When trolling tubes via braided line, I like to experiment with spinning reels. Again, I purchase equipment that I can use to fulfill more than one purpose. In other words, the spinning reels I use to troll tubes are the same spinning reels I use to cast plugs and live eels.
Because of line capacity constraints, I will only troll tubes via braid on spinning reels when the fish are holding shallow. I don't feel comfortable having half a spool of braid in the water, especially when trolling with a light spinning setup. I will admit that it is a ton of fun catching big bass using these small spinning reels.
I use the Penn 440SSG spinning reel for casting lures, eels and trolling tubes via braid while on the boat. I'll also use it from shore unless I am fishing the Cape Cod Canal.
Here are a few reasons why I use this reel:
I’m fortunate to have grown up on the beach, and I’ve been fishing since kindergarten. I have great family, friends and fishing experiences to be thankful for. Just being out there is enough-catching fish is just a bonus!