i'm guessing from your log in name that you'll be fishing the gulf of mexico. not sure where you are. sometimes you don't really get to pick the size of fish that's going to bite. i'd grab the heaviest stick i think will get me bit and fish with that. i do have a 20 visx that is set up with 600 yards of 100 pound jb hollow and a 25 yard topshot of 100 pound fluoro. great reel. it's set up for 30 pounds at strike and 50 at full. not a big fan of the handle grip, so i changed it out. i also ground down the cam to give the drag profile a more gradual slope in the beginning. we have some pretty big bluefin showing up in southern california. my choice would be a 130 pound line class reel. if they'll bite 80, they'll bite 100. if they'll bit 100, they'll bite 130. i would rather see you get a 130 pound line class reel before a 100.
Could you recommend these PENN 20's for a style/type or class of fish with the 100# braid ?
I believe an earlier statement was a 215# yft. Would that be a max class type fish for this system ?
i use a modified tony pena knot. it's a four-turn uni knot on the mono or fluoro side, then 8-up and 10-down on the braid side. the reason for the 8/10 combination is that i've found that in cinches down better. for me, it's all about consistency. i would rather tie an 80% knot 100% of the time than a 100% knot 99% of the time.