Setting up HXW 5/2 Raptor for the big boys

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  1. Shimano Penn

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    Well after many threads and discussions, weighing all the opinions, looking at options... I'm NOT buying any new reels right now. I have two 4.5's coming up and I'm fishing the HXW Raptors I already own. I am however willing to strip them down and re-spool, so what would you recommend? My buddy thinks fill to the brim with 130 hollow braid and use wind on leaders. Not sure about capacity at 130, inclined to go with 100.

    Also need at least one of them done by Wednesday so who local could do this? I don't think Squidco keeps that kind of stuff around (correct me if I'm wrong though), maybe Angler's Choice or FL?
     
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    You can't really break 100 so why not add the capacity.? I wouldn't even entertain the idea of 130 on there unless it was step spliced say they last 100 yds or so. Still, I would opt to put straight 100# to the brim.
     
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    80 on one and 100 on the other...

    Personally I would put 80 on both
     
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    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I say straight 100 on both.
     
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    You should be fine with 80 or 100, even if you’re setting your drag to 30lbs you’re still way under the breaking strength of the line.
     
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    100# Spectra on both. 100# wind-on on one and 130# on the other.
     
  8. Shimano Penn

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    Thanks guys, they both have about 80% solid spectra with 100 +/- yards mono topshots, one 60 and one 80. I'm gonna leave the 80 as is and spool the other with 100 to the brim. Solid or hollow? If solid what is the best knot for loop to loop connection? Or is albright to 100 fluoro leader good enough?
    Also fooling around in the shop today I discovered I can get an easy 30# at strike on an old 1998 Penn 50SW I have and still have freespool. It's to the brim with 130 solid spectra. It's heavy, yes, but actually feels pretty balanced on the 76 Viper. I don't know it's condition/ history because I bought it used last year from Tackle Traders as a kite rod. Never used it.
     
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    My 100# fluoro leader is tied to 100# hollow spectra with a 30 turn Albright. Snug it up after each 5 turns and it’s very smooth and strong.
     
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    While you are putting line on, see if you can mark it at 100’ intervals up to 3-400. Easiest time to do it.
     
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    In my own experience (sad) I believe that it is a mistake to go from braid strait to a fluorocarbon leader. With no stretch to speak of in either line, the headshakes of a big tuna can let him cut a bigger hole in his jaw, and even a perfect corner-of-the-mouth hookset with a big circle hook can "pull" which is a short way of saying that the hook just came out of the hole without breaking the line or hurting the hook.

    The Super Mutus and other great hooks that we use now, Mustads and Trokars and Gamas and such, are so incredibly strong that a desperate fish can use the hook itself to little by little stretch a bigger hole. I've lost three big tuna in the past just barely out of gaff reach to "pulled" hooks. Since putting at least twenty yards of heavy mono above the braid, not one thrown hook. A foot or two of stretch under extreme pressure absorbs the headshakes power.
     
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