Makaira 20II Sea Line Suggestions for Bluefin

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    Hey all,

    Just picked up a Mak 20II Sea and was wondering what line you guys would run specifically for bluefin. I've seen a lot of guys putting either 100# or 130#. In any case, I'd want to make sure I'm rigged for any size fish. Suggestions on # test, brands, and topshot (flouro I'm assuming...brand and # test tho)?

    Also, what rod would be best to pair this with? Any 80-130? Not looking for the *best* thing out there - just something that will get the job done.
     
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    Fill it with 100. Fish it on a 2X4 or a Viper.
     
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    My Mak 20 SEa is loaded with 100# with a 25’ 100# fluoro leader. I have it on a Viper 76. It caught the fish in my avatar... and a bigger one.
     
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    Hey Huck, which spectra brand and how many yards?

    Thanks, Dan
     
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    Nice! Were you fishing a flatfall?
     
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    It's Seaguar Threadlock. The place I got it from put it on for free. As I recall it's 600+ yds.
     
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    It's a YFT. My best BFT was an 85#er on a Sardine fishing 30#.
     
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    What would you guys pick between these for the same price ($400): a Super Seeker OSP 80-130lb 7'6 custom built (with base/basic components) or Phenix HAX 760 X3H?
     
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    I’m a Phenix fan and have several of them, but I like them in lighter applications. I’d definitely go with the Seeker.
     
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    I'm running a 20 SEA with 100# threadlock on a custom SS 2X4
     
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    the OSP, hands down
     
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    Thanks guys! What about a Grafighter 770XXH? Also, if I had to choose between a 7' and 7'6 rod, what would be better? I'm 5'5 if it makes a difference or is a factor...
     
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    The rail rod length shouldn’t be an issue with how tall you are. In fact being shorter can help a lot with rail rod fishing as you might not need to get on you knees to get a good leverage. You can probably just squat a little bit.
     
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    Right on... I hear the main diff between Grafighters and SS'es are that SSes have a softer tip and are more parabolic but are also heavier than the Grafighters. I'm trying to figure out what my preference is... I have a few Seeker Americans and am used to fishing those a lot though.
     
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    I have mine loaded with Phenix braid 100# it’s 50’ per color change so easier for fishing flat falls. The UC viper is a great option but if you want something to get it done for less $, I would give the Okuma Pch 74xxh a try. I picked one up a month ago and I previously used Daiwa proteus 70xh with that reel.
     
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    Sweet! Where do you get that braid from btw? How have you been like the Okuma PCH? I was thinking about getting one but haven't really heard that much about them. Proteus seems a little too light for the application - I'm assuming that's why you 'upgraded' to the PCH?
     
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    They will all be a lot lot stronger and faster than any seeker american. The OSPs and even the super seeker rail rods will not be parabolic at all. The seekers might have a touch more tip, but honestly when casting larger heavier gear its not like you will be loading up a rod when casting like a lighter live bait rod.

    Basically when fishing a rail rod you are using it like a pry bar, where a regular stand-up rod you are using it like a spring. A stiff spring isn't very good, but a springy pry bar is worthless.
     
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    Most tackle shops should carry that braid, it’s yellow and orange.

    I haven’t had the chance to pull on any bft yet with that PCH rod, but it’s light and the components are good quality. Correction: I got 74xxxh 80-130 not xxh. For$250, it’s a great deal.

    Yes I used the proteus last year on a 2.5 day, it is super light and I can fish it all day handling 80-100# bft but I wish I had more power on the 150#+. That’s why I upgraded to PCh and would use mak15 with proteus.

    Good luck!
     
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    I finally got the chance to use a new PCH 3XH with my 16 VISX and #100 pro spec last weekend for heavy flat falls.

    No fish on that set up but I really liked how the PCH felt in my hands. It felt better than the Calstar 7470H I had the VISX on last season. I like slightly longer rods, and the PCH at 7’4 is a good all around size.

    I actually had the PCH 2XH but returned it for the 3XH. I think I may need to pick up the 2XH for 60-80 since I just picked up a new reel and I think the 2XH will work just fine for that reel without breaking the bank.
     
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    Nice - about how much did it cost to spool up on your reel? Sounds like a nice rod and after reading around a bit more it seems like a good value that can get the job done. I've also seen Graftech rods but not sure how those are:
    https://www.meltontackle.com/graftech-railrods.html
     

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