What Spectra HXJ Raptor?

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  1. Olddog8

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    I know Spectra diameter and breaking strength has been discussed a bunch but all the searches I do lead back to the "Paulus" site which no longer works.

    In a perfect world I would spool my HXJ Raptor with 80lb solid, but I really want 400+yds so the reel has a "Chance" of landing a cow Bluefin. Not an ideal reel for a cow by any means but I want to be able to cast surface irons or poppers and my HX doesn't cast as well for me.

    I've narrowed my choices (chances) down to Pro-Spec, Maxcurato, or J-Braid. Or I can go with 65lb and hope it can handle 30+lbs of drag in a pinch.
     
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    400 yards 80lb solid on the HXJ easily done, plus more.
     
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    My first one only has 330yds of 80lb JB I think but could be J-braid or Powerpro.
    You're the master at this, what brand?
     
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    I get 400 yds of 65# on my JX Raptor. The HXJ is about the same capacity so 400 yds of 80# Maxcuatro shouldn’t be a problem.
     
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    It's not the line that's of primary concern...65lb line should handle 30lbs of drag...primary concern is the strength of your weakest knot.
     
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    60# Hollow spectra. ABS over 90 and super small diameter.

    Strong simple connections.
     
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    In my experience, if someone wants the most line on a reel then Threadlock gives them more than any other. Choose white, whichever line you select, if you fish party boats rather than your own yacht. And ask the person spooling to use a black marker pen to mark the line every hundred yards so you know where you are on the reel during a deep drop or a long fight. I use a solid black line a foot long for 100 yards, two six-inch lines for 200 yards, three similar lines for 300 yards, and so forth. I did it on my own reels and found it really helpful.
     
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    I don't deep drop hundreds of yards! Marking the line every 100' (or 60', 20 fathoms) s a good idea when dropping flat falls for bft. That way when the captain says he's marking fish at x feet or fathoms you have a good idea on how much line to let out.
     
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    I agree with marking every 100 feet, that's what I've done on my reels I fish flatfalls on.

    1 fathom = 6' or 2 yds

    20 fathoms is 120'
     
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    I knew that... I just typed it wrong. Captains often say the fish are marking at 120', 180', etc. They don't usually say they're at 100', 200', etc.
     
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    Rick, are you really considering using a HXJ for cow bluefin? I understand casting is involved. 65# solid would give you a little more line, or have a backup rod ready with 80# solid and splash that outfit when the time comes...
     
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    Why is that?
     
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    I prefer to avoid tangles. You can see white, the other anglers can see white and the deckhands can see white. Green? Not so much!
     
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    I had mine done with 80lb Maxc yup 400yds. WHITE !!
     
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    With the exception of 130lb, my data does not support this claim. Threadlock is extremely high quality 16-strand line, well made, color fast and easy to splice, but for diameter it's a solid second place for 60-80-100lb, and 200lb. 130lb is exceptional as it’s 20% thinner on average than most other popular brands.
     
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    No, not planning on it at all. But you know what... shit happens. I primarily want to use it to cast surface stuff to those formers of 20-100lb Bluefin and for Yellowtail. I would never use that reel for flatfalls or if I see Bluefin shaped Volkswagens busting out of the water.

    But the possibility of a lurking monster definitely exists anywhere in our local offshore waters and I want to have a decent shot at success if it happens. You don't even have a chance of getting a backup hooked up if you can't slow them down.
     
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    Basil, I bow to your superior experience and judgement regarding thin braid (and a whole bunch of other things, too.) Threadlock is coming in a "solid second" to what braid that you use?
     
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    80lb, def not 65 if u want a chance at a cow imo. Saw a few heartbreak casualties on 60 leader last week. I got a 230 Monday on Bait, 80/80, HX Raptor. Needed the line capacity and def at least 80. Wish I had a bigger setup.
     
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    80lb threadlock, best IMO for serving/splicing
     
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    That dark green stuff and red definitely a problem. The powder blue and yellow less so, and there is some advantage to being able to identify whose is whose when it is time to start cutting and a few other times. No?
     
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