Why Do You Put 80 lb. Braid on a Penn Fathom 40nld2?

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jonhjax

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Why do you use 80 lb. braid on a 40nld2 if you don't use it as more than a 40 or 50 or even 60 lb. rig? Why don't you use 65 lb. braid instead? How much 80 lb. braid do you get on this reel if you use a long topshot?
 
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I do use 65# for 40-50# but the 40n is a dandy 60# reel too and for that I prefer 80# spectra.
I was just thinking that 65 lb. braid breaks at about 80 lbs. and you could use 60 if you needed to without any problems. With an 80lb. topshot I completely understand. I think I'm going to add 60 lb. to my first post.
 
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    Agree with huck.

    Doubtful that you can get 100 percent knot strength so 65# breaking at 80 is misleading.

    Obviously either 65 or 80 can be fine. Don’t forget about thinner line variants like Maxcuatro either. IMO, it all depends on how you want to fish. Thinner liner with more capacity or thicker (potentially stronger and/or more abrasion resistant) line with less capacity.

    On my reel, I like to put on a lot of 80# MC which is basically 65# PP. A bit excessive as far as line capacity (like 700yds) but I don’t have to worry about losing some line in case of a tangle or getting spooled by a big fish. Super cows excluded, of course.
     
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    I got almost 500 yards of 80# JB solid on my 40nld2. I spooled it with 80 to give me more abrasion resistance in case of rubs against the hull if the fish swims under the boat, and more survivability if caught up in a tangle. I fish this with 60# fluoro but could bump up to 80# if needed. I have this reel mounted on a Calstar 700H. For fishing 50# leader I prefer my Fathom 30/2 with 60# braid on a UC Predator, lighter handier rig all around.
     
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    lasparky11

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    700+yards of 65# is excessive for a 50-60# reel. I have 2 of them both have 500 yards of 80# Power Pro solid on them more than enough. Still have room for 6' of 60# fluoro LOL
     
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    Because I have 50 lb Spectra on my Avet SX's
     
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    I use a 12-16 foot fluoro leader. The 80 lb gives you the option to fish up to 80 lb fluoro.
    Last season, I used my Fathom 40 with 80 lb white KastKing spectra to 60 lb fluoro to land a 110 lb BFT. Also, used the 80 lb white to 40 lb fluoro to land a 80 lb BFT. Capacity was not an issue with either fish.
     
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    jonhjax

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    It appears to me very few people use long (50-100 yd) top shots on long range trips. That's one of the things I've been wondering about. Thanks for the info.
     
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    fishcrazy

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    Shorter top shots equals versatility and allows for quick changes to adjust to conditions. It isn’t for everyone, but it’s my style.
    cuz its a lot easier casting 80lb solid spectra as its bigger in diameter & on a 40nld2 u will get 500 + yards of line on & have enough room for any topshot u like, this is or was a go to setup for fishin Lupe
     
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    Mark Bingham

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    The price per foot is about the same from 40-80. It's going to cost a ton to put 65 MC on a 40. It's cheaper to put less yardage of 80 and still gives you all the capacity you will need.
     
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    I like my reel to be capable of anything the rod can do. My 40nl2 rides on a Calstar 875xxh (50-100) so the reel needs to be up to the task of fishing up to 80# top shots in a pinch if I want to. I filled with 80# spectra for that very reason.
    I know this is a little old... but how’d that reel do on this fish? I’ve got a 775XH and think this reel might be a good fit with 80lb braid.
     
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