16vsx blue printing a line

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  1. carlosburitica

    Cals will be doing my reel to fish #80 line and i will be using jb hollow core line
    i noticed that the abs (average breaking strength)of this line is way higher than most lines...
    1. jb 80 hc has a break strength of #150 500yd plus top shot
    2. jb 100 hc abs #130 450yd plus top shot
    3. jb 60 hc abs # 90 600yd plus top shot
    i think cals suggestions was 400 80 solid, 150, 100 hollow and 80 top shot.
    reel is paired with calstar 770xh blank

    what line should i use... i can still use 60 and get more line capacity (but i am worried of line digging in at heavy drags), 80 may be a waist and i can better do the reel to fish (blue print) a #100 line.??

    any suggestions
  2. tunanorth

    Hi Carlos,
    Some of this depends on your most common use of the reel.
    The line systems and rod [770XH] you are describing are most applicable to San Diego-style yellowfin tuna in the "mini cow" to "cow" category [100-250 pounds], but even with the stacked line system, might be a little shy in total yardage when it comes to "super cows" [over 300 pounds].
    The 770XH blank is normally used as a "rail rod", and is a little longer than some people like for standup fishing or general trolling use.
    I notice you are near Fort Lauderdale, will you be traveling to San Diego [or Puerto Vallarta] for a long-range trip?
    As for the line digging in under heavy drag, if the installation is done correctly, it should not be a problem.
  3. carlosburitica

    i will use the reel as a multipurpose reel. gom tuna, panama and sandiego next year. i have a 100# outfit already with a 30w. the 770xh will be a rail rod, cut at the but (that is another thread)

    just want to share opinions in that you spool this reels for fish up to 200#
  4. tunanorth

    OK got it.
    My preference would be option #1 [80HC], as almost all [non-IGFA rated] monofilaments break at 20 to 30-percent more than what the label says.
    Have fun; the 16VSX could end up being your favorite reel for everything except "super-cow" grade tuna.
  5. lasparky11

    I had Cal set my 16VSX up to fish 100#, I did have him put the lower gear in. I filled mine up with 700 yards of 100# JB hollow. I personally would not waste my money on 80#. 100# has a smaller diameter than 80. Keep in mine that I use short top-shots of no more than 25' (flouro) or 50' (mono) depending on which rod I'm using. Have Cal put the specta on the machine he uses puts it on real tight.
    Tight Lines
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  6. carlosburitica

    Blue printing will be done by cals and then will sent the reel to basil for spooling we are going to do 500 100hollow and 50yard 80 mono top shot.
  7. CMY SIX

    Cal put 600 yds JB hollow 100lb on mine
  8. ACES_CM

    Great thread guys I just ordered a pair of VSX 16 in the lower ratio for Panama Standup. I'm after a Super Cow after last year trip with a 78" x 54.5" on day one (we got our asre handed to us on that one) but landed her with some team work, luck and a great Captain (Chico) anyway very excited that I finally made a decision and ordered the reels. I am also going to stock a few in the shop.

    I called Cal's shop on Friday (no answer) but I want to get one setup with "Granny" gears for the big one and leave one stock.
  9. offshore6

    My 16VSX is my favorite outfit for 80 lb. line, which I use in cases where I won't be using a full harness/plate. I am confident that it can handle a cow tuna, although I have not yet proven that. I fill it to the brim with Jerry Brown 80# hollow and get over 600 yards - leaving room for my 25 foot topshot. If I think the tuna may be bigger and/or I have the full harness on, I use at least my 30VSX which has been modified by Cal to hold 20% more line that standard. I fill it with Jerry Brown 100# hollow and I get over 800 yards with room for my short topshot. These two are my Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic (Florida) go-to outfits. On Long Range boats, especially in the dark or when using large baits where a super cow is always a possibility, I don't go with anything smaller that a 50 and even use an 80 on the kite because I feel that 1000 yards of line capacity is a minimum. My one and only super cow peeled off 1000 yards of 130 and was still going when I went for a skiff ride to run it down. I really don't want to throw my rig in the water on a backup (although I would if it came to that). The 16 and the 30 just do not have the line capacity to handle a truly big/mean tuna, unless you are in a small boat that can give chase.
  10. timmyd3853

    i got 600 yards of seaguar threadlock 100lb hollow on my 16vsx. and use a topshot of 125lb softsteel ultra (thinner that any other 100lb line) love it
  11. falconer

    Cal did my 16VSX for 100# and it's got 600 yds. JB hollow on it, like several folks wrote above. Cal and Eric's treatment included the "blue-printing", tweaked drag curve, spool shave and re-anodize, lower ratio low gear (I need all the help I can get!) and I sent it down to them with a Tiburon T-Bar handle, which they installed. Cal insisted it is a cow reel, as several have now confirmed on this thread. I use it on a 7 foot United Composite Viper, which I wrapped as a rail rod. I can really lay on this setup.