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Decent prices for outstanding reels. These internationals will take a beating for years. I have a 30vsx and love it. Great all around size for offshore and holds a ton of braid with a mono top shot.

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http://www.pennfishing.com/penn-clearance/
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I've been looking for a deal on this type of reel and rod. I'm going on a long distance saltwater fishing trip on the Royal Polaris in Late December for a 5 day trip. Can any saltwater fisherman out there tell me what reel and rod I should get for this trip?

From the website -

Here's the link where they recommend several rigs for 3-6 day trips:

http://royalpolaris.com/3-6-day-summer-trips/

But those are summer trips. Here is what they expect to fish for:

A very fun 5 day trip between the holidays, fishing for Yellowtail, White Seabass, Calico Bass and rockfish. On some past New Year's trips, we have also caught Yellowfin tuna.

I'm looking to get one nice rod and reel that will handle this trip. They recommend several but I don't get to saltwater fish often and I'm not made of money so I'd like 1 rig that can be versatile. Thanks in advance!
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I've been looking for a deal on this type of reel and rod. I'm going on a long distance saltwater fishing trip on the Royal Polaris in Late December for a 5 day trip. Can any saltwater fisherman out there tell me what reel and rod I should get for this trip?

From the website -

Here's the link where they recommend several rigs for 3-6 day trips:

http://royalpolaris.com/3-6-day-summer-trips/

But those are summer trips. Here is what they expect to fish for:

A very fun 5 day trip between the holidays, fishing for Yellowtail, White Seabass, Calico Bass and rockfish. On some past New Year's trips, we have also caught Yellowfin tuna.

I'm looking to get one nice rod and reel that will handle this trip. They recommend several but I don't get to saltwater fish often and I'm not made of money so I'd like 1 rig that can be versatile. Thanks in advance!
You will want at least two rods. One for bottom fishing and one for casting. You can probably rent rods if you don't want to buy them.

Yellowtail and White Seabass are going to be bigger fish and you will want good drag (20lbs or more) and heavier line. Think 30lb test give or take depending on conditions and structure. Calicos and rockfish are typically smaller and don't need as much drag and the calicos can typically get away with light line like 15lb test. Bottom fishing you will want heavier line due to structure.
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You will want at least two rods. One for bottom fishing and one for casting. You can probably rent rods if you don't want to buy them.

Yellowtail and White Seabass are going to be bigger fish and you will want good drag (20lbs or more) and heavier line. Think 30lb test give or take depending on conditions and structure. Calicos and rockfish are typically smaller and don't need as much drag and the calicos can typically get away with light line like 15lb test. Bottom fishing you will want heavier line due to structure.
Thanks! If I need more than 1 rig for the trip I'll rent 1 and buy 1. I know it's probably foolish to buy one considering how little I saltwater fish, but something about renting a rod just seems wrong. I imagine it will be expensive and I'd rather own at least 1.

Anyway, do any of these reels on sale look like they would work for this kind of fishing? Is the International VSX 12 too small? The 50 too big?
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Thanks! If I need more than 1 rig for the trip I'll rent 1 and buy 1. I know it's probably foolish to buy one considering how little I saltwater fish, but something about renting a rod just seems wrong. I imagine it will be expensive and I'd rather own at least 1.

Anyway, do any of these reels on sale look like they would work for this kind of fishing? Is the International VSX 12 too small? The 50 too big?
I would certainly price out how much renting is going to cost you. Buying a complete setup or two is certainly going to be a lot more especially if aren't going to use it. Plus, if you rent from them, you know they will be matching you with the proper setup.

A rod and reel is only a portion of the cost, you need line, leader, terminal tackle.

Sounds like a cool trip, but I would definitely see if they could provide you with everything.
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My other recommendation would be to buy some used gear Craigslist, Facebook, bait and tackle store). If you find yourself not needing it after the trip you should be able to resell it with little to no additional depreciation.
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Oh boy the lecture that I'm about to get...
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In for one Senator Boat Casting rod simply because it lists a "Slick butt" as a feature. Can't go wrong with that!
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Thanks! If I need more than 1 rig for the trip I'll rent 1 and buy 1. I know it's probably foolish to buy one considering how little I saltwater fish, but something about renting a rod just seems wrong. I imagine it will be expensive and I'd rather own at least 1.

Anyway, do any of these reels on sale look like they would work for this kind of fishing? Is the International VSX 12 too small? The 50 too big?
Either reel will be fine and plenty. As mentioned by someone else, you need a rod to go with it, line, tackle, and some time figuring out how to use it. There's way cheaper options out there but if you have the money then go for it.

Your best bet on tackle and line recommendations are going to come from the landing right before the trip. They know exactly what you will be targeting and what is required to get on them. Have fun.
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I've been looking for a deal on this type of reel and rod. I'm going on a long distance saltwater fishing trip on the Royal Polaris in Late December for a 5 day trip. Can any saltwater fisherman out there tell me what reel and rod I should get for this trip?

From the website -

Here's the link where they recommend several rigs for 3-6 day trips:

http://royalpolaris.com/3-6-day-summer-trips/

But those are summer trips. Here is what they expect to fish for:

A very fun 5 day trip between the holidays, fishing for Yellowtail, White Seabass, Calico Bass and rockfish. On some past New Year's trips, we have also caught Yellowfin tuna.

I'm looking to get one nice rod and reel that will handle this trip. They recommend several but I don't get to saltwater fish often and I'm not made of money so I'd like 1 rig that can be versatile. Thanks in advance!
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Thanks for the advice everyone! I still plan to buy a rod and reel, but I'm going to wait awhile. The trip is a long way off and I have plenty of time to find the right gear.
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thanks op for posting. but i am wait new model.
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Only buy a nice Penn Reel if you are serious about fishing. They cost a lot, but the long term performance and quality makes them worth the extra money. There's nothing more unforgiving than saltwater. There's a reason why you'll see Internationals on every Charter fishing boat around.

Plus they look so damn good in a spread... drool
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