Penn Slammer for Stick Baits/ Small Poppers

gotwakesvl

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I want to start throwing stick baits/ smaller popper for tuna if/ when we are allowed to get back on the water. I will mainly be fishing from a private boat. Last year we didn't catch any BFT larger than 70lbs and YFT larger than 35lbs. I am trying to decide between a 6500 Slammer spooled with 50lb braid on 7'6 MH (40-60) or a 7500 spooled with 65lb braid on a 7'6 H (50-80). I am leaning toward the 6500/ MH set up. Any recommendations/ advice is appreciated!!
 
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    I have the 6500HS and 8500HS. If choosing just one set-up for a private boat, I think I'd choose the 6500HS.

    The size/weight is much more comfortable for extended use, drag is plenty strong, and the HS version gives plenty of line capacity. I'd load it up with 80# Maxcuatro and use the MH rod. The incremental rod strength of the H rod shouldn't be as important to landing the fish from a private boat, but the MH would probably throw lures much better than the H rod.
     
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    gotwakesvl

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    I have the 6500HS and 8500HS. If choosing just one set-up for a private boat, I think I'd choose the 6500HS.

    The size/weight is much more comfortable for extended use, drag is plenty strong, and the HS version gives plenty of line capacity. I'd load it up with 80# Maxcuatro and use the MH rod. The incremental rod strength of the H rod shouldn't be as important to landing the fish from a private boat, but the MH would probably throw lures much better than the H rod.

    I hadn't considered the 6500HS and now see that it does have more line capacity than the 6500. I think the 6500HS is just what I was looking for! I'll pull the trigger and hopefully be able to put it to use shortly. Thanks!!
     
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    Splurge for JB 60# hollow if you can. I think I had to pay like $80 for 300 yds. You won’t regret it. The hollow lays really nice on the spool compared to solid and the 60 is a great balance of strength (actual breaking strength >75#), diameter, and easy size to handle, plus the benefit of making knotless connections if you so desire. Enjoy!
     
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    Cubeye

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    I want to start throwing stick baits/ smaller popper for tuna if/ when we are allowed to get back on the water. I will mainly be fishing from a private boat. Last year we didn't catch any BFT larger than 70lbs and YFT larger than 35lbs. I am trying to decide between a 6500 Slammer spooled with 50lb braid on 7'6 MH (40-60) or a 7500 spooled with 65lb braid on a 7'6 H (50-80). I am leaning toward the 6500/ MH set up. Any recommendations/ advice is appreciated!!
    As long as the reel will hold at least 300 yards of line, you will be fine with either reel.
     
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    tugasangler

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    I use my regular 6500 for it but I’m only dealing with 30lb class tuna at best but occasional wahoo dolphin and king mackerel. I have a ton of 30lb braid that breaks at 48lbs. With 60-80lb leaders. Have had no failures . I never put enough drag to break line . Been 18months with this set up now
     
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    For popping and stick baits the high speed version is the way to go, You pick up slack quicker between pops/sweeps to get ready for the next one.
     
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    Almud

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    How does the Battle II 6000 compare with the Slammer 3 5500 or 6500? Plan to use it for slow pitch jigging, colt sniper and stick baits. Is it a quality reel or nowhere near as good as a Slammer? Or should I consider SpinfisherVI 5500 that is $60 less than Slammer 3?
     
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    How does the Battle II 6000 compare with the Slammer 3 5500 or 6500? Plan to use it for slow pitch jigging, colt sniper and stick baits. Is it a quality reel or nowhere near as good as a Slammer? Or should I consider SpinfisherVI 5500 that is $60 less than Slammer 3?
    Slammers are built pretty heavy.. much heavier then a battle ii
     
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    Almud

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    Two or three times per year but could hook into yft or Cubera snapper. Think I will go with Slammer 3 or Spinfisher VI. Leaning towards Slammer for durability.
     
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    gotwakesvl

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    Two or three times per year but could hook into yft or Cubera snapper. Think I will go with Slammer 3 or Spinfisher VI. Leaning towards Slammer for durability.

    I've done a bunch of research and think the Slammer 3 is the way to go. Mine gets here on Friday. I have access to a private water and may put a spook on my popping rod to catch a lmb or two while pretending they are tuna.
     
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    david shelton

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    I've done a bunch of research and think the Slammer 3 is the way to go. Mine gets here on Friday. I have access to a private water and may put a spook on my popping rod to catch a lmb or two while pretending they are tuna.

    What rod did you pair that with in the end? I've had my 6500 Slammer 3 for a while now and I ended up with 50lb braid as it is definitely strong enough and casts much better than 80lb and 65lb....
     
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    I’ve been pretty happy with my Slammer 6500 III for poppers, stickbaits and colt snipers. Just make sure you don’t over spool it. I’m using 50lb threadlock on a BlackHole 86 Nano and have landed up to 50lb BFT, squirly one too! Reel has a lot of drag.
     
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    gotwakesvl

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    What rod did you pair that with in the end? I've had my 6500 Slammer 3 for a while now and I ended up with 50lb braid as it is definitely strong enough and casts much better than 80lb and 65lb....


    Okuma PCH Custom 7'6 MH. (40-60). Well balanced and casts stick baits real well. Had a few blow ups, but haven't hooked a fish yet.
     
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