Can't decide which reel

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  1. LEGENDS

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    Been thinking of picking up a couple new reels for next years 8 day. As soon as I can get my hands on a Penn Slammer spinning reel to get a feel for the size, I'm all in. The other reels I can't decide on are the Accurate FX2 500G or 600G models. Or the Penn FTH40LD2 or the FTH60LD2. Hell, maybe I should get one Accurate and one Penn. Looking for a reel that I can fish d-loop 80 or 100lb or slide a big bait back for some bigger yellows down on the ridge or the rocks. Are these reels overkill for my type of trip? Any advice appreciated. Most of my reels are single speed with the exception of a couple smaller saltist 2speeds.
     
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    You'll get a lot more use out of the 40N than a 60. So 40N all day with 80#.
    Best all around size in the Slammer III is the 6500 and about 300 yards of 65#.
     
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    How much spectra line (power pro) of 80 and 100
    can fit on the 40N.
     
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    Nearly 600 of 80#..
     
  5. salty brain

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    x2 on the 40n
     
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    Hmm max cuatro?

    I can only fit about 330 of 80lb regular power pro on my 40n. No where near 600 yards
     
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    I was able to fit 330 yards of 80lb. I have filled my 40n twice. both are around 330 so not sure how one can fit almost double this. (and I'm very attentive and detailed with all my line fillings on all my reels)
     
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    Thanks for info guys

    my 40n is in the mail so getting ready for it [emoji3]
     
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    I planned on using my for jigging but 100 lb bluefin out matched the reel. You can still catch them on it, but not optimized. I believe the 40n is great for a yo yo for fish up to 60-70 lbs. Love the cast ability and smooth drag.
     
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    I put on roughly the same amount of spectra.

    I think the reel would be fine on a hundred pound BFT, I caught a low 80 lber without any problems.
     
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    Absolutely no problem landing the bigger fish……I'm just able to land them faster with a two speed on the 100 and up. lol
     
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    I agree. I don't think I got 600 on my 60. I spooled off a 1000 yd spool so I can't be sure but don't think you will get close to 600 yds on a 40N.

    It's sounds like people on here prefer the 40N. Personally I like the versatility of having extra line so I have a 60. I just re-spooled it with fresh 100 lb last week for a trip out to Tanner. It was nice knowing I had the drag and capacity to fight a 100lb plus fish. I also use the reel for kite fishing (I like to run the kite pretty far back) and occasional trolling. For jigging, yoyo, surface irons, flat falls, live bait, etc I have a couple of 25N reels. That size is an awesome versatile size but would be out gunned for a 60-80lb setup, in my opinion.

    I am still learning the ropes and what reel works best for what type of fishing so take my comments with context. I can see where people like the 40N to fill the 60-80lb class of fish but for now I will stick with my size 60.

    I was going to holdout for a penn slammer III but settled on a Cabo 80. I am building a spinning Rod right now (8' Rainshadow tuna popper).
     
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    Spooled my 40n yesterday and got 400 yards of 80# J-braid on it.
     
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    Regarding capacity of the 40N's, not quite sure what is happening for folks to be getting such low yardage numbers.
    I have filled a lot of 40N's [both TRQ and FTH], and the printed spec of 565/80 is pretty close. With heavy tension and preference for a high line level, even a little more is certainly possible.
    Of course there is a large variation on line capacities with any reel, depending on line brand, installation tension, and personal preference on fill-up level.
    Also, when I was in the retail tackle business, every once in awhile, a Bureau of Weights and Measures inspector would come around, and showed that line counters on winding machines are not always accurate.
    FTR, Penn's capacities on models more than 3 years old were calculated using Berkley Big Game Braid solid, and for newer models Spiderwire is used. The mono capacities are calculated with Berkley Big Game mono.
     
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    Just ordered 40nld 2 speed from charkbait. They said 450yds of the toro tamer 80 lb. line to fill it up.
     
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    Penn Rates the 40N for 575 yards of 80#. Check the diameter of your 80# it sounds way over spec.

    The final capacity you get has a lot to do with the actual line diameter (go here: http://www.paulusjustfishing.com/4linetesting.htm) and pretty much nothing to do with what the line maker says. After that, machine spooling is very important for reels like the 40N that will be fished at high drag.
     
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    ahhh apples and oranges.

    I was referring to Shimano Trinidad 40n.

    didnt know there was a "40n" Penn


     
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    No worries, easy to do :).
     

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