130lb is the new 100lb...

Rubberhook2

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FYI...

Normally I would fish jigs in the dark for bluefin on 100lb tied to a 4 foot leader of 300lb to my jig. Maybe using a Tac 25.

Recently I had the opportunity to kill a bluefin on a jig using 130lb mono to the 300lb leader to the jig on a blueprinted Penn 50S.

In both cases would be fishing a loop to loop connection to 150lb sprectra with at least 150' feet of mono as a shock absorber..

130lb was huge in that I went full drag at color on a 205 and fish never took an inch. 50S Penn and Grafigher 770XXH helped.

130 lb Izor breaks at like 154 (approx) so you can reef on that stuff........

Point being fish rope when you can fish rope. If they are eating a 300lb bite leader in the dark do you think 130 versus 100 or 80 will really make a difference?

Always fish as heavy as you can get away with to increase your odds of success....
 

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    FYI...

    Normally I would fish jigs in the dark for bluefin on 100lb tied to a 4 foot leader of 300lb to my jig. Maybe using a Tac 25.

    Recently I had the opportunity to kill a bluefin on a jig using 130lb mono to the 300lb leader to the jig on a blueprinted Penn 50S.

    In both cases would be fishing a loop to loop connection to 150lb sprectra with at least 150' feet of mono as a shock absorber..

    130lb was huge in that I went full drag at color on a 205 and fish never took an inch. 50S Penn and Grafigher 770XXH helped.

    130 lb Izor breaks at like 154 (approx) so you can reef on that stuff........

    Point being fish rope when you can fish rope. If they are eating a 300lb bite leader in the dark do you think 130 versus 100 or 80 will really make a difference?

    Always fish as heavy as you can get away with to increase your odds of success....
    Dorked out and double posted
     
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    Carl

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    You pull hard enough on 100 to break it?

    Waiter, I will have what he is having and no I ain't gonna arm wrestle for the check.
     
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    Shimano Penn

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    How much drag were you using?

    You pull hard enough on 100 to break it?
    There it is right there :D There is a point at which I do not need a bigger reel, heavier rod or stronger line because I have max'd out the one crucial component that is difficult to upgrade, ME. :rolleyes:
     
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    Rubberhook2

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    Biggest concern was being able to tie a knot in the 130lb so I did not need to crimp. Knot was no problem. When the big ones are biting stupid in the dark, which I have experienced several times, I will be fishing the 130lb on a 50 class reel.
     

    hucklongfin

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    Biggest concern was being able to tie a knot in the 130lb so I did not need to crimp. Knot was no problem. When the big ones are biting stupid in the dark, which I have experienced several times, I will be fishing the 130lb on a 50 class reel.
    You're using 45# drag at strike to put the wood to them?
     
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