What kind of rod is a good match for the 535GS Mag(large fish)and what type of line would you all suggest I have put on it,something like Power/PRO.One other thing I noticed the reel only can be spooled with 15# test.
I use 20lb. mono and 30 or 80lb spiderwire. I think this reel can use anything. Remember the reason for having this reel is for it's long casting ability, you will have to think about how much weight you'd like to cast before choosing a rod.
I've got a 535 mag on a OceanMaster 12' 6-12 oz. I have 20lb suffix Tri for line. It's a smooth combo but it will take 6oz to get the rod loaded right.The rod runs about $120.
Tica makes a 12' rod for around $90 that is rated 4-12 oz.
Or you can get a Breakawy 1509 which I have matched with a 545 mag and 25lb suffix tri. The rod runs $350 and up. It all depends on your budget. I would think the PowerPro is way to thin for casting but you can put a 150 yd spool on your reel first and then your mono on top of it, if you think you need the extra capcity.
When spooling PowerPro on your reel first, put a piece of tape on your spool first or the PPro will slip when winding your line in.Tying knots for PPro can be a little different to, go to there web site and see what they suggest. They usually have and extra turn or two in the knot to keep them from slipping apart.
For a shockleader, I use tapered mono leaders that are 17lb to 70 lb. I use 100lb PPro on the 545 mag as I throw big baits in search of Tarpon. The 100lb PPro is the same diameter as 20 lb mono.
Did you buy your 535 factory maged or have the mag installed?
I'm deceiding on whats best for me to get in the seires(535 or 545)I've never owned one,have always used spinning equipment,so I'm thinking about using both and I'v heard that conventual(SP)gear is better on larger fish like Reddrum,Rock.So before I invest in anything I want to get the poop on it first.(reels,rods and tackle) you know what I mean. TRIGGER
Adam - So if I go after Cobia or shark I would need the 545,so I guess I'll have to invest in two reels and rods,what type of rod do you use for Cobia(lenght)and how much weight can you throw plus bait.
I also am gonna try the 11'9" Breakaway/525 Mag on em this year, lil more sport lol
I use all those on Drum and Stripers as well, just switch out some reels here and there.
I run 20# string on the big ones, 17# on the 525. If you run 17# on a 30 or 7500 I believe you would be safe on the capacity category, the 17# Sufix Tri-Plus breaks over 20# so Im pretty sure you could catch a big Cobia on it. I think I just may try it myself.
I use a non-mag'd Penn 535 on a 12' Ocean Master heaver. I'd concur with BentHook that the rod needs at least 6 oz. to load. I throw 8 oz. all the time and have gone up to 12 oz. The rod is about as flexible as a telephone pole, but at least I'm not afraid I'm going to blow it up with heavy lead.
This was my first conventional setup and even with the mag I learned pretty quickly to control the reel. I currently have 17 lb. Berkley Ironsilk on it and I use 50 lb. Big Game as a shock leader.
I wouldn't choose this reel to work lures with but for chucking out a hunk of bait and a kitchen sink on a big stick like the OM 12'. I think it's easier to throw 8+ oz with a conventional.
Things that can go bad without extra care ( 1) The mag carrage : watch the magnets for rust (part #302 )-coat with nail polish to keep saltwater out (2) The bearing under the brass cap center of the left side plate (inside) : a few drops of rocket oil will keep this bearing rust free and rolling (note : DON'T REMOVE THE BRASS CAP ) (3) there is a bearing in the right side plate where the pinion gear comes thru : a drop of rocket oil will take care of it (4) There is a bearing (#55A) under the adjusting cap that will rust without oil .Remove the handle and the drag star,this makes it easy to remove the adjusting cap and clean and oil the bearing (5)There is a bearing (#20A) at the bottom of the gear stud (#134) this bearing is hard to get to and is over looked ( it will rust and cause the handle shaft to freeze up ) it needs to be oiled (#6)When your reel doesn't go into gear fast- the pinion is tight where it comes thru the sideplate (fix: sand it until it doesn't bind) this should help it to engage (#7) Check the screw(22) in the eccentric lever (#21) and make sure it's tight ---------------------------------------------------------------That's all for now . Feel free to add anything I left out. Earl Brinn 1-904-733-7774
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