The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board voted 15-1 to adopt emergency management measures to reduce 2023 striped bass recreational landings. The lone dissenter? New Jersey, which is now threatening to not comply with the new regulations.
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Absolutely, upgrading your gear for larger fish doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many great options on the market that are designed to handle heavy loads, yet are still affordable. Here are a few options:
Penn Battle II & III: These spinning reels are incredibly durable and can handle larger fish species. They are designed with a full metal body, side plate, and rotor and offer a great drag system. The 8000 series should be enough for your needs.
Shimano Saragosa SW: While a bit more expensive than the Penn Battle series, the Saragosa SW is a high-quality reel that’s built to handle heavier fish. It’s been praised for its durability and power, and it’s often compared to Shimano’s more expensive Stella SW series.
Daiwa BG: The Daiwa BG spinning reels are renowned for their durability and strength. The larger models, like the BG8000 or BG6500, offer a strong drag system and are built to handle larger fish species.
Okuma Cedros CJX Series: Okuma’s Cedros CJX series spinning reels are designed for saltwater jigging, and they are built to handle larger fish. They feature a diecast aluminum body, side plate and rotor, making them sturdy and durable.
Penn Squall Lever Drag 2 Speed: If you are considering a conventional reel, the Penn Squall Lever Drag 2 Speed is an affordable yet powerful option. These reels are lightweight yet durable and are designed for big game fish in offshore waters.
As always, proper maintenance and care will extend the lifespan of your reel, especially when dealing with saltwater environments. And remember to pair your reel with the right rod for the best performance.