Originally Posted by mrfzx
We recommend Islanders to all our bookings for Tarpon. If they cry poor, then we have other recommendations, but we sear by the Islanders. The cork drag in the 4.5 can be cynched down tightly enough to break off 30 pound leader....as has been done by a few mis-informed souls that thought they could man-handlle a big Tarpon!
As Rulers go, a "fun ticket" works just fine.
They are heavy but they sure do work hard! Pretty wild story about an Islander, I have a friend who is a guide up here in the NE. He swears by T&T and Islander reels. A customer dropped a 10wt setup overboard during a spring charter. Late in the Fall he was contacted that someone had brought up his reel (his name and the boat's name is engraved in his reels). He sent it back to Islander where it was rebuilt and re anodized. It's still fishing today, that's pretty badass in my book.