Just thought I would close the loop on this one. I got home from my Costa Rica trip yesterday. I fished with a great panga fisherman named Jose out of Cabuya, Costa Rica. As soon as I saw his boat and gear I knew he was the right one to get the donated gear. He had a couple of very old, beat up rods with extensive (bad) work on them. One had a crusty old TLD 25 on it and the other had a Daiwa Sealine X in similar condition. I had brought down some gear with me including a Stingray travel rod, several of my own reels (TLD 20, TLD 25, Penn Long Beach 60) and a Penn 114 donated by Jimmer. I also brought down a box full of trolling lures, feathers, rapalas and some miscellaneous tackle. Using my gear, I fished with Jose for 3 days in a row and caught some nice fish, including a 28kg (61lb) bull dorado (will post a picture later). My son also hooked a marlin that was estimated to be about 10-12 feet long, but the 40 pound test leader we were using for dorado didn't last long. It was exciting to see it jump though when we had it on the line.
Anyway, I ended up leaving Jose with Jimmer's 114, the Long Beach 60, the TLD 25, Stingray travel rod, new fighting belt and all of the lures and misc tackle I brought down with me. Although some of this gear is available in Costa Rica, it is very expensive. Jose told me that he saved up some money and bought a Rapala magnum lure which cost him $44. I had one with me exactlly like it that I think I paid $16-$18 for at Bass Pro Shop. Jose was extremely thankful for all the gear and I know it will help him tremendously. He fishes for a living and has a wife and 3 small kids to support. He also told me that he took out a loan to purchased his old, tired boat.
Hopefully, it still has a fair amount of life left in it.
You Penn fans will appreciate this. Jose seemed to be most happy with the Long Beach 60. It was in pristine condition and I didn't tell him this, but I think I got it on eBay for about $25. I upgraded the drags to greased carbon fiber, gave it a good servicing and spooled it with 20lb mono. Jose said it would be very expensive in Costa Rica. He catches a lot of football sized tuna and smallish mackerel, so the 60 should serve him well on those.
Thanks again for everyone's input on this and to Jimmer for the 114.