Penn Fathom 40N

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Question ? I’m considering adding a Penn Fathom 40N lever two speed to my arsenal.
I’m well equipped with Makaria’s … a 50,20,16,10 … and I have a Penn 30T, 30SW, 16S, and two 12T’s tricked out by Cal’s … I’ve been fishing UC’s and Calstar’s … for the local Bluefin … OH and I have a Penn Fathom 25N that handles 25-30# line and the smaller bluefin… my question about the Penn 40N is what is the recommended braid backing most commonly used on this reel … 60# or 80# ? … I was thinking of using a 25’ top shot of 50#-60# … I’m just curious as to what others use on the 40N … suggestions ?
 

F.I.S.H.Y

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  • Sep 27, 2019
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    I have 80 on mine. But I feel like 60lb would have been better. The capacity you get with 60 would be safer. Over 600 yards guaranteed.
    I would go with prospec or thread lock with either 60 or 80.
     
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    The Right Kind

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    Same as F.I.S.H.Y said, I have about 480yds of 80# solid on mine but if I was to do it again I would use 65# JB solid for more yardage. I use the reel as a 60# reel.
     
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    2Rotten

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    I'm in the "Same Boat" as FISHY and TRK above. I have 480 yards of 80# JB Solid on both of mine, kinda wonder if I wouldn't have been better served to get 600 yards of 65# solid... Being the 40 is a Medium frame reel, you're not going to run super heavy drag. I run 80# leader/100# braid on my Mak 16/Centaur, and 60# leader/65# braid (500 yards) on my Mak 15T/GP Terminator. Leaves 50# leader on my Fathom 40 nld2/UC Predator; no real mission for this reel to have 80# braid. My 2nd 40 nld2 sits on a UC Zeus 3 speed jigging rod, 80# braid may be a good fit for the 60# leader I typically run on this rig.
     
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    Jurel Hunter

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    either way would work.

    for how you want to rig it, i'd go 80 solid and tie straight to flouro. just stay away from thicker braids like jb and izor. prospec may be good choice.

    another option is to go 400 yds 65 solid with longer topshots. allows you to use as yo-yo reel for jellos up to 200 ft deep and don't have to grind knot or braid thru your fingers. probably a better option for 40-50 lb leaders tho.

    if you wanna go for capacity, i'd go 60 threadlock. it will be expensive but it's super smooth off the reel and you could splice in longer 50-60 lb flouro leaders w/ couple nail knots for nearly 100% connection strength. no topshot needed.
     
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    tunanorth

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    I am definitely in favor of 80-pound on this reel, but as noted, try to stay with the thinner brands like Pro-Spec.
    Looks like all of your other reels are in the "premium" category, be sure to check out the Torque TRQ40NLD2 for this duty.
     
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    Levelartist

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    I got 80# PowerPro Depth-Hunter Offshore to meter for flatfalls/knife jigs. I use 50’ of 80# during low visibility and for daytime I switch to 60# mono to 60’ fluoro.
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    Fathomx

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    I have 500yds of 80lb PP on mine and just got spooled with a 60lb top shot on my last trip. I am thinking respooling it with 65lb for more capacity, not sure if that would have even mattered.
     
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    surfgoose

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  • Jul 29, 2010
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    I'm with tunanorth. I have the Torque version and am completely happy with the choice. It has 80# backing twenty yards of 80# fluoro. If you snag a supercow you are going to lose, but that is not what you are fishing for with this reel. And if you can't stop the fish in 400 yards, having 600 yards isn't going to make a difference.
     
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    Levelartist

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    I have 500yds of 80lb PP on mine and just got spooled with a 60lb top shot on my last trip. I am thinking respooling it with 65lb for more capacity, not sure if that would have even mattered.
    Were you able to stop the fish at any point or did he spooled you from the get-go? What technique were you fishing? Love hearing more the stories of the ones that got away than the ones that were landed. 😬
     
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    Fathomx

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    Were you able to stop the fish at any point or did he spooled you from the get-go? What technique were you fishing? Love hearing more the stories of the ones that got away than the ones that were landed. 😬

    I did turn it twice for a brief moment at about 300 and 400 YDS, but it kept taking those long.......runs. I was on a sinker rig about 250 deep, very little wind or current.
     
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    How much drag were you using, bite to end-of-the-line?
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