50#, 65# or 80# braid on fathom 25n 2 speed?

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I just got my fathom 25n 2 speed and I am debating on how to spool it. I'm matching it with a 7ft rod rated 50-100lb braided line. I'm planning on spooling it to the top with braid and use short flouro leaders that can range from 30# flouro to 50#. At first I was thinking of the almos 400 yards of 65# that can fit on the reel, which can also allow to use the leaders I want. Then I thought about using 50# for more line capacity and only 30# and 40# leaders. Finally, my uncle told me that with drag capabilities of the reel, I could be fine with going with 80#.

The biggest thing I think I might hook with this rig is a 100lb bft or a big yellow, and I want to have a shot line capacity wise. I feel like 65# is the way I should go, yes or no?
 

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400 yards of 65# is fine. Anything that wants more than that you really need a different reel.

50# is a consideration if you are Mr. Finesse bait guy but 65# is good all around.

If you were pulling grouper out of caves or something you could go 80#, but you also don't get as deep as easy, fish a bait as well and your capacity of only 300 or so yards doesn't really work for anything that runs far.
 

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400 yds of 65# works for me! You'd get over 400yds of 80# Maxcuatro if you went with that. My TranX is rated at 270yds of 65# and I got 315 yds of 80# Maxcuatro.
 

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Went with 65#, at squidco they told me it was just about 300yds though?

was confused, thought it could hold more, and by the looks of it I think it could have fit some more yards of line. Line could have covered up the black part of the spool right? I attached some pictures.

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Braid varies enormously in width so if you are serious about getting 400 on there then you have to find the right diameter braid...and then you can find it's exact breaking strength etc.

Point being is that this line may be much thicker than other 65# braid...but may be stronger too.

300 yards really is fine for a 25N and you still have enough room on there for a decent size top shot too. Keep in mind that when you spool it with your thumb it will tend to stack up in the middle. So a little under-filled is good so you don't forget and farm a fish.

Unless the line feels squishy from being put on loose I wouldn't stress it.
 
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tunanorth

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Just looked up capacity for the 25n two speed on pens website and it says 290 of 50.

Catalogue spec for FTH25NLD2 is 475/50, though as noted there can be wide variations depending on line brand, installation tension, and personal preference on fill-up level.
 

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Catalogue spec for FTH25NLD2 is 475/50, though as noted there can be wide variations depending on line brand, installation tension, and personal preference on fill-up level.
So I should get 475 or so 65 MC or about 400 or so of 80 MC on the FTH25NLD2 speed when I buy?
 

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I spooled mine with a 300 yard spool of Power Pro Super Slick 65#, and it came pretty close to filling it up. Added about 50 yards of #40 mono and its full to the brim.
 

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Just put 275 yds of 65 Izorline + 35yds 40 big game mono. Filled the reel on a 25NLD2sp. FYI.
Sweet reel,
 

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Went with 65#, at squidco they told me it was just about 300yds though?

was confused, thought it could hold more, and by the looks of it I think it could have fit some more yards of line. Line could have covered up the black part of the spool right? I attached some pictures.

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I was able to get 500 yds of Izorline 50lb solid. According to Paulus testing results the #50 breaks at 64.45 lbs. You could even fish #50 with out worrying of breakage. The knot strength is not so great with spectra. The method of connection is key factor. I personally make my own topshots and use L2L connection. This avoids having to use knots to connect mono/fluorocarbon. I should point out that I own a professional grade line winder and pack it very tight.
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I bought mine at Charkbait and they fit 300yds of 60# Toro Tamer solid and 75yds of CXX 40#. This is my first experience with the Toro Tamer. Is it decent braid?
 

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I used Izorline Brutally Strong 65# spectra and got right around 300 yds (+ or -), with about 40 yds of 50# Izo XXL to the top. That is how I fish it, and change out fluoro top shots to the mono as needed.
 

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I bought mine at Charkbait and they fit 300yds of 60# Toro Tamer solid and 75yds of CXX 40#. This is my first experience with the Toro Tamer. Is it decent braid?
I just tried one today with 60 pound toro tamer, landed a bunch of nice YFT and it seemed to work great.
 
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I'll let you know about the toro tamer braid when I get back from my 8 day trip in Oct. Used a 25 last year and it is a great reel, now have 2 in the tackle box.
 
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Might just pick up the 25nld2, but I've been putting on Maxcautro on some of my reels and if I put it on this reel then I'd have to go with the 80 which is like 65. If I don't go that way then it will be Threadlock 60 hollow and use loop to loop

Update, just ordered one from Chris when he had 20% off.. will get it sometime next week if all goes well. Now to figure out what braid test to use, since this reel will be for vertical jigging mainly. Heck, looks like I'm buying a new rod also.
 
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bluewaterbum

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Bought the 25n two speed and I'm going with 60# threadlock, getting the line put in by Basil. He's also splicing in line in a couple of other reels. When this is done I'll have all my reels relined and ready to go for my December trip on the Excel.

Now, I'm trying to pair the reels to rods I have, might be buying a couple of rods in the near future. Just haven't pulled on the Carnage 11 rods yet. I have the original Carnage rods and I like them for the price.
 

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I would def not want to hook up a hundred pound tuna with that reel lol... 40lb is the most i would fish it. So 50lb spectra will be fine for that. Maybe maybe 65 if you really wanted to... But 80, i dont think is necessary.
 

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I just got my fathom 25n 2 speed and I am debating on how to spool it. I'm matching it with a 7ft rod rated 50-100lb braided line. I'm planning on spooling it to the top with braid and use short flouro leaders that can range from 30# flouro to 50#. At first I was thinking of the almos 400 yards of 65# that can fit on the reel, which can also allow to use the leaders I want. Then I thought about using 50# for more line capacity and only 30# and 40# leaders. Finally, my uncle told me that with drag capabilities of the reel, I could be fine with going with 80#.

The biggest thing I think I might hook with this rig is a 100lb bft or a big yellow, and I want to have a shot line capacity wise. I feel like 65# is the way I should go, yes or no?
I might be misunderstanding when you say 80#. When you set your drag you set it according to the leader your fishing, not the filler line. The max drag is said to be 30-33#. That doesn't mean put 90# line and go fish. A 100#+ tuna can do damage if you don't have the right set up. I wouldn't want to hook a tuna that big on that reel, I'm not a youngster anymore.
 

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I'll be using 50 to 80 pound top shots because of what I'll be doing any of them know I'll be at my Drag 18 to 20 pounds
 

tunanorth

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Just to clarify, the FTH25NLD2 is fully capable of landing 100-pound class tuna, "IF" your line capacity is sufficient.
Mine are set up with 400 yards of 50-pound braid, plus a 50-yard topshot of 40-pound mono.
Exactly what an individual fish does will determine if that's enough, but mechanically, the reel is more than up to it.
 

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Catalogue spec for FTH25NLD2 is 475/50, though as noted there can be wide variations depending on line brand, installation tension, and personal preference on fill-up level.
 

bluewaterbum

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Basil filled mine with 50# threadlock hollow got about 425 yards with room for 25 foot top shot.

This reels main job will be vertical jigging. It will be along side my Saragosa 10k set up for the same type of fishing.
 
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