Backing for spectra

mochosla

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Hi guys. I have a question. I have a Penn Senator 114-H I want to use as a kite reel. I have 500 yards of 80Lbs braided line I’m putting on it but I know it won’t fill it up at all. Would you recommend using 60lb mono as backing?

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Are you using it to fly the kite? Or to catch fish with?
Putting #60 mono under 80 braid does not seem a good way to go. Just my opinion...
 
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Stick with the 500 yards of 80. Having the spool half full will give you more cranking power when winding it in. When the wind kicks up it will make life a lot easier
 
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I've used the 114 as a kite reel a bunch. I agree that you don't want to sacrifice too much cranking power when you're pulling the kite against a strong wind. However, with the kite really far from the boat, it takes forever and wrecks your shoulder to get it back in. Invest in a crank adapter and carry a cordless drill. It makes all the difference.

 
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    I agree with Mag....drill adapter if not an electric upgrade. As for the backing.... what ever you use..... make "fast crosses" for the last 100 yards of backing (closest to the connecting point). This will help keep the spectra from digging deep into the backing when "decompressing" during the resting period. This is a really important step... for longevity of both the reel and the spectra. Those who haven't learned this lesson are either lucky or fortunate enough that someone in the tackle shop did it for them... automatically.

    We did this many times as well with dacron in the early days. Just a thought. Good luck.
     
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    kevina

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    Stick with the 500 yards of 80. Having the spool half full will give you more cranking power when winding it in. When the wind kicks up it will make life a lot easier
    And a lot Longer To Reel In! Get some type of power assist for the winding in. Or put one of those power handles that they put on when deep fishing for rockcod, (way back in the days).
     
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