Here is a budget tuna rod and reel combo for under $250.
Penn Rampage Conventional Roller Rod and Penn Squall Levelwind trolling reel. The Penn Squall Levelwind is a great trolling reel that can hold 900 yards of 50 lb braided line. The Rampage Roller rod is a tubular fiberglass blank topped with Pac Bay Roller Guides. It’s a powerful rod with a great backbone and sensitivity.
You just can’t beat this tuna fishing setup for the very low price. Penn makes excellent fishing tackle and has been on top for many years.
It takes a really tough and powerful spinning reel to beat a 135 lb Bluefin Tuna.
So what kind of spinning reel is up to this challenge?
….the Shimano Twinpower SW 14000 – Buy One Now
The Shimano Twinpower SW spinning reel is the little brother of the magnificent Shimano Stella SW. The Stella is the largest spinning reel for saltwater big game fish. However the Twinpower is also a heavy weight contender that can tackle tuna, sailfish, marlin and sharks. The Twinpower SW can hold 400 yards of 50 lb braided line and has a maximum drag of 55 lbs. The Twinpower is quite a bit less expensive than a Stella SW. It’s a great compromise.