Below we are going to discuss some of the commonly used reels in our sport and how they are used.

Section 1 – Casting Reels

  • These reels are used for casting for sharks within the first 100 Yards of the beach.  These are generally used if the weather is to rough for kayaking or, you do not have access to a kayak for bait deployment. (Click on the photos below to enlarge)

Reel Examples:

Penn 950ssm

  • 475 yards of 80lb Power Pro.

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Penn Spinfisher V 1050

  • 600 yards of 80lb Power Pro
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Avet MXL, Avet LX, Avet HX  
Diawa SHA(Or Slosh) 30 size to 50 Size  
Fin Nor Offshore Spinning Reels  

 

Section 2 – Mid-sized Shark Reels

  • These reels are used for Kayaked baits, and generally used for drops around 300 yards or less. These reels have a wide range spooling options and we will discuss some of those options for each of the reels below (Click on the photos below to enlarge)

Penn Senator 4/0 – Penn Senators are considered the “Original Shark Reels and are still being used decades after they were released. The 4/0 size is great for short drops with lighter mono.

  • 150 yd 65 lb Suffixperformance braid with 370 yds of 40 lb Suffix Superior
 
Penn Senator 6/0  

Penn Senator 9/0 – A great all around reel, many line configurations available and this may be the most common senator and is very reasonably priced new at around $175 great for drops up to about 400 yards

  • 750yrds PowerPro 100lbs topped off with 250yrds of 80lb BBG
  • 600 yards of Jerry Brown Hollow Core 130# – With – 350 Yards of Mono Mamoi Diamond 100# Top Shot
  • 300 Yards of 80LB power pro and 230 yards of 130 Mono topshot.
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Avet LX  
Avet HX  

 

Section 3 – Large Size Shark Reels

  • These reels are used for Kayaked baits and are for targeting big sharks!  These reels have large line capacities and are used for extreme fishing.  (Click on the photos below to enlarge)

Penn Senator 12/0 –A Great sized Reel for shark fishing, had great line capacity and is very common in our sport.

  • 300yds of 130lb JB Hollow backing with 700yds of 130lb Hi-Seas on top
  • 500 yards of 100lb JB + 600 yards of 130lb high seas
  • 1,040 yards of 100 lb Hi-Seas mono
  • 720 yards of straight 150LB Mono
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Penn Senator 14/0 – The 2nd-Largest of the Senators and are very popular for areas were heavy mono is needed for structure. Very Popular Florida/Hammerhead Reel
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Penn Senator 16/0 –The Largest of the Senators and are very popular for areas were heavy mono is needed for structure. Very Popular Florida/Hammerhead Reel

  • 950 yards of 200lb Hi Seas mono
  • 1,000 yards Izorline 130lb
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Avet Lever Drag 50W – These reels are powerhouses and have over 50LB of Drag, they can handle very large fish and have great line capacity.

600 yards of 130lb JB Hollow with 350 yards of 100lb Sufix Superior

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Avet Lever Drag 80W – These reels are powerhouses and have over 50LB of Drag, they can handle very large fish and have great line capacity.

  • 833Yards of 130lb JB hollow with 377 yards of 130LB Hi-Seas Mono (Professionally counted)

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Penn International 50w

  • 50sw 500 yards of Hi Seas 100lb
  • 50W 800 yards 100lb power pro, 100 yards hi seas 80 lb mono
 

Penn International 80w

  • 550 yards of Sufix Superior 130lb
 
Okuma Makira 80W makira80w