Huge 350 & 360 pound bluefin aboard Pacifica on International 16 & 20VISX

tunanorth

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They keep getting bigger!
The monster bluefin on the left went 350 pounds, and was landed on a PENN International 16VISX.
The whopper on the right was landed on a PENN International 20VISX.
Both were caught aboard the Pacifica out of Seaforth Landing in San Diego last Thursday.

Pacifica 350 and 360 on 16 and 20.jpg
 

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Not sure what they were using, no doubt a lot of mix-n-match has been going on this year!
Tuna, how would you fish the 16 and what rod rating would you personally use for it. I just picked one up as the heaviest reel in my quiver. I currently fish off the cattle boats here on the west coast. 2 day adventures and less
 

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My personal 16VISX is filled almost all the way with 100-pound braid, just enough room for a 25-foot 100-130 pound wind-on. Jigs should be rigged on 4-5 feet of 200-300 pound fluorocarbon, see numerous discussion threads regarding hook upgrades.
I like a 7 foot rod, but 6.5 to 7.5 feet works, depending on your taste, and rated something like 80-130 or 80-150 but the low end should be 80, not 60.
 

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What rod was the 16 on?
If it was the pacificas rig then its on a Calstar 770 or 775XXXH i believe, i remember seeing there 16, 20 and 50. Suprisingly the 16 was set up as a Kite rig...
The 20 is on a OSP 2x4
The 50 is on 770/775 4X.
 

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My personal 16VISX is filled almost all the way with 100-pound braid, just enough room for a 25-foot 100-130 pound wind-on. Jigs should be rigged on 4-5 feet of 200-300 pound fluorocarbon, see numerous discussion threads regarding hook upgrades.
I like a 7 foot rod, but 6.5 to 7.5 feet works, depending on your taste, and rated something like 80-130 or 80-150 but the low end should be 80, not 60.
Hey Steve
How much 100 do you get on the 16visx?
Good seeing you at the landing the other day.
Thanks for what you do.
regards
Scott
 

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Hey Steve
How much 100 do you get on the 16visx?
Good seeing you at the landing the other day.
Thanks for what you do.
regards
Scott

I have about 500 yards on mine, but of course there is wide variation depending on line brand, installation tension, and personal preference on fill-up level.
This reel is popular enough that most shops will have a good idea of the yardage you will get with whatever your favorite line brand may be.
Congratulations on your awesome catch!
 
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Hey Steve
How much 100 do you get on the 16visx?
Good seeing you at the landing the other day.
Thanks for what you do.
regards
Scott
I have 500yds on mine too, with 100# Threadlock.
 

Scott McPherson

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I have about 500 yards on mine, but of course there is wide variation depending on line brand, installation tension, and personal preference on fill-up level.
This reel is popular enough that most shops will have a good idea of the yardage you will get with whatever your favorite line brand may be.
Congratulations on your awesome catch!
thank you Steve
Truly the catch of a lifetime! I can’t say enough about the Shogun operation.
Just superb in every way.
regards
Scott
 
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thank you Steve
Truly the catch of a lifetime! I can’t say enough about the Shogun operation.
Just superb in every way.
regards
Scott
That's nice, the fish in ? were on the PACIFICA!!!
 

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Pretty sure the pacificas visx 16 has 80lb, like I said they have it rigged for kite, and for them to get a super cow it would have to have a LOT of line. if it was 100# then thats impressive..
 

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That's nice, the fish in ? were on the PACIFICA!!!


To clarify, I bumped into Scott at the dock the other morning, as he was also arriving from a Shogun trip. He had caught a 300-plus on a jig during that trip.
 

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