one of those long runs...didn't think the level wind would keep up...
G
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14 Posts
El_Jefe_Chingon said:
Hey naknekm,
Have you ever had problems with the level wind failing on these when you fish albies or other tunas? Thats the only concern I would have using these for lite tackle. I have one I use locally for halibut, rockfish, and striped bass. Always worried about what would happen when a tuna takes one of those long runs...didn't think the level wind would keep up...
G
The fish, in my experience that test the level wind are Dorado. When trolling, they take off and are often 50-100 yards away on the first run. The level winds have held up well. The albies and tuna don't, in my experience make those kind of runs. So, I would have to say that the levelwinds hold up well......

nak
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,923 Posts
I had very good luck with my 2000LD. I actually bought it for jig tossing before I knew any better, but it caught plenty of fish for me, including kingfish, sierra macks, bonita, blackfin tuna, yellowtail and albacore. However, the best catch that I made on it was light tackle jigging for grouper in Mazatlan. I pulled up some big ones on twenty pound that required some real pulling and near limit drag. The reel performed well and I never had a problem with it. Sold it to buy a "real" jig reel...a YTS converted 4/0. I guess you can tell this has been a while, right? Now to answer your question, I would not hesitate to split the difference and fish 25#. Your limitation will be the upper drag setting. I never pushed it more than about 10# of drag at full. A better setting at strike is around 6 to 7 pounds.
 
1 - 13 of 13 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top