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Wanting to buy a 12wt saltwater setup for a upcoming trip to Christmas Island, Anybody?

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Budget? What level of outfit are you hoping to find? At Christmas Island, you need to have several backup 12 weight lines along with your outfit...it's not unusual for those nasty tough trevally to wrap your line around a coral head!
 

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I have a Redington Vapen Red 9ft 12 weight and Sage 6012 fly reel both brand new. Bought them to go to Cabo but not able to this year so might as well go to someone who can use them. Rod
 

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12 wt.

I have a TFO. BVK 12 wt. 9ft 4 Piece ---Purchasd a few years ago for a Tarpon trip, but never used it.---It's NEW, except for some practice casting.--Infortunatly it is a Virgin and has never touched a fish.---
New at $300, will sell my rod for ------$185 Inc FREE shipping on CUSA

THANKS

BILL
 

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If you are really going to go after GTs then read all about them before you buy or reel. This is no fish to chase with anything but a top end reel. GTs are simply bad ass and they WILL rip up equipment. Personally I would go with Abel, Tibor, Hatch (or Mako if you are really flush with cash).

You are going to spend around $4K on this trip. Saving a couple hundred dollars on a reel is not the best use of funds in my mind. Look on ebay if you can't find one on here. You can find a used reel from one of these brands in excellent condition for less than $500 and you will have it for your lifetime. Or if this is a one time kind of thing turn around and resell it.

Bottom line with GTs - go big or stay home....lol

Good luck.
 

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ifsteve is right when he says, "go big or go home". I watched GT shred 3 low-mid price range 10/12wt reels. One happened to be in my hands. If you are serious about catching GT, then be serious about buying a quality reel/drag. I have a McNeese 4.0 Tarpon reel right hand wind for sale that is Anti-Reverse. This reel will handle all the backing/line you will need and will have a powerful drag to slow down GT. Plus, it will save your knuckles. Trust me, GT are knuckle busters. I have a buyer lined up but if he decides not to purchase the reel, consider it an option. $550. Enjoy your trip. I had a trip of a lifetime. Great experience.

 

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I've got a Satin Gold Tibor Gulfstream (not quick change) that's been in my closet collecting dust for five years: near perfect shape. I can send photos and check the going rate if you're interested.
 
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