10kg Gamefish outfit advice

Thinking about getting a new outfit for this years billfish shootout... was looking at getting a Tiagra 16 or 20, what size do you think would be better for 10 kilo? There's a fair weight difference between the two. And a nice rod to suit?

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didn't you ask this about

Mon, 2010-03-22 16:31

didn't you ask this about six months ago?


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dunno maybe... might have

Mon, 2010-03-22 16:40

dunno maybe...
might have been drunk when I posted it up.

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Jay, I've got the 16 and run

Mon, 2010-03-22 16:44

Jay, I've got the 16 and run 24kg braid . It is on a custom rod from campells, seeker from memory. Love the combo although a touch on the heavy side.

16 all the way for 10kg, beautiful reel 

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Depends what you want to spend

Mon, 2010-03-22 16:46

Depends what you want to spend - I use a tyrnos 30 for my 10kg game trolling rod on a live fibre 10-15 stroker.  For my switch stick I use a 8-10kg king mack spin on a spheros 8000, so the fact you live in Karratha, make that a Tiagra 16 and a Stella8000 on something expensive. ;)


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Got a spare spool for my

Mon, 2010-03-22 17:01

Got a spare spool for my Stella 18000 might put 10kg on that and use that for a switch setup.... do you fit enough 10kg on a 8000 size reel Adam? Tiagra 16 sounds like the go for a trolling reel.

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I'll be upgrading my game

Mon, 2010-03-22 17:17

I'll be upgrading my game outfits later this year. I like the Tiagra 16... currently have Tyrnos & live fibre stroker setups too.

Tiagra's are ideal for game fishing (good gearing & drag components). I'd use the bigger stella for switching. The 16 would be pretty awesome for 10kg game (overkill, but not if consistent sails/blacks are in the equation).

An 8000 won't hold much 10kg mono at all - particularly if it's pre-test.

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Dont forget to look at the

Mon, 2010-03-22 21:34

Dont forget to look at the Talica 16 II




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Or just TAC16, they're all

Mon, 2010-03-22 21:38

Or just TAC16, they're all being released in single speed as well, saves about 100g.


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Jay - that 100Kg+ black I

Tue, 2010-03-23 07:29

Jay - that 100Kg+ black I posted up in Jan was caught on my 10kg outfit. Love it - Tiagra16 on a custom sabre 15kg made by whoever Woodvale GOtone used to use. Beautifully balanced and I just picked up a 30W to run 15kg on it when up north next. Probably a tiagra 20 on it would be ideal.

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Tue, 2010-03-23 10:52

Jay in last years comp I used a Tiagra20A loaded with 10kg IGFA, on a custom made live fibre rod, awesome, that rig landed two billies :)

I will be running Tiagra's again this year





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I Combos

Tue, 2010-03-23 14:48

I use Tiagra 20 on TCurve rod for trolling or running lures out of the riggers and Stella 20000sw on a custom miller rod for switch baiting both suit their purpose well. Your 18000 will work well with 10kg mono. Can't beat the spin rods for dropping baits back to lit up sails heaps quicker than overheads

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Tiagra 16

Tue, 2010-03-23 15:10

Gday Jay, I use a 16 with an 8-15kg live fibre (7') and I cant really fault it. Seems a little (very little) better balanced than the 20 and not as bulky as the 30. However, I would recommend either going with the spare spool for the stella or a baitrunner or spheors etc - stick with the 'beaters mate - heaps better. You're more than welcome to take the 16 outfit for a try if you want. PM me if you are keen.

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10kg combo

Tue, 2010-03-23 18:29

I use a tiagra 30 holds about 700m of 10kg on a live fibre 8 to 10kg. For switch baiting I use a spheros on about a 7ft braid buster thats rated at 10 to 24kg but would never be capable of 24kg. The longer rods on the spin combos make setting the hooks a whole lot easier when skipping or switching gars to sails they need some flex in the tip.


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Tiagra 20 will the line

Tue, 2010-03-23 20:46

Tiagra 20 will the line class perfectly but quite a narrow and bulky reel. The 16 is good as well but you're not gonna get 700m, 500m is still good. Otherwise Inter 16VS is pretty good and has the line capacity as well.

Have you checked out Accurate's ATD Platinum 12....awesome piece of machinery.




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A Word of Warning

Thu, 2010-03-25 16:51

I purchased a Tiagra 20 several years back intending to use it as a 10kg game outfit.  The reel as purchased wasn't suitable.  If you set the drag in the strike position and don't move it past strike you will be OK.  Traditionally Penn Inters and Tiagra reels have been designed so that the drag setting at strike will increase by 50% at Full (sunset) e.g for a 24kg outfit, 8kg at strike, 12kg at sunset.  This wasn't the case with the Tiagra 20 I purchased. The 3.3kg drag pressure at strike I set basically locked the reel at sunset.  It was designed more for the American market running heavy braids.  The reel was easily modified by removing one of the drag washers but you need to be aware that when a reel is badged as a 20, 30 or 50 these days it doesn't necessarily mean these reels are suited for use with 20, 30 and 50lb lines (especially, if you are going to sunset).   



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Get something good mate as

Thu, 2010-03-25 15:03

Get something good mate as BABA BING is going to bring it this year. LOL