Yea I have fished the 700XH and it was under gunned for the grade that week at The Lupe! Watched a guy on 40lb topshot with a nine foot rod and a trini 20A. These fish were kicking his ass for 2 hours at time... Sure it can be done, but why?I have two 700h's and love them but would never fish 80lb on them. I top out at 50lb on mine and 60lb on my two 700xh's But each to their own especially if it works
late reply as I missed this part. We ignored all the numbers on the reel and ignored Sunset. We used a scale to set the drag and just marked each drag setting with a simple line using a sharpieDid you guys measure the sunset and full numbers on the fathom 40 when strike is at 23lbs?
Just received this e-mail from Captain Mike Lackey of the Vagabond.
Just wanted to let you know how well the Fathom 40's loaded with 80 lb
pro spec and a short (50 yds) topshot of 80 lb big game on these 120 -
175 lb Yft are working incredible!
We are having guys come to us asking to borrow our gear after watching
the other passengers using them.
Must admit I thought I was asking to much of the reel, but its been
Love my International 20VISX, I do believe the 12's and 16's are the right reel for this
after seeing them in action.
Why the Top Shot so long on the 40N ?