need a 150lb setup any suggestions without breaking the bank

hucklongfin

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It's fun watching someone struggle on a big fish with a TLD30! Hey, it still worked though!
 
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kichigai1

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  • Sep 2, 2007
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    I just came off my 2nd BFT trip ever and the 1st time I didn t hook anything. This Trip I went 1 for 5. 2 hookups with 1biteoff and 3 missed bites and a handoff from another angler.

    I fought a 120+ lber on a fathom 40 2speed with 80lb test for about 15 mins with no problem except the rod ...it was a 60lb rod that bent to the handle...got it to within 20 feet of the boat....then the hooks pulled.. I wish the rod had more backbone . the 40 performed fine but i wish it were the 60.

    I saw another angler fight 3 100+ lb fish 3 times in a row with a fathom 60 2 speed and a heavier rod, he got the 1st- 2 fish in to the boat in 15 mins....with no problems, these we're 125 - 150lb BFT .... the Last 1 didnt want to cooperate and it took him 25 mins.
    of course him being 18 probably helped a lot lol

    My Point is a $300 reel +LINE and a decent rod,some $20+ lures ,hooks sinkers etc. and you should be good to go.
    Make sure the rod is rated for at least a minimum of #80lb.preferably #100 test.
    This is my personal opinion others may vary....but the way Im going to do it after 2 trips is get a Fathom 60 2 speed which can double as a trolling outfit and a decent 80-100 rod .

    PS.
    I hooked into a 52.85 BFT with a 25 fathom 2 speed 50 yard #40 mono topshot to #65 braid and a seeker 40lb jig stick on a colt sniper. That took me 25 mins. or so + help (lower back issues) and yeah it hurt, but the tuna barely got into the backing ... so maybe i should have let it run? it was doable but i wished I had a better rod and a bigger 2 speed.
    i hope this helps
     
    2Rotten
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    Just curious, why the preference for a Fathom 60/2 vs. the Fathom 40 nld2? Did you run low on line capacity during your fight? I have a pair of the 40 nld2, each loaded with 500 yards of 80# braid.
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    kichigai1

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    you could do it with a 40 but it s nice to have those pop up tabs on the 60.

    That being said i watched a few 40's getting spooled last year locally at the triangle ( catalina , santa barbara ,san clemente islands ) those were 150+lb. fish
     
    2Rotten
    2Rotten
    Any idea how much drag they were fishing? On a recent 1.5-Day I caught a 185# BFT never took more than 200 yards of line... I was fishing 33# of drag for the fight/40# to finish things around the boat. If you were fishing enough drag it would take a Huge BFT to spool you with 500 yards of 80# braid.
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    kichigai1

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  • Sep 2, 2007
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    you could do it with a 40 but it s nice to have those pop up tabs on the 60.

    That being said i watched a few 40's getting spooled last year locally at the triangle ( catalina , santa barbara ,san clemente islands ) those were 150+lb. fish
    light drag they we re using #25 -40lb topshot to get bit . I was high stick on the boat 2 @ 51,31 lbs. 9 fish on the boat out of 18 anglers.

    The 51 I got on a saltist 20-15lb. fluro to 20lb mainline ( Izor xxx ) with a graftec 15-40 rod that took 45 mins. 2nd @31. 15 mins on a lexa 300( paddle handles ) # 20 fluro-25lb Izor xxx and an old seeker rod rated for 25lb.
     
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    Steve K

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    Jan 2, 2005
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    2Rotten. 33-40 lbs of drag? You weren’t fishing a FTH40NLD2, were you?
     
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    Hi Steve, see Post #19. I was using a 7'6" UC Viper with a Mak 20 SEa loaded with 700 yards of 100# braid and 15' of 100# fluoro. I do have 2 - 40nld2 reels, love them, would Never put 40# of drag on one... Big difference between Medium Frame and Large Frame reels.
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    Big Skin

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    I have a MAK16 SEA paired with GFTR 770 XXH that worked well. This year I will have a new MAK30 SEa / 770 XXH and a Accurate 50 / 770 XXXH for flat falling.
     
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    Jurel Hunter

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    i think cheapest decent setup is going to be something like fathom 60ld2 w/ 100 lb braid, and graphtech or used rod that will fish 20-35 lbs drag. given current market, that's gonna run you about $500-600. imo, you don't need (or want) a 150lb + setup for vertical jigging that we are doing locally.
     
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