Penn Fathom 40NLD2

donovan2013

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I just had my Penn 40nld2 spooled up
With power pro 80# total was 450 yards and it's packed really tight and it seems to me that there's no room for a top shot do I really need one?
so my main question is
Is that enough or should I step down to 65#
to increase line capacity I'm only going to use this reel for flat fall fishing and maybe a sinker rig if need be
Thanks
 
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tgorman

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I just had my Penn 40nld2 spooled up
With power pro 80# total was 450 yards and it's packed really tight and it seems to me that there's no room for a top shot do I really need one?
so my main question is
Is that enough or should I step down to 65#
to increase line capacity I'm only going to use this reel for flat fall fishing and maybe a sinker rig if need be
Thanks
No. Just put a nice 3-5 yards of floro on it. You can fish it up or down with a nice leader of floro. I fished the exact reel and line this past weekend with a 2' floro leader and a deep slow pitch jig and a flat fall and got bit twice. If you are fly lining or sinker rig. I'd go at min 2-3 good full arm stretches and then one more for knots.
 
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What knot do you use?
I was going to go for a FG knot to connect some fluoro
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tgorman

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What knot do you use?
I was going to go for a FG knot to connect some fluoro

Which ever one the deckhand wants to tie ;-) if you are on one of the boats just ask the guys to do it. I am pretty good with knots.. and I had Cody tie mine as the boat was rocking hard.. and I was tired. Plus I tip well :-) So I asked Cody to do it. They are happy to do so. I dont like tying 80# + I am fine with 20-60# and just use the RP knot usually. has not failed me.

When I do top shots of Mono and want it smoooth and perfect through the guides
I go ahead and use the bobbin an a PR knot. it is better than an FG (imho)

If I am at home I use a bobbin and PR knot

If I am tying it on a boat the RP (Alberto)


And to be honest. You should tie the one you are the most comfortable with.
they all work if tied properly. The FG is perfect if tied well. So if you like that knot and practice it, than use it.

Just stay away from uni to uni that knot sucks and breaks.
 
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Seeker guy

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Ed
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no
I just had my Penn 40nld2 spooled up
With power pro 80# total was 450 yards and it's packed really tight and it seems to me that there's no room for a top shot do I really need one?
so my main question is
Is that enough or should I step down to 65#
to increase line capacity I'm only going to use this reel for flat fall fishing and maybe a sinker rig if need be
Thanks
Last week i put 450 diawa j briad and could have put 500 and something on it
 
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    Maybe I do not understand, I have a Daiwa Saltiga 50 2 speed, which I just spooled with 450 yards of 100# spectra, and a short #60 top shot. I have had folks tell me that this reel will not do for a 100# setup. I have a TLD30 2 speed also. Should I be thinking of a fathom or other 2 speed? Looking at 100# rods today, maybe Okuna PCH's. Thanks!
     
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    hucklongfin

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    Maybe I do not understand, I have a Daiwa Saltiga 50 2 speed, which I just spooled with 450 yards of 100# spectra, and a short #60 top shot. I have had folks tell me that this reel will not do for a 100# setup. I have a TLD30 2 speed also. Should I be thinking of a fathom or other 2 speed? Looking at 100# rods today, maybe Okuna PCH's. Thanks!
    The Okuma pch-c-74xxxh is a good 100# rod. You could go with an 80# leader on the Saltiga 50, it doesn't really get the drag for 100#... I want at least 30# at strike for 100#. If you want a heavier leader to keep from getting bit off but will fish it with 25# of drag at strike then the 50 will certainly do.
     
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    Power pro is some thick line. If you wanted a longer topshot, try MC as stated, it’s great line. Pro Spec is a good option as well, JB Solid too. When I first spoiled my 40N with PP I got similar results. Switched over too Pro Spec and got another 100 yards with topshot room.

    Id try out J Braid, it’s a very, very supple line that does great when you don’t have to worry about abrasion. I haven’t fished it yet, but it seems to lie down pretty flat as well for an 8 strand, night and day difference compared to lines like 832.
     
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    tunakillerjoe1

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    I asked the guy at Dana landing if J was thinner, and he said no- ended up getting Power Pro. I think he was directing me to a more expensive line. Braid choices are getting thin too!
     
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    May 8, 2020
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    I asked the guy at Dana landing if J was thinner, and he said no- ended up getting Power Pro. I think he was directing me to a more expensive line. Braid choices are getting thin too!
    Power pro is one of the thickest braid you can put on there. Two of the guys who work in that shop only fish inshore and always push power pro. J Braid is thinner then MC which, is this then pro spec. Worst is suffix by far tho.
     
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    surfgoose

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    Your reel is loaded fine. It is always possible that you will run across a huge tuna that may be iffy with a 50 wide and you will get whupped. OK, that's fishing. 99% of the fish that you will ever come across in SoCal offshore can be nicely handled on a quarter mile of 80# braid, and you have that.

    As time goes on and you get into a tangle or two or get cut off, your total yardage of braid will go down some. Then you can add a topshot of mono, and when that happens you will find that the fight will get a little easier because the mono has some stretch, and the last fifty yards of the fight will not be as brutal. You won't pull as many hooks in the final pull from deep color to gaffing. In the meantime you can do like tgorman said and add several yards of heavy fluoro. Fish with confidence!
     
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