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  • Info on Penn 16 visx can we chat
    tunanorth
    tunanorth
    Sure, but this "Profile" comment area is kind of awkward [I don't check it that often]. Please post up on the "Start a Conversation" tab. Thanks!
    My shop is a Penn warranty station! I asked about this when I got the reel and someone else on this board said it depended on how much resistance there was. I checked the pinion bearing and it seemed fine. So I fished it. It's gotten worse and made it hard to land a nice tuna last week. I'll replace the bearing and see if that solves the problem. If not, I need to send it in.
    tunanorth
    tunanorth
    Sorry, I did not see that the OP was you. I am sure if you send it to Tony Dubeck's attention he can handle it pretty quickly, and give you a good explanation of what the cause may have been.
    fathom 25 to fish 40lb fill with 50 or 65 spectra short top shot.i have 2 40s for 50 and 60
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    tunanorth
    tunanorth
    I would definitely say go with the 65, it knots up better, and comes off the reel much better under heavy drag.
    Steve I finally found a reel crankie for penn 50 vs will it fit the 50 vsx the two speed set up and handles look the same
    Thanks
    tunanorth
    tunanorth
    As long as they are both 2-speeds, and the same "generation" [V or VI], they should fit.
    Hi Steve, looking for a Penn spinning rod to cast swim baits and iron to albacore. Want something over 7'. Looking at the Carnage II 7'6" CARBWII4080S76.Will it do well with 2-4 oz swim baits and 100-200 gram iron?
    tunanorth
    tunanorth
    That rod is good for what you describe, don't forget that it is a 2-piece, with the break just above the foregrip. Best balance is probably the 6500 size spin reels.
    BTW- I don't always see the "Comment on profile" messages. Better to use the "Start a conversation" thing.
    Hello, I have a quick question. I am targeting blue fin and yellow fin up to 150 at most. I was going to get the Carnage 2 Jigging 50-130 Spinning and the Slammer 8500. What do you think? It would be for butterfly jigs and be filled with 80 lb solid core. I am brand new to offshore fishing.
    tunanorth
    tunanorth
    A lot depends on where you will be fishing, and what type of boat you will be on. For California party boats and long range boats, spinning tackle can be problematic due to the height of the boat's rail, lack of 2-speed capability, and the fact that the boat does not chase the fish. For small boats, skiffs, pangas, etc, that would be a nice combo.
    tunanorth
    tunanorth
    PS- I do not always see messages using the "comment on profile" feature. Best choice is the "start a conversation" feature.
    Hello Tunanorth I had a quick question about the trq40nld2.. I received a bnib reel from Penn and noticed how much shaft play there is in the handle shaft and shifting mechanism.. is this normal? I've never fished the trq ld so don't know what they are supposed to feel like.
    tunanorth
    tunanorth
    If I understand correctly, you are noticing the about 1/8 of a turn of "play" before engagement when you shift, either up, or down. This is pretty normal.
    BTW, the "comment on profile" feature is not normally seen by me, the "start a conversation" feature is better.
    I have a question regarding a post you discussed about the spinfisher 6500 LL secondary drag being too tight on lowest setting. Did you ever find a fix for this? Clicker removal or different drag washer? And will these changes cause damage to the reel in the future..... i just got one and need less drag to flyline sardines.
    tunanorth
    tunanorth
    Apologies, comments on my profile are not easily seen. The "start a conversation" feature is better.
    Anyway, this was not solved, and after much conversation with the chief engineer, apparently does not have a satisfactory resolution for flyliners.
    Just saw a couple of your threads and posting about VISX and was wondering if I made the right decision on putting 100lb braided on a 12vsix and 130lb on a 20vsix and would the reel have enough line if a big fish hits??? My plan of attack was putting a little heavy line and finese the fish.....just got these reels recent and pairing it with a 720 x3h and x4h pheinx.
    tunanorth
    tunanorth
    Quite often Guadalupe is 100-percent long soaks. A 20 would be your heavy dropper loop reel there, with 12's and 16's the better choice for any kind of flylining. Use 60 pound topshots on the 12 if there are no sharks. 80 if there are. With a 16, go with 80 topshots unless they are biting well, and then go with 100 if they will bite it.
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    ninjastar
    How many yards of top shot do you recommend?? Both the 12 and 20 that I have currently are full to the brim.

    So when I do get the 16 how much of what should I put on??

    And any chance would you happen to know how much line on the 12 would 80 go on vs 100 and for the 20 100 vs 130
    tunanorth
    tunanorth
    Topshot length will depend on the individual boat's crew, but Guadalupe is normally very short, generally between 5 and 25 feet. Line capacity varies a LOT depending on line brand, installation tension, and preference for fill-up level. The 12 generally holds around 550-600 of 80 [not sure on 100], the 16 holds 500-550 of 100, and the 20 holds 650-750 of 100 and 550-600 of 130.
    I just signed up for the 7day in Dec on the Shogun. Do you have a reel I could use for 100lb dropper loop for yellowtail and a 2x4 rod ? What do you have? I have my own tuna gear. I was thinking a new penn 16Visx reel.Try it if I like I will buy one. Thank you Steve. My name Is Richard I fish the Shogun quit often.Looking forward to our trip.
    I Love June, because normally they Go to The Rocks
    and for the variety that this Trip Offers.
    tunanorth
    tunanorth
    Yes, traditionally Alijos is good for 30-60 pound tuna in June, plus very large yellowtail for nighttime dropper-loopers, with either bluefin and/or albacore on the way down or on the way home.
    Good Afternoon Steve, I just wondering, why their is still
    17 opening , on your June 6 Penn 8
    day in 2018, I got worried and booked your Trip
    back in March with 3 other Friends, because that Trip
    Normally this Trip Fills up Fast
    was this past Trip, so bad ,that it turned People off
    I was just wondering. any info would be Good
    but no Matter what it will Finally be go to Share the Rail
    with you . Thanks
    tunanorth
    tunanorth
    Not sure about space, but whatever the Shogun website says is probably correct. There were several people who wanted to go to Guadalupe on this year's trip, and were disappointed when they learned the permits had expired. We moved the dates slightly to allow the "possibility" of Guadalupe in 2018, but we may or may not go there, depending on where the fish are biting best.
    Hi Steve, My brother and I joined you on the 2015 and 2016 June Penn trips on the Shogun. This year we will see you in September on the Searcher. We want to fish a shorter trip July or August. Any suggestions? Thanks Paul
    tunanorth
    tunanorth
    Hi Paul, if having the most luxurious boat is not your priority, Captain Mike Lackey and the crew aboard the Vagabond are top notch. The boat is not the newest one in the fleet, but its comfortable, the food is good, and they really catch fish. Perfect for shorter trips.
    Steve, I received a Penn Fath 40 NLD2 for Xmas. Put spectra on only to find out the reel will not get proper drag specs before loosing free spool. How do I send in in for service ????
    tunanorth
    tunanorth
    How much drag at what settings are you getting? In general, follow the return instructions on Penn's website under "service", though BD members should also be sure to address their items to "attention Tony Dubeck".
    Hey Steve on your 8 Day Trip on the Shogun
    in June, how Many normally re up on your Trip
    because I'm on it ,but Have a Friend that is on Stand buy
    all ready for your 2018, ???
    tunanorth
    tunanorth
    there are usually a couple of spots open, he should have no problem getting on for 2018.
    Just wanted to tell you that after about a 10 year Penn vacation, I got a Fathom 25 one speed and two speed. While the black matte finish is a little cheesy, the reels themselves are fantastic. I'm really happy with both of them and my hat's off to Penn for making a competitive high tech reel.
    I have an old spinfisher ss 5500 graphite reel ,do u think this can handle a cali yellowtail? going on 3/4 on Friday i was going to use it for a back up for surface jigs. Hardly used reel maybe caught 3 bay bass.i think max drag is 15
    tunanorth
    tunanorth
    The SS5500 will certainly catch a yellowtail with no issues, but it is probably not an ideal choice as your primary "go-to" reel, especially with so many sea lions around. With a 15-20 pound topshot, it would make an excellent "finesse" reel for smaller baits like anchovies.
    Ok, figured it was a retailer who changed the spec slightly to line up with what he carried.
    I had a question about the fathom 30ld2. On the line capacity it says 525yards of 60#. What manufacter of line was that and how much of 65# solid can the reel hold? Im looking for a 50# pound reel for bait, ect. thanks
    tunanorth
    tunanorth
    Not sure where a capacity is listed for 60?
    Catalogue listed capacity is 525/65, which was calculated with Berkley Big Game Braid solid, and is very small diameter.
    grenade760
    grenade760
    It was at charkbait. Will the 30 fit 500 of 65 izor?
    Hi Rob, I moved your question down to the current thread about our trip, no doubt others will have the same questions!
    I tried to email you but it came back as undeliverable, hence my contacting you here. Recommendations for hook size for our trip? We have the lines covered but was wondering about hooks.
    Hi Steve:
    I'm looking to purchase a 113HN. Without being able to physically touch the reel, how can I tell if the 113HN is a later production with six bearings? Thanks.

    Tim
    Atlanta GA
    tunanorth
    tunanorth
    If the seller has the owner's manual, you can just count them on the part sheet. The outside of the boxes did not reflect the change for several years after it happened. Also, if its a very early one with 5 bb, it will have a nylon/plastic drag star. Of course the stars are easy to change so that's not definitive. Only the 2004 production run had the 5 bb.
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