Visx as a Kite reel

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    I am looking for a kite reel for the local bluefin and will be fishing from a private boat. What size visx do you recommend? Will be spoiling it with 130lb and will be putting it on a rain shadow 70xxxh 80-130
     
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    Kite reel? Or yummy reel? Completely different set ups.
     
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    I would say the 50VISX and it’s capacity of 1100 yards of 130 would be my personal choice.
     
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    Reel is for the yummie flyer
     
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    50 no doubt. I’d say 1/2 full of 100, stepped to 130 with the last 25-50 yards 200lb mono, crimp that to the biggest swivel you can buy, at least 500lbs. That swivel clips to the yummy leader.
     
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    50 or 80
     
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    If you can actually get 1100 yards of 130# on a 50VISX, that would be a good choice. But is the line capacity that high? I'm not sure of that. I think a 50 wide is the minimum for a kite reel -- at least on a long range boat.
     
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    I'd go with the 50 as well, but I also think you should be looking at an unlimited rod,JMO
     
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    I had originally planned on fishing my 30 , but after chatting with a few experienced anglers , I chose to go with the 50...My 50 is on its way ......
     
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    The 50 VISX works well for me.. however unless ur packing on Berkley Pro Spec 130 to the top... and you will definitely have issues getting it all back on perfectly fighting a fish, 1100 is not a reality. Real world situation, average 130 braid, ur looking at about 800 packed tight.

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    ok sounds like a 50 size is the way to go. Should I spool the reel with solid or hollow?
     
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    Yep, exactly why I suggested fill half way with 100, stepped up to 130 the rest of the way. Get 50W capacity on a narrower reel. I can’t find the photo now, but saw one of the Bight Sportfishing boats had a 50w get spooled while skipping, so keep that in mind that 800 sounds like a lot, but is really more like 500 once everything is up in the sky. By the time you get the kite in and have a chance to chase if needed it might all be gone...food for thought.
     
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    This young man managed to land TWO big ones in a single day this week, using the flyer on a PENN 70.



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    That rod is great for a 20VISX. Look into a 50 with a Unlimited rod for the Yummy.
     
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    Also, the 50 doesn't get 1100 yards of 130. I've packed a couple of 50s to 850 yards with a little room for the fight
     
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    Do decided to go bigger and have more capacity.80 Visxs with JB 200. Worked great last week When we needed to hustle in a 200lb BFT being attacked by a massive sea lion on him.
     
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    Thanks Guys
     
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    130 is conciderably thicker than 100 in most brands. Thus it catches a lot more wind producing a larger belly in your airborne line....aka slack that needs to come out after getting bit.


    Do you pull so hard that you've been popping 100?
     
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    Jim don't let em talk ya out of a big gun. I am 72, good shape and fish a 70 with tow truck low and 800 yds 200# JB. Granted I haven't caught a big one but I have never been questioned by a crew member or other fisherman that has. Also used it on a big bait with confidence and success.Booked on 16 days this fall and spring will see hahaha.

    I fish the Excel and when I fished this rig the wind was a bit light, no comment, they just put a helium balloon on the kite-----hookup!
     

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