Paying my dues and why it would be nice to have a (big) two speed reel

shinchan

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Randy
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13' Whaler "Shinchan"
Congrats on your battle, you definitely earned that fish!
Thanks Jeff

I like your style!!! Congrats!
Thanks Tommy, no real style, just trying to catch with what I got...

Congratulations on your catch- well earned! You will remember it for a long time. Spectra backing allows you to use a top shot of heavier mono. I am not an expert with the Penn Senators, but you may be able to add some drag washers to get a little more drag. But at some point you will reach the strength of your reel's limiting component. And you can't convert it to a two speed reel. Save your money and upgrade your tackle as you can. You should be able to swap your spectra when you do.
Thanks Chuck, yeah I need to get some real two speed reels and save the spectra to use for bottom fishing...

Great job, My first reels were 9/0's. Hooked a marlin on the point and smoked the reel. I went into debt the following day and bought 2 speed gold reels.
Thanks Steve, yup I'd get some 2 speeds in heartbeat but I'm still paying off the boat and then there's the wife....:hali_parkutuli:

Chee Hoo! Right on Randy! Well deserved! Been looking for your posts for a while since I got the new boat and missed your post! I had Senators too. Its great to have a Marc to hand line the fish. ( The old school two-speed! ) I wish you many more this season! Hope you son gets to go with you and catch another one.
Thanks Jason, maybe I need a "Marc" too! Cheaper than a real two speed, right? JK. My younger son was supposed to go with me but couldn't wake up- he's still a little mad at me now....but we still have the rest of the summer so I can get him hooked up to something sooner or later...

Dont under estimate a 9/0 reel my first marlin which was 325lbs was caught on one. I fought it for 2hrs but got it in. And yes my arms felt like falling off for a couple days!
Thanks and I'm with ya on the arms....

Congratulations Randy. How was the quality of the meat? Was it burnt or good near the center? I've read some theories that a longer fight/time fish is in the water actually gives you less burning.

Also, is that you (young guy) in the picture?

bob
Thanks Bob, no that munchkin is Kai, my youngest. The meat was great, surprisingly enough, except for the area where I got it with the bangstick- I aimed for the head but it kicked at the last second so I nailed it right by the pectoral fin. Still it stopped the fish cold, enough time to get 2 gaffs in it...
 

chuck merkel

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Thanks Chuck, yeah I need to get some real two speed reels and save the spectra to use for bottom fishing...

You can use spectra backing on a two speed reel and then use a heavier top shot. I fish my 50s with 600 yards of 130# spectra and 400 yards of 80# mono top shots. I fish my 80s with 600 yards of 200# spectra and 400 yards of 130# mono top shots. The modern reels are built strongly enough to accommodate the additional drag, so there is no issue with fishing them with the heavier line. The spectra will last much longer than the mono, so it is easier and less expensive to replace the top shot of mono as required. Something to consider.
 

Kinaiahi61

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Right on! Good to see one for one of the small boats. Still waiting on mine. Got a good size shibi on my 14' Livingston and it made the boat feel small. I can imagine what a fish like yours would be like. Be safe and aloha no
 

pfont

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WTG randy .... your determination paid off ... congrats on your wicked tuna ... good to hear whenever a small boat catches the big gorillas ... i still run 9/O's & 12/O's love the sound of the ratchet when hanapaa!
 

JimmyK

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Randy, I have a couple of reels if you are interested in either: 14/0 or Penn 80 VSW. Let me know if you are interested...
 

gettingbentwithbo

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That there is a NICE fish!
 

shinchan

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Thats a big buggah! Congratulations!
Thanks Todd

Thanks Chuck, yeah I need to get some real two speed reels and save the spectra to use for bottom fishing...

You can use spectra backing on a two speed reel and then use a heavier top shot. I fish my 50s with 600 yards of 130# spectra and 400 yards of 80# mono top shots. I fish my 80s with 600 yards of 200# spectra and 400 yards of 130# mono top shots. The modern reels are built strongly enough to accommodate the additional drag, so there is no issue with fishing them with the heavier line. The spectra will last much longer than the mono, so it is easier and less expensive to replace the top shot of mono as required. Something to consider.
Thanks Chuck, that is already the setup I have on the 9/0's with 500 yards 150lb spectra backing and 300 yards 80lb line on top, maybe I'll use less spectra and put 100lb line so I can put more pressure on the fish when I upgrade to the shiny reels...

Right on! Good to see one for one of the small boats. Still waiting on mine. Got a good size shibi on my 14' Livingston and it made the boat feel small. I can imagine what a fish like yours would be like. Be safe and aloha no
Thanks Kalani, you're right it took the whole area from the bench seat to the transom. Looks like I need to get a pulley system and some kind of fabricated "slide" from the transom to the front to move the fish so I can balance out the boat next time...Hope to see you out there and see pics of your catch soon!

WTG randy .... your determination paid off ... congrats on your wicked tuna ... good to hear whenever a small boat catches the big gorillas ... i still run 9/O's & 12/O's love the sound of the ratchet when hanapaa!
Thanks Peter, yeah those senators really make me jump when they go off!!!

That there is a NICE fish!
Thanks Bo