15 or 24kg for Exmouth

Need some guidance from the locals/experts. Picked up a Tiagra30 from a mate who never used it. HEading to exmouth for two weeks in Feb and looking to have a serious shot at some billies and bigger tuna. Would you recommend spooling up with 15 or 24kg line. Pros/COns of each. Already have a really nice 10kg outfit in the boat. ROd is a Sabre 15-24 so either class is not a problem rod wise.


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G'day Simon Personally

Wed, 2008-12-03 08:23

G'day Simon

Personally purely from a sporting perspective I would tend towards 15kg. But seeing that the sabre is 15-24kg I think you would be better off leaning towards 24kg. 15kg running thru a rod rated up to 24kg with a rampaging billie connected could see a little too much pressure on your line. Also you already have a decent 10kg outfit so light tackle is covered.

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thanks Mick - I tend to lean

Wed, 2008-12-03 08:28

thanks Mick - I tend to lean towards sporting as well, but having not done any of it before, I am not sure whether 24kg might be actually pretty sporting at that time of year. Boat will be fully setup with riggers etc and is very capable offshore so can head wide if conditions allow. I am assuming we have more chance at small blacks and sails and if so 15 would be fun, but I also don't want to have a wotif moment on an decent black or blue.

I made that mistake popping at the MOntes and didn;t throw my heavy outfit at the first ledge we hit, and subsequently got smashed by a GT that would have gone 35-45kg, first cast!! Needless to say nothing under PE8 got used for the rest of the trip.

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been in the same situation

Wed, 2008-12-03 08:32

been in the same situation as you simon, having practically all 24kg outfits on 15-24kg sabres, after the last trip and getting ready for the next trip i have respooled most of my reels with 15kg line, a bit more sporting and having over a 1000m of line should be ok, the 15-24kg sabres will handle 15kg nicely, all mine do as they aren't broomsticks

15kg will handle billies well over the 100kg pretty easy, so dont think you need to stress much, JMO

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Given that you have a Tiagra

Wed, 2008-12-03 08:40

Given that you have a Tiagra 30, I would lean towards 15kg for line capacity, imo

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Wed, 2008-12-03 08:45

Depends what you want to target mate. If your going out over the 100m line then 24kg is the go. Seeing as your here in January it will be big blue season, so when you head out into the 200m ++ country you can have a couple of 15's out but it will pay to have a 24 with a big smoker on it running as your sleeper. Mako is right that 15 will handle over 100kg but at the same time theres some MUCH bigger fish lurking around out there. Doesn't make your by catch much fun and the dollies are starting to turn up in numbers, but you can always target them inshore on the weed lines with flick sticks at a later date. I would definately have one 24 out there if your planning to get serious about it and DEFINATELY have a back harness! 

But as chinny said, its not a tiagra 50, so maybe 15 will be more suitable, tough call.

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Back harness rule..

Wed, 2008-12-03 09:01

We have a back harness rule when fishing in Exxy. No back harness's until 1hr into the fight. And at least 3 beers must be consumed during said hour to qualify for back harness. Harden up pussies Laughing

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yeah im keeping 2 24's as a

Wed, 2008-12-03 09:09

yeah im keeping 2 24's as a bigger set up if i get wayyyyy out deep, but will run mainly 3 15's and a 10 in closer, cover all options

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ide go 24 .iv had a penn

Wed, 2008-12-03 16:28

ide go 24 .iv had a penn inter 30 spooled it up with about 600 m 50lb braid then over shot the braid with 100m of 50lb penn 10X leader .you get the stretch and give in the mono and still have 700 odd m of line to give ya chance in case any big girls decide to grab your hook.

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Topshot

Wed, 2008-12-03 16:32

Simon, def topshot if your going to run 24kg mate...a big fish, you will need all the line capacity you can get...

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Thanks lads - spooled up

Wed, 2008-12-03 16:37

Thanks lads - spooled up nicely with 15kg maxima. NOw if anyone wants to lend/hire me a 24kg outfit for the week it would be great.
Or if someone has one they want to get rid of let me know.

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how much 15kg did you manage

Wed, 2008-12-03 16:40

how much 15kg did you manage to get on simon???

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if needed simon i have a

Wed, 2008-12-03 18:41

if needed simon i have a couple of 24kg outfits you can lend mate, beastmasters and penn inter 50tw if interestedTongue out

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take three mate easy to snap

Wed, 2008-12-03 20:34

take three mate easy to snap one

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thanks guys - I will let you

Thu, 2008-12-04 05:37

thanks guys - I will let you know closer to the date. I figured we may only get one or two good days to head out wide if that but I would love to be able to have a shot at a big blue if that happens.

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Blake - about 700m

Thu, 2008-12-04 05:37

Blake - about 700m