140 pound yellowfin on International 16VISX

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  1. tunanorth

    tunanorth I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Wes tuna 16VISX.JPG Wes from Ken's Custom Reels in Oceanside is happy about the 140 pounder he got on his new International 16VISX onboard American Angler.
     
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    Yea Wes...no doubt in my mind that the reel, commanded by Wes, would handle that fish. Good job Wes and VISX.
     
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    Good job Wes:-)
     
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    Getting this reel on Black Friday is looking even better...nice catch!
     
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    Get some!! Nice Wes! Can’t wait to get my 16VISXS
     
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    Steve, this reel is a world beater. I got my 360.4# yellowfin on the exact same reel and I never felt like I was outmatched. The fish had two lines attached so I can't claim a solo catch with it, but the other outfit was a Talica 50 and it was easily apparent that I had way more cranking power in the fight as I was able to strait grind while the other guy had to lift and wind.

    I hooked another very heavy fish not 40 min later, and if not for the anchor line of a nearby boat, I guarantee I would have had another giant. The drag is smooth as silk and with repeated pull testing I was able to get over the 30# with full free spool. How often does a manufacturer do that? Freespool is absolutely outstanding.

    Many thanks to Penn for building it and to my local rep who managed to get me one of these beauties before my trip. It's the best out there in my opinion hands down.
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    tunanorth I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Congratulations!
     
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    Beast mode, excellent catch!
     
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    Way to go Wes!!!!!!! Why didn't you tell me about this on the phone the other day???? Congrats.
     
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    Great!! I just order VISX 16, can’t wait to use it!!
     
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    question for you guys and tuna worth. What rods are your favorites for flyling sardines. Just purchased a couple of vixs-s, a 16 and a 20. I usually make a november trip on Shogun to Guadalupe, however didn't make it this year, just had lower back surgery. L4 & 5 fusion 3 weeks ago, looking forward to next years trip.
     
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    My 16 was paired with a Calstar 775xxh
     
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    What lb line did you use for??
    Braid and topshot ????
     
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    My VISX 16 took 660 yards of 100# Izorline solid by using steady solid pressure at fill up. I used a 10’ topshot of 100# Seaguar Premeire
     
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    Great!!
    Is it enough for 200lbs?
    Man... I can’t wait to see my reel. It’s still on the way....
     
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    What would be the application difference between the 16 and 20?
     
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    It was enough for a 360# Tuna. I felt like I had more than enough reel with the 16 and 660 yards of 100#. I will say however that if I were taking 14-16 day trips dedicated to cows I would likely step up to the 20 for the added capacity. I fished my VISX 16 at 29 pounds of drag initially which became 32# after the fight with no adjustment. I think it was just breaking itself in because it has remained extremely consistent afterwards.
    I believe if you are more inclined to fish a lighter more manageable drag setting you will feel better with the added capacity of the 20 size. I fish a very tight drag so the 16 was enough. On my trip, the fish were much larger than normal. We were lucky to be in the right place at the right time. While others struggled with 30 and 50 Avets and Okumas, I felt like I really had an edge with my 16. It has the drag and gearing needed to get it done if you can handle it. Just be realistic about your fitness level and ability to pull hard. There’s no shame in needing the larger reel and I think it’s better to match the capacity to the drag you can stand up to if that makes sense.
    I think Penn’s intent for the reels are for where they fall in the capacity range.
    16 has 750 yards of 80
    20 has 750 yards of 100
    30 has 750 yards of 130

    This was figured out by guys much smarter than me
     
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    Thanks I get you, less drag bigger reel.
     
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    tunanorth I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Bingo!
    Rather than start with the exact sizes of the previous generation of Internationals, those are the numbers the Engineers were tasked with.
    As has been discussed, the 16VISX is not intended as a "cow reel" per se. It can certainly handle it if one comes along while you are "finesse" fishing teenage-grade fish [and you don't simply run out of line].
    You may notice that in the "East Coast" part of the series [VI and VIS, all models with a top bar], there is not a "20" size included. That 20VISX is specifically intended to be a cow reel.
     
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    tunanorth I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Karl tuna2.JPG Another nice Guadalupe tuna on the Shogun, this time using a 12VISX.
     

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