Penn 12 VISX

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  1. No Cal Lou

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    Hmmmm, since I have two of them I am thinking of spoolng one up with 65#solid spectra with 40# or 50# top shots for thouse looong soaks.
     
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    I've caught BFT up to 140lbs on them. Like others, fill them up with 80lb and then 60-80lb flouro leaders. I even used it once with a 130lb double trouble rig on a kite drift and it performed flawlessly.
     
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    It’s crazy when think about how the 12 was originally designed to fish 12#...
     
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    I have a 12T from 1987 that is now a super 12 after Cal got done with it. I recently built a Calstar 7465M for it. I have 450+ yards of hollow JB 80 on it. Great reel for the Lupe.
     
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    Yep I got one too that has the topless frame, area Rule crank and handle....dumped over $700 into it LOL....set up for 80#
     
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    How does the old compare to the new for fly lining a sardine?
     
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    Then new 12VISX is better IMO.... lighter spool, better freespool, bigger drags, larger bearings......the bearings on the 12T are tiny and can fail under heavy load....the 12T is the best we could do to hot rod a existing 12# trolling reel the 12

    VISX is a whole different design....but both will work...
     
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    Waiting to see the new Mak 15T for that heavy 60lb / light 80lb fly line bait application... I like narrow reels for casting... for now my Tib SST 8 or 16 or my Torque 40NLD-2 works for me with regards to 60lb. Also playing with the new Accurate 800N... its the same size and shape as a Trini 40N... currently using it to cast large tuna plugs and surface iron, but I believe it would be a great 60lb live bait fly line reel as well (its super light in weight with a super smooth drag).

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    Sporty!!
     
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    Different inches per crank, but still the helical cut gears on the Mak is more efficient.
     
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    I believe in gear boxes as small as a fishing reel any mechanical advantage offered by using helical over a spur gear is insignificant. In fact, in larger scales helical gears are actually less efficient then spur gears due to the increase of friction and heat loss.

    Since the gears are smaller they dont exhibit some issues found in larger gear sets.

    Helical gears do generate more lateral loads hence the use of a thrust bearing in a MAK and none found in the Penn.
     
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    I sold almost all of my Cal sheet reels. I kept one 12. For the reasons mentioned so much money dumped into it!

    I now have to replace all of my reels. Last year I fished both the new VISX and the MAK.

    They both work very well.

    Decisions.
     
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    Interested in what you decide upon. Mak vs VISX.

    So let us know and why.

    Thanks for you expertise.
     
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    I have a 12 and 20 VISX, the 12 is spooled with 80lb JB and I fish 50-60lb leader. The 20 is spooled with 100lb JB and I fish 80-130lb leader.

    Ive caught fish on both. Caught a 80LB BFT on a flatfall on the 20 and had it to the boat in 5min. Caught a 80LB YFT at Guadalupe on the 12 and had it to the boat in 5min with full drag full rail full kill didnt care final fish of the trip lol. So far they have worked great to me but I would say the 12 is a good 50-80lb setup. I have the 12 on a UC Raptor and the 20 on a Phenix Axis 4x
     
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    I want a rod like that...light tip,strong butt. What foes randy call it?
     
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    I got a 100lber on an old Int. 12 by Cal sheets two weeks ago, 65 lb. spectra with 40 lb. top shot. The reel handled it no problem. I have two as well the one shown and a Super 12 that fishes 80. The new reels (VISX) are awesome.

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    He calls it the Wangtaur...a inside joke....he only built three of them for me, unfortunately they are not available on a commercial basis .....Raptor tip Viper butt section 7'6".......
     
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    Ba ha humbug
     
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    But you actually saw and pulled on it....lol
     
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    Ba ha humbug, i know that Santa will not get me one for Christmas
     
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