I have both. Both are great reels. I dont mean to throw a monkey wrench in your purchase..........I fished with the Shimano Talica 16II for NJ tuna and went and bought that. I love the talica better than the avets.
You will be find with a jx raptor in the area..if you plan on chunking also go with a hx .....I use regular jx on my charters with no problems..plan on a few raptors this season..definitely looking at hxs for chunking ..have Avet 30 n 50 also
sykk physh got ya its ryan from the CG toms friend from the st barb I hear ya I think I am going to go with the hx cause I may be chucking with it I was just wondering if anyone has really needed all that drag the raptor puts out.