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Has anyone used or know if this reel can handle catching yellowtails?

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Sorry guys I know this is a bass fishing forum but maybe some of you who fish saltwater may know.

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Nope not salt rated....

I would hook up with a large Calcutta B salt approved...:Victory:

 

Tight Lines!  :fishing1:

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X2 on Calcutta, 400B for about the same money. I have used them for Pike and Muskie and they are more than you need for these species!

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A yellowtail is a member of the jack family , similar to amberjack of which I'm very familiar with. Very tough fish that can easily go 50# and bigger with lots of strength and stamina.  They can be caught using bait or casting lures like a sling or iron jig, Braid or Williamson makes nice ones.

 

Use what you have if it's a one time outing, but for constant targeting I'd be looking at something else. Casting I'd be using spinning, nothing less than an 8000 reel with 30# of drag or more, 30-40# class rod.  Bait fishing I'd be using a reel with a single power handle, a Trinidad or Torium may fit the bill, personally I really like a Fin Nor Marquesta ma 20 with 40# of drag.

 

I'd do some internet research to see what the yellowtail fishermen are using.

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The G series says it's approved for saltwater. I'm presuming the E series is also just not noted. 

 

I'm looking for a low profile reel that'll reel in calicos, sand bass and possibly a yellowtail if they are in the area. The yellowtails can be anywhere from 7-20+ pounds. I'd rather have the low profile than the conventional round reel but the conventional round reel just may be the better choice since you never know what you're going to hook into in the ocean. 

 

While fishing for calicos, this kid hooked into an 80 lb black sea bass and reeled it in. He had a conventional round reel. If that was on my setup, I don't think my reel would of been able to handle it. 

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Reading Shimano's web site the curado 300 E can be used for muskie and inshore saltwater use, the 300EJ comes with a power crank also more ipt making it quite usable for jigging with butterfly type jigs, which is the hottest thing going now.  The calcutta b does offer more line capacity but less ipt, the answer to the original question of can you use it and IMO the answer would be absolutely.

That doesn't mean I'd use it or the calcutta, my preference will always be for spinning, but that is a personal choice.  The advantage I see using either b/c rather than spinning is a lighter set-up, for me that isn't really an issue.  I have an outfit that I use that I think would be ideal, I use it all the time offshore, a Star stellar light inshore hvy 25# class rod with an Abu soron 60 reel, packs 250 yds of 30# braid with a max drag of 30# on a 15 oz frame. I jig this outfit, cast lures, troll and sometimes use bait. 

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Reading Shimano's web site the curado 300 E can be used for muskie and inshore saltwater use, the 300EJ comes with a power crank also more ipt making it quite usable for jigging with butterfly type jigs, which is the hottest thing going now. The calcutta b does offer more line capacity but less ipt, the answer to the original question of can you use it and IMO the answer would be absolutely.

That doesn't mean I'd use it or the calcutta, my preference will always be for spinning, but that is a personal choice. The advantage I see using either b/c rather than spinning is a lighter set-up, for me that isn't really an issue. I have an outfit that I use that I think would be ideal, I use it all the time offshore, a Star stellar light inshore hvy 25# class rod with an Abu soron 60 reel, packs 250 yds of 30# braid with a max drag of 30# on a 15 oz frame. I jig this outfit, cast lures, troll and sometimes use bait.

Sounds like the 300ej might be the way to go. Thanks for the info. I actually use a spinning set up for bottom fishing. I do prefer BC for calicos or that top to mid water column bite. I would mostly be throwing live chovies and I've found the BC easier to manage since I have the reel out of gear to feel my bait with my fingers on the line. When calicos bite they just take off with it and having used a spinning set up I found it more difficult to close the bail. I imagine that yellowtails are a similar bite.

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If you're going to use it, wash it after each use

Yes definitely. I've been using my freshwater bass set up in saltwater also and I always rinse with water and re oil/lube the reel after each session.

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Sounds like the 300ej might be the way to go. Thanks for the info. I actually use a spinning set up for bottom fishing. I do prefer BC for calicos or that top to mid water column bite. I would mostly be throwing live chovies and I've found the BC easier to manage since I have the reel out of gear to feel my bait with my fingers on the line. When calicos bite they just take off with it and having used a spinning set up I found it more difficult to close the bail. I imagine that yellowtails are a similar bite.

 I'm sure you have gathered that I prefer spinning for just about every thing I do in saltwater, with a few exceptions that are not pertinent to this thread.  As far as having trouble with a spinning bail baitrunner type reels combat that as the bail is always closed employing a secondary light drag, when you crank the handle the primary drag goes into effect.  The bottom line is use what's most comfortable for you.  

 

There is some really fine freshwater information on this site, not as much in the way of saltwater simply because this is primarily a bass site with far few devoting the majority of their time in the brine.  Many of us have been on charters or with guides, it isn't the same.  For the most part we use the boat's rod and reels, the Captain selects the areas to fish, the type of bait that's hot and the rigging, we pay for that expertise.  Doing it on your own isn't quite as easy and IMO the best place to get info is your local tackle shop and forums that are devoted to saltwater.  

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